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Evening primrose oil became a popular supplement for women in the 1990’s. It was often prescribed to help with hormonal balance and skin health.

 

Evening Primrose Oil is still considered to be a good oil for skincare. We include it in the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil for this reason. However, I don’t recommend taking it on its own for two reasons.

 

Firstly, it’s most commonly available in capsules and I’m not a believer in taking oil in capsules. It may be convenient but it isn’t very effective. Capsules are quite small so you don’t get a lot of oil from them and because you can’t emulsify them into food, they are harder than liquid oil for your body to digest and absorb.

 

Secondly, evening primrose oil is rich in the omega 6 fatty acid family but doesn’t contain any omega 3. This means it only provides half the fats needed for health.

 

So to provide the complete solution, we use it in Bestow Beauty Plus Oil but blend it with other oils to provide a wider range of fats. This ensures we not only promote beautiful, glowing skin but support your general health and wellbeing as well.

  • August 31, 2020

Bestow Beauty Oils have a best-before date of 6 weeks upon opening because the oils it contains are easily damaged by heat, light and oxygen. When unopened it is protected from these factors. The oil is cold-pressed when it is first produced avoiding any potential damage heating pressing would invariably cause. When packaged, the bottles are first flushed with inert gases to remove oxygen and then the special bottle design prevents oxygen entering the bottle. To avoid light damage the oil is placed in completely opaque bottles. This is one of the reasons we don’t use glass. Even the darkest glass bottle will let some light in. Lastly, in New Zealand we don’t have to worry too much about heat because our temperatures don’t get high enough to damage the oil but it is recommended you keep the bottle out of direct sunlight. All of these things ensure the oil is in tip-top condition when it reaches you but once you open it, all bets are off!

Opening the bottle lets oxygen and more importantly, light in. This will start to damage your oil and that is why we have a best-before of six weeks upon opening. We are pretty confident your oil will still be in good condition in six weeks. But this is a guide only.  How you care for your oil after opening will have a big impact on how fresh it is after six weeks. For example, if you take your oil from the fridge, open it, use it and put it back straight away it is going to last a lot longer than a bottle that is regularly left open on the dining room table for half an hour.

The good news is, if you have struggled to take your oil regularly and consequently find some left after six weeks, then chances are you haven’t been opening and closing it a lot so it is naturally going to have a longer shelf life. In the end, the only way you can tell if your oil is still ok is by the taste. If it has been too damaged it will taste rancid. The taste of rancid oil is unmistakable and unpleasant. If it tastes good, it will still be good.

Just one extra tip, if you are going away for a while and for whatever reason can’t take your oil with you, place it in the freezer. This will keep it for quite some time. It also has a melting point not much higher than the average temperature of a domestic freezer. This means it will only take a few minutes before it liquefies and you can use it again.

So in summary, the six weeks best before is a guide only. The way you care for your oil is going to have a huge effect on how long it will last. Try to put the cap on promptly and put it back in your fridge. Lastly, be guided by the taste. If it tastes good, it will be good for you.

  • August 31, 2020

Janine Tait, New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, talks about the Bestow Beauty Powder and what this unique product offers our skin. – put this in a block at the top with my photo?

Bestow Beauty Powder was developed when I realised that our skin, hair and nails are the last parts of the bodies to receive nutrients from our diet. This means they are the most likely to be struggling under the pressure of having to deal with nutritional deficiencies.

This is a concern when you consider the skin is the fastest reproducing organ in our body. The epidermis of the skin replaces itself approximately every 27 days, creating a huge demand for nutritional building blocks. Ensuring your skin is well nourished is the key to having beautiful skin.

The Bestow Beauty Powder was developed to help feed the cells in the deepest layers of our skin. This can’t be done topically with skincare products so must be done from within through the diet.

Bestow Beauty Powder contains 8 different superfoods. This is a key point because you often see similar products with huge lists of ingredients. It looks impressive but you have to ask yourself how much of each ingredient you are going to get in a spoonful? Is a tiny amount going to have any benefit?  So it was important to me that I choose a handful of ingredients I was passionate about and ensure you get enough of each one to make a difference.

So what does Bestow Beauty Powder contain? Well, greens of course! Spirulina, wheatgrass, and alfalfa are all high in chlorophyll, which gives them their green colour. Chlorophyll encourages skin healing and is also protective of our skin. Greens also contain antioxidants which help neutralise damaging free radicals and key skin-vitamins like vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. Of course, it is always great to get another serving of greens in your diet and a smoothie containing the Bestow Beauty Powder is a great way of getting another dose in your day.

Kelp is one of my favourite ingredients in the Bestow Beauty Powder.  Seaweeds provide you with amazing phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that are unique and unavailable from land-based plants. They are also rich in minerals which are important for the structure of the skin. Not only this but the minerals they contain that are bonded in such a way to make them more easily absorbed by our bodies than the minerals found in land-based plants. 

Also included is pumpkin seed powder to provide natural zinc. Zinc is a key nutrient for skin health, healing and collagen production. In fact, without zinc, you won’t be able to produce any collagen, your anti-wrinkle fibre.

Blackcurrant powder has been added for the protective antioxidants and anthocyanins it contains.  Anthocyanins are a special type of antioxidant that helps stabilise your collagen fibres, making them stronger and more resilient. You may also be interested to know that blackcurrants have an exceptionally high level of antioxidant activity, much more than most other fruits.

The other thing I love about the Bestow Beauty Powder is that, like all of the other Bestow products, it doesn’t contain a whole lot of sweetener and flavours. It is really important to me that I don’t give with one hand and take away with the other.  What I mean by that is when you get a hit of goodness with this green powder, you don’t want to be undermining your skin’s health with a whole lot of sugar. The collagen fibres in your skin are very easily damaged by sugar. They become glycated and matted, losing their elasticity. For this reason, Bestow Beauty Powder doesn’t contain any sweetener.  However, compared to many green powders it has a very delicate flavour making it easy to add to smoothies. To top everything off it is dairy and gluten-free as well as being suitable for vegans.

By feeding your deepest skin cells with a good dose of nutrients, this product is aimed at making your skin look more vibrant and healthy. The most common feedback from our Bestow Beauty Powder fans is that it makes their skin look fresh and alive!

  • August 24, 2020

I was recently asked how much EPA and DHA are found in the Bestow Beauty Oils.

For those of you who are not familiar with these terms, EPA and DHA are part of the omega 3 fatty acid family. They are the last two fatty acids that our bodies make from omega 3 fats and are renowned for their anti-inflammatory and brain supporting benefits.

EPA and DHA can only be made by animals and this is why it is common to take a supplement like fish oil. Because Bestow Beauty Oils are plant-based, they cannot contain these fats. But don’t worry, your body can make them from the other omega 3 fats found in these oils. This is especially true in the case of the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil which is so easy for our bodies to use.

 

You may be interested to know that although EFA and DHA have health benefits they are not oils that support our skin health. Two separate studies found that taking fish oil was not enough to repair skin in which barrier function was compromised. This means fish oil will not improve the health and beauty of your skin despite all the hype you may have heard.

 

The Bestow Beauty Oils do contain the fats for skin health. That was a non-negotiable when we were developing them as you can well imagine.

 

So if you would like to make it easier for your body to make these essential fats, take the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil. If you would like to get them directly from your diet, then continue taking your fish oil capsules, or even better, eat oily fish. Research shows that eating oily fish is guaranteed to deliver you all the health benefits of EPA and DHA. The jury is still out as to whether you get the same benefits from taking fish oil capsules.

 

But the bottom line is you still need to take your Bestow Beauty Oils to get the fats you need for skin health. They are a rich source of the fats needed to improve skin hydration, barrier function and help prevent your skin’s oils blocking in your pores. 

  • August 6, 2020

Do the Bestow Beauty Oils contain Omega 9?

Yes, but we don’t advertise this fact because we believe it is misleading. It makes you think that omega 9 is far more important to our health than it actually is. Our bodies can easily make Omega 9 from other fats in your diet. It is not an essential fatty acid, it is simply a fatty acid. The only two essential fatty acids are Omega 3 and Omega 6. These two fats are not able to be manufactured by your body and must be supplemented.

How much of the EFA’s do I get when I take a tablespoon of either Bestow Beauty Oils or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil?

Each of the Bestow Beauty Oils provides a minimum of 5,000mg of Omega 6 and 5,000mg of Omega 3 per tablespoon. This give you a total of 10,000mg of quality EFA’s. I think the word ‘quality’ is important here because statistics show that we get plenty of omega 6 fats from our modern diet because of our high intake of processed food. But given that both of these fats are incredibly easily damaged by any form of processing, I do not consider that we have a diet high in quality fats. The Bestow Beauty Oils provide a ready source of those quality oils.

10,000mg is also a good-sized dose of EFA’s. It would take a lot of capsules to equal that quantity. In addition, being in liquid form it is much more easily absorbed by your body than capsules. This is mainly due to the fact that  you can add it to food making it much easier to digest. In fact, one study showed that when oils rich in EFAs are whizzed up in a blender to make a simple smoothie, they were 100% better absorbed. Bestow Beauty Oils are such an efficient way to get a good dose of your EFAs!

What is the difference between the Bestow Beauty Oil and the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil?

The difference is all in the combination of fatty acids that these two oils contain. You see omega 3 and omega 6 are not single fats but families of fats. Suppling the primary or parent fat of each family should enable the body to manufacture the rest of the fats. Buts ometimes the first step in the conversion process is difficult for your body especially if you have nutritional deficiencies, have been unwell or are under stress. The Bestow Beauty Plus Oil addresses this problem by supplying both the primary and the secondary fats in the omega 3 and 6 families. This makes it so much easier for our bodies to produce all the important fats in these families by skirting around any potential problems. The Bestow Beauty Oil on the other hand, simply provides the primary fat in each family.

So the main difference between the two oils is the fact that the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil is far easier for the body to process than the Bestow Beauty Oil because it provides both the primary and secondary fats in the EFA families.

  • July 30, 2020