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Many people find it hard to get out of bed in the morning and spend the first part of their day checking social media or emails that came in over night – not a great way to start. Putting together a morning routine full of mindful rituals can make even the toughest mornings easier.

Why not replace that morning flurry of a quick shower, frantically throwing on some clothes and a few mouthfuls of toast with a sense of calm and intention? Taking time first thing in the morning to set a positive tone for your day can have a positive effect on your overall well being.

Outlined below are just some of the rituals that you can use to make your morning routine more supportive. Ease yourself into it by adding one at a time and practising them mindfully until they become your routine.

Note how your new morning ritual makes you feel. Do you handle challenging or stressful situations better? Are your food choices healthier? What is your body telling you?

Remember your morning ritual is as much about the benefits you receive from each practice as it is about the ‘me time’. Enjoy investing in yourself first thing in the morning and watch the change that takes place when you choose to do this.

Lemon Water

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of warm water. This is such a simple and yet effective way to prepare your body to digest your food. It also helps your liver eliminate toxins, keeping your skin clearer and smoother.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, a vital anti-oxidant and important nutrient for the production of collagen, our anti-wrinkle fibre. They are a great source of phosphorus (required for a healthy nervous system, brain repair and memory) and sodium, helping eliminate wastes and prevent hardened arteries and arthritis.

If lemons are out of season or you’re travelling, apple cider vinegar does a similar job for your digestion and can be taken the same way; one teaspoon in a cup of warm water.

 

Dry body brushing

Your skin is your body’s largest eliminative organ and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. Dry skin brushing is a wonderful detoxification aid. Brush your skin every day before your shower or bath for approximately 5-10 minutes, starting at your feet and moving upwards. Brush towards your heart with a light pressure until your skin has a slight healthy pink glow.

Healthy Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but most of us aren’t putting this into practice. An easy way to ensure your morning ritual includes a healthy breakfast is to prepare one of the delicious and easy recipes such as our new Matcha Granola! This sustaining breakfast is high in fibre and B vitamins, both nutrients help support a healthy skin.

Get moving

Gentle exercise stimulates our blood and lymph flow and calms our nervous system, all of which promotes and encourages detoxification. Whether it’s a run, walk or rebalancing, breath-based exercise like yoga or pilates, all of these promote health and clarity of mind.

Breathe deeply

When we breathe we inhale life-giving oxygen and exhale waste carbon dioxide. Deep rhythmic breathing is vital to the healthy functioning of our bodies, helping to regulate our pH balance and calm our nervous system. It also gives us an opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Deep-breathing techniques are extremely effective ways of flipping your nervous system from ‘fight or flight’ into ‘rest and repair’. Your heartbeat slows and a feeling of relaxation floods your body. All systems of your body will work much more efficiently when you are in a calm state, a great way to start your day.

Think tank

Different types of thought effect our bodies physically in different ways and a lot of respected scientists are starting to think that we attract what we think.

Starting your day reflecting on what it involves and setting clear intentions for what you wish to achieve allows positive affirmation. This is an insightful way to gather, audit and clarify your thoughts.

Let go of: Negative self-talk, comparing yourself to others, limiting beliefs, resisting change, dwelling on the past.

Make room for: Gratitude, positive affirmations, embracing challenges, finding inspiration in the success of others, reflection, goal setting

So take a moment to reflect on what your mornings currently look like and begin to make them over by adding  the above routines to form a morning ritual that enhances your health and well being.

  • May 21, 2020

Bestow Beauty From Beneath is a plant-based, dietary supplement for skin health.  

It is important to use supplements just as their name suggests: to supplement a healthy diet. Bestow Beauty From Beneath daily capsules supply organic, plant-based nutrients that can be low in our modern diet. 

When it came time to decide exactly which minerals and vitamins to include in the formulation, I had to think carefully. There is a limit to what you can physically fit in one capsule. I had to choose wisely how I would spend that space. 

How did I go about that decision? 

  1. I listed all the nutrients that our skin requires for optimum health and beauty.
  2. I prioritised the nutrients that are hard to get enough of from our diet. 

For example, zinc is an important skin nutrient that most people are low in. Why? Because New Zealand soils are deficient in this mineral. To address this, I have put two different variants of zinc into Bestow Beauty from Beneath capsules.Boron is another mineral that is low in a wide range of New Zealand soils. Surprisingly, it is not often included in dietary supplements. This was an important one to include.

A Selection of Nutrients Included in Bestow Beauty From Beneath

Boron helps to accelerate and improve wound healing. It also activates fibroblasts, which produce collagen and help to form strong, supple skin.

Copper helps with the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the skin.

Carotenoids promote wound healing and stimulate the production of collagen, our anti-wrinkle fibre.

Vitamin C is vital for the production of collagen. It is an important anti-oxidant and assists with wound healing.

Vitamin E helps to keep your skin looking younger by inhibiting cellular ageing caused by oxidation.

Vitamin B2 works together with B6 to promote healthy skin. It treats cracks at the corners of the mouth and helps to improve eczema. 

Vitamin B3 improves blood circulation to nourish skin. Deficiencies in B3 can lead to dermatitis.

Vitamin B5 assists in the building of healthy skin cells and helps to prevent dryness.

Vitamin B6 works in conjunction with vitamin B2. It helps prevent various skin disorders.

Selenium is a vital antioxidant that is essential for skin elasticity.

Zinc aids in skin healing and strengthening and helps to prevent acne-scarring. It is vital for the production of collagen.

Q.  Can’t I just take any dietary supplement for my skin?  

What does it mean that Bestow Beauty From Beneath is skin-specific?

A. One of the reasons we developed Bestow skin nutrition products is because most dietary supplements don’t contain nutrients in the right proportions for skin health

In particular, B-vitamins are often supplied in the wrong ratios for skin. For example, B2 is often provided at far too low levels to support skin health. When other B vitamins are out of balance with B2, you can experience B2 deficiency symptoms, such as fine cracks developing at the corner of your mouth. 

Bestow Beauty From Beneath not only contains the perfect balance of B-vitamins for skin health. It also contains a blend of the nutrients that are required for beautiful skin and healthy collagen production. 

With daily use many people find that their skin looks better, heals faster and ages slower. As a bonus, this dietary supplement can also improve energy levels and promote a greater feeling of wellbeing.

Team It Up

Bestow Beauty From Beneath and Bestow Beauty Oil are companion products.  

To fulfil your skin’s daily key nutrient needs, you also need a daily intake Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).  Bestow Beauty Oils provide a skin-friendly blend of this important skin nutrient. One tablespoon per day helps to moisturise your skin from within and promotes soft, clear, glowing skin.  The B-vitamins in Bestow Beauty from Beneath help to optimise EFA absorption.  If you add these two Bestow products to a healthy diet, you will be providing your body with everything it needs to produce healthy, glowing skin from within.

  • April 29, 2020

It’s easy to assume that if we eat fairly well that our skin will therefore be provided with the nutrients it needs to be healthy and glowing. 

But there are two major problems with that assumption.

Firstly, the skin is one of the last organs of the body to receive nutrients. It is the last station on the nutrition train line! It only receives whatever nutrients are left over after the train has passed through all the vital organ ‘stations’ like the heart, the liver, the kidneys, etc.  So, because of this the skin is also the first to show deficiencies. This can appear as dull, lifeless or prematurely aged skin and in some cases more serious conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and acne. 

Secondly, in the Western world, most people are nutritionally malnourished. This might surprise you, but it’s true. We have an abundance of processed food but most of it is high in calories and low in nutrients. When you combine this with the poor quality soil our produce is grown in, the fact that it is often harvested before it’s properly ripe and the long periods of time it is stored and transported – you end up with produce that is a lot lower in nutrients than our grandparents used to eat.  This contributes to our modern malnutrition. 

How Your Diet is Letting Your Skin Down! | Bestow Beauty | New Zealand

Lots of people are deficient in nutrients. Let’s look at the research. One study that looked at the diet of 16,000 people found that:

  • 70% of the population don’t consume enough Vitamin D
  • 60% of the population don’t consume enough Vitamin E
  • 45% of the population don’t consume enough magnesium
  • 38% of the population don’t consume enough calcium
  • 34% of the population don’t consume enough Vitamin A
  • 25% of the population don’t consume enough Vitamin C

These are very concerning statistics but this is other people right? Surely it can’t be referring to those of us who eat fairly well. It must be referring to those people who eat poorly or who are experiencing problems with their health? This is what we can easily think when we look at these statistics. But I personally didn’t realise just how hard it is to get all the nutrients we need for health until I made myself the subject of an experiment.  

I eat a healthy diet, and a couple of years ago I decided to measure my nutrient intake. I found an app called Cronometer that measures the nutrient intake of everything you eat. They have done the hard work of testing the nutrient levels of the average food found in our supermarkets and even some organic foods. You record what you eat each day, and the app shows if you reach the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of each nutrient.

It is interesting to note that the RDI is the minimum level of any particular nutrient needed to avoid a deficiency disease in an average healthy person.  In order to enjoy optimum health and anti-ageing benefits, you would need to exceed the RDIs for each nutrient. 

To give you some background, I eat a wholefood, mostly organic diet, rich in fruit and vegetables and very low in processed foods. Surely I would blitz the RDI’s, or so I thought! I removed the Bestow products from my diet that week so I could do the experience just from what I consumed without supplementation.

So over a week I recorded everything I ate and drank. I felt quite confident but I was in for a rude shock. I did not meet the minimum levels for calcium, iron, vitamin D, manganese and phosphorus. To top it off, I only just managed to reach the RDI for zinc, magnesium, foliate and thiamine.  These nine nutrients are essential for overall health and beautiful skin.

It really bought home to me how hard it is to get the nutrients we need. If I struggled to get all my RDI’s on the diet I eat, imagine how drastic the shortfall is with less healthy diets. So how do get the nutrients we need these days?

Firstly, we need to adopt a healthy way of eating – rich in whole foods, fruit, vegetables and good quality protein. A good base diet and lifestyle is extremely important and should be the primary focus of getting nutrients in. 

However, as my experiment shows, these days it is not enough.


I believe we need to boost our diet with superfood blends that are rich in key skin nutrients. That’s where smoothies come in. 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 nourishing nutrients. They help you reach the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of key nutrients required for skin health and general wellbeing. 

Check out our Light and Bright Smoothie Refresh programme here. In this smoothie 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. 

  • March 9, 2020

One of the most common nutritional deficiencies to affect your skin is a lack of essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Unfortunately our modern diet provides too little of these precious fats and because our skin is the last organ to receive nutrients from the blood, this makes it highly likely your skin is deficient. EFA deficiency impacts directly on the health and beauty of your skin as well as weakening it protective ability, increasing your rate of environmental ageing.

Luckily, a lack of EFA’s is also one of the easiest deficiencies to correct!

What exactly are these fats and why are they essential?

Most of the fatty acids your body requires for health can be made from the other healthy fats you eat. But this is not true of Essential Fatty Acids, or EFA’s as they are commonly known. There are two families of fats that cannot be made by your body, the omega 3 family and omega 6 family. These are called ESSENTIAL fatty acids because it is essential you get them from your diet.

One of the most common ways of supplementing your diet with EFA’s is to take fish oil capsules. Although the omega 3 fats in fish oil offer us many health benefits, they are not known for their ability to protect your skin. Unfortunately fish oil doesn’t provide the main fatty acid required by your skin.

So what oil should you be taking?

Bestow Beauty Plus Oil has been formulated with both your health and your skin in mind. It contains not only the omega 3 fats but the other important fat your skin requires for health and beauty. This fat nourishes and protects your skin from the inside, making it more resilient and less susceptible to environmental ageing. This fat is also great for both oily and dry skin. It helps balance your oil flow making it less likely to block your pores but nourishing enough to keep your skin feeling supple.

How to take your oil:

Although capsules are a very common way to take your EFA’s, they are also very hard to digest. This is especially true with our modern lives and the amount of stress we are under. Liquid oils, like the Bestow Beauty Oils, can be mixed into food making it much easier to digest.

It can be added to a smoothie, mixed into yoghurt or even used to make a salad dressing. By mixing it into foods you pre-emulsify these wonderful fats and make it so much easier for your body to absorb their goodness.

So keep eating oily fish for the key EFA’s they provide but also make sure you have your Bestow Beauty Plus Oil to keep your skin protected, free of blemishes and looking fabulous!

Our favourite good fat filled meal is this salmon based mega omega salad. Check it out here!

  • July 25, 2019

When gut-health is prioritised, skin transformation accelerates and wellbeing sky-rockets. I have understood this connection for decades, but it wasn’t until I faced a personal health crisis in 2016 that I realised just how critical gut-health is…

Make no mistake, gut health is on trend. What interests me is that the latest scientific research is affirming what holistic skincare wisdom has been saying for decades – there is a direct connection between gut health and skin health.

I have incorporated gut health strategies into my skin transformation coaching since my early 30’s, but I recently faced a debilitating health crisis which suddenly made this gut wisdom very important to me.

In late 2016, over a period of just one month I went from being fit and active, hiking in outback New Zealand and in the most advanced Pilates class to hardly being able to walk or dress myself.  The discomfort started off in my lower back, spread to my hips and then to my upper back and shoulders. I was in terrible pain. As I continued to deteriorate, I started fearing that I was going to end up in a wheel chair. Then as an added bonus I developed perioral dermatitis and patches of persistent eczema.

I underwent a huge number of tests ranging from MRI’s to blood tests for autoimmune disorders.  None of the specialists could find anything wrong with me except for high levels of inflammatory markers in my blood.  There was no explanation and I had no idea what to do next. I started thinking this could be the end of my career.  How could I continue to teach skin care therapists about health and wellness with any integrity when I couldn’t even heal myself?

Luckily I ended up under the care of a great physiotherapist who used a holistic approach and could help me to connect the dots.

Janine Tait | Bestow Founder

A year prior to this happening I had picked up a mild gastro infection while I was travelling New Zealand offering skincare education. It didn’t cause me too much distress so I let nature take its course and within a week the symptoms settled down. But they never fully disappeared and I was left with an irritable bowel.

After about six months of this mild discomfort I decided to get it checked out. A physician took a biopsy of the bowel and diagnosed me with lymphocytic colitis, an inflammatory condition of the colon where the lymphocyte or immune cells accumulate in the bowel wall. The physician suspected that my immune system had dealt with the original infection but had failed to turn off. My gut immune system remained on high alert, the lymphocytes all waiting for invaders and at the same time inflaming my bowel.  There was no cure, I just had to hope the situation would resolve itself given time.

A few months on, my gut was still unhappy and the pain in my joints began. Looking back I realised that my sensitised immune system had continued to inflame the colon, resulting in leaky gut. The increased permeability of the gut meant undigested food and inflammatory substances could enter the blood stream and spread throughout my body. For me they took up residence in my joints and skin.

Nothing I tried gave me any relief. I couldn’t exercise, could hardly walk, needed help to dress and couldn’t even travel for any distance in the car. I became fearful, stressed and in constant pain.  You can imagine what a relief it was for me to find this holistic physiotherapist who could help me.

She encouraged me to go on a dietary programme to heal my gut. Within 24 hours of eliminating certain foods I started to feel just a little bit better.  These were foods that I would normally consider to be healthy but I now know are irritating to a damaged gut. It was the first sign of improvement since this saga began and I was encouraged. I stuck to the programme religiously and it took me a good 18 months to completely heal myself!  My skin was the first to heal and then slowly, as my gut symptoms improved, the inflammation in my joints reduced.

I am now back to full health, I’m focussing on regaining my spot back in the advanced Pilates class and I’m out enjoying the New Zealand great outdoors – a recent trip to Steward Island being a highlight!

There were other gifts that came out of this challenging experience too. Firstly I lost weight. It just dropped off me as soon as I embraced the dietary programme and I lost 7 kilograms in total. I also find I’m more motivated to pursue wellness as a priority, incorporating daily meditation, good sleep rhythms and enjoying a healthy balance of breath-based and cardio exercise.

I am so grateful to have had this experience. I now have a strong sense of conviction about how important it is to heal your gut before you try to heal your body or your skin.  

I’ve become passionate about producing resources and tools to help therapists and their clients transform their skin and their wellbeing with gut-health strategies.  The Bestow Gut Love + powder and Bestow Love Your Gut online programme are game-changers and I can’t wait for you and your clients to try them.

BESTOW GUT LOVE + POWDER

A world-class synbiotic powder, including probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes to restore the gut and renew skin from within. Rich in fibre, it promotes regular elimination of toxins, creating the inner environment for clear, glowing skin.  READ MORE.

BESTOW LOVE YOUR GUT PROGRAMME

This online programme combines gut science with wellness wisdom and provides the dietary guidelines I used to heal myself. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and inspiring education. READ MORE

Bringing it all together

The Bestow Love Your Gut Programme brings together all four principles in a 7-day gut healing plan which can be cycled as a four week programme for greater benefits. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and wellness wisdom.

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JANINE TAIT is New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, a holistic skincare educator and the founder of Bestow Beauty, a fast-growing wellness company which offers a beautiful range of organic skin nutrition superfood blends, recipes and rituals to heal and nourish skin from within.

  • September 21, 2018