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The 5 Nicest and 5 Naughtiest Holiday Foods for your Skin

December 13, 2018

Happy Holidays, babes!


Ah, the holidays… that magical time of year where we gather with those we love, give great gifts and eat delicious food. Have you ever noticed that while this may be one of the most joyous times of year, your skin seems oh so angry?


It's no secret that holiday meals are filled with desserts, veggies cooked in not-so-healthy fats and usually a glass (or five) of wine. By the end of the holidays, your skin may be much worse for wear, and it's not just from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Here's a look at five of the naughtiest and five of the nicest foods for your skin!


Alcohol

Maybe you've gone out for a round of cheer with your friends only to find your skin looking dull, tired and full of blemishes the next day. Wine and mixed drinks, which are holiday staples for many, are full of sugar, which interferes with your hormones and causes blemishes in those with acne prone skin.


Alcohol is also a diuretic and leeches moisture from your skin. This can cause the elasticity in your skin to weaken resulting in dull, wrinkled skin.


If you will be partaking in a few glasses of cheer, be sure to drink lots of water (one for one is recommended) to help ease the side effects. Plus, the extra hydration will help the hangover - win/win!


Coffee

The holidays are a wonderfully busy time of year, and sometimes we need just a little help to get through the day. Plus, who can resist those holiday drinks at Starbucks, am I right?


Caffeine has a drying effect on the skin, which causes premature aging and wrinkles. It is also known the intensify stress, which can cause acne in some people.


Coffee is also very acidic, which can mess with gut flora and cause inflammation which can travel to your skin and result in acne.


If you need coffee (trust me, I feel you there), make sure you're drinking lots of water to help balance out the drying effect. Try to limit your consumption to one or two cups during the day, and stick to just black if possible. Those specialty drinks are full of sugar and dairy, two culprits behind those unsightly pimples.


Eggnog

Ah, the old timey favourite - Eggnog! This holiday staple, while delicious, can wreak major havoc on your skin. It's high fat content and sugar make it your skin's worst nightmare.


Dairy and fat mess your your hormones and will cause excess oil in those who are prone to blemishes. Oftentimes this holiday beverage is enjoyed with rum, so if that's the case, enjoy sparingly. Make sure to keep up your water consumption and  take steps to reduce the oil on you skin with a good skin care routine.


Chocolate

I'm so sorry to break it to you, but those lindors, chocolate oranges and advent calendars we all love so much may not be doing much in the way of skin health.


Milk chocolate can make those little red bumps appear. It is full of sugar and other additives that interfere with hormones and cause inflammation.


Now, your small piece of advent calendar chocolate each day won't cause much damage, but if you're enjoying it on a larger scale, opt for dark chocolate which is full of antioxidants. The purer the chocolate (aim for 75% or higher), the better!


Dessert

Are we really surprised here? Often full of dairy, sugar and fat, dessert can do all sorts of awful to your skin. Sugar causes your hormones to fluctuate, dairy causes inflammation and fats cause excess oil. That right there is the trifecta of holiday blemishes!


On top of that, the high amounts of sugar can impair collagen production and will dehydrate the skin. This causes wrinkles, sullen looking skin and premature aging.


But, it's not all doom and gloom at the holiday feast! It's important to remember that this is only one time a year and enjoying your favourites isn't going to cause lasting damage.


Plus, there are a few foods at the table your skin will actually thank you for eating! Check it out:


Turkey

Who doesn't love a well cooked Turkey!? This feathered friend contains carnosine, which is a natural anti aging component. It helps to fight damaging reactions that could deteriorate your skin.


Cinnamon

This spice is a holiday favourite and oh so good for your skin! Cinnamon helps to stimulate circulation, which will help give your skin the oxygen and nutrients it needs. Sprinkle this on everything from dessert to your coffee to help boost those effects.


Sage

Another one of the traditional holiday spices. It has similar effects to cinnamon in terms of improving circulation. Sage is also great for helping skin renew itself, which in turn will help to correct any short term damage done over the holidays.


Cranberries

Now, I'm talking real, fresh cranberries, not the stuff you find in a can. These tart little gems contain high levels of antioxidants and anti aging properties. Put that cranberry sauce on top of your Turkey and you have a winning skin combo!


Pumpkin

This squash is always a favourite from September to December. Not only does it taste delicious combined with that special spice everyone craves, it is also full of vitamins and minerals your skin will thank you for! If you're going to enjoy it in pie form, just make sure the filling is made from pure pumpkin puree and ditch the crust.


So there you have it, the best and worst holiday foods for your skin! Is your holiday favourite on this list?

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