Thursday, February 3, 2011

beauty from the inside out

People ask me all the time, 'how do I get rid of my dull skin? How do I prevent skin aging?' 
While there are lots of different products out there to help slow down the aging process, there's also a less expensive way to help slow down the aging process that happens to our skin. The foods we eat play such an important roll for having healthy skin. This is something that we should be doing now! Don't wait until you're in your late 30's or 40's to start making good habits with your diet. Skin damage happens because of oxidation. Think of an apple that you take a bite out of. It's crisp and white on the inside. If you leave the apple alone, it of course, starts turning brown because it's oxidizing. The same type of thing happens to our skin. It's basically a chemical process that that takes electrons from healthy cells. These nasty little things are called free radicals. I'm sure you have heard that term lots of times with any kind of anti-aging product. That's simply what it means. While there are other components that causes skin to age, we obviously can't control what will inevitably will happen. The two other things that are the most damaging to our skin that we expose our skin to are smoke and sun. So don't smoke and wear sunblock. Problem solved! :)

Here are a few power foods that are also DELICIOUS that will do wonders for your skin and help slow down that aging process. Think of this as feeding your tummy and your skin. 

Avocados- They contain B complex and vitamins. It's extremely nourishing for your skin. Avocados also contain niacin. This is an anti-inflammatory and helps sooth irritated skin states.

Almonds- Packed full of fiber, they also contain large amounts of vitamin E oil. This keeps skin moisturized and smooth.

Mangos- Here is our super fruity food. You'll find this to be rich in vitamin A. Anything with vitamin A is going to fight pre mature skin aging and keeps the surface of the skin smooth, clear, and supple. This is a fruit that fights free radicals. 

Oranges, Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes (to name a few)- These fruits and veggies contain vitamin C. We all know that vitamin C helps prevent you from being sick, BUT did you know that it also is a major skin brightener? Yes indeedy, this vitamin will illuminate your skin! Any topical serum that says it has vitamin C in it will also do the same. This way if your skin is feeling dull you can attack it from the inside out! 

Wild Salmon, Soybeans, Flaxseed and Walnuts- These all have omega 3 fatty acids in them. This is not considered an anti oxidant. It's pretty amazing what these guys do. They basically protect healthy cells, by allowing nutrients to flow in and keep toxins out. 

A lot of woman ask me how to get rid of dark under eye circles. While, some of it has to do with genetics, lack of sleep, and rubbing your eyes too much, there are some foods that help reduce those black eyes. You want to look for foods containing vitamin C, K, and E. A few of the things I mentioned above have those vitamins in them. You can find vitamin K in leafy greens, green tea, and coffee. 

To wrap things up, I can't say enough about water. We all know how important it is to drink enough water every day. So I'm just going to remind you. It's amazing, it's free, and we are all blessed to have access to it . It carries nutrients to all of our cells, and it gets rid of toxins. 

See, it's not so hard to eat well. There are probably two things on this list that I personally don't care for, but I'd eat everything else daily if I had it! 

Hope you are able to enjoy some of these foods with a new appreciation!!

ginny lee


  1. Im loving your blog sis!! Excellent skin and nutrition advise!

  2. For some reason it used davids account! Its sarah!

  3. Thanks Sarah! I had a feeling that was you:)