How Do I Choose the Best Foods for the Complexion?

A.E. Freeman

The best foods for the complexion contain antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E and omega-3 fatty acids. The nutrients in foods such as fish, certain vegetables, and dairy products improve your skin's texture and overall health. Certain foods for the complexion also protect your skin against damage from the sun. When choosing foods to eat for the best skin, look for whole foods and avoid processed or packaged foods.

Kiwi can boost skin's collagen levels.
Kiwi can boost skin's collagen levels.

Fish such as salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. High levels of omega-3s in foods for the complexion means your skin will have fewer wrinkles. Omega-3s also keep your pores clear, so you'll most likely experience few pimples or acne. Fatty acids also strengthen the membranes of cells, meaning your skin will be firmer and more youthful looking.

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the skin.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the skin.

Omega-3s are also known for their ability to fight inflammation, which can protect your skin from damage. You'll find the fatty acids in other fish, such as snapper and tuna. If you do not eat fish, you can get plenty of omega-3s for your complexion from flax seeds, walnuts, and certain oils.

Sunflower seeds are a source of vitamin E, which is good for the skin.
Sunflower seeds are a source of vitamin E, which is good for the skin.

Antioxidants should also be found in foods for the complexion. Look to fruits and vegetables to keep your skin healthy and to protect it from the sun and other damaging effects. Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and grapes have high levels of antioxidants, which protect and strengthen the cells of the skin. Kiwi and other fruits high in the antioxidant vitamin C boost the levels of collagen in the skin, which keeps it firm and prevents sagging or wrinkles.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in flax seed oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in flax seed oil.

Other foods for the complexion include vegetables such as sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes contain beta carotene, which will protect your skin from the sun. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamin E, which helps the skin heal more quickly. Other vegetables to eat for your complexion include spinach and other greens, artichokes, and broccoli.

Grapes are rich in skin cell protecting antioxidants.
Grapes are rich in skin cell protecting antioxidants.

Nuts and seeds are also great foods for the complexion. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, which slows down aging too. Pecans are also a good source of antioxidant vitamins, while peanuts provide B complex vitamins, which help prevent the skin from drying out. Most nuts are also good sources of zinc, a mineral that helps the skin heal faster and helps produce collagen.

Low-fat dairy products may help improve an individual's skin complexion.
Low-fat dairy products may help improve an individual's skin complexion.

Dairy products provide vitamin A, which keeps your skin soft and prevents over-drying. Vitamin A is also necessary for developing new skin cells. Choose dairy that is low in fat for the best results.

Oranges and other citrus fruits contain antioxidants and vitamins.
Oranges and other citrus fruits contain antioxidants and vitamins.
Nutrients in fruits can help to keep skin healthy.
Nutrients in fruits can help to keep skin healthy.

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Discussion Comments

bear78

I'm Indian and Indians love using turmeric for their skin. We consume a lot of turmeric with our meals and we also apply it on our skin as a mask. It brightens the skin and treats acne.

stoneMason

@alisha-- Complexion means color and texture but I think of it as the overall condition of skin. If you already eat very healthy, you might not see a major change in your complexion. But someone who doesn't eat right can improve his or her complexion a lot by adding foods that are high in antioxidants to their diet.

My favorite foods for complexion are dark colored fruits and vegetables like spinach, blackberries, blueberries and pomegranates. Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory and help make the skin healthier as well as more even and smooth.

discographer

So does complexion mean skin texture?

I know that eating lots of fruits and veggies and drinking enough water is good for skin and hair. But I don't understand how this will help my complexion.

I already eat very healthy but suffer from hyper-pigmentation and blemishes from acne. If foods helped complexion, I think it would have helped mine.

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