The benefits of Beta Carotene

Everything you need to know about this natural antioxidant, why it’s good for your skin and how it helps you to tan more effectively.

The benefits of Beta Carotene

What is beta carotene?

Beta carotene is the strongly coloured red-orange pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their bright colour. First crystallized from the roots of carrots in 1831 by German pharmacist Heinrich Wilhelm Ferdinand Wackenroder, the name comes from the Greek, beta meaning ‘b’ and the Latin carota meaning ‘carrot’ and it is part of a large group of anti-oxidants called carotenoids - a group which includes lycopene, found in tomatoes and about 600 other carotenes. Beta carotene is thought to be the most physiologically and nutritionally important of all the carotenes and therefore is the best known and most studied.

 

What foods are rich in Beta Carotene?

This vital provitamin is particularly associated with carrots, however it can also be found in other yellow and dark green vegetables like sweet potato, pumpkins, peppers, peas, broccoli, spinach, green lettuces, and orange fruits including apricots, cantaloupe melons, peaches, nectarines and papayas.

 

Why do our bodies need it?

Along with other carotenoids, beta carotene is a molecule that can be easily converted into vitamin A in the liver. In the form of vitamin A, beta carotene is a vital antioxidant essential for the health and correct functioning of the human system. It protects the body from free radicals by inhibiting the oxidation of cells. Vitamin A is also thought to possess many other positive health benefits including boosting immunity and helping to prevent night blindness and other eye problems (yes, carrots do help you see in the dark!).Not only this, Vitamin A protects against toxins such as colds, flu and infections as well as cancers.”

 

So how is it good for my skin?  

Human skin is susceptible to injury, disease and sun exposure, all of which can accelerate ageing. As we know already, in the body, beta carotene converts into retinol and other forms of vitamin A which helps to protect and repair the skin, which contributes to healing wounds, stimulating skin cell growth and renewal and building collagen, which is vital to help maintain the skin's elasticity. Added to this, because beta carotene is also a natural pigment, it can also add a tanned colour to the skin.

So how do you get this wonder ingredient into your beauty regime? Step forward new Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water Enhanced Tan Formula SPF 30. This little bottle of sun protection packs a powerful punch. It contains broad spectrum filters natural active beta carotene to enhance your tan and improve skin quality. All this in an Ultra-light solar water spray format for face and body that is brilliantly easy to apply, non-sticky, non-greasy and with a clear finish that doesn’t stain. The radical lightweight solar water formula is fast absorbing for a barely-there feel and hydrates and protects while feeling comfortable even on sensitive skin.

 

It’s never been so easy to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, while ensuring you get the healthy-looking colour you desire, but thanks to beta carotene you can now do both. Hello healthy tan!