Eat Your Way To Wonderful Winter Skin & A Healthy New Year

The holidays are coming.

A wonderful – and terrible – time of year for so many reasons.  Wonderful to spend time with loved ones laughing, eating, and connecting.  Terrible because all of that time and effort you spent staying in shape and looking your best is at risk of going out the window.  And I’m not just talking about your waistline.

Traditional holiday meals are filled with gluten, dairy, and sugar…

…Three things that I have been asking my skincare clients to avoid for years now due to the negative impact that they have when it comes to an anti-aging regimen.

I’m not the only one warning about the effects these three ingredients in your diet; Samantha Attard, PhD of Happy Healthy Human sums up the effects of dairy and gluten on your skin quite well:

“It’s surprising, but what is in your stomach really does impact your skin health.  For many people, dairy and gluten allergies result in inflammation throughout the body, including your skin.  This inflammation can lead to break-outs, eczema, and dry skin.  Another way that dairy and gluten can lead to skin issues is through blood sugar.  Because we often consume dairy and gluten with carb rich sweet foods like cakes, cookies, sweetened yogurts, and ice cream we cause our blood sugar to yo-yo up and down, releasing large amounts of insulin and promoting that inflammatory response and unbalanced skin.”

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Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, that extra glass of wine – all things that are packed with sugar and can have a not so great effect on your skin.  Too much sugar damages collagen and makes your skin feel dull and less supple.  This process is called glycation and it happens when the sugar in your blood stream attaches to proteins forming a new molecule called advanced glycation end products or AGEs for short.

Skincare companies have taken note of these damaging molecules and have introduced corrective products to address this issue specifically, most notably SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter.

Products can help but they can only do so much.

Having a healthy diet plays a large impact on the health and appearance of the skin.   So how can you limit gluten, dairy, and sugar in your diet?  Especially around the holidays?

  1. Fill up on lean meats and veggies first. 
    I find the 80/20 rule to be helpful in situations like this.
  2. Make 80% of your meal healthy choices
    Like turkey, green beans, bustle sprouts, and salad.
  3. Use the remaining 20% for bread, stuffing, potatoes, and desserts. 

Moderation in all things is key, even your diet.  Your skin and your waistline will thank you for it!

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