Dr. Jennifer Walden, Holiday Foods That Zap Our Skin

Walden, Owner and Medical Director of Walden Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center has been recognized as “The Best Beauty Surgeon in America” by American Way. In addition, Dr. Walden, a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery serves as the Vice Commissioner of Communications for this group. She currently holds a medical license in New York, Florida, and Texas as well as certification through the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities.

Jennifer believes that the food that we consume can help maintain youthful skin. She also believes that keeping your body hydrated removes free radicals that damage your skin. Moreover hydration aids in maintaining elasticity, thus preventing wrinkles and sagging as we grow older.
The trek from flavorful fruitcake to wrinkled and sagging skin is made by thousands of people every holiday season. Studies show that the sugar in this well-loved treat affects the collagen and elastin in our skin, which destroys the elasticity that keeps our skin youthful. According to Dr. Walden, the ideal substitute for this sugary treat is a healthy serving of fruit salad.
Although sugary foods can be harmful, alcohol can ruin your appearance at a time when you want to look your best. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, leaving it pale and sometimes reddened and blotchy when blood vessels dilate. Dr. Walden suggests drinking water to add a youthful dew to your skin.
While fried foods such as apple fritters and pancakes are a staple in the American diet, trans-fats are our skin’s worst enemy. The trans-fats in these and other fried foods plague us with flaky skin, acne, and clogged pores among other health related issues. According to Walden fermented foods and probiotic drinks are a better alternative that can also aid digestion and energize our body.
Puffy bags under your eyes? Dr. Jennifer Walden suggests limiting the bread in your diet. Loaded with sodium bread can create those unsightly bags and too much sodium may cause other health issues. Sweet potatoes or other foods like wild salmon are natural moisturizers for the skin that will help to maintain a youthful appearance.

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