Your skin and the holidays? Moderation is the key

With all of the holiday temptations and rich and decadent desserts, we know how hard it can be to stay on track. You've put lots of work in during the year to keep your body in shape and your complexion glowing. So to keep your skin from suffering, we have few tips to consider as you navigate the pitfalls of festive food.

The holiday food naughty list

Keeping the following foods in check will leave a bit more room for some of the more fun, once-a-year-treats — remember, it's all about balance!

High glycemic foods

High glycemic foods spike your blood sugar levels and then cause your levels to crash. They wreak havoc on your body and your skin, including collagen breakdown, inflammation, and acne.

Dairy with hormones

Dairy isn't all bad, but you'll want to avoid any that's been treated with added hormones, which among many other (scarier) things, cause acne. A good rule of thumb, in general, is to opt for hormone-free options.


Drinking causes dehydration, and your skin will show the effects. While alcohol depletes your skin of moisture, it also strips it of its natural oils. If possible, toast to the holidays without going overboard to maintain your holiday glow.

Salty foods

Salt is a common dehydrating and bloating agent. It can also aggravate breakouts.

The holiday food nice list

Luckily, we've also identified some delicious foods (found in many holiday treats) that are good for you and your skin.

Fatty fish

Smoked salmon, anyone? What a delicious treat this snack is, and the Omega-3 fatty acids are great for your skin.


Avocados are packed with vitamins E and C and plenty of healthy fats. These are fantastic for skin health and appearance.

Walnuts and sunflower seeds

Add walnuts and sunflower seeds to your holiday salads, cookies, and snack mixes and get a boost of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc.

Dark chocolate

Swap out milk chocolate for its healthy counterpart—dark chocolate! This “stronger” version is high in antioxidants, which are good for your complexion and skin texture.

Improve your holiday skincare routine

To help combat both your holiday diet and seasonal challenges, here are some regimen recommendations to keep your skin feeling healthy and happy.

♦ Use more moisturizer: The Simple Beauty Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer is a perfect way to combat visible signs of aging while also nourishing your skin with natural botanicals.

♦ Don’t forget the sunscreen, even though it's winter.

♦ Keep skin hydrated with a humidifier in your bedroom.

♦ Take shorter showers to keep skin from drying out.

♦ Use a gentle cleanser: The Simple Beauty Daily Purifying Cleanser is powerful enough to purify, hydrate, and tone your skin and gentle enough to use daily. The cleanser helps your skin maintain its natural moisture balance, so it can nicely complement the Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer.

To put it simply

Our holiday mantra is Everything in Moderation! So while you focus on the nice list, remember to enjoy a treat or two from the naughty one! And include the gentle but hydrating Daily Purifying Cleanser and the Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer to your regimen, so your skin ends up being as happy as your holidays. You've got this in the bag!