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Eight foods that make your skin GLOW -- and how!

Last updated on: August 11, 2012 09:23 IST

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If you want your complexion to radiate good health, here's what you should be eating.

All of us and women in particular are very concerned about skin health. But relax, it's not rocket science. You just need to do the right thing at the right time to get the right results -- and not at the cost of starving yourself to look good.

Here's what to include as part of your diet.

Dark chocolate

Even a small piece of chocolate provides us with high levels of cocoa flavanols, which have been associated with softer, more hydrated skin. But we need to make sure that we consume it in proper quantities and don't overdo it. It also helps reduce the possibilities of a heart attack and in purifying the blood.



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Milk is great for skin and hair health, as it contains riboflavin (Vitamin B2), the contents of which assist other nutrients as powerful antioxidants, to repair and maintain tissue.

Milk is also absolutely dynamite for the te#240 an an excellent source of calcium, it keeps our teeth clean, healthy and totally cavity-free. It also promotes reformation of enamel.



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Many foods like chicken and turkey provide us with high-quality proteins, which are important for skin growth, repair and maintenance. Skimmed milk, yoghurt and cheese are great sources too.

Egg yolk contains Vitamin B12, which promotes hair growth and reduces any hairloss.

The same products can also be used to reduce duck-bill nails.

Eczema sufferers can get great relief if they consume yoghurts regularly.

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An oyster-rich diet helps maintain collagen levels in the skin. Theyalso contain lots of zinc and keep your hair and scalp healthy.

Substitutes for oysters include chicken, turkey and crab. They are also used as mixtures in various dietary supplements.



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They contain antioxidant phytonutrients that get rid of free radicals in the blood and guard your collagen, thereby boosting skin repair. Collagen makes your skin smooth, supple and plump.

Berries help your skin look younger.



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Salmon plays a key role in keeping our skin smooth. It provides oils to the skin, which lubricate and reduce inflammations that cause redness, acne and scaly skin. It also contains Vitamin B12 and iron.

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Nuts, seeds and vegetables

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Snacks like almonds and sunflower seeds contain anti-inflammatory and immunity-enhancing nutrients. They also include Vitamin E, which helps reduce skin flare-ups.

Spinach and arugula have naturally occurring antioxidants. They keep your skin complexion radiant and blemish-free.



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They contain oodles of Vitamin A, which is vital for healthy skin. Carrots also contain high amount of antioxidants, which prevent damage done to the skin by free radicals.

Lack of Vitamin A in one's diet leads to dry and flaky skin, so carrots help a lot in keeping skin fresh and healthy.