The pigments that give the fruit its beautiful deep red colour are powerful antioxidants that can protect skin from sun damage and premature ageing.
Cherries are also a great source of vitamin C, which is vital for collagen production, and have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help calm skin redness that comes with acne, eczema and rosacea.
TRY IT: Make a simple anti-ageing face mask that can help fade pigmentation marks by pitting a handful of ripe cherries and mashing them with a garlic press.
Apply the crushed fruit to your face, leave for 15 minutes and rinse off.
Cucumber is 96 per cent water yet still provides an astonishing array of beauty benefits.
The dark green skin is one of the richest food sources of silica, a mineral that plays an important role in maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails. So whatever you do, don’t peel cucumber before eating it.
Cucumber has also been used since Roman times as an ingredient in skincare and can do everything from banishing under-eye puffiness to soothing blemishes.
TRY IT: For a refreshing bath, add a handful of Dead Sea salts, one sliced cucumber and a few drops of diluted essential oil to warm water.
Make the oil by mixing five drops of your favourite essential oils with 1tbsp carrier oil. One drop rose, two drops lemon and two drops vanilla essential oils in 1tbsp almond oil is a lovely combination.
Packed with antioxidants, tomatoes can help protect skin against sun damage. They are a great source of lycopene, which can help reverse the adverse ageing effects of UV rays.
Cooked tomatoes are a far richer source of lycopene than raw so make a pot of tomato soup or add passata to stews and casseroles.
Or try this easy tomato sauce. Fill a baking tray with halved tomatoes, add garlic and dried herbs, drizzle with olive oil and bake at a low to medium heat for 30 minutes. Blend to make a smooth puree and serve with pasta.
TRY IT: Shrink pores by mixing 1tbsp fresh tomato juice with 1tsp fresh lemon or lime juice and dab it on to affected areas using cotton wool. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
These delicious nuts contain high levels of beneficial monounsaturated fats as well as a range of B vitamins and protein, making them a nutritious and filling snack.
However they have the additional benefit of being anti-inflammatory, meaning they can help alleviate skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Macadamia nut oil is often used in shampoo and conditioner for dry or damaged hair but you can also apply it neat to skin, hair and nails. It mimics the skin’s natural oils, sinking in immediately and nourishing dry areas.
TRY IT: You can use a little oil as a make-up remover to cleanse skin and gently melt away mascara. As an additional benefit, it acts like a serum sinking in and nourishing the delicate skin around the eyes.
Cocoa solids contain more antioxidants than almost any other food. They are also a good source of minerals including calcium, copper, and zinc, which are all essential for healthy skin, hair and nails.
It’s often claimed that chocolate is bad for the skin and causes spots but there is no real evidence that this is the case.
In fact, dark chocolate that contains at least 72 per cent cocoa solids could improve blemished skin because of its anti-inflammatory qualities. White and milk chocolate do not have the same benefits unfortunately.
TRY IT: Improve the texture and tone of your skin with this exfoliating mask.
Blend 5tbsp cocoa powder, 4tbsp honey, 3tbsp ground oatmeal and 2tbsp Greek yogurt. Apply to cleansed skin and leave for 20 minutes. When you rinse it off, massage it gently over the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells.
This delicious tropical fruit is packed with antioxidants that have multiple skin benefits.
Mango contains betacarotene, which can be converted by the body into vitamin A. Lack of vitamin A can damage skin, leaving it rough, as well causing a flaky scalp and dull, brittle hair.
The easiest way to eat a mango is to slice it lengthwise into thirds and discard the centre third, which contains the stone.
Then score the inside of the other two thirds into a criss-cross pattern and turn these sections inside out so the flesh is easy to eat.
TRY IT: Banish blackheads by mixing 1tsp mango pulp with 1tsp manuka honey and massaging it over your face.
Leave on for 10-20 minutes then rinse off. This will exfoliate skin and give it a healthy glow.
This wonderful oil with its characteristic fragrance is a health and beauty essential.
As well as being used in cooking, it’s a popular hair and skin moisturiser and has antiseptic properties.
It has multiple uses in terms of beauty and wellbeing. You can apply it as a night cream or a lip balm or massage a small amount into the ends of your hair as a natural leave-in conditioner.
Research has shown that coconut oil creams significantly improve skin elasticity, smoothness and tone, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
TRY IT: Make a body scrub by combining equal quantities of melted coconut oil and demerara sugar.
Massage over the body, paying attention to dry areas such as the elbows, knees and heels, then rinse off.