Let’s get real about skin care…
I became licensed as esthetician in both Utah and Florida in 2013. Going into the beauty industry with rose-colored glasses on, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. My story was the same as everyone’s… I was a girlie girl who had always loved all things beauty and wanted to make a career out of it.
Before making the transition from Florida State University to Acaydia: School of Esthetics, I imagined working as an esthetician would be like playing beauty shop with friends for a living. While this is a fun perk of the job, there’s a lot more to it than surface-level spa treatments.
You get a taste of today’s skin care market in school, but really get a mouth-full when you enter the workforce. Thankfully, there are thousands of estheticians and spa/salon owners who genuinely care about the well-being of their guests.
Unfortunately, there are bad seeds in every industry. Some people really are just out there to make a buck, without concern for the wellness of the consumer. Shame, shame, shame… If only we could all realize when you are hurting another, you are hurting yourself.
Skin care is purposed to improve your health, boost confidence, and help you feel better about yourself. Skin care is not purposed to irritate the skin, break the bank, or having you feeling a certain type of way about yourself. Skin care = self-care!
When it comes to the toxic realm of skin care, excessively marketing products that have no proven benefit to the skin or include potentially harmful ingredients really grinds my gears. People are literally profiting by scamming individuals into thinking they need a certain skin care product, when really they’re way better off without it.
If only we could do a quick Google search to research a product before use… Oh, wait… we can! Turn and learn those ingredients with the help of technology. Investing in skin care education will serve you now and in the future. Don’t fall trap to false claims on product labels before checking the company out. Just because it says it’s “organic” or has a specific ingredient in it for example, doesn’t mean it’s true. You’d be surprised at how many products market with straight-up lies!
This same concept goes hand-in-hand with certain esthetic treatments. Not all treatments are created equally, and not all treatments are worth your time or money. If you come across an esthetician trying to sell you every product on the shelf and offer you every treatment on the menu: run!
Never would I ever encourage you to buy a product or receive a treatment that may be all the rage, but doesn’t work. We gotta have each other’s backs out here!
Excessive sales pitching is actually why I got away from working for others as an esthetician. The last thing I want to do is provide a stellar service to a guest, build a connection with them, and then try to up-sell products or services they don’t need. Sadly, this is expected in many spas and salons. Because I didn’t pursue esthetics to have my pay and job performance based on sales, I have since paved my own way in the industry. Sacred skin care is where it’s at!
Seek out an esthetician whose intentions are in the right place. An esthetician who authentically wants their guests to be the best versions of themselves will only recommend what’s needed for each person. An experienced esthetician knows each guest’s skin needs are different, anyway. Us good ones want you to feel loved, honored, and appreciated, not taken advantage of.
Let’s stick together and stick to the basics of skin care. The basics vary for each individual, so do you, boo. All I ask is that you protect yourself from the fraud found within the esthetics industry!
Check out www.skinskoolbeauty.com and your life will forever be changed as a skin care junkie! This free and user-friendly tool allows you to search for affordable skin care products with the exact same ingredients as “luxury” skin care products.
Expensive products frequently claim their pricing is high because of the concentration of ingredients, or the quality of the formulation process. Again, before using or buying any product, do your due diligence with a little investigation to ensure it’s up to standard.
For example, the 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Night Cream retails for $995, while Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Night Cream retails for less than $20. And here’s the kicker… they have a match score of 59, meaning they share 59% of the same ingredients! Keep this tool in your pocket for your next skin care run.
Blessings to you on your skin care and self-love journey!
xo, SK <3