There are many well-known foods that contribute to maintaining clear and healthy skin, such as fruits, nuts and yoghurt. You can find a variety of foods that also does the same, if not better, but are lesser known, due to their uniqueness in taste and texture that don’t suit every person’s palates or preferences. Give them a try, and who knows – you might be pleasantly surprised.

1) Oysters

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Oysters are a type of mollusc that is one of the best sources of zinc. It strengthens the immune system, encourages tissue repair, and helps clear the skin. They also contain high levels of protein and vitamins, preventing skin sagging and the formation of wrinkles. As oysters are somewhat of a novelty, it can be considered as an acquired taste. Shellfish allergies are also common, which narrows down the group of people able to enjoy it.

2) Wasabi

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Wasabi, also known as Japanese horseradish, is a spicy green paste made from a root vegetable. Other than having antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it improves blood circulation, keeping your skin clear and encouraging a healthy glow. An element called sufinyl in the plant is said to be a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce skin aging. So, take an extra spoonful of wasabi to go with your sushi the next time you’re at a Japanese restaurant – only if you can handle the heat!

3) Garlic

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Garlic is used in many dishes as a flavour enhancer, but it also has many healing properties. Even a small amount of crushed or sliced garlic can help to unclog pores to reduce and prevent acne and smoothen the skin. Garlic contains allicin, which has antibacterial, antioxidant and antiaging properties. However, is also the same compound that causes the pungent smell and strong taste, which some may find unpleasant.

4) Dark Chocolate

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Yes, it’s true, you can eat chocolate and still maintain a good complexion. Not everyone can tolerate its bitter taste (or maybe even chocolate -shudders-), but it is known to have many benefits for the skin. Dark chocolate contains a large amount of cocoa, which increases blood flow. It is also rich in antioxidants – even more than some berries, in fact – that keeps your skin free of damage. However, it is still considered a treat, so do make sure to eat it in moderation.