14 Dec Food To Avoid for Clearer Skin This Christmas
With Christmas so close, the countdown is on until we begin devouring banquets of Christmas party foods.
Yes it’s the silly season but unfortunately overeating and indulging in some of the finer foods can result in skin breakouts, less sleep and digestive inflammation. This is why it is important to create a balance when it comes to your Christmas splurge.
Here are some specific foods and food groups to avoid this Christmas season.
When it comes to dairy, it can be difficult to avoid as many Christmas meals contain it. Not to mention the Christmas advent calendars we have already half eaten.
Dairy can be a big trigger for skin problems. As dairy cows are full of hormones, this can translate into hormonal acne in humans.
However, there are alternatives including cashew cheese or nutritional yeast that can be enjoyed as spreads and snacks during Christmas. Swap out your regular full cream milk for an almond milk alternative or why not try coconut yoghurt instead of a high sugar dairy option.
Processed carbohydrates are foods that can increase insulin. These include white bread, some cereals, pasta, white rice and many more foods we always come across at Christmas.
These foods can break down quickly, turning into sugar and causing a rise in insulin in the body. These processed foods can be inflammatory to the digestive system which can mean acne.
As an alternative try almond flour crackers or seed crackers, these are full of healthy fats and proteins that balance your blood sugar and insulin levels. If you are having carbs with your meal try to opt for wholegrain or less processed options like brown rice.
High Sugar Juice
When it comes to juice, if it tastes sweet it most likely has sugar in it, and a lot of it. Juice often lacks the natural fibers found in fruits, which can increase acne levels.
Instead of a juice, a yummy smoothie that is high in healthy fats and protein will do the trick.
Add coconut milk, avocado, coconut oil, chia seeds and other nutritional ingredients for glowing skin. Replacing any sodas with kombucha is also a great alternative.
Soda is full of sugar and artificial chemicals which produce inflammation inside the body.
Kombucha can help repopulate your healthy gut bacteria and rebalance your system.
We know the Christmas season can get very crazy, meaning a lot of coffee is consumed.
Caffeine contains diuretic, which actually causes your body to lose water, which can result in dehydration. Dehydration is not great for your skin elasticity and collagen production!
Hot water with lemon is the perfect drink that helps the digestive system whilst hydrating the body. Lemon is also a great detoxifier for the body.
So before you start indulging in those sugary Christmas foods, remember that there are healthier alternatives. It’s ok to indulge every once in a while but make sure you are aware of your portion sizes!
If you’re wanting more than just what foods to eat for your skin to glow, read The Importance Of Washing Your Face Correctly blog here.
Have an amazing and safe Christmas everyone. Love the SCA team!