5 Holiday Superfoods to Make You Glow
What are the best foods for healthy skin during the holidays?
As we head into the holidays, we cannot wait to eat the decadent dishes and those rich foods reserved just for this season. But like everything else in life, we want to bring balance to our meals. Here are some of our favorite seasonal foods that are known to have great benefits for your skin, so you can glow as bright as your decor, from the inside out.
We had to start with our favorite source of omega-3 fatty acids, great for hydration as well as reducing redness and inflammation. Omega-3s are great for soothing dry skin adding a boost of hydration. They also improve your skin's barrier to protect against free radicals and environmental damage while sealing in moisture to help keep your glowing skin bright. Fatty fish are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. This holiday season, feel free to indulge in that delicious smoked salmon appetizer.
We love the rich warmth walnuts bring to our favorite holiday dishes and good news, they have great skin benefits as well. Walnuts are great anti-agers by reducing inflammation and smoothing skin. Like fatty fish, they are a great source of Omega-3s and zinc, which promotes the production of new skin cells and overall skin health.
More good news, as sweet potatoes are a staple during the holiday season. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene which turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A can help prevent sunburn, cell death, and dry, wrinkled skin. That said, sweet potatoes are no replacement for daily SPF use! Sweet potatoes are a good source of anthocyanins which protects skin against free radicals, helping to prevent dark spots from forming.
Be sure to include a broccoli side dish at your big meals this season as it is chock full of nutrients for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Vitamins C and K are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, to reduce any puffiness. Like sweet potatoes, broccoli also features a protective agent against sun damage: sulforaphane. In conjunction with daily SPF use, you’re taking great precautions against UV damage. Your skin will thank you!
We love bringing you good news, and today, it’s: don’t skip dessert! Dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa is packed with antioxidants to protect your skin against the sun, keep it hydrated and firm, and could even improve the appearance of wrinkles.
Holiday Food for Healthy & Glowing Skin
One last piece of advice, the simplest ingredient to good skin is water, water and more water! From fun beverages to salty snacks, our skin will be crying out for extra hydration. The simplest solution, a glass of water!