It is Follow Friday! Wait, what is that? Follow Friday will be a day designated to fellow business owners that I greatly admire and have worked with in the past and will be working with in the future. Too often we get wrapped up in business and in life. We hire people to work for us without getting to know who they are. What makes their business unique? Why is it they love what they do? This is where I would love to shed some light. Follow Fridays will host a plethora of unique businesses from photography to fine art replica designers. I am so excited and honored to introduce to you the creative minds of the working world and what they do make our lives a little more magical.
Glow Skincare by Shannon
Tell Us about yourself!
As an only child, I grew up on a llama farm in South Central Oregon. My weekends were filled with playing in the barn, swinging in a hammock and catching fish in the irrigation ditch. As an introvert, I enjoyed being by myself and avoided being the center of attention.
I have a passion for interior design, green living, minimalism, traveling, loving people, flowers (beautiful aromas) and being creative.
I’m the biggest U2 fan ever! I have attended multiple concerts and can honestly say, those were some of the best moments of my life!
I have an amazing husband and two dogs named Jack and Teddy.
A vegetarian for five years, I love organic whole food. Recycling is very important to me. (I’ve been known to pull stuff out of other people’s trash to recycle it.)
I am a supporter of humanitarian work and I give financially to those who work for the poor. I think giving to the poor makes a difference in the World.
Why did you want to become an Aesthetician?
In my early 20’s I struggled with acne and made an appointment with my first aesthetician. After a few treatments—and starting a skin care routine—I saw an immediate improvement. I fell in love with skin care and developed a passion to help others obtain beautiful skin.
I light up inside when I think about helping people to have beautiful skin. Everything about it is so fascinating to me! It never gets old and there is always something to learn. When I see a client’s self-esteem rise after a skin treatment, makeup consult, or brow shape, it fills me with joy.
Skin is very personal. It is such an honor to be able to do something that affects a person’s self-confidence. I’ve seen women cry because they felt so happy and thankful. I had one woman tell me, after her facial, that it was the best moment of her life.
What are some tips you can share to help people have healthy glowing skin?
I view skin care from a holistic perspective. Healthy-looking skin reflects your inner health, which means healthy glowing skin comes from the inside out. You have to take care of your skin internally and externally. Not just one thing works; it’s a multitude of things combined that provide whole-body wellness.
- Eat whole organic foods—increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods such as colorful vegetables, berries, fruits and drink green tea.
- Avoid dairy products if possible—they can be a contributor to acne.
- Drink at least 8–10 eight-ounce glasses of filtered water a day.
- See a Naturopath who can recommend the kind of supplements that can benefit your overall health.
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking can add ten years to your skin’s appearance.
- Exercise daily to reduce stress, support your body’s natural detoxification, and reduce inflammation.
- Throw out unnecessary products that contain toxic additives or the mystery ingredient “fragrance.” If they will not tell you the contents of the product, chances are it is not good for you.
- Wear a chemical free, SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen everyday for the rest of their life, even if it is cloudy.
At home regimes: An “at home skin care regime” is so important! What you do at home on a regular basis can make or break how your skin looks and feels. I highly recommend seeing an aesthetician to get you on the right track. Find an aesthetician who understands the importance of an at-home skincare regime. One who will work with your lifestyle and stay within your budget. They should be willing to teach you how to best care for your particular skin with organic plant-based skincare products.
Skin treatments: Facials are so much more than an hour of indulgent pampering. They have enormous benefits to the health and wellness of your skin, both in the short and long term. When you consider all of the regular visits you make—dentist, hair salon, gym—you'll realize you really should be focusing some time on your skin, especially when seasons change and your skin is at its most vulnerable.
What is one misconception you would like to dispel about your profession?
First, we are not miracle workers. Good skin comes from you. Diet + facials + every day skin care = HEALTHY skin at any age!
Second, not every aesthetician will be a good fit for you. Do your research. A good aesthetician will listen to you, ask questions, and will recommend a home skin care regime while honoring your budget.
Ask if they offer a complimentary facial assessment. This gives you an opportunity to meet the person providing the facial. A “meet and greet” is a good way to determine if you feel comfortable spending your hard earned money with this skin care practitioner.
Let’s be real…having someone touch your face and extract your pimples and blackheads is an intimate and personal thing. You want to make certain that you feel comfortable with this person and—if you are anything like me—you are going to want to make sure the facial room is spotless.
What kind of new organic skincare products are on the market that we need to know about?
There are some amazing organic skincare lines out there. What I want people to understand is that skincare products can be a major source of toxins. Most are packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients that may only have a temporary positive effect on the skin. In the long-term they can have negative effects. Artificial ingredients can be absorbed into the skin and build up in the body.
Cosmetics are among the least-regulated products on the market. Over 80 percent of all ingredients used in cosmetics have not been evaluated for safety by any publicly accountable institution. The FDA does not require companies to conduct pre-market safety studies on cosmetic products or their ingredients.
The good news is, there are natural options that work better than most commercial products, without all the harmful ingredients. When you are looking to buy skin care products, look at the ingredients. Try to select products with twenty ingredients or less. Research the ingredients. It is important to know who the maker is and how each ingredient is derived. Everything must be sourced naturally and never tested on animals.
How do you feel you set yourself apart from others who offer aesthetician services?
One thing that sets me apart from others is that I offer apothecary facials. All my facial masks are handmade at the time of service using only the purest, organic plant based materials. Because your skin is the largest organ in your body, it is my job to make sure every product and service I offer is as clean as possible while providing amazing results.
For instance, I have a kale compound rich in vitamin K, carrot seed extract contains vitamin A—which acts like Retina A. Juniper hydrosol is beneficial for people with oily skin, rose Geranium hydrosol is beneficial for people with dry and sensitive skin, chamomile compound calms inflammation in the skin, and Arnica is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory.
I personalize my apothecary facials to each individual’s needs and let nature’s powerful soothing and beautifying effects heal skin naturally.
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