What Foods to Eat for a Clear Complexion

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What Foods to Eat for a Clear Complexion
Healthy food selections can assist in keeping skin beautiful (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

There is no one specific food or food type guaranteed to keep skin smooth and clear. Eating a healthy diet of fresh foods is the best agenda for retaining healthy skin as you age. Foods rich in antioxidants help destroy free radicals which cause inflammation negatively affecting the skin. In addition -- with a careful diet -- make sure to wear sunblock when outdoors and keep your skin moisturised night and day.

Produce for Skin

All fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants to keep your skin healthy and fresh looking. Delicious and colourful berries are considered to be one of the best group of fruit for a healthy skin -- they possess many benefits for the body as well as the skin. Choose from strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. When berries are out of season, try the frozen-food case. Also try cranberry snacks and fresh pomegranate seeds.


Drinking lots of pure water daily will help keep the skin hydrated. Water flushes out toxins from the body and helps digestion Drinking eight glasses of water is recommended, but will vary somewhat depending on your physical activity and outdoor temperature. Enjoy several cups of green tea each day, loaded with antioxidants to reduce inflammation and puffiness around the eyes.

Dairy Products

Low at dairy products are rich in vitamin A and beneficial for healthy skin. Enjoy some non-fat yoghurt rich in live bacteria and calcium which aids digestion and clears skin. For double benefit, add fresh fruit to your plain yoghurt and a bit of honey for sweetness. Low-fat cheese and milk rich in vitamins and calcium also help you retain clear and healthy skin.

Healthy Oils

Get adequate essential fatty acids in your diet for healthy cell membranes. Fatty-acids include Omega 3 and Omega 6. The best foods containing these nutrients are fresh cold-water fish such as salmon and halibut and flaxseed. Olive oil, grapeseed oil and avocado oil containing vitamin E are most beneficial when cold pressed and organic. Essential fatty-acids are also available in supplement form. Fatty acids reduce inflammation and help retain moisture in the skin.

Nuts, Seeds and Grains

Try wide variety of whole grains by selecting whole grain bread, oatmeal, barley and whole grain pasta. These foods are rich in the B vitamins which assist in building new cells. Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E as well as other vitamins and minerals supporting clear skin.

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