Can You Change Skin Tone with Food?

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Dull, congested skin that appears to have aged prematurely is a common problem for many people. While microdermabrasion, laser treatments and face lifts can help to make you look younger, there are some natural ways to alter your skin’s overall look simply by adding certain foods to your diet on a regular basis.

Eat more vitamin E rich foods like raw sunflower seeds, olives, papaya and boiled greens like Swiss chard, spinach and mustard greens. According to World', foods high in vitamin E help keep the skin looking healthy because they protect the skin from harmful UV light.

Consume foods that contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, halibut, flaxseeds, walnuts and raw tofu. Omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce skin inflammation and keep cell membranes healthy. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to help those with sun sensitivity and psoriasis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Add regular servings of berries like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries to your diet. Berries can help your skin look smoother, firmer and more supple because they help to produce collagen, and they are extremely high in the antioxidants which can help to get rid of free radicals that damage the skin and lead to premature aging, according to

Eat vitamin A-rich foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, broccoli, apricots, asparagus, green beans, yellow corn, peas, eggs and beef liver regularly to keep your skin looking radiant and smooth. If you can’t add more vitamin A to your diet, the Women’s Health website recommends beta carotene supplements instead.