Ever since my mother first took me to a Macy’s make-up counter and started me on a three step skincare routine I have been in love with the ritual of taking care of your skin. At an age where I couldn’t see over the counter, the women who worked behind them struck me as glamorous and exotic. Since that age I wanted to be an aesthetician. Needless to say, writing down what I wanted to be when I grew up came with some spelling challenges, not to mention, most people didn’t even know what it was. When I had enough money saved up from doing the “9-5” routine I paid my way to go to school for aesthetics. I attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts and Sciences in Southbury, Connecticut and graduated in 2002. I chose this school specifically because of it’s focus on both skincare and it’s European style aesthetics. The curriculum was very intensive and based on a nursing program. It taught you that in order to know what is happening on the outside you need to know what’s going on in the inside. That is the basis of my approach to everything skincare. You’re always addressing more than what you see on the surface. Learning every ingredient in the Yonka line in every product we used also taught us a lot about essential oils and the penetration level of different ingredients.