How I became the ultimate skincare nerd
By: Leigh Sell, Lead Esthetician
I’m often asked how I got my start in the beauty biz. Looking back it feels like a series of serendipitous events that led me to where I am today. I was an aimless twenty-year-old. I scraped up enough money one spring to go to Europe with four friends for a two month long backpacking adventure. When I returned, my mother handed me an application for a Flight Attendant position. More travel! So I started my first career “flying the friendly skies.” I was based in New York and spent my days exploring the city and flying around the world on the weekends. Singers, celebrities and models were passengers on many of my flights. I noticed many of the women had flawless skin. I admired that radiant, glowing skin. One day, I was speaking to another flight attendant about this and he simply said “they all get facials.” Facials?.. I had to have one.
While on layover at a hotel in Amsterdam I had my very first facial. Everything in the Spa was white. It was calming and clinical all at the same time. My Esthetician wore a white lab coat and spoke little English. She quickly got to work purifying, masking, and massaging my face. I loved every second. Facials are a complete sensory experience of touch, pleasant music, beautifully scented skin care products, and at the end … beautiful skin! I began getting regular facials from a good friend and started noticing my skin was getting better and better.
Fast forward a few years and a couple of children, and I finally made the leap and got certified as an Esthetician. I never looked back. I get to make women (and a few men) look and feel better about themselves every day. I get to take classes that make me better at what I do. Now that I am starting to experience signs of aging, I can choose products and treatments for myself, and enjoy the benefits of advanced skin care. It really works. I am living proof.