With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m going to go through some traditional Thanksgiving foods to tell you what they mean for your skin. It is important to note that there are very few evidence-based studies showing a direct causal relationship between diet and skin diseases. However, there is evidence linking some foods to flare-ups of already-present conditions, and other foods to certain skin benefits. Stay tuned to hear some tips about how to keep your skin looking great this Thanksgiving!
This classic family gathering snack food is considered to be pro inflammatory, meaning it can aggravate skin conditions like acne and negatively impact skin appearance. You can substitute this appetizer with whole-grain tortilla chips and guacamole to avoid the negative impacts to your skin and even benefit from the antioxidants in avocados that can help protect the skin from UV rays.
Ham, gravy, and other popular holiday dishes can be excessively salty, which can cause puffiness in your skin due to water retention. To combat this, we recommend washing your face with cool water and a gentle cleanser and lightly massaging swollen areas, especially the under eyes, to stimulate lymphatic drainage. A jade roller, available in the H&H Science Boutiques located at all of our offices, can assist in massaging your face and its benefits will be amplified if you put it in the freezer ahead of time.
Some carb-heavy foods like bread and mashed potatoes have been linked to acne breakouts and blemishes. Try not to over-consume these foods during your Thanksgiving meal and make sure you’re sticking to an acne-fighting skin regimen if you are prone to acne. If you don’t already have a skincare regimen, you can make a consult appointment with any of the providers at 330.725.0569 and we will recommend products and treatments.
Beverages like pop, coffee and alcohol can dehydrate you inside and out. Be sure to drink plenty of water between other drinks to benefit both your skin and your overall health. Fight the dehydration these beverages cause your skin with regular application of high-quality moisturizers like the Nourish Line Body Lotions and Facial Moisturizer from H&H Science. Alcohol consumption can also dilate your blood vessels which may make your skin appear red and dull and aggravate rosacea, so try to limit your alcohol intake this Thanksgiving if you want to avoid these skin problems.
Dairy has been linked to acne, wrinkles and rashes. It can aggravate symptoms of these common skin issues because it is highly inflammatory. When possible, opt for an alternative like almond milk to avoid overloading your body with dairy.
Sugar has been linked to breakouts, wrinkles and saggy, dull skin. It can also trigger inflammation, so enjoy the Thanksgiving desserts in moderation to reduce sugar’s effects on your skin. Pumpkin pie actually has some skin-friendly antioxidants including beta-carotene, which contributes to youthful looking skin, so consider indulging in a slice of pumpkin pie over other sugary treats this year.
Berries are packed with antioxidants that can help fight aging and protect against free radical skin damage from the sun. Add a fruit salad to the dinner table and pack the cranberries onto your plate this Thanksgiving to reap these skin benefits!
Corn contains the two antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been linked to helping defend the skin from sun damage. They do this by contributing to the formation of a macular pigment that can filter out some of the sun’s rays. You can also take some of the salt and oil out of your meal by eating your corn with a plant-based butter as opposed to a regular butter.
Kale contains the same two antioxidants as corn, allowing it to participate in protecting your skin from sun damage. It also contains vitamins A and C which have been linked to skin firming. Spinach is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help with clear skin, anti-aging and sun protection. Add these greens to your salads and stuffing this year to help keep your skin vibrant!
Turkey is full of protein, which can help to improve your skin structure, making it firm and supple. When choosing your main dish at the dinner buffet, also keep in mind that dark meat has more vitamins and minerals than light meat.
Fish and certain nuts (like walnuts) contain a type of omega-3 called DHA, which is an anti-inflammatory. Since inflammation is linked to acne and rosacea flare-ups, as well as accelerated signs of aging, substituting with more omega-3 rich foods this Thanksgiving can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
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