Thanksgiving is the one meal of the year where we’re actually encouraged to indulge — when it’s okay to wear elastic-waist pants to the dinner table, and to get second (and third) helpings. That said, this is one meal that can be about more than just calories: Thanksgiving features tons of vitamin-packed foods that can do wonders for your skin and hair.
So, fill up a plate (or three!) with these five foods and reap the beauty benefits of your Thanksgiving dinner.
1. Sweet Potatoes
These orange beauties are filled with vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C (along with a slew of other great-for-you minerals). According to nutritionist Elisa Zied, author of YOUNGER NEXT WEEK: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days, the trifecta of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C can really make your skin glow — vitamin C, especially, boosts your body’s collagen production, and one study showed that it can even contribute to fewer wrinkles and less dry skin.
Rich in vitamin B3, this squash can minimize dark spots and increase production of both fatty acids and ceramides, which keep skin cells hydrated. To truly reap the skin-boosting benefits, try to eat a dish or dessert containing real pumpkin, not just the canned filling used to make most pies.
Homemade cranberry sauce (not canned!) is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. Interestingly enough, the bacteria-blockers that make cranberries a go-to food for fighting UTIs can also help acne-prone skin. Who knew?
4. Green Beans
Zied says that this veggie is also rich in antioxidants, and is also an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, and manganese. Manganese is especially important, and largely overlooked, for its beauty benefits: This essential trace mineral, which can be obtained only through our diets, helps build collagen and protect from free radicals.
Filled with healthy monounsaturated fat, these nuts are one of the richest sources of antioxidants around. Packed with zinc, they also help maintain healthy skin and hair. Put ‘em in a pie or just have a bowl handy to keep pre-meal hunger pangs at bay.
Dry skin is a very prominent problem in this state, mostly because Colorado is so dry. 8.4 million Americans suffer from dry skin at some point in their lives, and it often occurs in the worst of places : Face, hands, feet, elbows, knees, and shins!
Most commonly, people get seasonal dry skin. This has to do with the cold dry air and wind outside, mixed with the warm air inside. The low humidity sucks the moisture out of your skin, and therefore you'll be left with dry patches, itchiness, and worst of all, skin cracks! Sometimes it can be caused by winter clothing, as wool is known to be a very common skin irritant. The UV rays from the sun are drying you out even when you can barely feel it, and sometimes those hot baths make your skin look worse! Most of this has to do with moisture loss.
After looking into what causes dry skin, you can try these things to keep yourself hydrated and healthy. Eating and drinking is the first and easiest step. Salmon is great when it's cold out because it contains Omega-3 which repairs skin cell membranes and can help to lock in moisture. Drinking water is also very important, but if you don't want to drink water all the time, try green tea!
You're going to want to avoid really hot baths or showers, and you'll always want to apply lotion after your showers. To keep moisture locked in, try to shower every other day.
You can also use moisturizing soaps, but try to keep exfoliating to a minimum. Anything infused with aloe or honey will normally work wonders as long as they are sulfate free!
Don't scrub your dry patches! The best you can do for them is keep them moisturized, especially lips. a sealing moisturizer and a toner will do wonders for your skin.
A humidifier can do you wonders in your home. This can be used as a preventative measure as well as a quick fix to mildly dry skin. Humidity moisturizes your skin while it keeps your pores clean.
If you didn't know about our new anti-aging treatment, here's some info!
It all started with a tattoo. Regardless if you love them or hate them, tattoos have been around for thousands of years. And for thousands of years when people tattooed, something magical happened during the needling process. Mother nature was creating new skin! But no one noticed, because the miracle was hidden by ink. Who would have known that the tiny injuries caused by a tattoo gun could lead to skin renewal? This is the basic foundation of nano needling. Dr Fernandus discovered that on occasion aggressive needling with a tattoo gun could cause scarring instead of renewal and developed crude but effective needle stamps. This was soon followed by the derma roller with it’s micro needles. Because of the derma roller and the effective results of collagen induction, skin needling as a cosmetic process was in it’s infancy worldwide.
Now, thousands of clinical tests and procedures later, technology and cosmetic chemistry has taken percutaneous collagen induction to a very precise, effective procedure to correct and renew skin. Through the invention of the Nano needle pen, and ultra thin disposable nano needle matrix cartridges and advances in safe Nanoskin cosmeceutical actives and serums it is now possible for any person concerned about their skin to get a Nano Needling facial as easy as it is to go for a hair cut. When science and nature joins forces, expect to meet thy younger self!
It sounds painful right? Wrong. Technology has evolved so much since the beginning of nano needling, and now there is virtually no pain. There is no downtime, and you will see immediate results! We use the Milagro nano needler and all of its products as these are the most precise tools out there.
We currently offer 4 different nano treatments specifically designed for Acne, Scarring, Anti-Aging, and skin Lightening. These services are short and quick, and they produce results instantly whereas a normal facial takes a few visits to fix everything.
Just take a look at these results and you can decide for yourself if you'd like to do a consultation! Before pictures to the left and After pictures to the right. Top row is an Anti-Aging treatment, and the Bottom is an acne/scarring treatment.
We all must come to terms with it -- Winter is coming.
Now this is one of the hardest times for your skin, and it's when most people feel the worst. You're totally dried out, you're cold, your socks are wet for no reason, and worst of all, it's getting dark at like 5:30.
Feeling your best comes with taking care of yourself, and winter is the most important time to keep up with yourself.
The winter has so many strange effects on your skin, and we're going to help.
The first thing you should do is seek a specialist because it is VERY rare to go to a drugstore for skin products and have a salesperson know exactly what they're talking about. We do consultations here at Skin Fanatics, and we will be able to recommend products specialized for your skin type. We can also figure out what you may already be currently doing wrong, and help you figure out a new skin care regimen.
Secondly, you need to be moisturizing, and moisturizing A LOT. Winter is DRY and your skin doesn't have to reflect that. A moisturizer that works well in the summer will not work in the winter, so it's important to find one that will. lotions will be great but we recommend essential oils as well. Choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for "nonclogging" oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil -- or butter -- is controversial, because it can clog facial pores.
Third, believe it or not, you still need that sunscreen. look for that broad spectrum sunscreen and apply 30 minutes before you leave home. The reason is that winter sun combined with snow-glare can damage or (in the case of Colorado) burn your skin!
Fourth, protect your hands. Hands don't produce as many oils as the rest of your body, so it's important to keep them warm and protected to prevent cracking.
Fifth, if your socks or gloves get wet, change them! The moisture combined with the fabric of your socks or gloves can both irritate and dry out your skin. I keep an extra pair of socks and gloves in my car for this reason. Nobody likes wet socks!
Sixth, keep a humidifier running on low. Winter humidity in Colorado is at times lower than 10%, which is absolutely awful for your body as well as your skin. The humidifier will help keep your skin from drying out.
Seventh, Drink water. This is more important for your body than for your skin, because once again, winter is the driest season, and if your body is thirsty, you will feel like crap, and then your skin will start to fall too.
Eighth, keep your feet moisturized. Most foot creams are good for summertime, so you'll need the heavy duty stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
Ninth, If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are "deeply hydrating," rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.
And last at Number 10, NO super hot baths! The intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. "You're better off with just warm water," LaPlante advises, "and staying in the water a shorter amount of time."
Whether you have acne or clogged pores, or are looking for an even skin tone and firmer, younger looking skin; there is definitely something for everyone. Our goal is to provide a relaxing experience while getting you the results you can see and feel!