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17 Delicious Foods You Should Be Eating For Better Skin

Wine's involved.

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1. Red Wine

Resveratrol is a compound found in the skin of red grapes used to make red wine. Red wine drinkers reap beauty benefits because resveratrol has anti-aging properties, according to research by Harvard Medical School.

Recipe: Get your drank on with this Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate and Blackberries.

2. Dark Chocolate

Cocoa hydrates your skin and makes it firmer and more supple. It contains high levels of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, and improves skin luminosity.

University of Michigan Medical School suggests eating one ounce of dark chocolate a day that's at least 60% cocoa and made from cocoa butter, as opposed to fats like palm and coconut oils.

Recipe: Try making these Slow Cooker Fudge Bars using dark chocolate chips.


3. Avocado

A study published in the Archives of Dermatoligical Research indicates that polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado offer protection against UV damage in skin cells. Another study concluded that avocados are rich in vitamins A, D, and E, and help replenish dry and damaged skin.

Recipe: The Healthified 7 Layer Dip with avocado replaces traditional ingredients, like sour cream and canned beans, for healthier alternatives.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants, and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, as indicated in numerous reports. Skin benefits can be gained from drinking green tea, and adding it into your favorite recipes.

Recipe: Upgrade your basic dessert with these Green Tea & Strawberry Cupcakes.

5. Pumpkin

The Internal Dermal Institute reveals that pumpkin is loaded with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, which increase cell turnover for brighter and smoother skin. Acne can also be relieved via the zinc in pumpkin seeds. Zinc helps control oil production, and it aids in healing the skin.

Recipe: See if these Pumpkin Enchiladas taste as good as they look!

6. Oysters

Oysters are a great source of zinc. In her book, The Beauty Diet, Registered Dietician Lisa Drayer writes that oysters are the best whole-food source for the mineral, and that it's, "a major player in skin renewal and repair. It helps create collagen, which provides the structural support in skin."

Recipe: Flex for your dinner guests with these fancy Grilled Oysters.


8. Wild Caught Salmon

Salmon contains carotenoid anti-oxidants of astaxanthin, which, according to Dr. Axe, have the potential to reduce the effects of free radical damage that contribute to aging. The fish is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids—the "good fats" that promote skin hydration and prevent acne.

Wild salmon is advised over farm-raised salmon (also called Atlantic) because salmon farming "is associated with numerous environmental concerns, including water pollution, chemical use, parasites and disease," as reported by the Environmental Defense Fund.

Recipe: Delight in this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa.