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Protecting Your Skin During The Holidays

holidayalyThe holidays are here, and they are intense. We’re traveling more, eating more, and probably drinking a whole heck of a lot. (At least if you are in my circle of friends…!)

So, how do you have fun at the holidays and still keep your skin looking pretty for those holiday selfies? Adding a few crucial foods and actions into your busy day can go a long, long way.

Avocados
Avocados really hydrates the skin and lessens inflammation, ideal for those with sensitive skin, says fitness coach and lifestyles expert Nadia Murdock. Eating it works just as well as a applying it directly to the face.

Berries
Can’t go wrong with berries! “It can be consumed alone, in a salad or in a smoothie. Did you know that berries also help burn FAT? They prevent the breakdown in collagen and lessen free radical damage,” says Murdock. Try making a ton of delicious smoothies that include cranberries, mulberries and blueberries.

Sweat=Detox
Working up a good sweat not only helps to burn calories but helps to detoxify the body as well.” It is the best way to naturally purge toxins that might be dwelling in your pores. If you are looking to intensify your sweat session hit the sauna post-workout, make sure to stay hydrated!” says Murdock.

Hydration, hydration, hydration
Many of us don’t give hydration enough credit but it is huge. “Water intake is so healthy not only for your digestive system by for your skin. High dairy and sugar intake can also contribute to breakouts and caffeine to dehydration. Allow yourself some treats throughout the Holiday Season but continue your good skin care regime (topical Vitamin C, a vitamin A (in the form of Retin A or Retinol for skin turnover and collagen stimulation) and of course hydration internally and externally and that should get you through the Holiday Season without a hitch,” says Abbey Helton BSN, RN C, CPSN, CANS, a Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse with Dr.Banis Plastic Surgery. “Hydration externally with hyaluronic acid rich moisturizers are key if you tend to be on the dry side. I also recommend that patients switch to a Retinol instead of a Retin A (more acidic) during the winter months. Sometimes if the use of toners with acids in them need to be stopped or only used once a day or every day to not contribute to dryness. I also recommend watching your caffeine intake (also contributing to dehydration) and of course drink LOTs of water!” says Helton.

This post was done in partnership with Smart Beauty Guide.



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