Beautiful skin begins in the gut.

“The research is clear: if you want to transform your skin, learn how to love and care for your gut.”

Thanks to my pioneering mentor, I was fortunate to discover the link between gut health and skin health several decades ago.  Jan used to tell me quite rightly, 

Janine, you can’t heal a constipated skin.

Janice Sarre-Smith - herbalist and founder of Janesce Skincare

Poor gut health and sluggish elimination lead to an overloaded liver and inflammatory toxins in the skin. This exacerbates acne, congested and sensitive or inflamed skin. When we balance and repair the gut, the skin has a chance to heal and strengthen.

Recently, new research has been revealing fascinating insights about the gut-skin connection, which confirms what we have observed in holistic skincare practice for decades.

8 Things You Should Know About the Gut/Skin Connection

  1. Structurally the skin and gut are very similar. 
  2. Disordered skin mirrors a disordered gut. Research shows that people suffering from skin problems like acne, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, sensitive and inflamed skin are also likely to suffer from poor gut health.                                                                                          
  3. The gut is home to trillions of microbes – some good and some bad – that have the power to support our health or make us sick. Collectively they are known as the gut microbiome.                                                                                                                                             
  4. A healthy gut has more good than bad microbes. It maintains a harmonious balance.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  5. Gut dysbiosis is a term used to describe an unbalanced, unhealthy gut microbiome. This is a common disorder in people with skin challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  6. Some gut microbes produce inflammatory substances that get into the bloodstream and fuel inflammation in the skin.                                                                                                                                                                          
  7. Sometimes, gut microbes themselves can enter the body via the bloodstream and negatively impact on the skin. A leaky gut wall makes this more likely.                                                                                                                                                                                
  8. Good microbes produce anti-inflammatory, strengthening substances that directly improve our skin barrier function.

We developed the Bestow Love Your Gut programme to make it easy for people to put this knowledge into action. This one week online programme gives you the recipes, rituals, meal-planner, guides and wellness wisdom to support your skin by re-balancing your gut.

Next time we will talk about how to grow a healthy gut garden (internally!)

Till then…


Please let me introduce Janine Tait. Janine is New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, a holistic skincare educator and the founder of Bestow Beauty, a fast-growing wellness company which offers a beautiful range of organic skin nutrition superfood blends, recipes and rituals to nourish skin from within. Over the program, Janine is going to exclusively give you an insight about how to nourish and strengthen your skin from the inside-out.

Helen Daly - skinfocus

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