The holidays are a time enjoy the company of family and friends…and eat lots and lots of food. Most people consider the holidays a time to indulge, but this can have a serious impact on your health. In particular, holiday treats can wreck havoc on your complexion. That second helping of pie might be tempting, but is it worth getting a face full of pimples (and right before NYE)? In order to keep skin clear and healthy, Paula Simpson (RNCP), Nutritionist & Co-Founder of ZSS Skincare, shared the worst holiday food for your skin.
The biggest no-nos? Eggnog and sugary desserts. Eggnog is both calorie-dense and loaded with sugar and saturated fat. The holiday drink is dairy based which can aggravate skin health, particularly if you are already blemish-prone. In general, sugary treats like cookies and pies can cause blood sugar levels to spike and fluctuate. According to Simpson, this can be detrimental to skin because consistent high blood sugar levels cause fluctuations in hormones that may over stimulate the oil glands, triggering blemish flare ups in acne prone skin. Sugar molecules can also impair precious collagen in the skin (this is protein hat makes skin firm, smooth, and plump). Nobody wants to have a face full of pimple’s in their family’s holiday photo, so be sure to limit your intake of sugary treats.
To keep your skin healthy, Simpson suggests eating the following foods during the holidays: turkey, sage, and cinnamon. Turkey contains a natural anti-aging component that reduces skin aging and supports elasticity. Turkey is also a great source of zinc, which encourages skin cell renewal and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Sage has been known to help improve skin circulation and renewal, while cinnamon stimulates blood flow, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the skin for natural radiance and glow. So feel free to load up your plate with these foods!