3. Dark chocolate
The sweet treat is rich in cocoa flavanols, plant compounds with antioxidant properties, which help hydrate skin and improve circulation. Women who consumed a high flavanol cocoa powder drink daily for 12 weeks experienced less skin roughness and scaliness compared to a control group. This is equivalent to consuming 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate.
Experts suggest taking a 1-ounce portion or 150 calories of dark chocolate, to reap the good skin benefits without the weight gain.
Avocado is a fruit rich in vitamin C and vitamin E. Both these vitamins are known for their antioxidant properties. In particular, vitamin C helps to reduce skin inflammation and to optimise the production of collagen. This in turn improves skin tone and reduces wrinkles.
Don’t be put off by the avocado’s high fat content. It mostly consists of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which help in reducing “bad” cholesterol.
Apart from direct food consumption, you can consider using skin products containing avocado oil extract, which have also been shown to promote skin hydration, elasticity and smoothness.
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