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7 Holiday Foods That Are Great for Your Skin

I haven’t had Christmas at home in years because we’re always traveling in December, so I’m really embracing it and doing all the holiday things. I’m like Elf this year; decorating, gift wrapping, listening to Michael Bublรฉ’s Christmas album on blast and, of course, testing some holiday recipes.

We all know healthy skin goes beyond your skincare routine โ€“ it’s also about diet! With the right foods, your holiday menu can be full of vitamins and nutrients that actually help support your skin’s overall health. Here are 7 skin boosters that are great for your skin. I’ll definitely be incorporating these into my recipes this year!

Apples & cranberries

Apples and cranberries contain vitamin C, which is one of my favorite antioxidants. It boosts collagen production and protects skin cells from free radicals that can cause premature aging.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, another antioxidant that supports the production and growth of new skin cells and prevents skin cell damage. Just be mindful about how you prepare them; too much sugar can spike your insulin levels and break down collagen and protein in the skin.

Sweet potatoes also contain beta carotene. High amounts of this carotenoid can add a warm, orange color to your skin, which can contribute to a glowing and overall healthy look!

Almonds and olive oil

Almonds and olive oil are rich in vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for maintaining healthy skin. It’s also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps the body fight free radical damage and boosts immune function and overall cell function.

Spinach

Dark, leafy greens are important for skin, hair and bone health, and spinach is a superfood I love adding to my salads. It’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C, E and K, containing anti-aging benefits, promoting clearer skin and protecting the skin against sun damage (but don’t forget to practice proper sun safety and wear SPF!).

Turkey

Meat is full of protein and provides structure and strength to skin, hair, nails and teeth. It also contains the protein carnosine, which helps slow down the collagen damage process. Dark meat has more vitamins and minerals than white meat, so plate-map accordingly.

Are these foods included in your holiday menu? I’d love to hear what recipes you’ll be making!