Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant. When ingested, the body converts it to Vitamin A. It helps reduce free radical damage in the body and plays a vital role in the reproductive processes. It also keeps eyes healthy. When used in cosmetics it's a healthy orange colorant.
What else can beta carotene do?
- It helps protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Research has shown that persons with a diet rich in beta carotene foods and whose topical skin care contained this ingredient enjoyed this photoprotection.
- It can reduce the dark spots (melasma) on the skin. Using topically applied beta carotene can help reduce or eliminate discoloration over a period of 9-10 weeks.