Beta-carotene for healthy summer skin!
Skin health is a sign of good health, so it’s important to work from the inside out if you want that natural, radiant glow. This summer, make sure to top up on Beta-carotene, the nutrient that will help give you a bright and healthy complexion.
Beta-carotene is an essential nutrient for skin cell repair and growth. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol) as required. Vitamin A is not only critical for skin health, but it also supports the immune system and good eye health.
Beta-carotene differs from the Vitamin A in supplements and skincare products in that it needs to be converted to the active form of Vitamin A by the body. The advantage of dietary beta-carotene is that the body only converts as much as it needs. Too much Vitamin A from supplements can lead to liver toxicity and even cause birth defects in pregnancy. However, beta-carotene from food is a safe way of getting vitamin A through the diet.
In the summer months, the antioxidant effect of beta-carotene can work as a sunscreen by helping defend the skin against UV rays. For optimal sun protection, beta-carotene together with topical sunscreen is the way to go.
To boost your beta-carotene levels and get that glowing skin naturally, top up on wholefood sources that are high in this nutrient. Beta-carotene is a red/orange pigment found in many fresh fruits and vegetables and is also highly concentrated in deep green coloured vegetables. By eating a combination of golden orange foods and deep green veggies, you’ll have the recipe for a healthy glow that lasts all year round! So eat plenty of sweet potatoes, apricots, peaches, oranges, carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, spinach and kale! To ensure you have enough beta-carotene in your diet, aim for at least two servings a day of one of the above fruits and/or veggies.
If you’d like to try using beta-carotene topically, try incorporating Apricot Kernel Oil into a home facial. Apricot Kernel Oil is a nourishing oil that is naturally rich in beta-carotene and absorbs easily into the skin. Also rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, it’s excellent for all skin types.
Yours in natural health,
Always consult your healthcare professional before commencing a new dietary or exercise regime, before using any supplements and before making any changes to prescribed medications.