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9 Health and Beauty Benefits of Carrots

In addition to their sweet flavor and satisfying crunch, carrots are packed with beta carotene, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Here are the surprising health benefits of carrots you should know!

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Boost the Immune System

Carrots contain a variety of nutrients and antioxidants, along with vitamin C, that will boost your immune system. Eating carrots regularly creates a protective shield for your body from germs. See what other foods deliver a healthy dose of vitamin C.

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Keep Hair Happy and Healthy

Easily one of the top beauty benefits of carrots is gorgeous hair. Carrots provide your hair with vital vitamins, making your locks stronger, thicker and shinier than ever before.

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Create Glowing Skin

Get your glow on by eating more carrots! The same beta carotene that gives carrots their orange color will brighten your skin and make it glow. Remember not to consume carrots in excess, as they can cause your skin to temporarily turn yellowish-orange in color.

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Prevent Wrinkles

The beta carotene in carrots is converted into vitamin A in your body. “A” is for awesome because vitamin A promotes firm, elastic and healthy skin. To supplement your diet, Andalou Naturals Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream ($15) is an antioxidant-rich option that helps create firmer, toned looking skin.

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Protect Your Teeth

You’ll smile a little brighter thanks to carrots. Long hailed as a cavity-fighting vegetable, chewing a raw carrot acts as a natural toothbrush. Carrots are also high in plaque-fighting keratin and vitamin A, which help strengthen delicate tooth enamel.

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Nourish Dry Skin

Carrots are great if you suffer from dry skin because they are packed with potassium. Drink carrot juice regularly to keep your body and skin hydrated—or treat yourself to a carrot-based cream like Yes to Carrots Nourishing Super Rich Body Butter ($15).

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Treat Skin Blemishes

Drinking carrot juice may also help in reducing the appearance of blemishes and scars. Don’t want to drink the juice? You can also apply carrot pulp directly to your skin.

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Protect Skin from the Sun

Carrots can protect your skin from the sun’s rays. The beta carotene in carrots is a skin-friendly nutrient that gets converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin tissues while also protecting skin from harmful radiation.

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Reduce the Look of Oily Skin

If you suffer from oily skin, you may have noticed that your skincare products contain vitamin A in the form of retinoids and tretinoin. Carrots also offer a ton a Vitamin A, so eating carrots will help reduce oily skin from the inside out.

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