Blue seas, tropical temperatures and no acne. If Kitava Island is anything to go by, then paradise actually exists in the real life.
Never heard of it? We hadn't either, until we discovered that the local Kitavan diet might just be the secret to keeping your skin spot-free without splurging a bazillion pounds on dodgy creams and potions.
So how are they avoiding the dreaded acne we can't seem to shift?
Located technically in Papa New Guinea, but literally in the middle of the Solomon Sea, Kitava is basically the picture result when you Google 'tropical island'. And because it's so remote, it's virtually unaffected by the Western food industry which means no processed foods, no preservatives and no Leon crinkle fries.
Imagine the delightful village in Moana where everyone eats fresh fish, home-grown tubers (that's yams, sweet potato and taro to you and me) and hand-cut coconuts and you've kind of described the Kitavan diet.
The diet is so good, it's been directly linked to the overall well-being of anyone who follows it. The result? No acne and a lower risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and dementia.
First discovered by Dr Staffan Lindberg who, with his team, noticed that after a study of 1200 subjects on the island, not one of them had a breakout in 843 days. 843?! The things we would do for clear skin that consistent.
You might say it's genetics. Nope, Lindberg concluded that genetics didn't play a role in the islander's clear skin.
Ok, exercise. Wrong again. Lindberg's team actually noted that Kitavans weren't very active.
Which just leaves the diet.
The science adds up. Yams and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C which helps promote tissue repair, and also fibre which helps feed the bacteria in your gut.
Sounds a bit useless but gut health could be the secret to clear skin. Healthy gut flora means reduced inflammation which can pop up as acne, psoriasis or rosacea. Who knew?
Coconuts are doing their bit as well. Whether coconut oil, water or just the good old fruit, coconut is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which in turn makes them anti-acne.