Christmas Food & Drink: How it affects your skin 

Rich Christmas foods can potentially affect your skin in several ways, both directly and indirectly. The impact can vary from person to person, but here are some ways in which these foods might influence your skin.  

High-carb Christmas foods, especially those rich in refined carbohydrates and sugars, can lead to spikes in blood sugar levels. These spikes may trigger inflammation in the body, which can contribute to skin issues like acne, redness, and puffiness.  

Not only that, but excess sugar in the bloodstream can lead to a process called glycation, where sugar molecules bind to proteins in the skin, forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs can make the skin less elastic, leading to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. High-glycemic foods stimulate the release of insulin, which is a hormone required to allow glucose into your cells. Excess glucose in the blood stream binds to red blood cells and can affect oxygen delivery to all your cells including those in your skin. Additionally, a high an insulin level can lead to overproduction of oil causing clogged pores, acne, and breakouts. Foods with refined sugar can cause extra fat and well as unwanted changes in your skin so go easy with the refined sweets! Treat your self for a day, not the entire season!

Diets rich in refined carbohydrates may cause water retention and dehydration, which can affect the moisture levels of your skin. Dehydrated skin may appear dry, dull, and prone to fine lines. The foods you consume during the holidays can influence the balance of bacteria in your gut. An unhealthy gut microbiome can contribute to skin issues, as the gut bacteria communicate with the microbiome on your skin. This imbalance can lead to inflammation and worsen certain skin conditions and disturb normal skin barrier function.

Overindulging in “carbage” and sweets can contribute to nutrient deficiencies and sugar cravings. Vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc are crucial for maintaining healthy skin. A lack of these nutrients can affect your skin’s overall health.

To minimize the impact of holiday carbs on your skin, consider the following tips:

· A balanced diet: Include a variety of nutrient-rich foods in your holiday meals, such as vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.

· Practice moderation: Enjoy holiday treats in moderation to avoid large fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Treat yourself, but be mindful.

· Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

· Maintain a skincare routine: Stick to your regular skincare routine to cleanse, moisturise, and protect your skin from the elements. When you become a Platina Club member, you get exclusive insights and access to our skin regimens as well as our fantastic products. For more on how to join, click here.

Remember that the impact of eating habits on your skin may not be immediate or severe for everyone. However, it’s essential to be mindful of your dietary choices and take steps to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle, especially during the holiday season.