If you’re torn between eating chocolate and having a clear complexion this Easter then you can relax!

Contrary to popular belief, eating chocolate now and then does not cause skin break-outs.

Problematic skin conditions can be caused by a number of factors, such as genetic inheritance, environmental pollution, stressful lifestyles and hormonal imbalances.

Overall diet does influence the appearance of your skin but the problem isn’t cocoa – it’s high-glycemic foods in general. Dark chocolate is in fact a low-glycemic food, and milk chocolate is fine in moderation.

Chocolate has numerous health benefits especially the ones that contain 85 per cent cocoa. Dark chocolate contains high levels of chromium – a substance that is proven to control blood sugar – so a little bit of good chocolate is good for you and your skin.

Foods that will do wonders for your skin’s appearance include: apples, berries, fish and shellfish, lentils, olive oil, spinach, tomatoes, yoghurt and oysters.

Drinking 8 – 10 glasses of water a day can also to help prevent skin breakouts as it reduces inflammation in the body. It’s also a good idea to use skincare products that are high in anti-oxidants as well as topical anti-inflammatories such as Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE (both found in Alpha Lipoic Activator).

People who have problems with acne-prone skin need a specific skincare program that is designed to reduce the build-up of excess oil and dead skin cells, help reduce inflammation and prevents bacteria formation deep within the hair follicle and pores.

That’s why we are giving away a voucher for a Nimue skin treatment this Easter – to prove to people that they can have their chocolate Easter eggs and eat them too!