Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. “And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant,” adds Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. “When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness,” says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and the author of Feed Your Face. Try cocoa-rich Body Creams
Low-Fat Dairy Products
Vitamin A is one the most important components of healthy skin. One of the best places to get it is low-fat dairy products. In fact, experts say that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary vitamin A.
Nutrition expert Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, says it’s doubly important to eat A-rich dairy foods if you have either diabetes or a thyroid condition.
“Many people who have these problems can’t convert the beta carotene to vitamin A, which is the form found in many foods that we normally associate with this vitamin, such as carrots,” says Lipski, the founder and Director of InnovativeHealing.com and the author of Digestive Wellness.
Vitamin C for radiant skin
Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant. It is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly. The best sources are blackcurrants, oranges, papaya, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi, strawberries and sweet potatoes. They all help to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin.
Vitamin E protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage and supports healthy skin growth. Almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, pine nuts and sunflower and corn oils are high in vitamin E.
Drinking green tea may reduce your risk of skin cancer. Green tea is also filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, Dr. Perricone says. Add a generous squeeze of citrus juice to zour green tea. The secret of green tea