If you were asked to imagine your beauty routine and visit your daily regimen in your mind, what images would you see? Most of us would see face creams, exfoliators, lipsticks, and tweezers. Our mind's eye would take us to a bathroom cabinet or a make up bag. What about our kitchens? How many of you would picture your fridge or fruit bowl? Maybe we need to change our thinking and find beauty in our kitchens first and work from the inside out.
As your local, pretty girl lab experts, we want to coach our gorgeous gals and their health conscious dudes on a whole circle approach to health and beauty. We give you the purest, organic, luxury products to make this a reality but we also want to educate you on how to play an active role in maintaining and maximizing your glowing youth and radiance. Our products will make you stand out for life but your health and wellness will make you invincibly beautiful. Beauty isn't just skin deep but comes from the inside-out and all around. Now let's take a look at some skin nutrient groceries!
We all know that good food = good skin! Here are some great complexion companion foods:
- Healthy Fats
- Lean Proteins
- Color! Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies
- Super Foods
Greens are densely packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients! Lutein is a vital component of your leafy greens and a key wrinkle prevent-er!
Tomatoes and other red, pink, and orange foods can actually reduce redness in the skin. The powerful antioxidat lycopene found in tomatoes and other colorful fruits like pink grapefruit, papaya, wolfberry, and goji not only help prevent sunburn but boosts collagen production! In a report by Gary Goldfaden, MD And Robert Goldfaden, lycopene has been found to improve skin cellular function, combat free radicals that cause aging, contribute to the body's metabolic processes that result in growth and repair, and actually inhibit the natural process of enzymes that breakdown collagen. In short, these are your wrinkle fighting friends.
Berry madness! These bite sized burst of flavor are BIG on antioxidants. They have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are packed with essential fatty acids that hydrate and plump the skin. The high levels of Vitamin C and Ellagic Acid found in berries not only prevents the breakdown of elastin and collagen, but increases their production. Talk about the power of youth!
Soy beans, including soy milk & tofu, are great for existing fine lines and aging skin. The isoflavones found in soy promote elastin activity which helps reverse and slow further effects of aging. Go ahead and add those edamame to your salads!
Eggs are another food source enriched with goodness. Lutein and zeaxanthin are UV protecting antioxidants (great for brown spots) and they help soften and firm the skin. The amino acids that come from the rich protein content of eggs will help generate new proteins (such as collagen) in the skin cells, resulting in better hydration and stronger skin tissue.
Nuts about glowing skin? Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and pump moisture into the lower dermis layers while a 1/2 oz. serving of walnuts gives you 100% of your daily value of ALA (Omega 3) and improve the texture and quality of the epidermis layer of skin.
Dark chocolate in small servings increases circulation and gives us a dose of flavanoids which are known to have a brightening effect on the skin.
Oils are important as they provide us with essential fatty acids that store moisture in the cell membranes. This ultimately gives us that supple look we all strive for!
Avocado crazed! While we are on the topic of fatty acids we cant forget this superfood. This Omega-9 fat packed fruit maintains and regulates moisture in the epidermis layer, regenerates skin cells that have been damaged, and soothes irritation. The high Vitamin E content prevents aging skin which is caused by fat oxidation in dermal cells.
Check out this link for Glowing Skin Smoothies! The Kiwi, Spinach, Avocado Smoothie won our vote for the best skin drink on the list but we love them all!
Remember, you can play an active role in your skin care routine! Feed yourself for health, beauty, and balance. Bon apetit!