By DELAILA C. Atop the 30th floor of The Metropolitan Towers there is a beautiful panoramic view of the city, a table of assorted cheeses, meats, and fruits, a wine bar serving delicious cocktails and lots of mingling among beauty bloggers, fashionistas, make up artists and businesswomen. I exchange business cards with a few and even get some camera time introducing BeChic. Amidst all of this we are all eagerly waiting to hear what dermatologist Jeannette Graf will share with us about beauty and skincare. Pad and pen on hand and I am ready as she begins...

Remember that old adage, "You are what you eat?" Well, it's not just a phrase- it's to be taken literally.

Dr. Graf says that many of the foods we eat are not helping us look our best. Besides leading to break outs and challenged skin, what we consume also compromises our energy level leaving us restless and unable to perform to our full potential.

Why is this?! Well there is a scientific term called pH or potential of hydrogen- it measures the amount of acidity or alkalinity in the body, with an ideal pH being a 7. Everything we eat affects our pH. Our aim is to be as alkalized as possible as doing so promotes healthier skin and a rejuvenated body inside and out. Sugars, processed food and other inhibitors cause for high acidity in our bodies, which we should try to avoid as much as possible.

Become your own antioxidant by choosing the right foods; it's as simple as getting in your eight glasses of water a day.

Dr. Graf goes on and introduces the Skin Care Challenge, a 2-week regimen geared to give “your cells the ingredients they need to function optimally and at its fullest alkaline potential. In no time will you see vibrant, more youthful skin.

Are you up for the challenge? Pick up a copy of Stop Aging, Start Living, a straightforward insight as to why living a well-balanced life will help you look and feel your best. Start the challenge today. Come back and let us know about your experience, we would love to hear about your progress!