Thanksgiving Can Affect Your Skin: Here’s How to Keep Your Glow… 

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According to an old saying, you are what you eat. That is why you might be concerned about Thanksgiving affecting your skin health. Your concern is certainly justified. Indulging in overeating on holidays does have an adverse effect on the skin. However, not all Thanksgiving foods are bad for you. Some can actually contribute in a positive way to your skin health. Here is what you need to know about protecting your skin while enjoying your favorite Thanksgiving foods. 

Set Yourself Up for Skincare Success

The best way to keep your skin healthy over Thanksgiving is to set yourself up for skincare success before you start eating anything at all. That means creating a good daily skincare routine and sticking to it, despite the hustle and bustle of the holidays. A good cleanser is the foundation of any skincare routine. The cleaner your skin is, the more likely it is to stay in good health.

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A second major component in any successful skincare routine is using at least one type of moisturizer. Hydrated skin is healthier skin. Hydrating your skin around Thanksgiving is particularly important if you live in an area with cool, dry November weather. Moisturizer can help you prevent or reverse some of the damage incurred by exposure to that weather. Once you have laid the foundation for skin health with a good daily skincare routine, you can start to examine the pros and cons of the foods you are going to eat at Thanksgiving.

Protein-Packed Thanksgiving Food Options

One of the best things you can do for your skin is eat foods that are high in protein. In fact, a protein called collagen is a major component of skin cells. When you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and eat foods that are high in protein, you help replenish collagen supplies. Some of those foods include: 

  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Roast Beef
  • Ham

Vitamin-Rich Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Many vitamins are excellent for skin health. Two of the best are vitamin A and vitamin C. Both are found in sweet potatoes, which is a side dish that is on the rise as a Thanksgiving favorite in the United States. The other staple of almost any Thanksgiving gathering that is rich in vitamin A is pie. Specifically, squash and pumpkin pies contain high amounts of it and other helpful vitamins and minerals. Here are some more Thanksgiving foods packed with skin-strengthening vitamins:

  • Fruit Salad
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Apples
  • Collard Greens
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Green or Leafy Vegetables (Cabbage, Green Beans Etc.)

Antioxidants Found in the Spices of a Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving meal menus vary in homes, but there is one thing most homes have in common. Their Thanksgiving feasts usually contain foods full of spices. Many spices contain antioxidants. There are compounds known as free radicals that can destroy your skin cells. Antioxidants fight those free radicals off, much like soldiers defending a castle. They are special healthy molecules your skin needs to stay strong. 

Some antioxidants are found in foods already mentioned above, like pumpkins. Many are also found in the common spices used during a Thanksgiving feast. For example, the cinnamon you might add to an apple pie recipe is high in antioxidants. The same is true of the garlic or rosemary you might infuse into your Turkey. Many of those spices also have secondary health benefits besides the positive impact they can have on your skin. One is garlic, which is good for heart health. 

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A Thanksgiving Superfood

Foods that have many healthy qualities are often called superfoods. Cranberries are among those. They are rich in antioxidants and contain high amounts of multiple vitamins. Those vitamins include vitamin C and vitamin E. Cranberries are skin-strengthening superfoods because they are excellent at moisturizing and tightening the skin. Studies have also indicated that consuming cranberries or using products that contain them can help to limit acne outbreaks and other unhealthy skin conditions. 

Cranberries are also known as general superfoods because they provide more than just skin benefits. When you enjoy cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, you might be helping to protect your heart and reduce your cancer risks. Cranberries are also known for reducing urinary tract infection risks and lowering the risks of developing cavities. However, they start to lose some of their superfood nature when unhealthy sugars are added to them. Be aware of that when you choose what type of cranberries to eat on Thanksgiving. 

Put Down the Mashed Potatoes

If you want to maintain healthy skin during Thanksgiving, avoid mashed potatoes. They are far too high in skin-damaging carbohydrates. Instead, reach for some sweet potatoes. They are much better for your skin. Just avoid heaping them high with brown sugar for marshmallows. 

Say “Bye” to Pecan Pie

Maintaining skin health over Thanksgiving does require a little bit of willpower. Many foods that are part of an average Thanksgiving feast are safe to eat, but pecan pie is not one of them. It is so high in sugar that a single slice can provide you with more than half of your daily allotment. That sugar can contribute to acne outbreaks and may lead to the development of premature wrinkles over time. Reach for pumpkin, squash, or apple pie instead.

Swap the Eggnog for Some Apple Cider with Cinnamon

A picture containing warm apple cider on a table with candles and spices.

Even though eggs are good for your skin, eggnog is not. It has a high-fat content. The calorie count of eggnog is also quite high. However, one of the biggest problems with eggnog is that it contains a lot of hormones. The introduction of those hormones can lead to oily skin and acne outbreaks. A mug of apple cider is a much healthier choice in general and for your skin, specifically.

Don’t Let Fatty Additions Destroy Your Thanksgiving Skincare Success

If you follow the tips above, you can maintain healthy skin and better general health throughout the holiday season. That is if you avoid one final trap. Do not let fatty additions to your Thanksgiving feast derail your skincare plans. The two biggest culprits are butter and gravy. It may be hard to avoid them entirely but be conscious of how much you consume. By monitoring how much of each you eat, you can avoid going overboard this Thanksgiving. 

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