What you consume affects your skin as well. As the holidays approach, picking skin-friendly foods will help ensure you stay glowing throughout Christmas!
If you really must, partaking in festive treats in moderation is still fine in the long run. However, where you can, avoid refined sugars, overly-salty or sweet foods, and highly processed foods as these can dehydrate and age skin. Here are some skin-friendly festive treats you can opt for instead!
Turkey contains high amounts of protein, which is excellent for our overall health. One protein in particular is carnosine, which slows collagen breakdown and maintains youthful skin.
Turkey also has twice the amount of Zinc compared to chicken, which helps to maintain collagen and elastin fibers in skin and upkeep skin elasticity.
Poultry also contains selenium, an antioxidant mineral that helps protect the skin from inflammation and sun damage. So load up your plate at the dinner table without fear!
Cranberry is commonly regarded as a superfood that contains numerous nutrients for our skin and overall health. This tiny berry packs a punch with its antiseptic and antioxidant properties, which help to fight acne and slow down ageing.
Cranberries boost immunity, heart and gut health, resulting in better blood circulation and reduced toxins. Of course, this means even better skin and health! It also gives a natural brightening and protective effect to skin. Be sure to pair it with your turkey for happy, healthy skin!
Eating carrots are not just good for your eyes– it’s great for skin, too! The beta carotene in carrots that is converted to Vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A speeds up healing of skin, reducing the amount of breakouts and inflammation. It also reduces the amount of harmful radiation absorbed by the skin, which causes ageing.
Nothing screams Christmas like a glass of hot mulled wine. Mulled wine- or red wine- contains lots of antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol, and tannin. These antioxidants help slow down skin ageing as it restores collagen and elasticity.
Red wine also contains natural AHAs (chemical exfoliants!) that help slough off dead skin cells and allow new, healthy skin to reach the skin surface.
The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in wine also cleanses the pores, clears acne and reduces the chance of future breakouts.
The spices added to the wine to make this festive drink are also skin-friendly, too! Citrus peels contain antioxidants which help slow down skin ageing and improve the skin barrier; cloves firm skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Cloves are also natural exfoliants that speed up the skin cycle to remove dead skin cells, improving circulation and radiance. And to top it off, star anise has both antioxidant and natural astringent properties, reducing excessive sebum production and improving the skin barrier.
Nut roasts can be made out of a variety of nuts for a nutritious and healthy festive treat. Most nuts contain unsaturated fat (the good kind!), which provide essential fatty acids that act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it smooth, supple, and firm.
Many recipes call for brazil nuts or cashews, which contain lots of selenium, an antioxidant mineral that fights infection, skin damage, and improves skin elasticity.
Yep, you heard that right. Hot chocolate– if you make it yourself– is full of good things like antioxidants, Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, flavonoids, and calcium. Without all the saturated fat and refined sugars that go into commercial hot chocolate mix, homemade hot chocolate is in fact a very healthy beverage for your skin and overall health when consumed in moderation!
Antioxidants protect skin from the damage caused by free-radicals, and flavonoids help to block UV rays and reduce skin damage. The vitamins in hot chocolate help to slow ageing, improve skin elasticity, and fight acne-causing bacteria and inflammation.
Brussels sprouts may taste a little icky on its own but when tossed in a healthy vegetable roast and seasoned just right, it comes into its own. This humble sprout packs a lot of skin-friendly nutrients like Vitamins A, C, K, as well as other antioxidants and minerals.
Copper, for instance, works in tandem with Vitamin C to boost collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its anti–inflammatory properties also reduces the amount of breakouts and soothes red and irritated skin.