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In 1990, the United States Government announced the launch of an exciting new research initiative, The Human Genome Project.  This project involved scientists from all over the world and focused on mapping the sequence of genes that make up the DNA we inherit from our parents.

It was hoped that learning more about our genes might help explain why some people are more prone to certain diseases, and this in turn could lead to potential improvements in our health and the way we prevent and treat disease.

It was estimated that humans could have as many as 100,000 different genes, which would account for the vast differences in human health and behavior.

By 2003, the project was complete and two surprising facts emerged.

  1. Humans have less than 25,000 genes, only a quarter of the number originally estimated.
  2. Everyones genes, no matter where they come from in the world, are 99.9% identical!

 

There is only a teeny tiny difference between your genes, my genes and the genes of someone born in the Amazonian jungle. This DNA similarity suggests that the genes we inherit have only a small part to play in explaining the vast diversity of health outcomes globally.

Put simply, The Human Genome project didn’t offer the health-changing insights the scientific and medical community had hoped it would.   However, a side benefit of the project was that as technology developed, the cost of gene mapping dropped considerably.

Originally, it cost thousands of dollars just to map one gene. However, thanks to technological advances, the cost to map a gene has dropped to a mere ten cents!

Around the same time, gut-health was becoming the focus of a lot of new medical and scientific research, as evidence came to light that showed what a significant role the gut played in health and wellbeing.

The Human Microbiome Project

Gut microbes are incredibly tricky to study.  Many of them live in dark, little out-of-the-way spaces in the upper reaches of the intestine, which make them nigh impossible to access. The good news is, that while we can’t easily get to them, they eventually come to us. Microbes are constantly dying and being replaced. The microbes that die are shed from the gut and eliminated through bowel motions.

Did you know that your poop is made up of approximately 25% gut microbes?  Now, there’s a fun fact to share at your next dinner party!

As the knowledge gained from the Human Genome Project intersected with the growing body of research on gut health, it was discovered that scientists could inexpensively identify the various microbes in the gut by sequencing their unique genes found in human faeces.  

And thus, the Human Microbiome Project was born, another international collaboration of scientists with the collective goal of improving our health and wellbeing.

New Discoveries

So far, some surprising facts have emerged from this work. Scientists have discovered that collectively, gut microbes have a total of 3.3 million different genes.  This is a 150 times the mere 25,000 genes that make up a human person. Our gut micro-biome is much more complex than our entire body is!

Secondly, it was discovered that your microbiome is totally unique, just like your fingerprint.  Even identical twins have a different microbial makeup. Essentially it was found that humans vary much more in the number of genes they carry in their gut, than they do from the genes inherited from their parents.

Now at this point you may be thinking “but those are bacterial and fungal genes – how does that that benefit me?” Well, that brings me to the next piece of the puzzle.  

 

Humans and Microbes Work Together

It wasn’t that long ago that humans were thought to be totally self-sufficient organisms, capable of producing all of the chemical substances needed for life as long as they consumed enough food and water. We now know this isn’t true. We actually rely on the microbes in our gut for our survival.

We’ve discovered that our microbes do a huge amount of life-supporting work on our behalf.  They help to regulate our immune systems, break down less digestible food, produce essential vitamins and neurotransmitters and protect us from pathogens.  One third of all the small molecules in our blood are actually made by the microbes in our gut. These beneficial bacteria and fungi are so important for our survival that scientists are starting to think that humans are in fact ‘social organisms’, reliant on having a variety of microbes working within their gut for optimal health.

Because our microbes have more genes than us, they can perform many healthy functions that we simply cannot do on our own.

Think of a gene as a software programme or app.  If I have one app on my phone and you have 150 on yours, which phone do you think will be able to perform more functions?  The good microbes in our gut basically have more ‘apps’ than us and therefore they can do so much more than we can alone. They use these apps to promote our health and survival and, in the process, ensure their survival too.  

We can see this inter-dependence in action when we consider a helpful little bacterium, called Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron. This microbe is a champion carbohydrate muncher! Humans lack most of the genes required to make the enzymes needed to break down really complex carbohydrates. Luckily for us, this bug has genes that code for more than 260 enzymes capable of digesting plant matter. This microbe allows us to extract the nutrients from certain fruit and vegetables that we would normally struggle to digest.  

This is just one tiny example of what microbes are capable of doing one our behalf. It illuminates why it is now thought that our individual fates, health outcomes and perhaps even our behaviour, may have much more to do with variation in genes found in our microbiome, than those within our bodies.

Help Your Microbiome to Help You

This is very empowering knowledge. Our microbiome is so much easier to influence than our genes.  Your genes are something that you inherit, your microbiome is something you can control. The research is showing that your health is dependent on the health and diversity of your microbiome. The more good microbes we have, the happier and healthier we are.  But if our gut is populated by bad microbes this can have a very detrimental effect on both our physical and mental health. So the upshot is, to maximise the health benefits from our microbiome we need to ensure that it stays balanced and healthy.

You can populate and feed your good microbes by eating a diet rich in fibre from wholefoods, fruit and vegetables, consuming fermented foods like kombucha and yoghurt, taking probiotics and drinking enough water. Avoiding alcohol, sugar, refined carbohydrates, packaged and processed goods will help weed out the bad bacteria. It has been shown that within only five days of changing your diet, your microbiome will also change!  

Never before has there been such compelling evidence that to a large extent our health really does lie in our own hands. Changing your diet is one of the fastest and easiest way to improve our gut health, and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

By Janine Tait.

  • May 8, 2019

Janesce Re-Energising and Renew Cream is a concentrated night cream containing a trio of healing oils, enlivening plant actives and nourishing shea butter to energise, repair and renew mature skin.

This botanically potent treatment cream enhances hydration, encourages renewal of skin cells and is rich in anti-oxidants to protect skin from the ageing effects of inflammation.

“I think this is the ultimate treatment cream in the Janesce range.”
~ Jan Smith, Founder of Janesce Skincare

The Janesce Re-Energising Range

The Janesce Re-Energising and Renew Cream is part of the Janesce Solutions Re-Energising Range for women 45+. This powerful range enlivens mature skin through highly active botanical stimulation. It contains double the level of plant extracts found within the rest of the Janesce Professionals range.

Janesce Re-Energising and Renew Cream
Botanical Highlights

Ginseng helps to protect mature skin against the ageing affects of inflammation and UV damage.

Myrhh is anti-inflammatory and powerfully anti-oxidant, helping to combat oxidative damage which is a significant factor in skin ageing.

Shea Butter is extremely nourishing for mature skin, thanks to the high concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids it contains. It functions as an emollient to smoothe and soften the skin and encourages a healthy turnover of new skin cells.

Carrot-seed, avocado and wheat-germ oils are rich in vitamins A and E. This beautiful trio of healing oils reduces TEWL and encourages maximum hydration, which helps to prevent further degradation of collagen and elastin in the dermis.

Grapeseed Extract (O.P.C) provides powerful anti-oxidants to neutralise free radicals that cause wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

Sage gently supports skin through the hormonal changes that occur as we age. Promotes youthfulness and suppleness in mature skin.

Liquid Oxygen promotes micro-circulation in the epidermis, encouraging the renewal and healthy functioning of the skin.

Rose is refining, hydrating and softening.  It contains MMP inhibitors to protect the integrity of collagen and elastin in maturing skin.

Lavender is balancing and soothing and also has anti-ageing properties as an MMP inhibitor.

Chamomile is soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing for the skin.

Silk provides a beautiful, finely-textured amino acid film that helps prevent moisture loss in ageing skin.

Rose Geranium is a beautifully feminine essential oil, which promotes self-love.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, glyceryl stearate, capryllic capric triclyceride, decyl oleate, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), ceteareth 12, ceteareth 20, soy lecithin, avocado oil PEG 11 esters, triticum vulgare (wheat germ oil), daucus carota (carrot seed oil),  extracts of lavandula angustifolia (lavender), rosa centifolia (rose), anthemis noblis (chamomile), salvia officinalis (sage), panax ginseng, liquid oxygen, grapeseed extract, silk amino acids; essential oils of lavandula angustifolia (lavender), pelargonium rosaeodora (rose geranium), commiphora myrrha (myrrh); phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, sorbitan laurate, ethanol.

Who is the Janesce Re-Energising and Renew Cream for?

This energising and renewing night cream is designed for woman aged 45 and over.  It features high levels of enlivening plant actives in a nourishing base cream, which is formulated to hydrate, repair and renew maturing skin

Because the Janesce Solutions Re-Energising Range is so potent, it is wise to prescribe these products to clients who have been using Janesce for some time. Only dedicated Janesce users will have skin strong enough to benefit from the high levels of plant actives without overstimulating the skin.

HOW TO PRESCRIBE | PARTNER PRODUCTS

The Janesce Re-Energising Complex is the hero of the Re-Energising Range and the other four products provide complementary botanical layering to energise and stimulate mature skin.

We recommend that you prescribe the Janesce Re-Energising and Renew Cream together with the Janesce Re-energising Complex and the Janesce Re-Energising Dew. This will build beautiful layers of energising botanicals into your client’s skincare regime.

The final product from the range will be released later in 2019.

How to Use

This actively nourishing treatment cream will both add to, and seal in, the beautiful layers of energising botanicals supplied by the other products in the Janesce Re-Energising Range.

After cleansing, skin soaking and applying the Janesce Re-Energising Skin Dew and Janesce Re-Energising Complex to the skin, massage a small amount of Re-Energising and Renew Cream into the face with your fingertips.

PRICING

Janesce Re-Energising and Renew Cream  50g / RRP $180

Feedback from Christine Terry | Soak Beauty

“I think this the Janesce Re-Energising Range is a game-changing range and its value is easily justified by the ingredients and level of actives that Jan has been quite ‘cavalier’ in using. Good on her for throwing out the budget! She has always been so mindful of the end user regarding the budget, but I believe some mature clients will be happy to pay a higher price for such a premium product. I can’t believe how different my skin looks. I think this takes the intelligence of the Janesce range to a new level, which is so exciting.”

  • April 29, 2019

Janesce Re-Energising Complex is a powerful botanical concentrate, containing ten plant extracts and a silk protein to intensively treat and re-hydrate the skin. Designed for women 45+ to re-energise and revitalise the skin at a cellular level.

“Janesce concentrates are like herbal medicine for the skin.  They offer the highest levels of plant actives of all the products in the Janesce range, in a form that penetrates most deeply into the skin.”
~ Janine Tait, Janesce New Zealand

This powerful concentrate features medicinal plants that are collectively anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, MMP-inhibiting and provide natural hormonal support to enliven and energise maturing skin.

The Janesce Re-Energising Range

The Janesce Re-Energising Complex is the hero of the Janesce Solutions Re-Energising Range for women 45+. This powerful range enlivens mature skin through highly active botanical stimulation. It contains double the level of plant extracts found within the rest of the Janesce Professionals range.

Janesce Re-Energising Complex
Botanical Highlights

Silk provides a beautiful, finely-textured amino acid film that helps prevent moisture loss in ageing skin.

Ginsenghas anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect the skin against UV damage.

Gingkois anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, which neutralise free radicals that cause wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

Myrhh is anti-inflammatory and powerfully anti-oxidant, helping to combat oxidative damage, which is a significant factor in skin ageing.

Rose is refining, hydrating and softening.  It contains MMP inhibitors to protect the integrity of collagen and elastin in maturing skin.

Lavender is balancing and soothing and also has anti-ageing properties as an MMP inhibitor.

Chamomile is soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing for the skin.

Viola Tricolais a powerful anti-inflammatory, sometimes known as nature’s hydrocortisone.

Marshmallow is a beautiful skin softener and boosts hydration by attracting and trapping moisture into the skin.

Rose Geranium is a beautifully feminine essential oil, which promotes self-love.

Rosewood is soothing to the skin and relaxes the psyche.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, rose distillate, whey amino acids, silk amino acids, extracts of rosa canina (rose), gingko bilboa (ginkgo), panax ginseng (ginseng), commiphora myrrh (myrrh), anthemis noblis (chamomile), viola tricolour (heartsease), lavandula angustifolia (lavender), althea officinalis (marshmallow), avena sativa (oats), sea salt, alcohol, sorbitan laurate, geranium roseum, (rose geranium essential oil), aniba rosaedora (rosewood essential oil) phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerine. 

Who is the Janesce Re-Energising Complex suitable for?

This intensively energising botanical concentrate is designed for woman aged 45 and over.

Because the Janesce Re-Energising Range is so potent, it is wise to prescribe these products to clients who have been using Janesce for some time. Only dedicated Janesce users will have skin strong enough to benefit from the high levels of plant actives without overstimulating the skin.

How to Prescribe | Partner Products

The Janesce Re-Energising Complex is the hero of the Re-Energising Range and the other four products provide complementary botanical layering to energise and stimulate mature skin.

We recommend that you prescribe the Janesce Re-energising Complex together with the other products from the Re-Energising Range.  This will build beautiful layers of energising botanicals into your client’s skincare regime.

How to Use

Apply soaking and misting, apply two to three drops of the Janesce Re-Energising Complex to the palm of one hand, press your hands together and then press into the skin of the face and neck.

Janesce concentrates are safe to use quite close to the eye area.

Pricing

Janesce Re-Energising Complex 30mls RRP $72

Feedback from Christine Terry | Soak Beauty

“I think this the Janesce Re-Energising Range is a game-changing range and its value is easily justified by the ingredients and level of actives that Jan has been quite ‘cavalier’ in using. Good on her for throwing out the budget! She has always been so mindful of the end user regarding the budget, but I believe some mature clients will be happy to pay a higher price for such a premium product. I can’t believe how different my skin looks. I think this takes the intelligence of the Janesce range to a new level, which is so exciting.”

  • April 3, 2019

Janesce Re-Energising Dew is an enlivening, botanical mist containing potent plant actives to intensively hydrate, energise and revitalise mature skin. Anti-oxidants protect skin from the ageing effects of free-radicals and silk proteins gives skin a dewy, velvety texture.

The Janesce Re-Energising Range

The Janesce Re-Energising Dew is part of the Janesce Solutions Re-Energising Range for women 45+. This powerful range enlivens mature skin through highly active botanical stimulation. It contains double the level of plant extracts found within the rest of the Janesce Professionals range.

Janesce Re-Energising Dew | Botanical Highlights

Ginseng has anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect the skin against UV damage.

Grapeseed Extract (O.P.C) provides powerful anti-oxidants to neutralise free radicals that cause wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

Silk provides a beautiful, finely-textured amino acid film that helps prevent moisture loss in ageing skin.

Rose is refining, hydrating and softening.  It contains MMP inhibitors to protect the integrity of collagen and elastin in maturing skin.

Lavender is balancing and soothing and also has anti-ageing properties as an MMP inhibitor.

Sage gently supports skin through the hormonal changes that occur as we age. Promotes youthfulness and suppleness in mature skin.

Liquid Oxygen promotes micro-circulation in the epidermis, encouraging the renewal and healthy functioning of the skin.

Rose Geranium is a beautifully feminine essential oil, which promotes self-love.

Rosewood is soothing and relaxes the psyche.

Lemon Myrtle is refining and helps balance oil flow for the skin.

INGREDIENTS: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender water), backhousin citriodora (lemon myrtle water), rosa canina (rose water), glycerin, vitis vinifera (grapeseed extract), extracts of lavandula angustifolia (lavender), rosa centifolia (rose), salvia officinalis (sage), panax ginseng, silk amino acids, liquid oxygen, sorbitan laurate; essential oils of pelargonium rosaeodora (rose geranium), aniba rosaeodora (rosewood), lavendula angustifolia (lavender), sorbitan laurate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, ethanol.

Who is the Janesce Re-Energising Skin Dew suitable for?

This energising and hydrating botanical mist is designed for woman aged 45 and over. Because the Janesce Re-Energising Range is so potent, it is wise to prescribe these products to clients who have been using Janesce for some time. Only dedicated Janesce users will have skin strong enough to benefit from the high levels of plant actives without overstimulating the skin.

How to Prescribe

The Janesce Re-Energising Complex is the hero of the Re-Energising Range and the other four products provide complementary botanical layering to energise and stimulate mature skin.

We recommend that you prescribe the Janesce Re-Energising Skin Dew and the Janesce Re-energising Complex together. The remaining three products from the range will be released throughout 2019.  As they come available, you can add these products into your clients’ skincare regime to build beautiful layers of energising botanicals.

How to Use

You can apply the Janesce Re-Energising Dew to the skin in one of two ways:

  1. Spray 1-2 sprays of the dew directly onto the skin.
  2. Spray two pumps of the dew into mist into the palm of one hand, press hands together and gently press the mist into face.

Where does this product fit in the Janesce skin soaking routine?

The Janesce Re-Energising Dew contains botanical extracts to treat the skin and plant proteins that seal in moisture. For this reason, apply after skin-soaking. It can be applied either before or after the Re-Energising Complex, depending on how strong the skin in.

If the skin barrier is strong, it will benefit from having the Janesce Re-Energising Complex applied first, as it contains the highest amount of plant actives in the range.

If the skin barrier is sensitive, apply the Janesce Re-Energising Dew first to buffer the skin and protect it from being overstimulated from the high levels of plant actives in the Re-energising Complex.

PRICING
Janesce Re-Energising Dew 100ml / RRP $116
Janesce Re-Energising Complex 30ml / RRP $72

Feedback from Christine Terry | Soak Beauty

“I think this the Janesce Re-Energising Range is a game-changing range and its value is easily justified by the ingredients and level of actives that Jan has been quite ‘cavalier’ in using. Good on her for throwing out the budget! She has always been so mindful of the end user regarding the budget, but I believe some mature clients will be happy to pay a higher price for such a premium product. I can’t believe how different my skin looks. I think this takes the intelligence of the Janesce range to a new level, which is so exciting.”

  • February 19, 2019

Bestow Conference | May 6-7, 2019

Leading the Way in Holistic Skincare

Dear friends,

You are warmly invited to attend a free two-day training event – the Bestow Conference on May 6th and 7th, 2019.  Save the dates in your diary!

 

BESTOW CONFERENCE

LEADING THE WAY in Holistic Skincare

Our conference theme is Leading the Way.  The wellbeing trend in the beauty industry is steadily growing, scientific research continues to validate holistic wisdom and more and more therapists are waking up to the Slow Beauty way of working.

As a community, we are fortunate to have such deep roots in the world of wellbeing, thanks to my mentor, Janesce founder, Janice Sarre-Smith. Her pioneering wisdom and my decades of experience are infused into Bestow products and our philosophy of nourishing skin from within.  

As holistic skincare therapists, we are well positioned to continue to lead the wellbeing trend in the beauty industry, but we need to keep growing and learning.

Our team will share with you time-honoured wisdom and cutting-edge research to enhance your ability to provide effective holistic skincare direction and guidance to your clients.

VENUE
We will gather at ‘Waters Edge’ at The Tauranga Rowing Club, Memorial Park, Devonport Road, Tauranga.
www.watersedgetauranga.nz

 

RSVP
Please email Jenny Barrow by February 20th, 2019 and let her know if you will attend and an indication of how many team-members you intend to bring.

 

COST
The conference is free for Bestow therapists. We will provide a nutritious Bestow lunch and morning and afternoon tea each day. Clinics and therapists are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT
LEADNG THE WAY IN: GUT HEALTH

Gut-health is the phrase on everyone’s lips this year and we have developed an amazing session for the Bestow Conference called the The Gut-Skin Connection.

You’ll come away with new insights AND practical tools and resources you can use to confidently introduce gut-health strategies into your work with your clients. We can’t wait!

THE GUT-SKIN CONNECTION SESSION WILL OFFER YOU:

– An introduction to the wild and wonderful world of the gut microbiome.
– An understanding of how gut health directly affects skin health.
– Simple red flags to watch for to identify an unhappy gut.
– My personal story of healing chronic pain by healing my gut.
– Insight about the importance of gut health in healing skin disorders.
– Fascinating information about the gut-mind connection.
– An introduction to three tools we created to help your clients to put gut-health wisdom into practical action.

LEADING THE WAY

Leading the way in gut-health. Janine and Jenny share their personal gut-healing stories and the tools and resources we have developed to support a healthy gut skin connection.
New release: The Gut-Skin Connection book.

Leading the way in healing sensitised skin. Janine will introduce you to the foundational concepts of a holistic approach to topical skincare. You’ll learn how to respect and repair skin barrier function and heal the skin with soothing plant actives.

Leading the way in skin nutrition. Janine will share her personal experiments with Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of nutrients, the surprising results and what they mean for us and our clients.

Leading the way in skin coaching. Jenny Barrow will share her journey of becoming a skin health coach and strategies to help you to lead clients along the pathway of lifestyle and diet changes for the sake of their skin.

 

We are so looking forward to gathering as a community to be inspired and to learn and grow so we can continue to work at the leading edge of holistic skincare and skin nutrition.

Till then,

Janine Tait

  • December 13, 2018