What to Eat for Glowing Skin This Holiday Season

The holiday season is known for festive foods and indulgent dishes that only come around once a year. While many holiday favorites, including refined sugar and alcohol, can wreak havoc on the skin, many other seasonal ingredients can contribute to glowing skin. Skincare can do wonders for the skin’s exterior, but to glow from the inside out, it’s important to eat healthy foods and stay hydrated. Fortunately, the fall and winter months are full of skin-loving foods to promote glowing skin this holiday season. Here are some of the foods you should fill your plate with this month:


Carrots have always been known for having numerous health benefits, but you may not be aware of how this vegetable can benefit your skin. Winter can be a harsh season on our skin. From cold conditions to wind and dryness, it’s a good idea to take extra measures to protect your skin. In addition to being loaded with beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant, carrots also contain carotenoids that protect your skin from everyday pollutants and prevent wrinkles.


Pumpkin is a surprising seasonal superfruit! It is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, all while being low in carbohydrates and sugars. Much like carrots, the orange color of pumpkin is a sign of beta carotene, an antioxidant that gets converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a key player in preventing wrinkles and keep your skin moisturized. Pumpkin also contains Vitamin C that works to protect collagen and boost our immune system.


Leafy greens not only promote a healthy body, but they are also vital ingredients when it comes to beauty. If you are trying to achieve glowing skin this holiday season, it’s important not to skip your veggies. Kale, in particular, is full of antioxidants known to slow down the aging process. It is also full of Vitamin A, which is essential for the overall health of the skin. In addition to eating kale, you’ll also find it featured in some skincare products because of its detoxifying properties.

Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are chock full of nutrients. In fact, just one whole sweet potato contains over 100% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes the production of new skin cells, which allow for fresh, radiant skin. Sweet potatoes are also full of fiber, which benefits your digestive system and your gut health. Because your gut is connected with so many other systems of the body, having good gut health can also lead to flawless skin.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is essential for both cooking and skincare! This superfood is perfect for roasted vegetables and also boasts benefits for the skin. Olive oil is full of antioxidants, including Vitamin A and Vitamin E. We’ve touched on the various benefits that Vitamin A has on the skin; Vitamin E has many anti-aging benefits and helps restore the skin’s elasticity. 


While typically planted in the summer, ginger is harvested in the winter, making it a seasonal staple in holiday cooking. Ginger is essential for glowing skin this holiday season because of its antioxidant content and known anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that ginger can have a soothing effect on all different skin types, so make sure to include this flavor in your soups and drinks this season. 


Cinnamon is a popular topping in a lot of holiday recipes, and not only is it delicious, but it also can add an extra glow to your skin tone. Cinnamon has been known to stimulate blood flow and circulation, allowing more oxygen to reach the skin.


Another antioxidant-rich food, cranberries are used in all sort of holiday dishes. Just be aware when digging into the cranberry sauce– this side can be full of sugar to combat the natural bitterness of cranberries. 

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For questions about skincare, treatments, or what to eat for glowing skin this holiday season schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced aestheticians. By getting a better look at your skin, they can make personalized recommendations. Request an appointment or call us at (843) 881-2130 to learn more about our different treatments available to benefit all skin types.

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About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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