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5 Important Skin Travel Tips

in Intro & Basics / Skin Care / Sun Care & Tanning

1. Do your research

At some stage during the planning of your trip, you and your travel agent will have looked at temperatures and weather conditions to expect while you are away. Something important to note for skin care, are the humidity levels. The more humid the environment, the easier it is to keep your skin hydrated and soft (there is moisture in the air). The less humid, or the drier the air, the harder it is to keep your skin hydrated so you will need to soak more and up your moisturiser. This will tell you what kind of moisturiser to bring along.  

TIP: start using this moisturiser 2 weeks before your trip so your skin can adjust in advance. Don’t forget your skin is two weeks behind what is happening in the environment (that’s why your skin goes extra dry after that first winter cold snap!).   


2. Hydrate, both inside and out! 

Avid reader’s will know why hydrating your skin is so very important. If you’re new here, I recommend these articles as the first (here) and second (here) thing you need to understand about skin care. 
Hydration encourages your skin to be strong – it is more able to cope with things like environmental stress, and other products (like skin care or makeup). It will also help slow the ageing process.

Hydrate from the outside: Soak your skin in warm water, using a soft cloth. Press the gently wrung cloth over your face and neck, for 20 seconds. Re-soak the cloth and repeat 3-5 times, the more the better for your skin. After saturating the top layers of your skin with water, LOCK IT IN with your concentrated moisturiser or facial oil. If you don’t lock it in, you’re wasting your time soaking. 

TIP: start doing this as soon as you read this, or at LEAST one week prior to your flight. 

Hydrate from the inside: Up your water intake before your flight to ensure your body is at it’s optimum level of hydration. Add a slice of lemon, cucumber or mint to water for extra taste – lemons are great for giving an added boost of hydration from the inside. Don’t forget, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages are dehydrated for the skin, so this can counteract all your efforts. Try herbal teas; green tea is always a favourite!  


3. Protect from the new environment

Make sure you protect your skin with both a moisturiser (to lock in the hydration) and a sun care product or two (to protect from the sun and environment).

  • If you leave your skin to dry on its own with nothing to lock in the moisturiser, you risk causing your skin to become very dehydrated. This may also happen using lower quality skin care brands.
  • Janesce Skin Care Solutions – Sun Care Lotion is perfect for use all year round, as an accumulative product. Although it can be tricky to wrap your head around, it is my favourite sun care product BY FAR. It’s a plant based sun care product that will saturate your skin in anti-oxidants, protecting against sun damage in a different way to your SPF products. The high anti-oxidant levels also makes it very anti-aging. Suncare Lotion’s effectiveness increases over 7-10 days of continuous use.
  • Still use an SPF product over the top, and make sure you are re-applying and following all other “sun-smart” rules (more info)

TIP: After applying the Janesce Sun Care Lotion, leave for 5 minutes before applying your SPF product. Use everyday, even when it’s not sunny outside. Use the 7-10 day rule: Apply every day for 7-10 days before sun-exposure, then every day after that to prepare your skin. 


4. Keep it clean

Cleansing your skin is recommended to remove the daily build up of pollutants and makeup products. At the end of each day, impurities will have built up on your skin. It could be perspiration (sweat), dirt, pollution, makeup, or skin care products.

If you don’t cleanse – this could cause a build up of these impurities, which can further irritate and cause problems with the skin.

This is especially important while travelling as you’ll be in a different environment to home, and your skin will not be used to coping with this. Help it cope as much as you can! 

TIP: Cleanse in the evening only, not morning. Once a day is enough (more info). Don’t over exfoliate your skin or it can strip the skin and cause an imbalance (more info). Soak your skin after you cleanse, and make sure you lock all the beautiful hydration in with a concentrated moisturiser. 


5. Book a facial for when you return

Your skin therapist is the best person to go to for skin related concerns/advice. After the travelling and the dry flights, your skin therapist is the most qualified person to rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Don’t have a skin therapist yet? Ask me (here)

TIP: Have a facial before your flight to boost your skin and hydration levels, it will also PRE-relax you and put you into a holiday mode. We’re all busy people! It will cut down on the time it takes you to unwind and start to enjoy once you get there! It is also a great time to have any skin care questions answered. 

Why drink Bestow Herbal Tea?

in Products & Reviews / Recipes / Skin Nutrition

As we know, plants & herbs have all sorts of healing powers. Properties we can benefit from when drinking herbal tea! 

Beautiful organic, loose-leaf herbal teas are the therapeutic alternative to coffee and black tea.  While caffeine stresses and depletes your body, my favourite herbal teas provide hydrating nutrition to support healthy, luminous, youthful skin.

A tea on the run only offers you one-half of the benefits. I invite you to embrace the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual as a way of building mini-retreats into your busy day. This relaxing ritual helps you to introduce a healthy self-care rhythm which is so important in pursuing a life of wellness and wholeness.

Drink your herbal teas to hydrate your skin & body from the inside out. 

Bestow Herbal Teas are some of my most favourite herbal teas! Why? Their philosophies AND their flavours! 

“It is a beautiful ritual which gives us a joyful pause in our busy day. Nutritionally, it is a great opportunity to hydrate and get some added vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

I think you’ll pleased to know that Bestow Organic Teas are not only delicious and good for your skin, they are also helping to transform a community in Sri Lanka.

When we decided to develop a range of skin-beautifying teas, it was very important to me that they were not only organic but were sourced from a fair trade supplier.

I know that many of the workers in tea plantations in third-world countries are poorly paid and treated like second-class citizens.

For me, socially conscious business it is not about beating the supplier down to get the bottom dollar but paying a fair price for a quality product that is fair to all the people who are involved in producing it.”

Janine Tait,





Why Your Facial Oil Might Not Be Working For You

in Intro & Basics / Products & Reviews / Skin Care
  1. It’s not the right one for you
    Facial oils are perfect for anyone who needs an extra boost of hydration or nourishment to their skin, or for those who have a sensitive unbalanced skin that need something a little more neutral to work with. We are coming into winter, and now is a perfect time to add a facial oil into your routine. 
    The right facial oil can do wonders for a dry, flaky or dehydrated skin. Even an oily skin, it can be great! Some oils are better for drier skin, others are better for oily skins. You can ask your beauty therapist which one is right for you. On another note, if your skin is too dry or too oily, it may be due to dehydration – not actually having a true dry or oily skin. 
  2. You’re using too much
    You only need to use it sparingly! When you use too much you will feel like it’s sitting on top of your skin, and your face is slippery and shiny. Many facial oils have a little pump, and even one pump can be too much. Try 2-3 drops! 
  3. Your skin isn’t hydrated enough before applying your oil
    If your skin is not hydrated, your oil can’t soak in! If your skin is dry (as in WATER dry, or dehydrated) the oils are just going to sit on top of you skin and you will have the same shiny slick of a problem. Soak your skin more, then put on your 2-3 drops of oil. 
  4. You’re applying your products in the wrong order
    You can apply your facial oil AFTER your cleanse and/or soak, but BEFORE your moisturiser. Adding a facial oil under your moisturiser will either act as a booster or a buffer, depending on both what oil and what moisturiser. When the seasons change, doing both of these is a great idea. At night or in warmer more humid weather, you could just go with the facial oil, then put suncare lotion on over the top, during the day.
    Soak, apply your plant concentrates and florals mists, apply your 2-3 drops of facial oil, apply your concentrated moisturiser, if during the day then apply your suncare lotion and SPF suncare products, then makeup as normal.. 
  5. You’re applying it wrong
    Just another little tip. Warm your 2-3 drops of facial oil into your hands first, then press onto your soaked skin. You can massage it in slowly, take a few deep breaths and add in a few pressure points for a little pamper. Otherwise just press it all in, and on your soaked and hydrated skin it should absorb beautifully! 


Facial Oils I LOVE: 

  • Lavender Aromatic Facial Oil, by Janesce Skin Solutions
  • Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil, by Bestow Beauty
  • Arohanui Oil, by LoveSkin
  • Jojoba Oil, by The Jojoba Company


IBX Nail Treatment

in Hands & Feet / Products & Reviews

The IBX system is designed for weak and damaged nails. This intensive strengthening treatment works so you can build up length and durability, starting from the INSIDE OUT.

This innovative two-part system offers revolutionary benefits:

Under Gel Polish

  • Creates a protective shield for the nail
  • Reduces white spots that tend to occur with the use of Gel Polish

As a Natural Nail Growth Treatment

  • IBX Repair is used to repair severe nail damage to set the stage for growth
  • IBX toughens the upper layers of the nail plate allowing nail growth
  • With multiple treatments fills up deep grooves resulting in a smoother nail plate
  • Natural nail colour and appearance improved

How does it work?

Step 1 – IBX Strengthen: Penetrating toughening agent that fuses together the nail’s top layers to improve nail plate integrity under any Gel Polish Coating.  Also used to keep your natural nails strong so that they grow long!

Step 2 – IBX Repair: Intense treatment used to improve nail plate integrity under any Gel Polish Coating. Also used to target natural nail imperfections and weaknesses that prevent natural nails from growing long.


Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil

in Products & Reviews / Skin Care

Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil is Janine Tait’s personally selected blend of 12 powerful botanical oils that will nourish, strengthen and protect your skin. Bursting with EFA’s, vitamins and antioxidants, this topical facial oil is a rich booster to add into any skin care regime.


Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil is suitable for most skin types including very sensitive skin. While heavy in consistency, the formulation is non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t block pores or cause pimples. With its nourishing lipids it is particularly beneficial for dry skin and has proved helpful for treating rosacea and dry skin conditions.


janine-tait-circle01“Many years ago, when I was a newly qualified therapist I found a book about the therapeutic benefits of plant oils. Despite the fact that I lost it when I moved flats, that book sparked my life-long fascination with these incredible oils. They are beautifully rich in the phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for healthy, glowing skin.

Each oil has its own unique powers and properties. Each one offers its own particular nourishing gift to the skin. Over the years I compiled a list of oils that I was particularly interested in and used them on my own skin. I loved the results.

When people began asking me if they could put ‘Bestow Beauty Oil’ on their face, it got me thinking. The answer, by the way, is most definitely no. Bestow Beauty Oil is a beautiful oil for nourishing the skin from within but the formulation is too heavy to be used topically for any length of time.

Still, the seed had been sown. Why not formulate a concentrated facial oil blend that could nourish the skin topically? I dusted off my ‘honours roll’ of the therapeutic oils I had tried over the years and created a special blend of my 12 favourite oils.

My two personal favourites out of the collection are jojoba oil, which is the closest oil in nature to our skins natural oil and borage oil which repairs the skin barrier faster than anything else I know.

I have wanted to use borage oil for years, but have avoided it because it has a slightly strange fragrance. In Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil we have achieved the perfect blend and I can’t detect the smell at all.

It gives me great pleasure to share Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil with you. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed making it.” – JANINE


_MG_3670The 12 botanical oils I chose for the Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil contain phospholipids and glycolipids, natural constituents of beautiful skin and good water-binding agents, which enhance optimal barrier function.

Individually, each oil has been chosen for a specific reason.
Together these oils form a powerful blend that support skin barrier function, moisture levels and supply many vital nutrients that are needed topically.

1. Argan Oil is touted as ‘liquid gold’ due to its ability to moisturise lack-luster skin. It is high in EFA’s and vitamin E, two key players in helping the skin stay hydrated and preventing further moisture loss.

2. Jojoba Oil is compositionally the closest oil to our own natural sebum and therefore helps strengthen the skin’s protective function. Fun fact: jojoba oil is technically a wax.

3. Avocado Oil is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, all of which are essential for beautiful skin.

4. Borage Oil is nature’s richest source of gamma linolenic acid, a secondary essential fatty acid, which helps repair the skin barrier faster than any other essential fatty acid. It decreases water loss, helping the skin stay hydrated and flexible. It is rich in vitamins and minerals as well as two important polyphenols; ferulic acid, which is a very effective anti-oxidant that can repair sun and weather induced skin damage and ellagic acid, which reduces collagen destruction.

5. Calendula Oil speeds healing, reduces inflammation and improves epidermal differentiation.

6. Rosehip Oil contains tretinoin, a vitamin A derivative that delays the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration and promotes the increase of collagen and elastin levels.

7. Tamanu Seed Oil has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. It is a most unusual oil because of its ability to penetrate deeply into the skin.

8. Vitamin E Oil is an important antioxidant that protects the more delicate oils in the collection from oxidation.

9. Grapeseed Oil also helps prevent oxidation of the blend but in addition it contributes to skin repair and regeneration.

10. French Lavender Essential Oil has strong skin soothing and healing properties and assists in cooling and calming inflamed skin.

11. Sandalwood Essential Oil is beneficial for many skin types from dry, dehydrated skins to oily skins and acne.

12. Rose Geranium Essential Oil is wonderful for balancing the oil production of the skin making it valuable for treating oily or dry skin and everything in between!



THE RITUAL: Take time for you. Partially fill your hand basin with warm water. Immerse your Bestow Soaking Cloth, wring out excess water and press damp cloth to your face while taking five slow, deep breaths. Repeat this step to ensure your skin is fully hydrated. Apply any toners, mists or serums that you desire. Lock in all that precious moisture by using the tips of your fingers to gently massage 1-2 drops of Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil into your still damp skin. You can then apply your usual moisturiser if you wish. Go into your day or evening with grace and gratitude.
This relaxing ritual is best done two to three times a week or every day if your skin needs extra nourishment and protection. Can be used morning or evenings


excerpt from Janine Tait,

What Your Skin Should Look Like When It’s Healthy

in Body Care / Hands & Feet / Intro & Basics / Skin Care

A balanced, hydrated skin

  • Smooth texture, without congestion
  • Even in colour
  • Refined, soft pores
  • Slightly ‘tacky’ or ‘damp’, but cool to touch
  • Heals at a steady rate
  • Renews as a stead rate
  • Has a ‘glow’ look


An unbalanced, dehydrated skin

  • Dull in colour, and/or uneven skin tone
  • Very dry or very oily
  • It feels tight/taut, flaky – especially after a cleanser
  • Large pores
  • It feels bumpy and irritated (such as acne – both deep and fine congestion)
  • It has blockages – big or small. Some that just don’t go away! 
  • It always seems red, or is sensitive to certain conditions or products
  • Products feel tingly or stingy
  • Products cause redness after first being applied
  • Slow to heal
  • Premature ageing


4 Steps to Glowing, Hydrated Skin

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