Thanksgiving is the one meal of the year where it's acceptable to overindulge and NOT feel guilty about it...
However, the secret to a gorgeous complexion lies in what you eat. Hidden amongst the plentiful amounts of foods at your Thanksgiving table are vitamins and nutrients that will keep your skin glowing.
Fill a plate (or two!) with these foods and reap the benefits of your Thanksgiving dinner:
Sweet Potatoes: Candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows baked on top is a Thanksgiving staple. Although this treat won’t necessarily contribute to a clear complexion, sweet potatoes at their core encourage skin health. Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene (the vibrant orange color), vitamin A, and vitamin C. The trifecta of the three aid the skin's production of collagen and elastin, making the skin look brighter and more youthful.
Cranberries/Pomegranate: The tastiest, high-antioxidant fruits are in season right now. Incorporating these berries into your Thanksgiving meal will help your skin from the inside out. Cranberries and Pomegranate are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They have anti-viral properties that can help with acne and antioxidants that protect the skin from radical damage, which in the long-run is responsible for causing wrinkles.
Pumpkin: Did you know pumpkin is your skin’s perfect companion? Pumpkin is generously rich in natural enzymes that, if applied topically, can help provide an active exfoliating treatment. It also contains vitamins C and E, which can help prevent the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
Spinach: Popeye knew what he was doing by eating his spinach. Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse! Because of the numerous amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C, this superfood will aid in the acceleration of cellular turnover.
Turkey: You can't think about Thanksgiving without thinking about turkey. Turkey is rich in zinc, which is one of the best things you can consume for skin health. Zinc is excellent for maintaining collagen and elastin fibers, which help to keep the skin’s elasticity and firmness.
It’s important to remember that some foods associated with the holidays provide various anti-aging skin and health benefits.
We hope this list will encourage you to choose nutrient-based foods for your Thanksgiving plate.