Beat lockdown weight gain and acne with these low-calorie snacks and skincare

FORTY per cent of us put on weight during the last lockdown, so we are calorie-counting this time.

With the average gain 6.5lb, we look at snacks that are light on calories but still pack a crunch. 

Meanwhile, our beauty editor tests treatments for acne-prone skin.


with Jane Atkinson


  • Fairfields Farm Lentil Bites, 75p per bag – buy now

A tasty, healthier crisp alternative. Fairfields Farm lentil bites are surprisingly filling and could definitely become one of my lunch box staples. 

Each 20g bag has less than 99 calories and 4.7g of fat (23 per cent of daily allowance).

I loved the tomato and herb flavour – it tasted like pizza. 


  • Abakus Foods, £1.29 per 18g bag – buy now

These Abakus Foods crisps are made of seaweed harvested from South Korea and coated in a thin layer of crunchy tapioca. 

They come in at 100 calories a bag and have 6.7g fat (37 per cent of daily allowance) and remind me of prawn crackers with a crunchy consistency and fishy aftertaste.


  • Sankofa Snacks Plantain Chips, £11.92 for eight 50g bags – buy now

At first I was put off by flavours such as chilli tomato gravy. But they work. 

Half a bag (which is a 25g serving) has 133 calories and 8.5g fat (34 per cent of daily allowance) so not a daily snack. 


with Gabriella Stein


  • Acnecide 5 per cent spot treatment, £7.99, 15ml – buy now

Claims to be clinically proven to kill 95 per cent of bacteria that cause spots. 

I used the cream at night and within three days my spots had shrunk. 

After a week my skin was clearer. Great product for the price.


  • Pixi Clarity Concentrate, £26, 30ml – buy now

A water-based serum to help minimise the look of pores, refine and promote an even skin tone and aid a smoother, less breakout-prone complexion. 

I used it in the evening, before heavier creams. The serum was light and not sticky. 

After ten days I noticed the bottom half of my face had less bumps. 


  • Medik8 Crystal Retinal Six, £59, 30ml – buy now

A serum combined with hyaluronic acid and skin-soothing vitamin E. 

It targets fine lines for visibly youthful skin, and boasts powerful antibacterial properties that eliminate acne-causing bacteria. 

After just one use, I noticed a reduction in spots on my chin. 

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