Beta-Carotene: Natural Antioxidant Protection From the Outside In

Spring is here! Freshly picked carrots from the garden. 

Spring is here! Freshly picked carrots from the garden. 

Carotene appears in nature wherever cells must be especially diligent in protecting against oxidation-- for example, where photosynthesis takes place in green plants, and in the cell’s “power house” called the mitochondria. This is a part of the reason why green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, are so good for us-- they are packed with protective carotenes.  In addition to the antioxidant properties of carotene, the body can convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, an essential nutrient involved in skin and immune system health.

Interestingly, the skin is not directly supplied with carotene from the bloodstream, rather carotene takes a detour through our oil producing, or sebaceous glands, protecting our skin from the outside.  With nature being our greatest inspiration, it seems only natural to give the skin antioxidant support with carotenoids in a cream base that moisturizes the skin as our natural oils would.

 

There’s more to Carotene than just antioxidant support….

Carotene creams, such as our Carotene Moisture Balm and Carotene Moisture Cream, do more than just help protect against oxidation and premature aging. Their color lends a healthy, fresh tone to the skin – perfect after a late night on the town. A massage with this citrus-scented cream relaxes and revitalizes – a treat that can become addictive!

Try them for yourself and let your skin decide.

 

For healthy skin and timeless beauty,

 

Verena Eckstein


 

Carotenoids are contained within plant cells, requiring a lot of chewing to make them available to the body. In carrots, for example, the carotenoids are more readily available if you cut them into pieces and cook them briefly, and add cream and white wine or tomato puree with homemade red pesto. (My favorites with spaghetti pasta!)