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Nutrition Tips for Clear Skin from Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville's Tips on Eating Right For Good Skin

Ask A-list actresses who they trust with their skin care, and time after time, you'll hear the name Kate Somerville. As the founder and director of Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts — a seriously gorgeous skin care clinic in Los Angeles — she has become one of the most sought-after complexion experts.

Along with using a thorough skin care regimen (more on this soon!), Somerville says that eating well is key to having healthy, glowy, beautiful skin. "I think it’s huge – it’s almost everything," she says. For a few of her tips on eating right,


  • Drink plenty of water. "I think it’s important because it also cleanses your body," Somerville says. Our skin is our biggest organ, so if we’re unhealthy, it’s going to show in the skin."
  • But don't drink too much soda or coffee. "Coffee is really hard on the skin because it's dehydrating," Somerville explains. "If you’re not eating right and you’re drinking a lot of coffee, your skin is the first thing that's going to show it."
  • Go green. That means eating fresh vegetables, especially leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and lettuce. "The more green leaves, the better," Somerville advises. "If you eat live foods, you’re going to have the best skin that you possibly can have."

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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I've given up on soda.... It's my new years resolution!
bibiruby82 bibiruby82 8 years
Thanks for the article, I'll try to keep it in mind for now and in the future. I pretty much avoid coffee, and when I do drink it, it's decaf for me. I have been cutting back on the soda as I have also stopped eating at night. I've lost some weight from that alone. I'm now trying to have soda at least once a day, hopefully I'll soon have it down to only one every two days or so.
a-harika a-harika 8 years
thanks 4 de advice il try n follow
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I cut up a lemon and squeeze the juice into a pitcher and fill it up with water so I always have some good tasting water. I drink so much more since doing that. I dont drink enough coffee to make a difference. Like half a cup max.
tglynn tglynn 8 years
Nina, coffee DOES dehydrate you. It's a diuretic. Every time I have 1 cup of coffee, I pee like 20 times a day, and I KNOW I'm not drinking that much in return. I usually have milk in the morning :P
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Very obvious and easy to do. You should do these to take care of your body anyway. I always make sure to drink water after I drink my coffee or soda (both of which I can't live without)
heidi-girl heidi-girl 8 years
my caffeine (sp?) addiction is so out of control, but lately i've been forcing myself to drink water. And i treat myself to a squeeze of lemon in it :)
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
to all of the water discussion people: ever since I graduated high school I've been really good about drinking one liter of water (about three bottles of water) a day (I know, that's a lot, but I've always liked water and I talk all day - I'm a teacher). when I first started out, I had to go to the bathroom all day, which was especially wierd for me because I heardly ever went to the bathroom before (I don't know what it was, maybe I have a very large bladder lol or somethin, but I would only go like three times a day). after a little while, though, my body got used to it and I'm back to my regular about three times a day. so, I don't know if it varies by body, but mine did get used to all the water...
sofasurfgirl sofasurfgirl 8 years
i love water! it's so important for your health!
XpsX XpsX 8 years
soda is the last thing i choose to drink but i love coffee
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
i cant survive a day without my coke
crystahl crystahl 8 years
lotuslight, you make a great point!! more sleep=less coffee!! i know i'm sipping on starbucks now bc i'm exhausted!!
Poppet Poppet 8 years
I agree VanillaJ... lots of water and coffee :)
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
this type of remedy works quite quickly for me. i wish i could stick with the veggies and stay away from coffee but its HAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDD jullarose, if you're interested in the harmfulness of soda, you should read 'skinny bitch' to get the facts. i read it and pretty much quit soda and aspartame (including chewing gum!) but i do not remember why... i've also read somewhere that consuming more sugar gives you more wrinkles! thats one piece of advice which is so hard to follow
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I drink tons of water everyday. I also drink ridiculous amount of coffee, as well. I can't live without my coffee. :(
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
I wish it was that easy!
juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
why exactly is soda bad for your skin? is it because of the caffeine or the sugar?
lotuslight lotuslight 8 years
We hear this skin advice all the time, and if it was THAT easy to get beautiful skin, everyone would have it. As long as I avoid dairy, my skin doesn't show what I am eating at all. My skin is actually better now, when I am not eating my best, than a few years ago when I ate picture perfect. Not sure why! Re: coffee/tea/etc. I think it can be a bit of an illusion. Often people have coffee because they aren't getting enough sleep. lack of sleep definitely makes one look crappy. So coffee may get blamed when lack of sleep is really the culprit. Coffee/tea don't really affect my hyradation or complexion.
swati05 swati05 8 years
I drink coffee like once a day and I need to eat green veggies
emalove emalove 8 years
These are great. And so true. The water one and the green veggies seem to be the biggies in my mind...
Nina_79 Nina_79 8 years
It has been scientifically proven that coffee does NOT dehydrate you. So if you have 2-3 coffees a day it wont harm you. But as with everything moderation is the key.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I've recently kept up with my water intake and haven't had to use the bathroom more than usual :shrug: Every one's body works differently. For the last 2-1/2 days I've started eating a salad with my veggie burger; just a simple salad with romaine hearts, chick peas and kidney beans (no dressing.) So yummy and I take in more nutrients. I've also bought walnuts and throw some into the salad. I'm trying to eat much healthier since my skin is freaking out right now. :pray:
masonsmama masonsmama 8 years
I'm also terrible about getting enough water but recently read somewhere that if you can tough it out for the first few weeks, eventually your body manages better and you don't have to go to the bathroom so often. Anyone have any thoughts on this idea?
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I saw her at an event in Henri Bendels. Se also mentioned talk about talk vitamin for healthy skin.
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