Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects it from sun damage and, contrary to popular belief, does not cause acne.

IN PICTURES: 10 everyday beauty foods for healthy hair and skin

Oysters, soy and dark chocolate have been named as some of the most surprising everyday foods to eat in order to boast healthy hair and skin this summer.

Health and lifestyle specialists at Vivotion.com have researched the most nutritious and wholesome snacks that have surprising beauty benefits too.

This popular Asian bean is eaten widely partly due to its anti-aging benefits. Soy contains aglycone which is a type of isoflavone. The isoflavone helps stop collagen from breaking down, which is the cause for skin sagging and lines being formed. Isoflavones are majority found in beans.

5. 6. Soy beans

This popular Asian bean is eaten widely partly due to its anti-aging benefits. Soy contains aglycone which is a type of isoflavone. The isoflavone helps stop collagen from breaking down, which is the cause for skin sagging and lines being formed. Isoflavones are majority found in beans.
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he veggie is a great source of beta-carotene, a nutrient which is found in plants and is easily converted into Vitamin A by the body. One serving (100g) offers nearly 4 times the required daily intake of Vitamin A. ''The antioxidants can protect the skin cells from exposure, preventing sunburn. Alongside this the large amounts of beta-carotene could lead to the skin having a warm, orange tone giving the illusion of a healthy appearance.

6. 7. Sweet potato

he veggie is a great source of beta-carotene, a nutrient which is found in plants and is easily converted into Vitamin A by the body. One serving (100g) offers nearly 4 times the required daily intake of Vitamin A. ''The antioxidants can protect the skin cells from exposure, preventing sunburn. Alongside this the large amounts of beta-carotene could lead to the skin having a warm, orange tone giving the illusion of a healthy appearance.
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Rich in water, they are great for hydrating skin cells, alongside being a high source of vitamin C, which produces collagen, leaving skin supple.

7. 8. Oranges

Rich in water, they are great for hydrating skin cells, alongside being a high source of vitamin C, which produces collagen, leaving skin supple.
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Avocados are used as an ingredient in shampoos and face masks for a reason  particularly avocado oil. 'The monosaturated fatty acids packed into this fruit are key for healthy hair, skin and nails, and they also help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the appearance of ageing in skin. '' ''They contain stacks of antioxidants and fibre, and one avocado is packed with more potassium  one of the seven essential macro minerals  than a medium banana!

8. 9. Avocado

Avocados are used as an ingredient in shampoos and face masks for a reason particularly avocado oil. 'The monosaturated fatty acids packed into this fruit are key for healthy hair, skin and nails, and they also help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the appearance of ageing in skin. '' ''They contain stacks of antioxidants and fibre, and one avocado is packed with more potassium one of the seven essential macro minerals than a medium banana!
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