Turkey Day Skin Tips

 

Thanksgiving may be a foodie's dream, but that bliss often turns into bloat. If your gut is feeling the pain, imagine what your skin is feeling!

 

It’s easy to overindulge on Thanksgiving, so make sure the foods you are consuming are good for you and your skin. Here is a quick breakdown of how you can avoid unwanted blemishes and imbalances brought on by Thanksgiving Favorites:

 

TURKEY:

The Bad: Turkey is high in sodium which may translate to puffy eyes and inflammation of the skin. Try purchasing an organic turkey, and use unsalted butter or salt-free vegetable broth to brine. Removing the skin from your serving will also help.

The Good: Although Turkey has it’s cons, it is rich in Zinc, and Niacin. Zinc is essential for collagen production, and Niacin helps retain moisture in the skin.

Foodie Tip: Don't skip the dark meat! The dark meat of your Turkey contains 2x the amount of beneficial Zinc than the light meat!

 

STUFFING:

The Bad: Stuffing is typically high in sodium, fat, and a whole lot of calories. These all cause inflammation, puffy eyes, and potential breakouts.

The Good: IF your stuffing includes healthy grains, your skin will benefit from natural antioxidants. Your gut will also appreciate the fiber and other vitamins supplied by healthy grains.

Foodie Tip: Cook your stuffing separately from your turkey, and use less salt.

 

CRANBERRIES:

The Bad: Canned Cranberries and Canned Cranberry Sauces are high in sugar. This means more calories and accelerated skin aging. No thanks!

The Good: Fresh Cranberries are a great source of Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory benefits. This helps protect collagen by neutralizing free-radicals. Yes please!

Foodie Tip: Eat Cranberries regularly for a natural boost to your immune system and digestive relief!

 

SWEET POTATOES:

The Bad: Sweet potatoes have higher levels of carbohydrates, which can spike blood sugar levels. This means, you should eat your sweet potatoes in moderation.

The Good: Sweet Potatoes are super rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C! These help prevent premature signs of aging, and stimulate collagen production.

Foodie Tip: Boiling your Sweet Potatoes is better for you than baking them, as this ensures a lower glycemic load.

 

ALCOHOL:

The Bad: Alcohol is a dehydrator, and causes blood vessels to dilate in the skin. Keeping your body and skin hydrated is key to preventing blemishes and accelerated aging.

The Good: Hate to break it to you, but there are no benefits to consuming alcohol.

Tip: Drink more water in between alcoholic beverages to combat dehydration.

 

Not only should you choose your foods and cooking methods wisely to avoid skin concerns from arising, but you should also flush your body with plenty of hydrating fluids, eat other smaller meals earlier in the day, and partake in some exercise! A nice walk post meal will help your digestive system and your soul! Enjoy!