The Winter Woes may not be What you Think

Healthy Holiday FoodsWinter is here and we couldn't be happier! All around the country, televisions are endlessly streaming Elf. We hum along to holiday tunes on the radio, and we revel in the first signs that Santa is coming to town. The month of December is busy, to say the least. This can make it difficult to remain mindful about our daily habits. You might think we are going to offer some skin care tips to winterize your skin. We're not. What we are going to do instead is talk about the importance of healthy food choices as you go about your holiday hustle and bustle.

Social gatherings offer numerous food choices, as well as some creative concoctions. Throw in the sheer busyness of the season and the frequency with which we may find ourselves eating out, and you may just have a recipe for dermatologic disaster.

Healthy Holiday Foods are a Treat

  • Pumpkin. Whether it's pumpkin pie or roasted pumpkin seeds in your salad, this Fall and Winter fruit offers a lot of nourishing ingredients. Pumpkin gets its rich color from carotinoids, which have been shown to reverse UV damage. This fruit is also high in vitamin C, which supports immunity and fights the free radicals that cause collagen breakdown.
  • Cocoa. A cup of homemade cocoa can soothe the soul after a long Winter's day. According to research, it can also improve circulation to the surface of the skin, promoting a gorgeous glow. This increase in circulation comes from epicatechin, a flavinoid that is also found in red wine.
  • Coffee. While we sit by the fire eating all of Santa's cookies, we could wash them down with a good old Cup O' Joe. There are compounds in coffee that have been found advantageous in protecting the skin from nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Some Treats aren't so Tame

  • Salty foods like chips and most processed foods, as well as fast-food, can give you a puffy appearance and bags under the eyes.
  • Alcohol is dehydrating and can leave your skin parched. Be sure to load up on water before and after those holiday parties!
  • Refined sugar and flour lead to the faster degradation of collagen and elastin.

Make your holidays merry with healthy food choices that feed your skin. For a little help with your holiday glow, schedule a visit with us.

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