Carrots, you may have noticed, are in quite a few organic beauty products. To some it sounds a little odd that a vegetable they're used to boiling with the spuds or grating for the salad at dinner time would be useful for the outside of the body as well as in.

Carrot seed oil is high in beta carotene and vitamin A. These help to maintain skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles (not to mention improve poor vision if a person is lacking in the vitamin). This is why carrots are found in many anti-aging products.

The carotenoids in carrots help to protect the skin against the damage caused by ultra violet rays. The pleasant irony of this is that it also provides a natural tanning boost when applied (hypercarotenemia, the over consumption of carrots, is the condition that turns the skin orange but is in no way dangerous).

Some popular organic skin care products you will find carrots (botanical name Daucus carota) are Carrot Cream by Lavera Basis, Eye Cream for Night by Green People and Cream Cleanser by Trilogy.

Rich in minerals and antioxidants, when drunk as a juice, carrots give the skin a natural glow and helps to remove indigestible fibre. The root vegetables can be used to treat intestinal parasites, tonsillitis, constipation and other digestive problems.