Get your five a day

Get your five a day

Fruit and vegetables aren’t just good to eat – they also help some of our favourite beauty products to work more effectively

 As well as eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, try these hardworking and beauty boosting products to enjoy the benefits of ‘five a day’ in a different way…

Cucumber extracts help to calm and cool the redness and heat associated with reactive, sensitised or over-processed skin, as well as rosacea; you’ll find it in Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser, an extremely gentle, PH-balanced gel/cream that glides easily over face and eyes to cleanse without stripping the skin’s protective barrier.

Carrot extract is rich in beta-carotene and acts as a natural UV absorber. It’s one of the ingredients in Paul Mitchell’s Detangler, a conditioning product for medium to coarse hair that helps to smooth, soften, prevent moisture loss and guard vulnerable strands against sun damage.

As the name suggests, Elemis’s Superfood Facial Wash is packed with nutrient dense superfoods. Avocado, broccoli and pumpkin seed oils are combined with a prebiotic to help balance the skin’s precious microbiome, and wheatgrass, kale and nettle are combined to leave the complexion looking outdoor-fresh, bright and radiant.

The AHA from apple extract helps to removes impurities. Gatineau’s Radiance Enhancing Gommage harnesses the power of apple to eliminate dead skin cells and reveal a renewed and naturally radiant complexion. A mild enzymatic formula, designed for all skin types, it leaves the complexion smooth, soft, fresh and brightened.

Just the scent of coconut can give you a boost: in seconds, Skinny Tan’s Coconut Water Tanning Mist leaves your skin with a healthy and glowing medium tan that lasts for weeks. And you can simply spritz and go – no need to rinse for a super-natural looking, even tan.

Mouth-watering strawberry and kiwi fruit help to restore the glow to dulled complexions. Elemis Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask is a creamy, tantalising and fruity pick-me-up for tired complexions – and it makes the perfect flash treatment before parties and special occasions.

Watermelon is ideal for soothing and cooling the skin. Elemental Herbology’s Watermelon and Cucumber Body Moisturiser is a light and non-greasy moisturiser containing cooling and nourishing botanicals. Ideal for the summer months, it helps to optimise the life of your tan whilst soothing and cooling the skin.

Grapefruit helps to brighten and even skin tone; Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant also contains natural ingredients to gently microfoliate the skin’s surface, facilitating the penetration of the brightening complex, and to help dissolve excess surface cells. The unique, rice-based enzyme powder microfoliates dulling debris and instantly leaves your skin noticeably smoother and brighter.

Moroccanoil’s Smoothing Mask contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein to coat porous strands and split ends. It’s also packed with highly concentrated Argan butter to deeply hydrate hair for enhanced manageability through intense nourishment.

The botanical butters of mango and jojoba can help to re-energise the skin. Decleor’s Aromessence Magnolia Youthful Night Balm harnesses their power to recharge your complexion overnight. Made from 100 per cent natural origin ingredients, use of this product helps the skin to look plumper and firmer, with a fresh and luminous glow.

If you’re looking for a transitional product, as summer gives way to autumn, avocado and soy plant oils are known for their nourishing properties, offering comfort as the seasons change. With a new, velvet finish, providing skin with cocooning textures, Decleor’s Hydra Floral 24hr Hydrating Rich Cream is an intelligent formula that protects against pollution and dehydration to preserve skin’s beauty. It also contains rosehip plant oil, to supply the skin with essential fatty acids.