Every year many people face the holidays with a mixture of excitement, stress, and worry. Besides the travel, gift giving, and other festivities of the season, food is often a big part of these celebrations, and it’s easy to make choices you’ll regret later. It’s perfectly fine to indulge a bit on your family’s traditional recipes, but making poor food choices throughout the holiday season can spell out damage for your skin after you return to normal habits. With the cheery holiday season approaching, it’s a good time to plan out your strategy for keeping your skin healthy through the new year. Here are some holiday foods that can actually help your skin, as well as a few to steer clear of.
A fall powerhouse chock full of vitamins and other nutrients, the pumpkin craze is going strong. That’s good news for skin, as long as the pumpkin used is real and not loaded up with sugar. Pumpkin pie is a good choice for dessert, as long as you don’t go overboard. It may contain sugar, but at least it features skin-friendly squash! Pumpkin seeds also make a great snack—they’re full of zinc which has numerous benefits to the skin.
While canned cranberry sauce doesn’t figure into any healthy skin plan, whole cranberries are packed with antioxidants. Fresh cranberry relish and other tasty treats can help fight wrinkles. Just make sure your cranberry concoctions aren’t loaded with sugar!
This herb has been known to help improve skin circulation and renewal making it a great seasoning for meats and stuffing. While salt and sugar should be kept to a minimum, you don’t have to say no to herbs and spices, particularly those with substantial benefits, like sage.
Yes, you’ve probably heard how terrible eggnog is in terms of saturated fat, cholesterol, calories, and sugar, but you might not know how it can affect your skin. Dairy can increase oil production, which can lead to breakouts and other problems.
Cookies & Candies
Refined sugar and white flour are bad for your overall health and your skin in particular. Sugar damages collagen and elastin in your skin, which help keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. In addition, consuming excess sugar can trigger breakouts and make your skin look dull.
High-sodium foods can lead to fluid retention, which can contribute to puffy-looking skin—not the best aesthetic. If you are preparing some of the dishes for a holiday table, try to seek out recipes with lower salt requirements.
There’s nothing wrong with a glass or two of red wine at a party, but don’t go overboard on the alcohol consumption at your next soiree. Alcohol is damaging to your skin and dehydrating when consumed in excess.
Slowing Down Aging & Damage
Of course, no matter how careful you are about what you eat throughout the year, it is impossible to stop all skin aging and at least a minimal amount of damage to your skin. Making good food choices can help, but the skin is affected by a myriad of factors, and you won’t be able to control all of them. There is good news, however. Cosmetic dermatology can produce great improvement in the tone, texture, and youthfulness of the skin, generally without much discomfort or downtime.
If you’d like to look refreshed for the holidays or think it may be time for a skin pick-me-up, consider a treatment with a board certified dermatologist. Popular treatments for skin rejuvenation include:
- Botox® & Dermal Fillers—wrinkle treatments
- Ultherapy®—ultrasound skin tightening
- Laser Resurfacing—wrinkles, overall skin quality
- eMatrix™—skin tone, color, and texture
- Sublime™—fine lines, skin tightening, contour, and tone
- Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion—mild skin refreshment
If you’re noticing the first signs of aging or skin damage, it’s the perfect time to set up a skincare plan with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon. Being proactive about your skincare is the best way to set yourself up for success and a lifetime of beautiful skin. If your skin is showing more significant signs of aging, however, you’re not out of luck. Minimally invasive procedures can still produce marked improvement in skin quality, health, and youthfulness. The best way to assess your options and form goals is to meet with an expert cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Diane Walder, or her associate, Dr. Chimento. Dr. Walder is an authority on cosmetic dermatology, is board certified, and has a high rate of patient satisfaction. Whether you’re seeking help for wrinkles or acne scars, Dr. Walder offers a range of treatments to suit a variety of needs. Call 305-866-2177 to schedule your appointment today.