Quick Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Winter can be hard on everyone’s skin. If you’re stressing about upcoming holiday photo-ops, there are few steps you can take to maintain glowing, radiant skin. Just follow our top five tips below:

1) Incorporate Plants

Not into your décor, into your diet! Green veggies like kale and spinach provide the necessary nutrients (e.g., protein, minerals and vitamins) to nurture and support skin health. Avoid heavier foods like meat and dairy, which have been shown to cause an inflammatory response in the body, resulting in dull, dry skin.

2) Avoid Excess Caffeine and Alcohol

This can be a difficult one, especially during the holidays, but caffeine and alcohol aren’t good for your skin. Alcohol turns to sugar in the body, and too much sugar can skin cell damage – decreasing skin elasticity and firmness; while caffeine can result in skin inflammation.

3) Rejuvenate with Winter Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can treat a variety of skin imperfections including wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, enlarged pores, acne, scars and more. And winter is the best time of year for laser skin resurfacing because your skin is less exposed to direct sun light, which can negatively impact recovery.

4) Avoid Too Much Sodium

A high-sodium diet is one of the main causes of fluid retention, and fluid retention can make your skin look puffy. Cutting sodium intake to 1500 mg a day or less will do wonders for your skin (and your blood pressure).

5) Avoid Spicy Foods

Though spicy foods can be delicious, they can also be terrible for your skin – especially if you have fair, sun damaged skin. Spicy foods can cause your face to appear red and blotchy. They can also aggravate an episode of rosacea.

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