Published medical research on the advantages of carrot seed oil and it's anti tumor activities (inhibits skin cancer).
The other day I was writing a blog post about the power of using zinc sunscreens to stave off skin cancer and brown spots caused by the sun repeatedly hitting our skin during our short car rides to the store, gym, work, etc- adding up to regular exposure over and over creating unwanted dark spots on our chest arms and face. You can read more about that here.
In this edition of my blog, I want to share with you why I adore carrot seed oil to prevent skin damage and dark spots in the first place while sharing some medical research so you will appreciate and understand why I include it in two products that I make. Our Bright Eyes and Day Cream as well as the Carrot & Tamanu Elixir. Both have carrot seed oil in them (among other beneficial skin ingredients, like Borage, Lavender, Evening Primrose, Avocado Oil, Tamanu Oil etc.,) to help nourish and protect the skin from ultraviolet rays that can cause sun damage (wrinkles, age spots, skin carcinoma a.k.a.-cancer).
Carrot Seed Oil, contrary to popular opinion is not from carrots even though it has the word "carrot" in it. It's actually from a wild plant often referred to as Queen Anne's Lace considered "wild carrot" and that- even from the seeds alone. That's a picture of it up top. The scientific name is Daucus carota and scientists think the skin benefits have something to do with the “carotol,” a primary component found in carrot seed oil.
Carrot seed oil is a powerful antioxidant. Carrot seed oil is beneficial for both oily and dry skin, both sensitive and normal skin. Its oils won't clog face pores which is another reason I love it so much along with the lovely natural Vitamin C naturally present.
What impresses me most about carrot seed oil is how it helps our skin build strength and resilience before we go out into the sun. In other words, it helps strengthen the skin cells' ability to protect our skin from free radical damage caused by an overexposure to UV rays (one of the main causes of premature aging and carcinomas). Yes, you read that correctly! Carrot seed oil enables your own skin to protect itself better than your skin could do on its own.
I regularly apply it when I am indoors because it enables my own skins ability to work better- a lot better. Obviously, too much sun on your skin can cause spots and it's important to wear sunblock if you'll be in the sun for an extended period of time. Applying carrot seed oil beforehand gives you that extra edge of protection- think of it as an insurance policy for your health and appearance. Wise women know the power of staying youthful- prevention!
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A scientific study was published on the benefits if using Carrot Seed Oil to inhibit skin carcinomas (skin cancer). Here is a direct quote from the scientific literature
"(Regarding Carrot Seed Oil) The present data reveal that F2 fraction has a remarkable antitumor activity against DMBA/TPA-induced skin carcinogenesis, an effect that may be mediated through inhibition of the MAPK/ERK and PI3K/AKT pathways". read more here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28073348 and here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29674280
In other words, the medium used to create carcinoma was stopped by the carrot seed oil constituents.
Carrot seed oil is beneficial to apply at night as well as in the day. That's why I include it in the elixir and face cream. It's there to help your skin fight free radical damage caused by the breakdown of your own skin's natural barrier. By infusing the carrot seed and herbs /oils into an emulsion (water and oil cream) we are now enabling the constituents (micro molecules) to get past the "lock and key" portion of the lipid layers of your skin allowing the botanicals to absorb further into the derma (deeper layers of your skin) producing a more plumped and elastic smooth refined appearance and helping your skin to protect itself for years to come. Thank you Queen Anne!