Carrot oil is used to achieve a safer and deeper tan. Carrot oil contains high levels of carotenoids, organic pigments with powerful antioxidant qualities. Antioxidants help protect skin cells from the damaging effects of environmental free-radicals, such as those created by the sun’s UV rays. Studies indicate that one type of carotenoid -- beta-carotene -- is effective at defending against skin photodamage, though more research into its beneficial effects is needed, according to a 2001 review published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Carrot oil doesn’t offer sun protection, so it must be used in conjunction with a sunscreen to avoid burning.
Massage carrot oil into moist skin after showering for up to seven days before sun exposure.
Massage carrot oil into moist skin each morning before sun exposure.
Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 (higher if you have pale, easily burned skin) on top of the carrot oil.
Reapply sunscreen every two hours during sun exposure, and immediately after swimming.
Massage carrot oil all over the body every evening after sun exposure.