‘Tis the season to over-indulge, but while it’s not the best thing for your waistline, it could be good for your skin.

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From turkey’s toning prowess to the anti-ageing powers of a handful of salted nuts, Simple nutritionist Fiona Hunter shares some of her secret skin-loving ingredients found in your favourite festive fare.

Turkey

A mere 100g of turkey contains nearly 75% of an adult’s recommended daily amount of protein.

Protein is essential for the manufacture of collagen, the main component of one of the lower layers of the skin and an imperative for keeping skin toned and supple.

Turkey also provides a fair amount of the mineral selenium, an antioxidant that helps neutralise free radicals and protect the skin against damage. So go on, have that second helping!

Sprouts

Before you pass on the Brussels, remember this – sprouts are packed with Vitamin C which helps to stimulate collagen growth in the skin. You might not pass on them now, eh?

Carrots

Whether they’re honey roasted, dry roasted, boiled or steamed, eating up your carrots will help to regenerate new skin cells thanks to the beta-carotene found in them. Baby smooth skin can be yours.

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Chocolate

The breakfast choice of millions on Christmas Day, reach for the dark chocolate if you can instead of milk as it contains flavanols, a clever little group of phytochemicals that protect the skin from damage by free radicals, known to cause wrinkles and ageing. An After Eight mint at 9am? Well, it’d be rude not to…

Nuts

Go nuts for nuts! Cashews as they’re packed full of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E that help improve skin’s elasticity, preventing fine lines and wrinkles.