Bestow the Graces
How I Found My Glow!
Hollie’s Skin Story
Hollie Procter joined the Bestow Beauty team in 2018. She is our marketing wonder-child who is helping to spread the word about the importance of skin nutrition and plant-based, natural skincare.
When she first joined our team, Hollie had some skin challenges of her own. Of course, it wasn’t long before Janine Tait and Jenny Barrow began to share their holistic skincare wisdom with her. To her credit, she put their recommendations into practice and experienced a remarkable skin transformation.
Hollie was one of the first people to try The Graces Hydrating Serum. It made an extraordinary difference to her skin. She is still getting used to being complimented by complete strangers on her beautiful skin – something that happens quite regularly! This is her story.
Hollie's photos are filter and makeup free. Three days into one of NZ's Great Walks, The Heaphy.
Hollie, prior to joining the Bestow team, what did your skin look like?
My skin was dull and dry. It was as though I was constantly wearing a matte-mask on my face. It was especially bad when I got out of the shower. Once my skin dried, the dry patches on the sides of my cheeks would be so bad the skin would flake off. I lived for the Instagram beautify filter.
What did your skin feel like?
It was rough to the touch. I was often scared to touch my skin because I was afraid it would flake away under my fingertips. My forehead and temples were bumpy and rough and I often shied away from the camera because of it.
How had you tried to fix your skin?
Honestly, it felt like I’d tried everything. I’d tried to stay on the natural path with plant based moisturisers and serums, coffee scrubs – the works! Nothing seemed to tackle the dryness, and most of the products actually made it worse. My bathroom had become a skincare graveyard, full of half-used bottles.
What changed when you joined the Bestow team?
I noticed that Janine Tait and Jenny Barrow weren’t wearing any makeup and that their skin had a natural glow.
I was concerned about the bumps my forehead, so I talked to Jenny about it. I honestly didn’t even think about discussing how dehydrated my skin was because I had come to see it as the norm. I thought, “this is my skin and I just have to live with it.”
Jenny convinced me that my skin could be way better than it was and that I could have that glow that everyone talks about.
What changes did you make to your skincare routine?
Jenny introduced me to The Graces Hydrating Serum and The Graces Hydrating Routine. I trusted her advice.
Skin bathing became an important ritual for me. It was a good way for me to unwind. Even on the days when I was busy or stressed I still did my hydrating ritual. The serum made my skin feel dewy and soft and oh-so-hydrated!
What dietary or lifestyle changes did you make?
I began taking the key Bestow skin nutrition products – Bestow beauty Plus Oil (which really helped my skin!), the Gut Love +, the Beauty Powder, Berry Beautiful and the Beauty from Beneath.
Gut health was something I really focused on. I have adapted my diet to contain a lot more gut-friendly recipes. The Gut-Skin Connection book is an amazing resource. The Love Your Gut smoothie is my absolute favourite. It’s how I take all of my Bestow products each day.
What differences did you notice in your skin? How long did it take?
After two months of making these changes my skin was completely transformed. I am quite literally GLOWING! You can see the hydration and the glow. My skin looks smooth and plump. It is soft to the touch. I can feel the suppleness. My dry spots have completely disappeared and have been replaced with beautiful glowing skin.
How do you feel about the changes in your skin?
I feel like a new person. I couldn’t be happier, and I’ll never look back! I will never think dry and dehydrated is the norm again. I don’t shy away from the camera anymore. I’m much more confident and in love with my skin. I honestly couldn’t be happier about the changes.
A message from Hollie:
Recently, at a wedding, a complete stranger told me I had the most beautiful skin she had ever seen. We spent the next 30 minutes talking about skin care and my routine. I’m still getting used to things like this happening!
seals life-giving moisture into the skin. It features New Zealand native, Mamaku Fern gel and other hydrating plant extracts. It contains a generous level of three types of hyaluronan to plump up skin and promote anti-ageing.
Plant therapy: Hyaluronan, mamaku fern, kowhai flower, certified organic seaweed, rose, lavender, marshmallow, aloe vera, green tea and more.
The Graces Nourishing Oil is an enriching blend of 12 beautiful botanicals to nourish, soften and enliven skin. Bursting with EFA’s, vitamins and antioxidants, this gorgeous facial oil delivers plant therapy for lack-lustre skin.
Plant therapy: Argan, jojoba, borage, avocado, calendula, rosehip, tamanu, sandalwood and more.