It's a tried and true trope that everything you eat over the holidays has to be bad for you and that we all overeat during the days and weeks leading up to our favorite holidays. It may be true, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, there are a number of treats that we love this time of year that are just perfect for your skin and by eating them you will not only enjoy the treat, but also continue on your path to fresh and youthful looking skin.
The first thing we always reach for at this time of year is a cup of hot cocoa. What a treat it is to sip this sweet goodness while listening to our favorite holiday classics and snuggling by a roaring fire. Even better news, hot cocoa can actually be GOOD for your skin. It's true. Cocoa has antioxidants in it called flavanol that actually fights off free radicals and prevents sun damage. Who knew? Now you can enjoy your warm cup of hot cocoa with no guilt at all.
Nuts are also a wonderful treat around the holiday, so much so that they are the centerpiece of a holiday season sing along classic, "chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." Now you can't stop singing it either, can you. Well, nuts are a tasty holiday treat that may actually add to your good skin regimen instead of detracting from it. Nuts, especially chestnuts are loaded with skin healthy vitamins and minerals. They are also loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce puffiness and redness in your skin. Tasty treat AND good for your skin, that's a win.
Once you sit down at your holiday feast, there will be at least one thing on your table that is loaded with goodness for your skin and your taste buds. Sweet potatoes, a holiday staple, have been shown to provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to stay young and healthy. In fact, beta carotene, which is found in sweet potatoes is a wonderful antioxidant that is known to prevent skin damage.
The holidays don't have to be a time to "blow" your skincare routine with sugary foods and salty treats. You can enjoy all the holidays have to offer without any of the guilt that comes with some of your favorites. Have a healthy and happy holiday season.