While people tend to be concerned about over eating during the holidays, it’s important to remember that many foods associated with the holidays also provide various anti-aging skin and health benefits. The trick is to recognize which foods provide these benefits and which tend to cause weight gain and other issues. Of course, it’s also important to grasp how eating choices can impact your skin.

Everything in Moderation

For many people, it’s the quantity of foods consumed rather than the actual types of foods that cause concern. However, in a holistic approach to eating, it’s best to consider both the quantity and types of foods we consume, and how they can affect our skin. In both cases, moderation is key, as well as controlling the number of calories, especially from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. If you’re concerned about aging skin, for example, and the impact of certain holiday foods like chocolate, it’s best to continue reading.

Anti-Aging Skin Benefits of Turkey & Fish

Turkey is, in fact, an excellent source of necessary nutrients for healthy skin. The remarkable thing about turkey is its high concentration of good proteins and zinc. Zinc is responsible for maintaining our body’s natural collagen and elastin fibers which preserve skin firmness and elasticity. Zinc offers great anti-aging skin benefits that keep us looking younger and a little longer.

Furthermore, healthcare providers encourage people to include certain cuts of turkey and healthy choices in freshwater fish in their diets throughout the year. Salmon, for example, offers another host of anti-aging skin benefits due to its highly packed source of omega-3 fatty acids. These good fats provide a number of skin rejuvenation properties like unclogging pores, diminishing wrinkles and fine lines, and adding softness and luster to your complexion.

Don’t Forget the Cranberries

A mainstay at holiday dinners, cranberries are tart, low in fat, and provide various healthy skin benefits assuming the amount of added sweetener is controlled. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals found in the environment. These free radicals cause our skin to age more rapidly, similar to consuming a lot of sugary sweets and fried foods. Cranberries and antioxidant juices fight against them, and act as an anti-aging skin agent to slow down the process and leave skin firmer and younger looking.

Vegetables & Squashes

This should go without saying; however, there are times like these when we’re presented with so many tempting and delectable sweets like cakes, pies, cookies, and frozen treats, that a healthy reminder is always needed. Vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and kale, as well as vitamin rich pumpkin and butternut squash are all great sources of healthy minerals and vital nutrients needed to not only giving our skin that youthful glow, but to also keep our digestive tract rich in fiber and vitamins for overall health and well-being. So, for the Holidays, be sure to pile your plate with fresh low-calorie veggies!

Be Skin-Ready for Those Special Holiday Events

While healthy eating is important, it’s not always enough to keep your skin looking youthful. Professional facials and clinical cosmetic skin treatments will help keep you looking fresh and rejuvenated for the Holidays. Consulting with a facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Bradford Patt of Houston, to consider treatments like microdermabrasion or Ultherapy® can work wonders for anyone wanting to look their best during the holiday season and beyond.

Once you’ve had a cosmetic procedure performed, maintaining a healthy diet is a great way to ensure your best results last for a long time. If you’re concerned about aging skin conditions and other threats to your skin, connect with Dr. Patt of Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at 281-552-8111. You may also schedule an appointment online!