With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many worry about an expanding waistline post-feast, yet the aftermath of this traditional holiday binge can also bring some unsavory skin issues.
While roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and “Grandma’s famous stuffing” are most certainly agreeable to our palate, our complexions suffer a serious hangover from this seasonal onslaught of sodium.
Just as your pants may feel a bit tighter the day after Turkey Day, your face may also bear the look of bloat due to salt-induced water retention. Skin can become dry and cracked, or it could break out due to an attempt to correct dehydration with an overproduction of oil. Wherever your skin lands on the spectrum, it certainly doesn’t make for a pretty Christmas card picture.
Here are a few ideas to keep skin from suffering without skipping the best meal of the year:
Pass the dark meat. You may be tempted to opt for white meat due to its lower fat and caloric content, but dark meat is actually a better choice for your skin. The notoriously moist and flavorful part of the bird has a much higher mineral content, and is packed with super skin nutrients such as Zinc (acne fighter), Iron (helps maintain skin health), amino acids (repair and stimulate new skin growth), Vitamin B6 (helps treat and prevent acne), Vitamin B12 (helps repair skin cells) and more.
Spice smart. Salt intake should be closely monitored to avoid skin dehydration and breakouts, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor this Thanksgiving. Spice up your sides with skin-healthy salt alternatives, such as lemon, balsamic vinegar, garlic, curry, or fresh herbs, like dill. Your skin (and perhaps your tummy) will prefer the switch!
Incorporate skin-friendly sides. Sodium-rich mashers and gravy may be a side to avoid for skin’s sake, but there are plenty of other options that will keep your taste buds and your complexion content. Foods rich in beta carotene – sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, squash and kale – can actually give skin a healthy glow. Check out the graphic for more skin-friendly options to incorporate into side dishes.
Stick to your skincare regimen. Late-night holiday parties and alcoholic libations are par for the course this time of year, which make sticking to a steady AM and PM skincare regimen more challenging, but more important than ever. Don’t let a busy social schedule stop you from cleansing, moisturizing and of course removing makeup at night. Counteract Thanksgiving splurges and skin effects felt by the increasingly chilly climate with a sensitive skincare regimen, great for all skin types, detailed here, or create the perfect Christmas card picture complexion with Control Corrective’s At Home Glow Holiday Facial.
Let’s all give thanks for healthy, beautiful skin this year!
What are your favorite skin-safe-yet-savory Thanksgiving eats?