Janine Tait is a dermo-nutrition specialist, beauty therapist educator and a respected leader within the emerging Slow Beauty movement, which has a focus on holistic skincare and wellness. In this piece, Janine talks about becoming so disillusioned with the beauty industry in the 1990’s that she left it altogether and the Slow Beauty philosophy that brought her back.
Looking back, I don't think I ever truly healed anyone's skin in the first decade of my beauty therapy career. I had a strong desire to successfully treat my client's skin concerns and the frustration I felt when I couldn't remains vividly in my memory. It certainly wasn't for lack of training or trying. My sister Denise used to always win the Excellence awards at school and I use to win the Diligence awards! I invested a lot of diligent effort into exploring all the various topical skincare products and treatments available in the industry at the time, but I always felt that whatever I did, it wasn't enough to make a real difference to my client's skin concerns.
I had been captivated with the quiet power of beauty therapy to change lives ever since my first eyebrow shape when I was 15 transformed me from a geeky teenager to a young lady. Discovering that my chosen career had not given me the tools I needed to facilitate genuine skin transformation was so disillusioning for me that I left beauty therapy altogether in the early 1990's. I retrained and went and worked in an office and tried to forget the beauty industry.
As it turns out I had to leave beauty therapy to realise how much I loved it.
I missed the positivity of working directly with people and after two years in office administration I returned to beauty therapy with renewed commitment and the drive I needed to find some answers.
Fortunately, it was not long after this that I met renowned herbalist and naturopath, Janice Smith of Janesce Skincare in Australia, who became my mentor. The Janesce philosophy shied away from quick-fix 'throw a cream at it' mentality and instead took a Slow Beauty approach, recognising that long term change had to come about by working from within.
Janice was a walking, talking, treasure trove of genuine wisdom and I grabbed hold of her with both hands. She particularly emphasised the importance of nutrition for skin health and this was when the lights went on for me. It was like finding the missing puzzle piece that made the whole picture come into focus. As I put Jan's principles into practice, coaching my clients in dermo-nutrition and using the Janesce botanical skincare range which gently protected the epidermis instead of stripping it, the results I got for my clients far exceeded my expectations.
My new found knowledge transformed me from a struggling beauty therapist into a skin health therapist with total confidence in treating skin and skin problems. Acne, eczema, rosacea - previously these conditions had all been the elephant in the room that I was too scared to raise with my clients because I didn't know how to help them. Now, I was successfully treating these conditions and at last seeing the skin and life transformations I had always hoped was possible.
Over the last 20 years as I have studied dermo-nutrition and developed the Bestow range of skin-focused super-foods, I have seen time and time again the power that diet has to change, heal and transform skin. The Bestow range grew out of my hard won experience that what you put on your skin is only half of the story. Feeding the skin essential nutrients from within is what makes genuine skin transformation possible. However, it is not always easy to make sure you are getting the right amount of skin-specific nutrients in your diet. The Bestow range of oils, powders and capsules are all designed with skin-nutrition in mind and are supported with beautiful rituals that help clients to build healthy daily habits into their life.
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It has been my privilege and pleasure to evolve as a skin health mentor for beauty therapists over the last 15 years. The Slow Beauty revolution is coming about as a growing collective of therapists discover a holistic approach to skincare. There is a renewed interest in dermo-nutrition, wellness and achieving genuine skin health from the inside out.
Through my flagship Janesce, Bestow and Holistic Skincare training programmes, I help therapists to discover the Slow Beauty way/ This approach reignited my passion for beauty therapy 15 years ago and I love helping other therapists discove the skin transforming power of working from within. It makes what we do so much more meaningful and fulfilling
Visit www.janinetait.co.nz for more information.