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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

Simple ways to use Bestow Beauty Oil in your daily rituals – Series 1 of 5

To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This first one is Bestow Creamy Dreamy Avo Sauce which is a breeze to make and is great dolloped on to salads, fish, chicken, crackers – pretty much most food!

RECIPE
Bestow Creamy Dreamy Avo Sauce

1 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Juice of one lemon
Small handful of fresh herbs – try basil, coriander or parsley
Himalayan salt and black pepper freshly ground to season

Blitz all together, can be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days as the lemon juice keeps it lovely and green.

View all the 5 Ways videos.

 

 

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Jenny Barrow is an inspiration to all of us at Bestow HQ. She lives and breathes wellness and mindfulness and we have witnessed her extraordinary transformation from a severely congested acne-challenged skin to beautiful, clear skin which glows everyday.She is a vital part of our team, assisting Janine and working as a valuable skincare trainer and consultant.As a connoisseur of healthy food we were very interested to get Jenny’s feedback on the new Bestow Berry Beautiful smoothie booster.

I love having smoothies all year round so I was so excited to try the new Bestow Berry Beautiful. I quickly realised this was not just another superfood blend but a hero ingredient.

I have tried many blends and powders in my smoothies over the years but have found that they either have ingredients that are not desirable or have a terrible taste that needs to be ‘hidden’. This simple blend of fruit and other super-foods such as chia make for a powder that is incredibly good for me with no nasty ingredients or added sugar.

There is no need to hide it with other stronger flavoured ingredients as the berries are a beautiful flavour on their own and provide me with high amount of anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and other nutrients, essential for keeping my skin healthy and glowing.

The ground chia seed in the mix provide high quality fibre, helping to ensure a healthy bowel. For someone like me with a skin that is easily congested, I struggle to find powders or blends to add nutrients to my breakfast without compromising my skin, however I can confidently say that Berry Beautiful only provides my skin with the nutrients it needs and not unwanted congestion!

Since using Bestow Berry Beautiful in smoothies, porridge, overnight oats and mixed into yoghurt I have found that the added fibre has definitely helped improve the health of my bowel and my skin has continued to go from strength to strength with the nutrients it needs being provided daily.

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  • November 1, 2016

Luminositea is a blend of organic white and green tea. It has a pale colour and a gentle flavour.

Green tea contains a particular family of antioxidants, which have been scientifically proven to increase the hydration of the upper layers of the skin. This enhances enzyme action and increases natural moisturising factors by three times their normal level.

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White Tea is even more amazing! Only the tender young tips of the plant are used are for white tea, meaning it contains everything the green tea contains, but in significantly higher levels.

For these reasons, white tea is particularly useful for anti-aging. It prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin as well as improving hydration.

A supple, hydrated skin reflects the light which gives healthy skin its luminous glow. This is why the blend is called luminositea.

Drink Luminositea in the morning, to help you skin remain hydrated and glowing all day.

BESTOW TEA INFUSERS
These cute but practical tea infusers are just what you need for your Bestow tea collection, perfect for the one cup brew.

Find a stockist near you!

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