Eating Right for Your Skin During the Holidays
Most teen girls in the 60s-80s spend their childhoods being warned by their mothers that they needed to lay off the chocolate in order to avoid a breakout. As if we weren’t dealing with enough stress between changing bodies and hormones! The truth is, chocolate doesn’t cause acne, and a small morsel of dark chocolate may actually be good for your health.
Sugar Makes a Better Scrub than Ingredient
Other than the occasional square of dark chocolate, avoiding sugar can do wonders for your skin. What happens when you eat sugar or simple carbs? Your body reacts by dumping a bunch of insulin into your bloodstream to even things back out – and that insulin sets off a cascade of events that can result in saggy skin, wrinkles, and yes, acne. And when you consume too much sugar for too long, you can become resistant to insulin, which can cause your body to grow hair where you don’t want it.
Water Works Wonders
Staying hydrated is good for you. It helps your body function properly, getting rid of toxins, digesting food, and keeping cells in peak condition. Skin is nothing more than cells, so water is an essential component in good skin health. And here in Palmdale, staying hydrated is a year-round effort.
As tempting as the holiday treats can be, learning to say no to aunt May’s gravy or grandma’s blueberry pie can do more than help you keep your waistline trim – it can help your skin, too. People who are overweight or obese are at a much higher risk for skin infections like boils and carbuncles; extra weight can also trigger hormone imbalances that manifest in adult acne and other symptoms.
As often as we talk about the benefits of wearing sunscreen and using a light moisturizer to protect the delicate skin on your face, neck, and chest, when it comes to protecting your skin, what you put in your body can be just as important as what you put on it.
Katayoun Motlagh, MD. specializes in many types of cosmetic services and can help you choose the right procedure to give you optimal results. Make an appointment today for a consultation with Dr. Motlagh to learn more.