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The Role of Fat Soluble Antioxidants in Skin Health by Dale Pinnock, the Medicinal Chef

Sunday July 1, 2018
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One of the most important groups of nutrients to consider for overall skin health are fat soluble antioxidants.

Antioxidants are separated into two categories: water soluble and fat soluble. Water soluble antioxidants such as vitamin C, whilst greatly beneficial for many tissues and protecting cell membranes, does not permeate the skin.  

Fat soluble antioxidants on the other hand, by their very nature, migrate into fatty tissues. In fact, second to the brain, the most abundant fatty tissues in the body is the subcutaneous layer of the skin. This thick base layer is where most of the important structures are housed.  Collagen and elastin (the protein fibres that give skin its structural integrity) and also the pilosebaceous units (the hair follicle and sebaceous gland) are all contained in the subcutaneous layer and susceptible to free radical damage. Giving antioxidant protection can help protect these structures.

Increase your intake of fat soluble antioxidants in your diet by consuming foods from the carotenoid family such as carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and mangoes. The orange coloured pigments in these fruit and vegetables are the carotenoids, beta carotene and alpha carotene. However, avoid consuming too many, as it could lead to the skin having an orange pigment called hyper carotenemia. It appears that hypercarotenemia is harmless and reversible, but found to be cosmetically displeasing. One risk is that jaundice looks similar, however in jaundice the eyes too will take on a yellow-orange tint.

By increasing these type of foods, you will help drip feed the necessary nutrients into the body to protect some of these structures from oxidative damage.

The Clear Skin Programme devised by experts at ethical vitamin company Viridian Nutrition, incorporates diet and lifestyle together with selected nutritional supplements and a nutritional oil.  

Developed to support optimal skin health, the Clear Skin Programme incorporates recipes from The Clear Skin Cookbook1 by TV chef Dale Pinnock, together with two supplements - Clear Skin Complex capsules and Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil - from Viridian Nutrition. 

The Clear Skin Programme has been tested in two in-depth surveys, one in 2013 and the other in 2017. Participants in the 2017 survey were required to take the Clear Skin Complex and Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil and follow a recipe from the Clear Skin Cookbook daily for 60 days.

The 20172 survey confirmed the 20133 results, and reported that 76% of participants described their skin condition to be ‘better’ or ‘much better’ after following the Clear Skin Programme for 60 days. 

The Clear Skin Complex Veg Caps is a specifically formulated blend of targeted botanicals, key minerals and fat soluble antioxidants in a base of probiotics.

The Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil 200ml is a blend of omega-3 dominant flax seed oil, perilla seed oil, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil, argan oil, rosehip seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, pomegranate seed oil, blackcurrant seed oil and elderberry seed oil, certified organic by the Soil Association.



1. The Clear Skin Cookbook, Dale Pinnock, Orion Publishing Company, ISBN: 9781409166382  

2. Clear Skin Project 2017, Carson J. BSc Hons, 47 subjects following the Clear Skin Programme for 60 days.  

3. Clear Skin Project 2013, Thallon, C. 12 subjects following the Clear Skin Programme for 90 days


The Clear Skin Programme by Viridian Nutrition can be found at specialist health food stores by visiting

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


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