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Julia O’Gorman is highly respected beauty therapist in New Zealand with over 30 years experience. Bestow Beauty products are an essential part of her holistic approach to skincare. She says that complementing topical skincare with internal support makes a significant difference to the results she can get for clients.


Julia shares her holistic skincare wisdom with us in this inspiring case-study.

A Wedding + A Skin Challenge

A new client came to see me for sugaring. At our first appointment I noticed that her skin was very tight and dehydrated, she had multiple black-heads and pustules and a compromised acid mantle. After discovering that she was soon to be married I gently mentioned that I could help her have beautiful skin for her wedding. She gratefully agreed to start a holistic skincare programme with me.

The Back Story

This lovely lady was very self-conscious of her skin. She works as a personal trainer and dental hygienist so was regularly up close with clients. Her fiancee noticed her skin challenges and with her wedding coming up she was very motivated to make changes in order to heal her skin.


ADD Bestow Skin Nutrition Boosters
I prescribed Bestow Beauty Oil immediately to help to clear her congestion from within and to regulate the oil flow to her skin. Bestow Beauty Oil improves both the quantity and the quality of the sebum flowing onto the acid mantle, so I find it an essential part of treating acne-prone and congested skins.

I gave this client some Bestow Beauty Oil recipe cards, which she loved. She included the oil in her smoothie each morning and also made a Bestow salad dressing. These two things helped her to easily incorporate Bestow Beauty Oil into her daily routines.

Over Christmas, her diet deteriorated and she stopped taking her Bestow Beauty Oil. Her papules and pustules returned which was convincing motivation for her to get back on track!

REMOVE Problem Foods
Prior to working with me, this client had a good Monday to Friday diet but found the weekends challenging. She had a lot of congesting foods in her diet, including protein bars and chocolates which fuel congestion from within. I gave her a list of congesting foods and suggested healthy replacements.

At the beginning of our programme, I put her on a seven day clean-eating cleanse designed for skin health. This got her off to a great start and those cleanse recipes became part of her new healthy eating lifestyle.

After the Christmas setback, I put her on the seven day cleanse again to clear her skin quickly for her wedding, which worked really well.

REBUILD the Skin Barrier
Topically, I used an organic, botanical skincare range which heals, repairs and strengthens the skin barrier. This was used in conjunction with a twice daily skin-soaking ritual to rehydrate the skin and loosen congestion.

In-Clinic Treatments
I did monthly facials to increase the hydration levels of the skin and did extractions to speed up the clearing of the papules.

AVOID Environmental Irritants
This client was working out a lot and sweat was irritating her skin. This is a common occurrence as sweat is strongly alkaline and skin is acidic. I suggested she do her skincare routine as soon as possible after exercising, but if she couldn’t, to use a soothing botanical mist to return her skin to the correct PH balance and prevent bacteria multiplying on the skin.

The Results | A Beautiful Bride

After only three weeks her skin improved dramatically and she wrote:

“I am over the moon with how my skin is looking and this is just the beginning! Thank you Julia, you are truly amazing at what you do.”

This client was very motivated and willing to make changes which made her such a pleasure to work with. Skin transformation is always a partnership.

After four months of working holistically this client was able to enjoy clear, soft, glowing skin on her wedding day. She gets positive comments about her skin everyday and feels empowered to face the world with confidence.

  • November 16, 2017

What you notice, grows.  Are you spending time noticing the big line of traffic you are stuck in, the way dinner didn’t turn out as you hoped or are you noticing the new spring blossoms on the trees or the warmth of a cup of tea in your hands?


Research shows that the thoughts you think and what you focus your attention on have direct corelations with your physical body.

In fact, it has been suggested that there are four general levels of thought:

1. Pure thought – Joy compassion, love, peace, forgiveness, gratitude
2. Productive thought – solution orientated – creates opportunity

3. Non-productive thought – Reliving the bad stuff (The Victim)
4. Destructive thoughts – self-criticism

The two higher levels comprise of positive thinking and these types of thoughts calm and focus our body and mind. They also tip us into our parasympathetic or ‘rest and repair’ nervous system and promote the production of seratonin, our happy hormone.

The two lower levels of thought are negative, pushing our bodies and minds into the sympathetic nervous system or our ‘fight and flight’ mode. Unfortunately, once in this state, it is impossible for us to produce any ‘happy’ hormones until we change our thought patterns to a more positive outlook.

We have created this beautiful Blessings Journal to help spend more time focusing on the positive; those beautiful moments happening in your life right now. The process of recording these enables you to be genuinely mindful of the experiences throughout your day that you are grateful for. Somedays it might be something big and other days something as simple as feeling the sunshine on your face.


The benefit of keeping a Blessings Journal is not just the joy it brings when you relive these moments and experiences you had during the day but also the myriad of physical changes that can occur as well. You may begin to enjoy greater energy levels, better sleep patterns, reduced blood pressure, improved attentiveness, a more positive mood and increased joy.

As time passes and writing in your Blessings journal becomes a ritual, you may have a greater sense of appreciation of your daily life and increased harmony in your relationships.


  • November 2, 2015

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.

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.

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Your 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.

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Detoxify, 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


  • September 17, 2015

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!


  • August 28, 2015

We all know that looking after ourselves is important but somehow it seems like a struggle for many of us. It can be overwhelming at the best of times to make sure we are eating well, resting, exercising, and doing all those other things that ensure our overall health and wellbeing is good.

So we decided to make it a bit easier by giving you a list of 20 things you can focus on that will help your overall health and wellbeing. Be sure to take note of those things you already doing and then focus on a few at a time to work on until they just become part of your life.

1. Start fresh every single day
Leave behind the negative feelings and thoughts of yesterday, today is a new day.

2. Adopt a “meatless Monday” mentality
For recipe ideas check out this fun website

3. Keep your phone in your bag when you’re out with people
Be present in the moment and enjoy the company

4. Cut back on sugar
Cutting back on the white stuff in all its forms can help improve the quality of your collagen, helping stop premature aging and wrinkles

5. Drink warm water with lemon daily on rising
A simple yet effective way to prepare your body to digest your most important meal of the day, breakfast

6. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach
We all know why! It ends up costing more and we often make unhelpful food choices

7. Eat whole foods as much as possible
The less processed food you consume, the better!

8. Don’t overdo the alcohol
Alcohol heats and dehydrates your skin (red wine in particular stimulates and weakens capillaries) as well as putting stress on your liver

9. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Water is one of the key nutrients needed for skin health, important in hydrating your skin from the inside

10. Make your home a place you want to be
A place to rest and relax

11. Don’t buy things you’ll only wear once
It happens to the best of us…. doing it less will save money… think of what you could do with that money instead

12. Use YouTube for free exercise videos
We particularly like this Pilates one

13. Google “how to make your own cleaning supplies”
You might even find one you want to try!

14. Listen to your body
It speaks to you all the time, so keep an ear out

15. Don’t skimp on sleep
Sleep gives you energy and allows your body to rest and recover. It is especially important during the hours of 10pm and 2am when your liver does its daily washing cycle, cleaning the body internally.

16. Do mental health checks
Checking in with yourself mentally is just as important as looking after your physical health. It can be as simple as asking yourself how you are feeling at the moment or check out this information sheet for something more in depth details

17. Read labels on everything from food to makeup
It is always good to know what you are giving your body, whether through eating or what you are putting on your skin

18. Prioritise stress management
Stress creates all sorts of problems with our health and wellbeing, it can heat our skin and affect our gut health to name a few. Help manage stress with regular exercise, making time for fun and relaxation and adopting a healthy lifestyle

19. Always wear a seatbelt, even in a taxi
Your life is precious – do what you can to be safe

20. Count your blessings
Be grateful for what you have, it is enough

  • July 17, 2015