I completed my certificate in beauty therapy when I was 17. In salon I was a hard worker, keen to learn and build up a loyal clientelle. I loved pampering my clients and selling them lovely creams and smellies. I had been trained in top salon only and retail brands, but the only skin condition I was confident I could fix with the tools at hand, was a “dry skin”. There is no way I would even pretend I knew how to heal excema and I never succeeded at healing acne.
I was confused that leading brands handed me oily serums for dehydration (water dry skin) and mud wraps for someone who needed nutrition advice and lymph drainage. Also the golden rule back then was cleanse, tone & moisturise. Yet, I wondered why we were selling astringent (drying & dehydrating) toners to clients with dry, sensitive and dehydrated skins? Plus I didn't understand the emphasis on exfoliation and dermabrasion which destroy the barrier, preventing skin from holding onto moisture and creating sensitive skin.
So I lost the love and headed off into the world of Beauty Technology. One of my favourite jobs was running an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) clinic. I was seeing results so was able to look my client in the eyes and tell them exactly what to expect. They were happy and I was happy. Along came Lumologie my absolute favourite lymph drainage machine for cellulite and fluid retention. I was fully booked every day with IPL and Lumologie..........life was good.
And then came Ella, my precious baby girl.
The salon pretty much died overnight without me there, so much so that my boss wanted to cut his losses and sell up. I got so upset that this clinic that I had worked so hard in and built so many relationships in was going to be sold...So I bought it!
I moved it to the bustling streets of Takapuna and before long was frantically busy and excited about my little business. Along the way I had come across this Organic Skincare line Janesce. I dismissed it at first, but a girlfriend insisted (thank you Carol Weaver) I attend their 3 day training at Lox Spa in Tauranga. It was there that I met my skin guru Janine Tait. I sat in training absolutely bewildered at what I was learning. It was science!
Janine broke down every layer of the skin and even the layers between. She didn't just teach us what skin care to use but also what food to eat, what supplements to take, what excercise to do! We would start every day with yoga then be served “skin food”. We studied and ate skin food for 3 days so I came home detoxed, a head full of skin and wellbeing knowledge and a reignited passion for skin care again. I promptly took on the whole range 10 years ago and haven't looked back.
After only a few months at the new Takapuna premises my little girl was diagnosed with Autism. It was a real shock and all I wanted to do was be with her. But I'd just signed a 2 year lease so I had to dig deep, find the strength and heal my daughter while making my business succesful.
One of my long time and lovely clients Kathy Mitchell put me onto Dr. Leila Mason who said, “If you put 100% into this you can heal Ella by the age of five.”
That was it, I had 3 years to heal Ella and my goal was for her to attend “normal” school. We started Bio Medics which is high doses of certain minerals like zinc, magnesium etc. I had her tested for Alluminium and results showed she was full of it so we literally did a 12 month heavy meatal detox using homepathic drops and loads of Vit C. I turned into that crazy mum researching madly on line and reading all the books on autism to find that cure I so desperately needed.
Then I found it: GUT HEALTH!
We see the mental effects in their behaviour, but the problem stems from their gut. All these children on the spectrum have gut issues! Once I figured this out I was off...organic living, gluten free, dairy free, colour free, no additives, zero chemicals in the house etc. The progression was obvious and exciting; my daughter was healing. Ella is now a bubbly confident and loveable little girl who excels at school, has loads of friends and an insatiable appetite for knowledge.
Freakishly, last year I attended a Wellness Weekend for Advanced Skin Analysis and the focus was on the GUT!
In conclusion, healthy gut=healthy skin!!! I certainly know how to create a healthy gut.
So its time for me again. Time to unleash my passion for pampering and creating beautiful skin. Time to share my knowledge about food and its link to skin, health, weight and happiness.
My journey so far arrives here: I am 37 years old, fitter and healthier than I've been my whole life. My passion to prove that I can improve your skin and your body is insatiable. I have a beautiful salon, the purest potent products and a head full of knowledge.
To acheive beautiful youthful skin and relieve stress come and see me.