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5 Classic Thanksgiving Foods That Give You Glowing Skin

Wed, November 18, 2015 11:47am EDT by Dory Larrabee 1 Comment
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We don’t exactly need another excuse to eat a lot on Thanksgiving, but some classic foods can actually diminish wrinkles and help hydrate dry skin! Find out what these foods are below.

Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco New York, is revealing 5 foods (that you probably already have planned for your Thanksgiving menu) are actually great for your skin!

We need all the help we can get for glowing skin during the dry winter months. Be sure to eat these 5 foods on Thanksgiving, praised by Dr. Bank:

KALE: This green veggie is the top of the list when it comes to beauty foods. Kale is full of antioxidants that are a great way of reducing wrinkles because they slow down the ageing process. Kale also contains Vitamin A which is essential for the health of your skin. It has been proven to be helpful in averting a host of skin diseases as well. Kale is a very good cleanser for your skin because it detoxifies your body leaving you with healthy, glowing skin outside.

PUMPKIN: The vibrant orange color of this squash indicates that it’s loaded with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. This gets converted to Vitamin A which helps prevent wrinkles and keep your skin youthful and moisturized. This is the perfect food if you are experiencing dry skin because of the cold weather. Pumpkin is also loaded with Vitamin C, another antioxidant that protects collagen and boosts our immune systems.

SWEET POTATOES: In just one sweet potato, you will find more than 200% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for having amazing skin, because it promotes the growth of new skin cells and increases the rate at which this happens, which leaves you with vibrant skin. Also, from a sweet potato, you’ll get three grams of fiber which keeps your digestive tract healthy and functioning properly during the season of eating. A healthy and functioning digestive track can help keep your breakouts to a minimum.”

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“CARROTS: Carrots are not only good for your eyes but that are also amazing for smooth skin. Our skin is up against a lot of environmental factors every day like sun radiation and toxins, which combined with stress, leads to weakened defense against damaging free radicals that attack our skin. Carotenoids, found in carrots, are your protection from these everyday pollutants and will prevent wrinkles.

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OLIVE OIL: Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser and moisturizer. Among these antioxidants are Vitamin A and Vitamin E, Vitamin E accounts for anti- aging benefits because it helps restore skin elasticity. Olive oil penetrates into the skin without clogging pores. Another benefit of this cooking aid is that it is useful as an exfoliator when mixed with sea salt and rubbed into the body. The mild abrasive qualities of the sea salt, combined with the deep, penetrating action of the oil, will remove dead skin cells and leave the skin looking renewed and glowing.”

Do you ever use food as a beauty tool?

— Dory Larrabee-Zayas