Thanksgiving is typically a time of indulgence, but did you know that many common holiday foods contain beneficial skin-boosting compounds? Here is a quick list of festive fall favorites that can help keep your complexion glowing this year.
Turkey is high in Zinc, a trace mineral that is essential in the process of collagen production. Collagen proteins help provide structure and strength to the skin, hair and nails. In addition, turkey is rich in Niacin. Niacin is a B vitamin that helps improve the skin’s cellular function, helping cells retain moisture. Hydrated skin cells can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve your skin’s elasticity. Ready for more good news? The dark meat of the legs and thighs contain twice the amount of beneficial Zinc and Riboflavin.
Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Vitamin C helps protect collagen by neutralizing free-radicals, compounds that break down protein structures in the skin. According to Dr. Michelle Chambers, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology,
“Controlling inflammation in the body is an important strategy in minimizing and preventing premature signs of aging, as well as helping to keep other skin conditions in check.”
Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants that support the production and growth of new skin cells. One sweet potato contains 200% of your daily value of vitamin A! Be mindful of excess added sugar however as this can cause your body’s insulin levels to spike, contributing to inflammation and collagen break down.
Pumpkin contains enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids, which increases cell turnover leading to brighter and smoother skin. Similar to cranberries, pumpkin contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals which help prevent signs of premature skin aging.
Starting your Thanksgiving feast with a spinach salad may help reduce overeating, but the dark leafy green can also boost your skin health. Spinach is a wonderful source of iron, folate, vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin A, fiber and plant protein. The antioxidants in spinach fights all types of skin problems, helping to create radiant skin from the inside, out!
At Forefront Dermatology, our board-certified physicians are skin care experts who specialize in treating all conditions of the hair skin and nails. We offer comprehensive and compassionate care for all skin conditions and create customized treatment plans for patients of all ages! Find a location near you today.