So how did you get into skincare?
When I was a teenager, I was in school for biochemistry and someone got me a book that was called “30 Days of Beauty.” I still have the book today! It had everything: routines, regiments, recipes for creams, masks, and toners. It had information about ingredients, and I had problems with my skin, so I was able to mix my own masks. Now I have tons of fancy books and have been in skincare over 20 years.
Do you feel like American skin care is different from what you saw in Poland?
Not necessarily. I think there is a little bit of a misconception that American women don’t take care of their skin and I don’t think that’s true. I think it depends on what city you live in. In New York, people are influenced by many people from all over the world. We have this access to so many cultures and it all collects here. I think skincare has changed a lot because of that. It’s become a true melting pot.
Do you have any general advice based on what you've seen with clients?
I think the most important thing is to be continuous with your routine. You have to wash, tone, exfoliate, and apply a cream. You have to do the basics. They don’t have to be expensive, but you have to do them at least. Then you can pay for the more expensive stuff if you’d like.
Also, if you want results, you have to be aware of your lifestyle. Whatever you do during the day reflects on your skin: how it looks, how it feels. Start with simple steps, but every day. I know it can be hard. Even sometimes I skip my nighttime routine because I’m so tired. But then I wake up, get a coffee boost and am like, “okay, let’s do this!”
Is there a part of the conversation about the relationship between lifestyle and skin that you think is missing?
We always talk about drinking water and eating well, so there is attention there. But I think that we don’t pay that much attention to the fact that we’re in a constant rush. We don’t breathe and relax. We never take things slow and that constant rush reflects on us. Sometimes clients come in and have obviously been rushing around everywhere all day. Even with their eyes closed, they’re moving everywhere and it’s clear they’re thinking about lots of things.
How do you calm your clients? Would you describe the style of your practice as calming?
I like to be gentle on the skin and don’t believe that a strong treatment always brings the best results. You have to work longer and gentler, and then you get better results. Continuous small steps will lead you to your goal more than strong treatments. Build the regime slowly. Think about it like New Year’s resolutions. If you make five, you’ll definitely skip all of them but if you make just one, you might be able to keep it without getting overloaded.
Do you think that skin care has been leaning more toward strong treatments lately?
That’s the trend we’re in right now. We have very aggressive strong treatments that are all about never stopping. “Nonstop exfoliation!” “Nonstop collagen production!” But we also have this push to take it easy, to exercise self-care, and to eat organic. I think we have these skincare toys right now and we can’t get enough, but you have to be smart in what you use. Even if it says in a blog or wherever – it doesn’t mean it’s something you have to do. Skincare is all about personal choice.
Where do you get your information?
I still read a lot of skincare books from Poland and the US. I subscribe to industry or spa magazines. I don’t rely on the internet for my reading, just because I find most of it is focused on selling certain products. And I really love to talk to other Skin Therapists at Heyday.
What are three things that you like that don't have to do with skin?
My parrot Pusek (Pip in English). He thinks that he’s human. He’s very kind but he will be like, “hey, I want that” and peck at you. He’ll steal your food. When you drink water from a glass he wants to drink too. He loves soothing peach tea.
Healthy living by trying to eat healthy, biking, and hiking
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