Carrot oil - beauty booster for skin and hair?
Carrot oil is regarded as the miracle cure for beauty and self care: It is said to care for the hair, conjure up an even complexion and even be used as a foundation replacement, and all this for only a few Euros. What's the beauty hype about it? NEW YORKER News investigates.
1. Moisturizer. 
Carrot oil is made from the root of a carrot and is characterised by a particularly high content of vitamin A, which in turn plays a major role in the structure and renewal of our skin. Especially in the winter time carrot oil provides a lot of moisture and can care for dry and cracked skin. Thanks to its natural ingredients it is free of side effects and suits many different skin types. The oil can be easily applied to the skin as a part of your day or night care routine: After cleansing your face, simply place a few drops of the oil in the palms of your hands and massage into damp skin. 

2. Foundation replacement.
Carrot oil is the perfect substitute for foundation and gives an even, slightly tinted skin texture. Especially in winter it is ideal care for pale and tired looking skin. However, it is essential to use the oil sparingly during application - otherwise unflattering spots on the skin can develop! If you want to be on the safe side, mix the carrot oil into your skin care product and thus prevent your face from appearing too dark or even orange. Instead, your complexion will look healthy and naturally tanned and your summer glow will last even longer thanks to the carrot!

3. Anti-aging care. 
Another great side effect is that carrot oil can be used to prevent skin aging and wrinkles. Elements in vitamin A, also known as retinol, have cell protecting properties and also contribute to cell renewal. As a result, the skin appears firm and fresh. In addition, carrot oil can protect against sunburn and the ingredient pro-vitamin A helps with skin impurities such as blackheads and pimples and lets them heal naturally. 

4. Get rid your split ends. 
Carrot oil not only gives an skin an even appearance, but also serves to repair and strengthen your hair. For intensive care, massage a small amount into the tips of your hair and allow the oil to work for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it out again. IMPORTANT: If you have particularly dry areas, make sure that the carrot oil does not get on the scalp during application. The carotene it contains is easily absorbed by dry skin and therefore is easily discoloured. However, this does not affect the hair. It is essential to cover your clothing well before use, as carrot oil stains are very difficult to remove.

Carrot oil is very easy to prepare yourself 

Pure carrot oil is available in drugstores, organic food stores or health food shops and costs around five euros per bottle. Even if some bottles say "cold-pressed" on them, this is not correct. Because carrots do not contain any oil that can be pressed out. Carrot oil is another natural oil, which is enriched with carrot. With only a few ingredients, it can be easily made at home. 
  • 20 ml cold-pressed sesame oil, alternatively jojoba or almond oil
  • a grated carrot
  • a large sealable glass 
  • a pot 
  • a kitchen towel
Pour the natural oil and the grated carrot into a sealable glass jar, which in turn is placed in a pot of boiling water. Leave the glass in a hot water bath until the rasps soften and the oil turns orange. Then strain the mixture through a clean kitchen towel and then pour it into a bottle.