Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin C that helps protect skin cells against sun damage by promoting the repair of DNA harmed by UV rays. Papaya is also rich in the enzyme papain, which helps nourish and support healthy skin by breaking down dead skin cells so they slough off more easily.
Papaya skins can be used to exfoliate your skin, and a finely ground paste of raw papaya makes a great face mask for reducing pimples and blemishes. Also, ripe papaya can be eaten as fruit, while young, green papaya can be used in stews and soups.
8. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains flavonols that help the skin stay hydrated, protect skin from sun damage and increase blood flow. Also, it contains a good amount of cocoa that helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown leading to fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, women who drank cocoa fortified with 326 mgs of flavonols had better skin texture. You can also eat a little dark chocolate every day.