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We have created the Bestow Light & Bright Smoothie Refresh to help you successfuly intergrate Bestow Beauty Plus Oil as part of your daily routine and to help you reach the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of key nutrients required for skin health and general wellbeing.

In this Summer refresh you will find 5 recipes that will inspire you with delicious smoothies that you can prep ahead and have on-hand at any time.

Bestow smoothies are the perfect way to sustain your energy and get your daily dose of Bestow, which offers your body an incredible feast of skin-nourishing nutrients.

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5 blackhead myths busted!

Blackheads are caused by dirt stuck in my pores.

Blackheads are formed when the oil your skin produces mixes with dead skin cells and forms a blockage in the pore. The surface of these blockages turns black as the air oxidises the normally colourless oil.

Blackheads are not from having dirty skin but more to do with the oil your skin produces being too thick and sticky. The key is to improve the quality of your skin’s oil and keep it flowing which prevents it from getting stuck in the first place. To do this you need to replace foods that degrade the quality of your oil like cheese and chocolate with more supportive alternatives (see our list). It is also important to include the Bestow Beauty Oil in your diet as this has been formulated to improve the quality of your oil and help prevent it blocking. BUT remember this needs to be in conjunction with reducing your intake of congesting foods! (read more about congesting foods here!)

Having blackheads means I have oily skin.

Anyone can develop blackheads regardless of how oily their skin is. It is not about the amount of oil your skin produces but more about the thickness of that oil and/or the tightness of the pore. The thicker the oil or the tighter the pore, the more likely it is that it will block, and a blackhead will form. 

So the key is to make sure you have really good quality oil that flows well. Taking the Bestow Beauty Oil supports this. It is also important to avoid congesting foods which can thicken the oil in your skin, making it more likely to block the pore. Topical hydration is also very important to reduce the occurrence of blackheads. You skincare routine needs to support hydration to keep your skin soft and supple, allowing the flow of oil naturally out onto the skins surface. 

I get lots of tiny blackheads on my nose and in the crease of my chin.

Chances are these aren’t blackheads. We all have slightly larger pores on the nose and some parts of the chin. The inner walls of our pores are constantly sheading skin cells and this helps protect us from infection. If harmful bacteria find their way into our pores, chances are they will find themselves on a very unstable surface. As helpful as this is, it does mean that larger pores, combined with a little bit of oil and shedding cells leaves you with slightly darker pores. You can squeeze something out of if you try but honestly, don’t try! It will be back within a few days and you risk permanently damaging the pore opening. Remember these are not blackheads, which are actual blockages in the skin.

To help minimise the look of these slightly larger pores, work on keeping your skin hydrated. However, drinking water is not enough! You need a topical approach to hydrating the skin. We recommend bathing the skin with a Bestow soaking cloth before locking in that precious moisture by applying a good quality oil or moisturiser, depending on your skins needs. This will help refine your pores AND prevent your skin cells from building up.

It doesn’t matter what I do, I’m just more prone to blackheads.

Good news! There are definitely things you can do to prevent yourself getting blackheads. It is a two-way approach of treating the skin, looking at what you are feeding your skin (or not feeding it!) and also what you are putting on it. 

The oil produced by the skin needs to be of good quality and of the right consistency to be able to flow naturally onto the skins surface where it acts as a barrier. To do this you need to make sure you’re consuming an essential fatty acid supplement such as Bestow Beauty Oil. Bestow Beauty Oil is blended to meet your skin’s needs for EFA’s. Unfortunately, relying on food to provide this doesn’t cut it these days. Alongside EFA’s we always recommend a vitamin B supplement as this helps support the EFA’s to do their job. We recommend the Bestow Beauty From Beneath which has been formulated with your skin in mind, giving you the correct balance of B vitamins it needs. 

There are also certain foods that contribute to blackheads by degrading the quality of the skins oil and therefore causing it to block. See the list of these below and how to replace them with skin friendly alternatives. 

Topically the key is to keep the skin hydrated. This can easily be done with a good skin care routine which includes bathing the skin and then the application of good quality products. The Bestow Soaking cloth is a great tool for bathing the skin. Following this step we encourage you to apply a very hydrating gel or serum and then immediately locking all that precious moisture with a quality moisturiser or oil. Doing this skin care routine religiously morning and night will keep your skin hydrated and healthy. 

Having blackheads means I am not cleansing or exfoliating enough.

It’s the exact opposite! You may be over cleansing and over exfoliating your skin which causes dehydration. Many of us feel when we get blackheads that our skin needs a good clean and we approach this in a variety of ways. Firstly, we are tempted to cleanse morning and night or double cleanse at night. The skin only needs cleansing at the end of the day to remove makeup, chemicals and pollutants and it usually requires this to be done only once. When we cleanse the skin twice, we risk removing the protective barrier of the skin leaving it open to all those nasties we are trying to protect it from and causing it to become dehydrated. 

You can also want to give the skin a good scrub, convincing ourselves that the harder we scrub and the harsher the exfoliant the cleaner our skin will be. FALSE! Over exfoliating the skin will strip the protective barrier away and can leave it feeling dehydrated and tight – trust us, not a good thing!

A skin that is dehydrated from over cleansing or over exfoliating is more likely to experience tightening of the pores and therefore blackheads. Instead we recommend cleansing once in the evening with a gentle lotion or cream cleanser and using a gentle exfoliant every few days. 

  • November 29, 2019

Everywhere you turn these days you see protein powder, at your exercise class, at the supermarket and all over social media. It is usually made from powdered forms of either plant protein like hemp or pea or from milk (whey). Protein powders are a handy way to boost your protein intake without a doubt, but at what cost?

There is no denying it, we need protein. Our bodies use it to build and repair tissues as well as make enzymes, hormones and other important chemicals. It’s an important building block of muscles, bones, cartilage and blood. 

Protein is also a building block for our skin. The skin uses it to make collagen, elastin and keratin, three key skin proteins that keep skin healthy and beautiful. 

Bestow Beauty NZ | Is Protein Good For You | How Protein Powder Effects the Skin
Protein powders are a handy way to boost your protein intake without a doubt,
but at what cost?

Many of us think we aren’t getting enough protein or believe we need more.  Our ‘go to’ is adding protein powder to our diet instead of looking for ways to get it naturally. I get it, we all love an easy answer! But sometimes we need to look at what that answer really means. 

  1. They often include other ingredients such as sugars, flavouring, thickners, toxins (like lead and BPA) and fillers. This can also be true for the ones labelled organic and vegan. 
  2. It is a very concentrated form of protein. Instead of being accompanied by other nutrients like fibre found in whole food, most protein powders deliver protein on its own with only some type of milk (plant based or dairy) and very little else meaning our body doesn’t have the right ratio of fibre to protein needed to process correctly. 
  3. We can consume too much protein! Protein is processed in the large intestine and if our microbes ferment too much protein they release chemical compounds that can damage our health and can also result in foul-smelling gas. Believe me, nobody wants an unhappy gut microbiome!
  4. Protein powders can also have a negative effect on your skin. For those who have a skin that easily becomes congested and breaks out, then your protein powder will be contributing to this. Basically, the protein is too concentrated for the skin to be able to process, creating fine blockages or bumps in the skin. 

So how do you know if you even need to add a protein powder to your diet?

Bestow Beauty NZ | Is Protein Good For You | How Protein Powder Effects the Skin
One egg contains 6 grams of protein.


If you are unsure of whether you need to boost your protein intake, then first take a look at how much protein you need and what you are currently having in your diet and go from there. Protein is recommended at an average of 46 grams per day for women and 56 grams for men. This could look like

  • One egg for breakfast (6 grams)
  • 170 grams of plain Greek yoghurt (18 grams)
  • 85 grams of Salmon for lunch (17 grams)
  • Handful of nuts (4-7grams)
  • 57 grams of chicken (14 grams)

If you are consuming enough protein through your diet then your body and your skin will have all it needs to be healthy and happy. If not, your first place to start would be boosting your intake from food. Foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, fish, poultry, eggs and lean meat are all great options. Dairy is also another good option if you can tolerate it.

For those of you who love your daily smoothie we totally understand as we are smoothie lovers too. However instead of adding protein powder we add one of the options below to boost the protein content:

  • ¼ cup rinsed white cannelinni beans gives you 11 grams of protein (plus fibre!)
  • 110g silken tofu gives you 10 grams of protein (plus fibre!)

Bestow Beauty NZ | Is Protein Good For You | How Protein Powder Effects the Skin
These fantastic protein options don’t change the taste of your smoothies!


We know they sound a little alternative but give them a go! They will give you the protein without the nasties and you’ll be pleased to know, they don’t change the taste!

So boost your protein by all means – if you think you need to – but save your skin and increase your intake of protein-rich foods instead.

NOTE: There are some cases where protein powders are recommended but we suggest you only use them with supervision from a medical practitioner.

Jenny Barrow is a respected holistic skin- health coach who practices what she preaches when it comes to gut-health. She brings practical wisdom in the ‘Nourishing Notes’ and shares her personal story of how healing her gut improved her emotional wellbeing.

 

  • November 20, 2019

What made you decide to create the brand?

Ten years into my career as a beauty therapist I went through a crisis of confidence.  Despite using all the tools at my disposal I found that there were often times that I just could not get the results for my clients that I hoped for.  Skin disorders particularly became the elephant in the room that I didn’t want to mention, because I wasn’t confident that I could really make a difference. My frustration sent me on a quest for answers which led me to the woman who would become my mentor, Janice Sarre-Smith. Janice was decades ahead of her time in the way she treated skin holistically and showed me the importance of working from within through skin nutrition.  She took a three dimensional approach to skincare which recognised that diet, environment, mental and emotional wellbeing were essential elements to consider alongside topical skincare and treatments. We now call this philosophy the ‘Slow Beauty’ way.

Putting this ‘working from within’ approach to work completely transformed my career.  I became a confident skincare therapist and began to get amazing results with the skin conditions I used to be afraid of treating.

The Bestow Beauty range was born out of my desire to support clients to care for their skin from within. I was aware of the key nutrients the skin needed to thrive and equally aware that our modern diet was inadequate to supply these. My clients were inspired by the idea of nourishing their skin from within, but I realised I  needed to create a range of skin-specific super foods that made it easy and practical for them to do so.

What is the philosophy behind the brand? 

Bestow Beauty is a range of skin super foods, but it is much more than that. It is a philosophy and holistic approach for total skin and body well-being. We promote wellness in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of people’s lives. We support people in their positive lifestyle changes with skincare superfoods, self-care rituals and wisdom for healthy, beautiful living.

Your skin is a reflection of your life.

The way your skin looks and feels reflects far more than the skincare products you use. Your skin also tells the story of the food you eat, the air you breathe, the alcohol you drink, the amount of stress in your life, your hormonal balance and the self care practices you use to rebalance your mind and restore your soul.

The journey to creating beautiful skin is actually a journey to creating a beautiful life. 

What you are put on your skin is only half the story.

To achieve beautiful, healthy skin for a lifetime you need to work deeper in the skin and nourish the cells that are responsible for building the skin.

Bestow Beauty Rituals | Skincare meets Self-care

I noticed that people who did small positive things for themselves and their skin consistently throughout the years had noticeably more beautiful skin than their peers. This motivated me to shape the Bestow brand to be beautiful and inspiring and to educate women about the power of establishing healthy rituals in their lives. Bestow Beauty exists in the space where skincare meets self-care.  I think we live in a ritual starved society and we need encouragement and inspiration to start introducing positive, health supporting rituals back into our lives.

What is your background? 

I am a beauty therapist with over 30 years experience in treating skin.  After discovering the power of nutrition to treat skin I became so fascinated that I went on to study nutritional medicine.  Dermo-nutrition is my speciality which is the study of how nutrition specifically impact on skin. I am skin health coach and beauty therapist trainer.

You said that previously you werent getting the results you wanted from skincare alone. How much impact does internal health have on our skin? 

And to what extent can good inner health help solve skin issues?

Most skin problems are caused by an internal imbalance so if we don’t address the underlying causes we won’t get great results for our skin. We will simply be treating the symptoms only.   A holistic approach to treating skin disorders includes focusing on skin-nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and environmental factors. I have seen truly remarkable skin transformations when working from within, but it does require a commitment to healthy lifestyle and dietary changes.

What sort of skin results can Bestow deliver? What skin issues is it really great for?

A skin that is well-fed from within has the nutrients and EFA’s it requires to produce soft, clear, glowing skin. There are many factors that contribute to skin health and all need to working together, but Bestow beauty products lay the vital foundation for beautiful skin.  Used as part of a wider holistic approach to treating and healing skin we have seen many skin’s transformed.

I think it is vital to consider what is happening from within with every skin problem.  Even for people who do not have visible skin problems, it is important to feed the skin cells that make the anti-ageing structures that impact how our skin appears as we get older.

What are some internal health issues that present as common skin issues? 

Poor digestion and elimination are principle causes of skin problems because these problems not only result in nutritional deficiencies that impact on the skin but they also make it harder for our bodies to rid themselves of toxins and waste hormones.  My mentor used to say to me that ‘you can’t treat a constipated skin’.  Toxins are recycled and reabsorbed by the body which is reflected in a dull, tired and congested complexion.

The majority of people are also deficient in EFA’s.  EFA’s are essential for preserving the integrity of the skin barrier function and for regulating oil flow.  People who present with dry skin and people who present with oily skin are both suffering from a lack of oil regulation.  Bestow Beauty Oil addresses this deficiency with a specially formulated blend of flax-seed and safflower cold-pressed oils.

Food intolerances are also a common cause of problems resulting in everything from acne to eczema.

In your opinion, do you think internal health is a growing area of the beauty industry?

Absolutely!  I was introduced to the importance of internal health over twenty years ago and in those days it was a very unusual approach. Only the therapists that had a strong personal belief in the importance of treating from within were prepared to challenge the prevailing culture and work more holistically.

Now there is a huge demand from our clients for this approach as the‘Slow Beauty’ movement has followed and the trajectory of the ‘Slow Food’ movement. This holistic way of work aligns with people’s values more and more these days.  Wellness is a revolutionary movement and people are increasingly well educated about wellness approaches.

Are skin professionals more interested in internal health these days? 

Yes definitely. There is a huge movement that is growing with each day that passes. Certainly in New Zealand we have seen a groundswell of therapists who are committed to treating the skin from within as well as topically.  Our clients are more and more exposed to this message from other wellness sources, so therapists are realising that we all need to be skilled in this area to maintain our position as skin health experts.

How do you prescribe your products to people to give a more holistic approach? 

I would start with our Twin Skin Essentials, the Bestow Beauty Oil and Beauty Powder. Between them these two products help address the nutritional needs of our skin. From there I would work with my client to see what additional Bestow rituals resonate with them as a way to introduce some further skincare and self care benefits.

What is your favourite product and what does it do for the body and skin?

I would have to say that it is the Bestow Beauty Oil. Deficiencies of essential fatty acids would be one of the most common causes of skin problems. It isn’t the whole answer for skin health, but I can never get a great result for my clients if I don’t address EFA deficiency.

  • October 10, 2019

Here’s a PREVIEW of the latest book – THE GUT-SKIN CONNECTION from the dynamic duo of Janine Tait – New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist and founder of Bestow Beauty and Sheryl Nicholson – food photographer, graphic designer and recipe developer.

THE GUT-SKIN CONNECTION BOOK is 224 full colour pages combining new advances in gut research with holistic skincare wisdom, providing the principles, recipes, rituals and a meal plan to restore your gut and renew your skin from within.

THE RESEARCH IS CLEAR. IF YOU WANT TO TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN, YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO LOVE AND CARE FOR YOUR GUT.

  • August 22, 2019