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Well, I’ve had to eat my words! For years I’ve dismissed claims that collagen powders help the skin produce collagen. The basis for my distain came from the fact that any food or supplement once consumed will be broken down into its smallest nutritional units and then remade into whatever the body chooses. The idea that a fibre of collagen from a cow or pig could make its way into your body and then deposit itself in the skin was preposterous to me!

Then along came my health crisis and my opinion changed. What I discovered while healing my gut was that collagen powder, while good for the cells lining the gut were also great for our skin!

What was it that changed my mind? I learnt that collagen can be absorbed across the intestinal barrier and into the blood in short chains of three amino acids. These little peptides, while a long way from being full collagen fibres, give the skin a head start in the collagen making process. 

However, that isn’t even the most important thing about collagen powder! Learning more about the two main amino acids that make up collagen completely swayed me. These amino acids are proline and glycine. They are both considered to be non-essential because technically our bodies can make them from other amino acids. However, in reality your body can’t make enough proline and glycine to meet its own demands. This means we DO need to get them from our diet and unfortunately, they are both very hard to source in any meaningful quantity. The only known sources providing good amounts of proline and glycine are bone broth and you guessed it, collagen powder!

So the upshot of this is yes, collagen powders do work!

The team and I have been concocting a world class formulation. So keep your eyes on the Facebook page for an exciting announcement coming soon!

  • March 9, 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
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Having radiant skin, healthy hair and strong nails is important for your wedding day and your beauty therapist is one of the best people to help you achieve this with the products and treatments she has available at her fingertips.

But another thing you need to consider is what is happening from the inside? As you know, your skin, hair and nails are all created, nourished and renewed from the inside. So this means you are able to improve their appearance by working from within – if you know the secrets to achieving this.

Bestow Beauty is an intensive range of internal cosmetics that make use of will help you look fabulous on your wedding day.

bestow-oilBESTOW BEAUTY OIL
Your moisturiser from within

  • A great-tasting, edible oil that is mixed or poured over your food to nourish your skin, hair and nails from the inside
  • Keeps your skin supple and smooth
  • Helps prevent blockages and ‘breakouts’
  • Ensures your skin’s oil is healing and anti-inflammatory
  • Helps reduce redness in inflamed skin
  • Helps treat skin problems from acne to eczema.

BESTOW BEAUTY POWDER
bestow-powderYour edible cosmetic

  • A delicious smoothie powder that delivers the same anti-aging ingredients that your skin care does only directly to the cells that use them in the deepest layers of your skin.
  • Feeds your skin, hair and nails with all the nutrients they need to be strong, healthy and beautiful
  • Contains flaxseed fibre, kelp, spirulina, wheatgrass, alfalfa, coconut, blackcurrant extract & pumpkin flour.

BESTOW BE CLEANSED
bestow-be-cleansedDetoxify, purify, beautify

Your skin tends to reflect what’s happening on the inside. If your body isn’t eliminating toxins efficiently, this can result in dull, devitalised skin, and can contribute to many skin disorders such as acne, blemishes and eczema.
Bestow Be Cleansed is a natural detox powder designed to bestow a clearer, more radiant complexion by encouraging the liver and bowel to (gently) eliminate toxins.

Bride image by Tauranga photographers Katie & Quinn Photography

Fermented foods are beneficial for general health, and one of the great ways to keep your gut healthy is through drinking Kombucha. For those who are new to this, Kombucha is a fermented tea-based beverage. It is made using a starter mushroom called a “SCOBY” that activates and propels the tea-based drink (by eating sugar) to become a gut-healing beverage.

As well as promoting gut health, Kombucha also does the following:

  • It detoxifies the body
  • It supports the nervous system
  • It’s anti-aging and supports the joints
  • It’s anti-microbial
  • It decreases sugar cravings

One of the concerns people often have with Kombucha is the sugar needed to make it. The sugar in Kombucha is essential as that is what the SCOBY feeds off, creating fermentation and a bunch of wonderful bacteria. We recommend using organic white sugar where possible.

Through the fermentation process the sugar largely disappears and ideally you are left with 1 per cent sugar. In a 100ml serve that’s about ¼ of a teaspoon of sugar, or 1/8 teaspoon of fructose. Be aware that many pre made bottles of Kombucha have higher levels of sugar so try and find one that is less than 5g per 100ml. Also remember, 100ml is all you would need in a day to get a good dose of the benefits of Kombucha.

If you are making your own you could do a taste test after around day 4 or 5 at which stage the brew will be still be slightly sweet but with a good hint of tartness. To get down to under 10g of sugar per litre (i.e. 1%) the brew should be left until around day 7 to 10 (based on an average temperature of 24 degrees). If fermented longer the sugar levels may be even lower but be prepared for a tart tasting brew.

Although, there is a small amount of sugar left after the fermentation process if you stick to around 100ml a day then you will be consuming minimal amounts of sugar and it is definitely worth the amount of goodness you get!

A common question I’m being asked is what the difference is between the Bestow Beauty Powder and the Beauty from Beneath capsules.

Nutritionally they have similar goals; to provide the nutrients the skin requires for collagen and elastin production, to heal effectively, and for health and beauty. But how they do this is completely different…

The Beauty Powder is a blend of super-foods chosen because of the nutrients they contain. The advantages of this approach are that, being food-based, the nutrients in the Beauty Powder are very bio-available (easily absorbed by our bodies) and will also contain nutrients that we’re not even aware of yet. For example, it wasn’t so long ago we didn’t know of the existence of phytochemicals such as lycopene or resveratrol, but they have always been available in our food and that’s the advantage of using something supplied by nature.

The Beauty from Beneath is supplement-based so the advantage is that you can guarantee the quantities of nutrients whereas food levels naturally fluctuate with each harvest. It’s also very convenient to take and easy to travel with.

You may find that you naturally gravitate to one or the other. It could be because of your diet or lifestyle, maybe you always have a smoothie so the powder is an easy addition or alternatively, you could travel a lot and prefer the convenience of a capsule. Or it could be a philosophy that makes one option more attractive than the other, for example you only eat organic, whole food or you prefer the guarantee a supplement that provides higher levels of nutrients.

Or you could be like me and take both the powder and the capsules so you receive all the anti-ageing nutrients from both sources – the ultimate insurance!

See our stockists to order.

  • July 28, 2015