There are some amazing plants with brilliant orange colors, related to being high in beta carotene. Sea buckthorn, marigolds, and carrots all contain this glowing orange pigment, plus other amazing nutrients that are great for the skin. Below, is an overview of each of these three herbs, and some scientific studies demonstrating their skin improving potential. Plus, try the three easy skin recipes containing these orange beauties to help make your skin look radiant!
Also called seaberry, sea buckthorn is a coastal shrub that has been used in folk remedies as a skin softener. It is rich in vitamins E and A as well as carotenoids and palmitoleic acid; all of which are known for improving skin (1). A human study has also revealed it may help reduce the signs of aging by increasing cutaneous thickness (2). Further, it may be helpful for skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (3).
Rubbing carrier oils with this plant’s berries on your face will create a stained orange shine for about 15 minutes, until it absorbs. Here is an easy five ingredient recipe with sea buckthorn, rose hip oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and helichrysum essential oil that you can blend together in just a few minutes: Orange Glow Face Serum Recipe.
Also known as calendula, marigolds contain carotenes as well as phenolic acids, flavonoids, sterols, other terpenoids, and triterpenes, which have antioxidant and free radical reducing capabilities for the skin (4). Calendula has shown in human studies to reduce wound healing time (5), as well as acute dermatitis (6). Additional studies have demonstrated potential for the plant as skin protective against UV rays (7), effective for psoriasis (8), having the ability to improve skin tone (9), reduce diaper rash (10), and protect against skin damage and aging (11).
With a distinct aroma, marigolds offer an aromatic pleasure to at home skincare recipes. Grow your marigolds organically, and then harvest them to make this infused calendula oil recipe: Calendula Skin Serum Recipe.
High in vitamin A, also called retinol, carrots have shown through research to aid in skin healing. The plant also contains vitamin C, a skin antioxidant. In preliminary studies, carrot oil showed potential in fighting skin cancer (12). In another study, a cream made with extracts of carrot root reduced skin wound healing time in vivo; human studies are warranted (13).
Carrot seeds, flowers, and roots have been used for various skincare products. Try this carrot root face mask recipe for improved skin tone, texture, and color:
Mix the three ingredients together. Then, apply to the face as a mask. Next, relax and let the mask set for about 15 minutes. Then, gently wash off with warm water and a soft wash cloth.
Extracts from these plants have shown beneficial for topical use on the skin. When plants rich in beta-carotene are eaten, they may also help improve skin quality. So eat your carrots, take a slice of pumpkin pie, or grind up a papaya in a smoothie for glowing skin! Here are a few studies:
There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
-Vincent Van Gogh