What Thanksgiving food really does to your skin
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How your Thanksgiving meal REALLY affects your skin

November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving meals are hearty and tasty, but are they good for your skin? We find out how your traditional Thanksgiving dinner impacts your skin health.

As the holiday season kicks in, we’re all excited to pause our diets and enjoy large meals with our loved ones. But beware: holiday binge eating might be affecting your skin! Are traditional Thanksgiving meals bad for you? And what can you eat on Thanksgiving that’s actually good for your skin? We’ll be answering those questions today—and give your skin something to be thankful for!

Are traditional Thanksgiving meals bad for you?

Here’s the thing about traditional Thanksgiving meals: between the turkey with the cranberry sauce, the sinful stuffing, mac & cheese, the cornbread and the pumpkin pie, that’s a lot for your body to process—your skin included. The main issue here is a traditional Thanksgiving meal that consists of starchy food, which breaks down into sugar. Sugar, as we know, is notorious for causing acne. 

Another problem is excessive amounts of salt. If you’re eating your turkey with extra gravy, you can expect swollen under eyes and inflammation in the days to come. This is because too much salt can cause water retention, and the skin around your eyes is the first area that shows signs of bloating because it is the thinnest skin on your body. 

Here’s a quick overview of how Thanksgiving meals impact your skin if you eat excessively (note that eating these in moderation is perfectly fine): 

  • Sugar—causes acne, breakouts, blemishes, wrinkles and saggy skin
  • Salt—causes bloating and inflammation
  • Dairy—causes breakouts, acne and rashes
  • Caffeine—dehydrates your skin
  • Alcohol—dehydrates your skin, dilates your blood vessels, makes skin dull

What Thanksgiving food is good for you?

So far, what we’ve discussed doesn’t give you much to celebrate, so now let’s bring the mood up and look at what’s actually good for you! You don’t have to give up your favorites just to keep your skin healthy—in fact, some of your favorites are actually good for you. Here’s the lowdown on which of your favorites will benefit your skin: 

Turkey. The dark meat in turkey is rich in riboflavin and zinc, which helps in the production of protein, collagen and elastin fibers. These are the building blocks of your skin, hair, nails and teeth, so eating turkey dark meat is good for you overall—but especially for your skin. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals, so don’t skimp on that turkey dinner. 

Cranberries. Have an extra serving of that cranberry sauce or those dried cranberries! Cranberry is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, which help in building collagen. These also help you  fight free radicals that cause wrinkles and premature aging. Cranberries are also natural antibacterial agents and help you fight acne-causing bacteria from within. 

Walnut. Commonly found in stuffing, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are good not only for your heart, but also for your cell membranes. Healthier skin membranes will keep your skin looking youthful and wrinkle-free. 

Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A, beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B6 and vitamin C to make your skin healthy and glowing. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that keeps your skin from aging prematurely and having wrinkles, while vitamin C boosts your collagen production. Beta-carotene converts vitamin A to help produce new skin cells.

Corn. Here’s the good news about corn: depending on how you eat corn, it can actually be good for your skin. Corn is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants that help protect your skin from damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. 

Pumpkin. Like sweet potatoes, pumpkins are also rich in vitamins A and C and beta-carotene, which are powerful antioxidants and are crucial in collagen production. So go have that extra slice of pumpkin pie! 

Red wine. Yes, we did say alcohol dehydrates your skin, but in moderation, red wine is actually good for you! Aside from being good for your heart, the skin on the grapes used to make red wine is rich in polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that help with anti-aging. So don’t feel guilty about having a glass or two! 

It’ll be hard to avoid food that may be bad for your skin during holidays like Thanksgiving, that’s for sure—but don’t worry, it’s not all bad! Fill your plates with the Thanksgiving food that’s good for your skin, and don’t forget your skin care routine after the celebrations. An acne-fighting, hydrating and repairing routine will help—and that’s what SMACNE does. Make sure to get your free trial kit in time for the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving! 

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