5 Things You Eat This Holiday That Aren't Good For Your Skin
Foods you should avoid
- Rice, breads and pastas. These carb-stuffed dishes are packed with refined carbohydrates, causing higher insulin levels which lead to an overproduction of oils in our skin, leaving you with an oily complexion and prone to breakouts.
Try instead: Protein-rich dishes with less carbs, as amino acids in protein help to support the body’s production of collagen, giving you glowing and youthful skin.
- Too much salty foods. Salty foods can cause excess water retention in your skin, leading to your skin looking “puffy” and a dull and pasty appearance.
Try instead: Pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup. Pumpkin is full of vitamins and nutrients good for the skin, as it contains fruit enzymes and AHAs that help to brighten the skin.
- Sugary foods like holiday cookies, cakes and desserts. Not only is the commonly said adage about too much sugar causing pimple breakouts, consuming more sugars also contributes to glycation, where sugar molecules affect collagen molecules, which result in a loss of the skin’s elasticity and accelerates signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Try instead: Foods rich in beta-carotene such as baked sweet potatoes, which act as an antioxidant for youthful-looking skin. Beta-carotene helps to soften the skin and boost collagen production, which prevents signs of aging and wrinkles.
- Alcohol. You’ll be sure to indulge in alcohol this holiday season, which can lead to signs of skin aging and pimples. Red wine releases hystamines that that increase skin redness flareups, and hard liquors and white wine contain a lot of sugars which can cause breakouts.
Try instead: A cup of hot chocolate made with dark chocolate – dark chocolate is low in sugar and packed with antioxidants for anti-aging effects. Don’t forget to hydrate with lots of water!
See our blog post about the effects of alcohol on your skin here!
- Dairy products. Too much dairy in the ice creams you’ll be consuming over the holiday season can increase your body’s androgen levels, leading to excess oil production in the skin and a higher risk of pimple breakouts.
Try instead: Sorbets and acai bowls, which can satisfy your cravings for sweet cold desserts with no dairy in them!
Knowing this, you don’t want to limit yourself from eating good food this holiday season. Indulge a little in the treats you love, but make sure to also include healthy foods beneficial for your skin. Eating in moderation is key to having clear, bright and healthy skin this holiday season. Be sure to hydrate with lots of water as well!