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What you put in your mouth affects what happens to the outside of your skin. Here are a few “ins” and “outs” of holiday skin care:

  • Hydrate inside, hydrate outside. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water during these low humidity months. Switch to moisturizing creams or ointments for the outside. Don’t skimp on the outside. Apply creams thickly immediately after bathing (you may blot off excess).
  • Alcohol on the inside (as in beverages) will make your face puffy. On the outside, it will dry your skin.
  • To avoid yo-yo weight gain and loss (which stretches your skin), try my “half a peanut diet”. Cut your portions in half to enjoy holiday dishes and avoid overindulgence.
  • Antioxidants inside (vitamins C &E) protect your internal health. On the outside (skin), they prevent the formation of free radicals that age your skin.
  • This should be obvious, but don’t smoke and don’t participate in indoor tanning. Smoking destroys elastics fibers resulting in more wrinkles, age spots and potential skin cancer.

Party responsibly and have a skin-healthy holiday season!