Vitamin A Precursor, Beta Carotene

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Scientific Name: {Beta Carotene}
Common Name: {Vitamin A, b-carotene}
Latin Name: {Daucus carota}
Family: {Umbelliferea}

Vitamin A is a carotenoid. Carotenoid converts to vitamin A in the body. They are found naturally in our environment as beta carotene. Beta Carotene is the stuff that makes carrots orange. It is also one of the most important vitamins for your body. Inside the body, it is used to ensure that our immune system is healthy. When applied topically, it also ensures that the skin is healthy. It helps teach skin to produce and retain the right amount of moisture and also helps skin to be more resilient to damage. Women with sensitive or easily irritated skin can especially benefit from adding vitamin A to their skin care routine. It is a superior ally for those with mature skin.

Vitamin A's primary function is as an antioxidant. Not only does it help keep skin looking beautiful it also imbibes skin with protection against free radicals. Free Radicals are one of the most dangerous and damaging compounds that can enter our skin. When we eat or are exposed to chemicals or spend too much time in the sun, free radicals are created in our skin. These fast-moving atoms move quickly from cell to cell, oxidizing components of every cell the touch, killing them off or making it more difficult for the cell to perform its task. In some cases, it can turn other atoms into free radicals, which can then cause the cells to start to replicate rapidly. In this instance, unchecked free radicals can cause cancer.

Vitamin A or beta-carotene protects the cell of the skin from free radicals, especially those that are caused by too much time in the sun. Not only does it create a barrier, which keeps skin from the free radical damage, it neutralizes the free radical, allowing the skin to expel them then.

Because vitamin A does all this, it can keep skin healthy so that fine lines and wrinkles don't appear earlier than they should. It also reduces redness and irritation. Photo-damage is the number one cause of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, the damage that has occurred in the lower levels of our skin, caused by free radicals, begins to show around our eyes, on our foreheads, and mouths. The skin in these areas is the thinnest and can be most easily damaged by the sun, making it the first skin to wrinkle. Premature aging can be helped by getting enough beta-carotene in our diet. A topical application of Vitamin A revitalizes the skin.

A regular application of vitamin A can halt the appearance of these signs of aging. Topical forms as well as taking a supplement can help. You can also get Vitamin A from foods like carrots that are loaded with Beta Carotene. Other carotenes can be found in Sea Buckthorn Berry or Tomato Seed. For women that have sensitive skin, vitamin A helps to fight the inflammation and irritation that causes redness.

Carrot Seed Oil contains 68% oleic acid. 11% Linoleic Acid, 7% Stearic Acid and Palmitic Acid and Alpha-Linoleic Acid make up that remaining 4%. Using a carrot oil is an excellent natural wrinkle treatment. You could also blend Carrot Seed Oil, Avocado, Marula, Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip and Tomato Seed for an incredible anti-aging oil-based serum. While you're at it, add in an essential oil or two for mature complexions. Rose, geranium, frankincense, lavender and others are classic scents that work wonders for anti-aging.

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