How Holiday Eating Affects Your Skin

       by Samantha D'Ascoli

Love your food AND your skin!

Tis the season for holiday eating and drinking. These indulgences can not only affect your weight but also affects your skin. Due to the overabundance of fatty foods, sweet drinks, and rich deserts people sometimes notice puffiness, dullness, and redness on their skin.
Holiday foods
It may be difficult to completely avoid these foods and beverages during the holidays, but we are going to explain to you in detail what foods and drinks do what to your skin. We also have some helpful tips to alleviate some of these negative effects.

When you think of the holidays you think of SWEETS! Cookies, cakes, and pies oh my! Excess sugar is not good for any part of your body, so don’t be surprised if it has a negative effect on your skin. Glycation from sugar can lead to premature skin aging.

Who doesn’t love a good drink during the holidays? It is inevitable, you are probably going to have a drink or several at any holiday event you attend. Unfortunately, your skin is at risk: alcohol causes major dehydration to both your body and skin. It also can contain a good amount of sugar which we know can heighten signs of aging in the skin. Alcohol can also cause puffiness and redness.

Salt also has the same effects as alcohol on the skin. Salt is harder to monitor than alcohol because it is used in almost everything. We suggest when either salt or alcohol come into play make sure you are drinking a lot of water! Also, make sure you moisturize your skin before and after consuming both.

Dairy can be scary. As delicious as it is, dairy has a major effect on your skin. Too much dairy can increase excess oil production which will leave your skin more prone to breakouts. To help alleviate breakouts some suggest using a foaming cleanser and products that contain Salicylic Acid.

Most of these food groups and beverages are unavoidable during the holidays. Moderation is key. Don’t overdo it every chance you get!