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Our Sundried Tomato Pesto recipe is a fantastic way to up your intake of tomatoes.

3⁄4 cup of sundried tomatoes
1⁄2 cup of pine nuts
2 garlic cloves,
A handful of herbs, chopped (basil or parsley)
1⁄4 cup of olive oil
1⁄4 cup of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
1 tablespoon of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients except the olive oil into the blender, scraping down sides occasionally, until almost smooth. With motor running, add oil in a steady stream. Blend and serve this delicious sundried tomato pesto recipe with all of your favourite dishes.

Tomatoes are very rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to greatly reduce the redness that results from sun exposure. In one study, people that consumed tomato paste daily showed an average of 40% less redness than the control group. Another study of 40-50 year old’s showed that people with higher skin lycopene levels also had smoother skin.

Tomato Pesto
  • July 18, 2019

The Janesce Suncare Lotion is a very concentrated blend of selected organic plant extracts. It works by using natural sun filters that are found in plant extracts that are rich in vitamins A and E. These vitamins have high levels of antioxidants. These are absorbed into the skin protecting it from the damaging effects of the sun and environment.

When you apply it every morning over the top of your moisturiser it has the following benefits:

• Protects from the UVA and UVB rays
• Offer progressive protection – daily application builds resistance to the harmful effects of the sun
• All day active protection means you do not have to reapply during the day
• Rich in antioxidants to counter the harmful effects of the sun, environmental stresses and pollution
• Nourishes the skin, protects and maintains healthy acid mantle

The Janesce Suncare Lotion is one of our most popular products among the staff and clients at Lox Holistic Beauty. Spring is the best time to introduce it into your skin care routine. So if you haven’t used it before, why not give it a try.

  • July 18, 2019

Did you know that some foods can protect your skin from sun damage? Yes, it’s true, you can now eat your sunscreen! Well, maybe not quite.

Numerous studies are showing that many foods are photo-protective. In one study the diets of 1,000 people were analysed. Those who ate oily fish at least once a week were 28% less likely to develop skin cancer.  Half a glass of wine daily reduced your risk by 27%.  It’s thought the Omega 3 in oily fish and the antioxidants in wine help the skin cope with UV radiation.

These aren’t the only foods that help protect the skin from these damaging rays. Other nutrients also play a role in delivering sun-protective benefits to the skin.

Brazil nuts are nature’s richest source of selenium, an anti-oxidant mineral. Selenium may have the ability to lessen the damage that UV rays have on skin.  In 2009 a study showed that higher levels of selenium in the blood reduced the risk of skin cancer by half.

Green tea is another wonderful skin food. It contains antioxidants that reduce skin inflammation and cell damage caused by sun exposure. As a bonus it also improves the hydration of your skin.

Carotenoids are another valuable group of nutrients. They give fruit and vegetables their bright colours (yellow, green, red, or orange). Many studies show carotenoids offer sun-protecting benefits through the anti-oxidants they contain. Betacarotene (a common carotenoid) improved the skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun. This nutrient is so easy to get from your diet. Simply increase your intake of orange and yellow fruits and vegetables and leafy greens.

Lycopene is another carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red colour. It has been shown to greatly reduce the redness that results from sun exposure. In one study, people that consumed tomato paste daily showed an average of 40% less redness than the control group. Another study of 40-50 year old’s showed that people with higher skin lycopene levels also had smoother skin.

Astaxanthin, a red carotenoid found in plants and algae was found to help prevent skin cancer.  Studies over the last 20 years found it to be a very powerful antioxidant. It exhibits one of the strongest protective actions of all the carotenoids.

Good nutrition plays a vital role in ensuring you have healthy, beautiful skin. But studies also show that certain foods boost the protective benefits your sunscreen offers. Spring is a great time to increase your intake of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Try this recipe to make sure you’re protecting your skin from the inside as well as the outside.

  • July 18, 2019

Aioli is one of our favourite condiments here at Lox Holistic Beauty, we’d put it on everything if we could! So we were so happy when Bestow Beauty released their Savour recipe book with this delicious GF, FD, RSF gem in it.

Whip up a batch and delight your senses thanks to Bestow.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for at least one hour
1 garlic clove
Juice and zest of one lemon
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 cup of water
Small handful capers, drained and roughly chopped
1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
Himalayan or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

Process the soaked sunflower seeds, garlic, lemon juice and oil with a stick blender. Add the water, pulse and add more water if the mayo is too thick.
Add the capers, dill and lemon zest, stir to combine. Season well with salt and pepper.
Exchange the dill for parsley or basil for a different flavour.
Makes half a jar, stores for 2 days in the fridge.
  • June 13, 2019

A lack of essential fatty acids is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies that affect our skin. Too little of these precious fats impacts hugely on the health, beauty and rate of ageing of our skin. Luckily, it is one of the easiest deficiencies to correct!

What exactly are these fats and why are they essential?

Essential Fatty Acids, or EFA’s as they are most commonly known, are part of the fat family. Most of the fatty acids the body requires for health can be made from the other healthy fats you eat. So as long as you have some fats and oils in your diet, your body can make everything else it needs.

Salmon is a great source of healthy fats!

But there are a couple of exceptions. Your body cannot make any fats that belong to the omega 3 or omega 6 family, and this is why they’re called ESSENTIAL fatty acids – it is essential you get them from your diet. 

There are certain foods and supplements that can supply these important fats and many people take fish oil capsules because they offer EFA’s that have so many health benefits. However, one common misunderstanding about fish oil is that it promotes skin health along with all of its other wonderful benefits. But research shows that this is not in fact true. Unfortunately fish oil doesn’t provide any of the fatty acids required by your skin for healthy functioning. In fact, you need a completely different set of fats to promote beautiful, glowing skin.

So what oil should you be taking?

Bestow Beauty Oil has been perfectly formulated with your health and the health of your skin in mind. It contains not only the omega 3 fats but all the other fats that your skin so desperately needs. These other fats nourish and protect your skin from the inside, making it more resilient and less likely to be damaged by ageing environmental threats. These fats are also great for both oily and dry skin. They help to ensure you have a healthy, balanced oil flow that is less likely to block your pores but nourishing enough to keep your skin feeling supple. 

How to take your oil:

It is important to take your oils in liquid form. Capsules are very hard to digest, especially these days when our digestive systems often struggle with the amount of stress we are under. Liquid oils, like the Bestow Beauty Oils, can be mixed into food making it easy to digest. You can add it to a smoothie, mix it into yoghurt or even make a salad dressing with it. By doing this you pre-emulsify these wonderful fats and make it so much easier for your body to extract all the goodness from them.

So keep eating oily fish for the key EFA’s it supplies but also make sure you have your Bestow Skin Boosting smoothie, containing one tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil. Make it a regular ritual, 5 days out of 7 and this will keep your skin protected, free of blemishes and looking fabulous! To purchase your Bestow Beauty Oil head into our clinic or shop online at www.holisticbeauty.co.nz

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

  • June 13, 2019

Excess Persimmons that you’re not sure what to do with? Bestow Beauty has got your back!

This delicious Tamarillo Salsa recipe is the perfect alternative to the famous tomato that you know and love.

Ingredients:

6 Tamarillos
2 handfuls of fresh coriander
1/2 a red onion, finely sliced
Juice of one lime or lemon
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

 

Method:

With a sharp knife cut a cross in the end of each tamarillo (not the stalk end the other end).

Add the whole tamarillos to a bowl and cover with boiling water.

Soak for 10 minutes – this process makes them easy to peel.

Remove from the water, let cool so that you can handle them and peel.

Chop them into small chunks.

Place in a small bowl, add the coriander, onion, lime juice, olive oil and Bestow Beauty Plus Oil.

Stir and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Devour the Tamarillo Salsa!

  • June 13, 2019

Roasted Chickpea Ingredients:

Roasted chickpeas
1 400g can chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of paprika
½ teaspoon of cumin
Himalayan or sea salt
Black pepper, freshly ground

 

Salad Ingredients:

1 large kumara, peeled and chopped into chunks
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
1 aubergine, chopped into chunks
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 cup of brown rice, cooked
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt
Black pepper, freshly ground
1 handful of rocket
1 small bunch of kale, roughly chopped
1 small handful of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
Himalayan or sea salt
Black pepper, freshly ground

Method:

In a large bowl or bag mix together the kumara, aubergine, two tablespoons of olive oil, smoked paprika, cumin seeds, salt and pepper. Combine to evenly coat the vegetables. Place the kumara and aubergine on a oven tray lined with baking paper. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

While the vegetables are roasting, drain the chickpeas and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the chickpeas on a roasting tray and drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to coat, place in the oven to roast until golden and crisp. This takes approximately half an hour. Shake the tray gently halfway through.

Once the vegetables are cooked, toss through the kale, rocket and coriander, stir in the vinagerette. Arrange in a large bowl or platter over the cooked brown rice. Scatter over the roasted chickpeas and serve with the hummus dressing.

  • May 22, 2019

If you have sensitive skin you may find the combination of cold outdoor temperatures and indoor heating leaves your skin feeling dry and your cheeks looking rosier. The reason this happens is because the extremes of temperature reduce the levels of precious moisture in the skin leaving it feeling tight and dry. The combination of heat and cold also cause the fine capillaries in the skin’s upper layers to repeatedly alternate between dilation and contraction. This constant fluctuation weakens the capillary walls leaving them looking dilated and more visible. When this happens, it can be hard to know how to help your skin cope.

One way you can combat this is to help reduce the reaction your skin has to the temperature extremes. Research carried out many years ago showed that a liberal application of moisturiser helps hugely. Especially if you give the upper layers of your skin a drink by soaking it with warm water before applying your moisturiser.

Moisturiser prevents your skin from reacting to temperature change. This is something I have seen with my own skin and my clients skin too. By helping your skin cope better with the temperature extremes, moisturiser helps reduce the reaction of your fine capillaries significantly, preventing them from becoming permanently damaged.

The more protective your moisturiser, the better it helps the skin cope. So step it up a level by choosing a slightly heavier cream at this time of year. Then combine this with your all-important skin soaking to ensure your skin is strong and hydrated. Don’t forget to soak and apply your moisturiser twice a day.

Your skin cannot hold on to moisture for more than twelve hours, so a morning and evening routine is vital.

– Janine Tait

You can also help your skin by protecting it from things that expose us to the more extreme temperatures. If you have sensitive skin, avoid sitting right in front of heaters or open fires, direct car heating vents away from your face and don’t sit in the line of airflow coming from an air conditioning unit. All of these things can very quickly dry your skin and damage your capillaries.

Your skin also needs to be protected from wind and cold outdoor temperatures. A scarf is perfect for wrapping around the lower half of your face when you need that extra layer of protection. Or even better, I find a snood is perfect for those winter weekends. They are usually made from fine, light fabric and can easily be worn around your neck when you are out and about. If you find yourself exposed to the cold, you can easily pull it up to just under your eyes helping protect your skin without feeling like you are being suffocated with a heavy layer of fabric.   

Janesce Revitalising Cream
Janesce Revitalising Cream

If you do find your skin looking red and more inflamed, increase the time you spend soaking your skin (using warm water not hot) and don’t forget to lock in that precious moisture by applying your moisturiser or night cream immediately, before the water evaporates away.  Also avoid foods and drinks that fuel skin irritation like alcohol, coffee, oranges, strawberries and hot spices until your skin feels hydrated and calm again.

Helping your skin survive the winter is easy if you make these things a habit.

 

  • May 22, 2019

Is your skin more thirsty than normal, drinking up your moisturiser but still feeling dry? It could simply be because the air is dryer at this time of year.   As the temperature drops, the humidity level also drops and this leaves our skin feeling really out of sorts.  

The very outer layers of our skin need water to ensure the skin feels supple and nourished. The amount of moisture in the air really impacts on the hydration of these outer skin layers. Have you ever noticed when you travel to countries that are hot and humid, your skin looks amazing? It’s easy to care for, only needing a light layer of moisturiser to feel supple and look radiant. Unfortunately, New Zealand isn’t one of those countries and we only experience these ideal skin climates for a few months each year generally in the height of summer. The rest of the year is a challenge for skin especially as we approach winter and the temperature and humidity drop dramatically. Indoor heating adds further to the problem by drying the air more. Before you know it your skin feels really out of sorts and no amount of moisturiser seems to help. 

When your skin is feeling taught and dry, it’s natural to think that drinking more water will help. Unfortunately, although this approach is great for our health (and the deeper layers of our skin) the upper layers, most affected by low humidity, are virtually impossible to hydrate this way. No amount of drinking water is going to help your skin feel any better. 

So how do you get your skin back to feeling great? Well, the best way of making sure your skin has the precious moisture it needs is by doing a simple little routine morning and night. We call this our skin soaking ritual at Lox and it’s something we’ve been promoting for decades. We find it’s one of the most effective ways of keeping your skin looking radiant and beautiful.

How to soak your skin:

Do this skin soaking ritual each morning before you apply your skin care products and each evening after cleansing and before you apply your night care.  To truly experience the transformative effect of skin soaking you need to do it religiously, morning and night. The skin cannot hold on to moisture for more than 12 hours so you need to top up the topical hydration twice daily to maintain that hydrated glow.

To Prepare:

Partially fill your hand basin with water. Add a few drops of Janesce Soaking Drops and take several deep breaths, enjoying the therapeutic fragrance. 

Step One

Immerse your Janesce Soaking Cloth in the warm water, wring out excess water and press the warm, damp cloth to your face. Take five slow, deep breaths. Repeat twice more to ensure your skin is fully hydrated.

Step Two

Apply plant therapy to your skin with the Janesce botanical mists, serums or concentrates.

Step Three 

Immediately apply a Janesce moisturiser or facial oil to seal in all that botanically-enriched hydrated. 

If you would like to learn more, check out this skin soaking ritual on the Janesce website.

  • April 18, 2019