I take the word 'natural' seriously and take care to ensure that I use real ingredients to offer genuinely beneficial treatments. So often the simplest ingredients and oldest of practices provide the best results. Take time to find the healing, nourishing and relaxing properties of the ingredients I use.
I also recommend you visit Bestow Beauty founded by Janine Tait who has been educating and supplying New Zealanders with natural beauty advice for over 25 years. You'll also find delicious recipes to enrich the body and feed the soul.
Janice Smith, founder and creator of Australian organic skin care brand JANESCE, shares with us her story about how it all began, and what inspired her lifetime of work on skin health and nutrition.
"If you hold a rose petal, it will feel like your skin should feel - soft, velvety and humid" Janice Smith, founder Janesce Skincare
Lavender can be used for all skin types. It encourages tissue repair and minimizes the formation of scar tissue. It has the opposing qualities of being both a stimulant and a sedative. Lavender is very antiseptic and balances congested skin.
Rose promotes a hydrated look, it is very beneficial for its soothing effects for dry, sensitive skins. It is high in plant estrogens and has the ability to attract water, making it ideal for mature, sun-damaged skins.
St John's Wort
St John's wort has calmative and anti-microbial properties because of its volatile oil content. It is rich in flavonoids which have an anti-inflammatory, healing effect on the skin.
Witchhazel is a skin refresher, astringent and is beneficial in the repair of bruises. It's astringent properties help to refine coarse, oily and acneic skin. It has a tonic effect and helps varicose veins.
Echinacea has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps blood and skin to resist infections by increasing and stimulating lymphatic activity. Ideal herb for treating acne and disturbed skins.
Rosemary is a true stimulant encouraging circulation and is very invigorating on the skin. It helps to speed wound healing and checks infections in cuts, grazes, sores and bruises. A marvellous tonic to the scalp.
Marshmallow is a softening, protective agent for inflamed skin, making it suitable for the treatment of dry or sensitive skin. It gives skin a soft, silky texture.
Calendula is nature's remedy for life's little incidents such as sunburn, bruises and scratches. It is also anti-viral and anti-microbial, inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi. It helps to protect the skin from ageing. It speeds healing and reduces scarring.
Lemon Verbena is quite versatile and can be used to assist all skin types. It is softening and soothing to the skin. It also acts as a tonic and astringent.
Honey is used as a natural preservative. It assists in rebuilding the moisture level thus improving hydration of the skin. It is an amazing natural healing agent and provides antiseptic properties. Honey provides a calming effect without irritating the skin.
Almond Meal helps to replenish skin oils lost during the cleansing process, while producing a gentle massaging effect during exfoliation and cleansing. It is also very nourishing and refining for the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the deeper layers of our skin (the dermis). It helps to keep skin smooth and plump through its ability to hold up to 400 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid plays a critical role in the rapid repair of wounds and other skin conditions. Janesce sources this ingredient from cultivated yeast cells.
Lemon Balm is very suitable for sensitive, delicate and oily skin. It assists skin healing and is very soothing to inflamed skin. It acts as a deep cleanser and is very effective to clear excess oils from the face.
Peppermint is very soothing and cooling for inflamed skin, it helps to relieve itching and inflammation. It helps to nourish dull skin and assists the secretory system of the skin helping to clear congestion.
Sage helps to balance the secretory system of the skin assisting acne and blemished skin. It repels bacteria and helps to refine open pores particularly common with oily skin.
This uplifting oil has a great all-over balancing effect. This extends to the skin – where it helps to create balance between oily and dry skin, keeping the skin supple and clearing congested skin and the emotions – where it helps to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, and to balance the hormone system.
"I knew that if nutrition was good for the body, then it would be good for the skin, so I applied the same principles that I had learnt as a Naturopath when I formulated by skin care.
I have proven many times that when the skin is healthy, then skin problems will disappear.
We only have to look to nature for the answers"
Janice Smith Founder Janesce Skincare
These ingredient descriptions were written by, and used with permission from, Janesce Skincare.
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