Home' Spa and Clinic : SPA Vol-67 October 2016 Contents WELLNESS
the development of Bestow Beauty Oil, a
functional food to help nourish, heal and
enrich skin, made from a blend of organic,
unrefined, extra virgin seed oils cold-pressed
from flax and safflower, to provide a balanced
ratio of essential fatty acids for the skin.
From there the range has grown to
include Bestow Beauty Powder, a delicious,
beautifying blend of nutrient-rich plants,
and Bestow Be Cleansed, a blend of nature’s
super foods designed to bestow a clearer,
more radiant complexion by encouraging
the liver and bowel to gently eliminate
toxins in a non-aggressive way.
Alongside the products are three food
journals, which include recipes to bestow
health and radiance, focusing on whole
foods, are sugar and gluten-free and also
“ The Bestow range is about rituals, not
regimes, sensuality and sustenance, not
substances,” says Janine.
“It’s more than a product, it’s about
women feeling confident and hav ing the
right to experience her most beautiful self.”
NAVIGATING FACE MAPPING
Face mapping is an ancient practice rooted
in Ayur vedic teaching, connecting a point
on the face to an organ or body part.
Using these fundamental philosophies,
modern naturopathic experts can reveal
which type of “face” a person has: eg. Sugar
Face, Wine Face, Dairy Face or Gluten Face
(or a combination).
In her book, Reverse the Signs of Ageing,
London-based naturopathic expert Dr Nigma
Taleb – whose client list reads like a red carpet
roll call: Penelope Cruz, Emilia Fox, Jamie
Dornan, Jeremy Piven, Sienna Miller - has
identified how four common food (or drink,
as the case may be) groups significantly
contribute to common skin problems.
She says dairy, wine, sugar and gluten
can be the underlying cause of stubborn
breakouts, puffy eyes, pigmentation,
dehydration (hence formation or worsening
of lines and wrinkles) and redness.
Dr Nigma uses the “information” the
face gives her to suggest the necessary
supplements and diet changes to promote
healthy skin and ageing.
As an aesthetics therapist, you may not
have the training to formally “diagnose” the
internal issues manifested on the skin, but
having a general awareness of the principles of
face mapping may help you help a client get to
the bottom of a deep-rooted health problem
as well as resolve stubborn skin conditions.
Dr Nigma has created facial charts
specific to each substance after seeing the
same patterns in thousands of patients in
pursuit of helping people achieve optimally
healthy, and even flawless skin:
Wine Face indicates a high or excess
intake of alcohol, which can be seen by a
number of different symptoms.
As alcohol is high in sugar, the protein
collagen (vital for skin elasticity) is
damaged, enlarging pores and causing
eyelids to become droopy.
Alcohol also dehydrates the skin, causing
increases in the deepness of the nasolabial
lines, which run from the nose to the mouth.
Face mapping suggests that the area
between the eyes is associated with the
liver and redness or deep lines between the
brows are a sign of the liver struggling to
Other sy mptoms of the wine face include
a red nose and ruddy cheeks, which are a
result of inaction of the enzyme used to
fight the skin- destroying, inflammatory
process caused by alcohol.
By cutting out your alcohol intake you
will soon see an improvement in the texture
and colour of your skin.
Treatment: Dr Nigma recommends taking
a three-week alcohol break then sticking to
the 80/20 rule. Abstain for 80 per cent of
the time, and you can enjoy small quantities
for the other 20 per cent. If you want to
drink, opt for gluten-free spirits such as
rum, tequila or potato-based vodka. And
if you want a glass of wine, try red instead
of white or choose ones with a lower sugar
content, such as sauvignon blanc, pinot
grigio, merlot or pinot noir.
Gluten Face : Although fewer people
su ffer from coeliac disease, many people
are sensitive to gluten, some of whom aren’t
Gluten is a protein found in wheat,
barley and rye, which can cause an
inf lammator y response, leav ing the face
looking swollen, bloated or inflamed.
Other symptoms of the gluten face
include dark pigmentation patches and spots
around the chin caused by a disturbance in
cell production of pigmentation in the skin
and a disrupted balance of reproductive
hormones due to the inflammatory response.
Treatment: No matter how many
supplements you take or how many peels you
have, nothing will make your skin look better
than just removing gluten from your diet,
says Dr Nigma. Combine this with drinking
more water and consuming more fibre.
Spanish film star Penelop Cruz is ardent fan of
Dr Nigma's holistic skin treatments based on
the ancient science of face mapping
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