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Did you know that strengthening your skin barrier can prevent you from developing allergies in the future? A weakened barrier results in ‘leaky’ skin which allows potential allergens in the environment to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin which would normally be protected from this type of exposure. 

These antibodies are then picked up by cells of our immune system and carried into our blood circulation where antibodies to these allergens are produced. Your body is now primed to react when it comes into contact with that allergen and hence, an allergy is created. 

This doesn’t necessarily lead to any symptoms the first-time you are exposed to the allergen but the next time, the newly formed antibodies will and the skin can become red and inflamed. Repairing the skin reduces the chance of potential allergens entering the deeper layers of the skin and helps stop us from developing these allergies in the first place.  

We now know that it is not only environmental allergens that can be the problem, but potentially serious food allergies can also develop this way. Food particles, i.e. peanut dust, can penetrate the skin and antibodies to this food are developed in the same way that environmental allergies are created. 

The answer to this problem is to strengthen your skin barrier and this means providing the skin with the nutritional building blocks it needs to form a strong, resilient barrier in the first place. Vitamins and minerals are crucial for the proper functioning of your skin and fats and proteins support a healthy skin structure. Fats in particular help waterproof your skin and make it less likely allergens will be able to penetrate into the deeper layers where they can create issues. The bottom line is that nutrition is important to strengthen your skin from within. 

If you would like to learn more about human nutrition and the role it plays in the health of your skin, click here for our eCourse Basic Human Nutrition – Eating for Skin Health!

  • November 15, 2022

Are you ready to become an advanced skin health coach? Learn more about our course, Treating Skin Holistically – Become a Skin Health Coach here!

Have you found that your beauty therapy training is not enough to enable you to treat your client’s skin problems effectively? When I decided to become a beauty therapist, one of the driving factors in that decision was the idea that I could help my future clients with their skin concerns. Throughout my teens I had suffered from perioral dermatitis, so I knew how having a skin disorder could affect your self-confidence. It took me years to find a solution to the red, uncomfortable rash that is a symptom of perioral and during that time I found it increasingly difficult to ‘face’ the world. So, helping people heal their skin became a priority and when I discovered I didn’t have the tools or the knowledge to help, I became disillusioned with the beauty therapy industry.

Luckily, through the generosity of Janice Smith, a naturopath and founder of Janesce Skin Care who has worked with skin disorders all of her life, I was introduced to the idea that we need to look beyond simply using skin care products and treatments to heal the skin. Lifestyle and dietary factors are also important and can actually have a powerful influence on the health of the skin. It is only by looking at our client holistically, with a 360-degree view, that we can identify all of the factors that are contributing to the problem. Once you have identified these factors, you need to be armed with the solutions or alternatives you can offer your client so that they can make the necessary changes to heal their skin. Having this knowledge changed the course of my career and transformed a disillusioned beauty therapist into a confident skin health coach. 

It was with the intention of sharing this knowledge that I developed an advanced holistic skin training for qualified beauty therapists. I have been grateful to learn the techniques to treat the skin and I’m keen to ‘pay it forward’ to other therapists who share my passion of skin healing. 

This 6 month e-Course takes you beyond what you have learnt so far as a beauty therapist and introduces you to a whole new world of possibilities. Refresh your knowledge of skin structure, human nutrition and the role that our liver, gut and hormones play in the healing of skin. Learn about the lifestyle and dietary factors that drive skin problems, the tools you need to address skin healing and most importantly, how to encourage and motivate your client to make the necessary change. 

The treatment of common skin problems like congestion, hormonal acne, acne vulgaris, dermatitis and rosacea are also covered in detail, giving you greater confidence when faced with these issues in your clinic. With this knowledge, you too can become a confident skin health therapist!

Sign up to our online course, Treating Skin Holistically – Become a Skin Health Coach here! or delve a little deeper and learn more here.

  • November 15, 2022

Meri Kirihimete

Thank you so much for supporting us throughout 2020.

We know that this year has been incredibly hard for so many of you, and we truly appreciate your commitment to being part of The Janine Tait Group family.

This year we have donated our Christmas Gift Fund to the Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust. They are a community-based conservation trust that works tirelessly to protect the North Island brown kiwi in the pristine Ōtanewainuku Forest, located just south of Tauranga.

Throughout the year volunteers from ŌKT visit local schools to teach children about the importance of protecting our native wildlife and forests. This is incredibly important work and we are so honoured to be able to support this cause.

We started to support the Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust with the release of our Bestow The Graces products earlier in 2020 and look forward to continuing this important relationship year after year.

Janine, Jenny, Hollie, Robyn, Hapi & Kevin

Learn more about the Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust here.

  • November 10, 2020

I used to be a firm believer in the idea of ‘protecting your patch’. Having a clinic down the road with the same skincare range as me didn’t seem like a good idea at all. I liked a nice comfortable radius clear of any other potential competition. This meant that for our Janesce stockists I would also ensure they had very little competition.

However, this proved hard to achieve in our hometown of Tauranga. Being a local company, therapists in the area would invariably hear good things about Janesce and we received a lot of enquiries about stocking the brand.  We tried to deflect the interest, but I have learnt that people don’t like being told “no”. The pressure meant we took on more clinics that we really wanted to. 

It wasn’t a situation I was comfortable with and I waited in trepidation for reports of the existing clinics to start losing sales to the newcomers. To my absolute surprise the opposite happened! The Janesce sales of these clinics started growing and growing. Within a few short years we had our top three clinics all located in Tauranga. 

At first I was very confused, I asked myself “how could this possibly be?”. But the easiest way to find out was simply to ask the clinics. I was told that their clients were familiar with the brand and had heard good things about it so when their therapist recommended Janesce it was an easy conversion.  It all started making sense. 

This doesn’t always work though. If you’re lucky enough to be the only person in New Zealand to have the rights to sell a well known brand like Apple then this exclusivity will work majorly in your favour. BUT if you are the only one in your area that sells a lessor  known brand, chances are you will find it difficult to get traction. No one has heard of it and let’s face it, we all like the safety of purchasing a well-known brand. So what the clinics were finding was as the number of stockists grew it helped a lot to have other therapists spreading the same message – use Janesce!

So my beliefs around competition have changed over the years. It might feel scary to have a clinic in your area with the same brands as you but it is rare for a client to change clinics simply because they can purchase the same products there. Clients are much more therapist-centric than that. They form a relationship with the clinic and more importantly their therapist. The chances are your clinic will only benefit as the word spreads that you stock a good quality, trusted brand that a number of therapists stand behind. Recommendations to your clients become much easier to convert into a sale. 

So what does this mean? We used to automatically decline stockist requests if the clinic in question was too close to an existing clinic. Going forward we will instead be contacting the existing stockist to have a conversation about moving forward.

Food for thought?

Janine Tait
  • March 9, 2020

In the 1990’s, a mother sought help from Jan Smith for naturopathic advice for her 6 month old baby who was suffering from eczema. This was being treated with steroids by her doctor.

During the consultation it was revealed that the mother, with good intention, was also using her SPF sunscreen on her baby.

Jan identified that this could irritate the young skin. She began with the Janesce eczema program. Jan asked the mother to return a few weeks later to trial a newly formulated Janesce suncare lotion. It was soothing and non- irritating and soon the young client’s skin responded well to the healing herbs and plant oils.

The results were so positive, that it was clear that this product had great application for all ages, and all skin types.

Summary of Benefits

  • Protects from the UVA and UVB rays.
  • Offers progressive protection – daily application builds resistance to the harmful effects of the sun.
  • All day active protection means you don’t 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 a healthy skin barrier.
  • Suitable for all skins and all ages, including children from the age of 6 months.


  • Janesce Suncare Lotion is a very concentrated blend of selected organic plant extracts.
  • Janesce Sun Care lotion works by using the natural absorption function of the skin, to protect itself. Natural sun filters, or photo-energy absorbers, are found in plant extracts that are rich in vitamins A and E.
  • These plants contain high levels of antioxidants and are readily absorbed into the epidermis and this protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environment.


  • Shea butter – Healing, UVA and UVB sun filter.
  • Helichrysum – UVB filter.
  • Viola Tricolor – Offers dermal protection. Absorbs 100% solar radiation of UVA and acts as an antioxidant, scavenging free radicals.
  • Aloe – UVB protection and healing.
  • Calendula – UVB protection and healing.
  • Carrot seed oil – Phyto-energy absorber.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

  • In Australia there are 33 known sunscreen ingredients that are recognized by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
  • This government department regulates the health care industry and authorises the issue of an SPF rating.
  • Janesce Suncare Lotion is not formulated with cinnamates, metal oxides, salicylates, and other commonly used ingredients and so an SPF rating in Australia is more difficult to obtain. Only organic plant actives are used when formulating the Janesce Suncare Lotion.
  • The Janesce Suncare Lotion was tested at an independent laboratory in Hong Kong in 2014, with a result of SPF 15 after one application.
  • Because the Janesce Suncare Lotion works by absorption with protection building over time, the actual SPF rating could be higher if a time lapsed test was able to be done over several weeks. Tests are only available with one application.

General Information Around Sunscreens and SPF

  • The sun protection factor (SPF) is a measurement for UVB rays only.
  • There is no universal measurement for protection against the UVA rays, which penetrate to the lower dermal layers. This is where our melanocytes are located. They produce melanin, the skins pigment, in response to the UVA rays.
  • The SPF rating is only a guide and the actual sun protection is determined by many variables when applying regular SPF rated sun screens. It is determined how much is applied and how often it is applied.
  • Exposure time that is heightened when washed off by swimming or sweating.
  • Sun sensitivity of the skin to UVB and UVA rays varies with each individual.
  • Other skin care products that may strip the skin and heighten sensitivity to the sun even before sun protection is applied.

UVA and UVB Rays

  • UVB rays cause sunburn and damage to the epidermis. When the skin is sunburnt, it is the UVB rays that have harmed the skin. This causes degenerative changes to the skin that may eventually lead to sun-induced skin cancers.
  • UVA rays have a longer wave length so they penetrate 3-4 mm into the skin, activating the melanocytes to produce melanin. They may not burn the skin like the UVB rays, but overtime they do have a harmful effect on the connective tissue in the dermis, causing premature ageing.

How the Janesce Suncare Lotion Works

  • The Janesce Suncare Lotion builds the skins resilience and protection
    to both the UVB and UVA rays, and counteracts free radical damage through antioxidant rich plant actives.
  • This effectively neutralizes and minimizes the effect of the sun on the skin both on the surface of the skin and in the lower dermal layers.

The advantages of Janesce Suncare Lotion

• Application daily, once a day of the Janesce Suncare Lotion maintains all day protection
• Small amount only is required with each application.
• Does not need to be re- applied after swimming or active sports
• Gentle on the skin – does not irritate and can be used with sensitive skin, or young children
• Suitable and beneficial for all skin types including oily or congested skin
• Maintains healthy pH of the skin
• Slows ageing, due to high concentration of anti-oxidants
• Can be used over the whole body if desired.

Sources of Free Radicals and Effects on the Skin Health


• Radiation from microwaves, computers, mobile phones, television, X-rays, and air travel.
• Light and sunlight (UVB, UVA and ultraviolet radiation)
• Hydrocarbons and Ozone (pollution and atmospheric conditions)
• Air-conditioning
• Excessive exercise
• Cigarette smoking
• Stress – environmental and emotional
• Bacterial and Viral infections
• Plastics and heavy metals found in environment

Toxic effects of Free Radicals on the skin

• Premature ageing
• Sensitising of the skin
• Rupture of facial capillaries
• Damage to proteins of the body (connective tissue, collagen in facial tissue)
• Affects the suppleness of the tissues
• Damage to DNA of the cells
• Sun sensitivity (solar radiation)

How antioxidants work to neutralise free radicals

Free radicals are molecules that have been damaged, and have an electron missing. So they cause damage to proteins, DNA and cell membranes by stealing their electrons through a process called oxidation. Therefore free radical damage is also called oxidative damage.

Antioxidants, are as the name suggests, are molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules. They do this by donating an electron to the free radical, which neutralises the activity that damages other molecules and cells.

How to Use

Apply on damp skin under or over your daily moisturiser. Alternatively if you are not in an environment which is drying on the skin, the Janesce Suncare Lotion can be used as your daily moisturiser.

Half a pump of product will cover face area. One pump will cover face and neck area.

• (5-6 months use for one bottle)
• Apply in the morning
• Excellent moisturiser for men, oily skin and as a starting moisturiser for pre-teens

For best results make sure you follow the Janesce skin care routine for all your skin care needs. This includes the daily hydration ritual and weekly exfoliation.
For children of any age, mist the skin first before application. Only a small amount is required.

NB * This product is a progressive protection to the sun. For full sun protection, exposure is best after first week of application.


There are none.

Pregnant women, children, adults on medication or having radiation or chemotherapy can use the Suncare Lotion. It is very helpful for those going through radiation because it will help to counteract the free radicals.

If the skin is hypersensitive, just follow the Janesce sensitive skin program for the first 4 weeks, then add the suncare lotion to the routine.

A very safe product that can be recommended with confidence to all.

  • July 18, 2019