Post on: December 11, 2018.

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“I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus”

You bet you did! No one can resist her beautiful, youthful, kissable skin this holiday season. What’s her secret? She took a bite out of holiday stress thanks to these delicious seasonal foods.

Are you feeling a little stressed out? It might be showing on your skin! Bite back against the dulling effects of stress with the help of these 5 skin-beautifying foods. Oh, yeah! Time to bring on the mistletoe.

Cranberries

Stress can make you feel terrible: fatigued, shaky or sick to your stomach. But, have you stopped to consider how it’s affecting your complexion? When you stress (physical or emotional) it causes the formation of damaging free radicals. Free radicals are pesky buggers that damage parts of your body, including your skin. Luckily, you can shut down those pesky free radicals with antioxidants, such as those found in cranberries. Having antioxidants around means free radicals can not damage the collagen and elastin in your skin. That’s really important since collagen and elastin are what keeps your skin looking smooth and radiant! When collagen and elastin are destroyed by free radicals your skin can appear damaged, aged and wrinkled. But, not this holiday season – cause you’ve got a date with Santa. Biting into more cranberries is a great idea, according to the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Cranberries contain resveratrol – an antioxidant that fights inflammation. Yes! That means you can eat away that puffy, under-eye look you might be having to endure after yesterday’s late night holiday soirée.

Goji

Do you make that scrunched-up face, or frown when you’re stressed? In 2007, a research study reported that goji contains natural compounds that prevent the skin from over expanding when under mechanical stress. This means that the skin won’t over-stretch when pulled, such as when you frown over holiday stress. Repeated frowning damages the skin and causes wrinkles. Add a splash of goji juice into your holiday beverage as it just might help reduce the formation of expressive wrinkles on your face.

Water

Drink up! Enjoy a festive glass of red and green bubbly water by adding cranberry ice cubes and a slice of lime. Water assists in flushing toxins from the body. Without sufficient water toxins build up in the skin where they cause damage and reduce your skin’s radiant, kissable look. Skin cells need water to stay hydrated and firm. Dehydrated skin cells are flaccid leading to a loose, wrinkled, unhealthy appearance. Gulp, slurp or chug back that water, or try one of these Holiday Drinks to Make Your Skin Glow. Cheers to your kissable holiday skin (and health)!

Fruit (Christmas) Cake

Rushing around this holiday season? Pack some dried fruit, nuts and seeds into a mason jar and put it in your purse for a quick, easy skin beautifying treat when you are on the go. Or, better yet divulge into your mom’s famous fruit (Christmas) cake packed with dried fruits, nuts and other delicious-ness. Why? Dried fruits are rich in vitamin C and iron. It’s like a one-two punch against collagen loss: vitamin C is an antioxidant that stops free radicals from breaking down collagen, and iron is involved in new collagen formation. Crazy, eh?! The nutritionist just said cake is good for you!

Rosemary

Rosemary trees are beautiful gifts to give a loved one hosting you this holiday season. But, don’t be shy about pulling off a sprig and sprinkling some rosemary on to your holiday roasted potatoes, vegetables or into your marinade. Rosemary is extremely high in iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 keeps your body’s levels of homocysteine at bay. Homocysteine is a problem because it obstructs the ability of collagen to cross-link in your skin. That’s a problem since collagen cross-links are what makes your kissable holiday skin stronger, firmer and appear tighter.

Shut your eyes kids – Mommy’s going to be kissing Santa Claus even more this holiday season with her gorgeous, kissable holiday skin!

Happy Holidays!

Studies:

Li XM et al. Effect of the Lycium barbarum polysaccharides on age-related free radical stress in aged mice. J Ethnopharmacol 2007;111(3):504-511.

Wang Y, Catana F, Yang Y, Roderick R, van Breemen RB. An LC-MS method for analysing total resveratrol in grape juice, cranberry juice, and in wine. J Agric Food Chem. 2002;50:431–5.