Why I'm Not an Esthetician

After taking many courses to advance my knowledge as a professional formulator and creator of skin care products, there were still times I felt I did not know enough. I second guessed myself and asked, what else can I learn, what else will help me to help others? I strongly considered becoming a licensed esthetician. I know many estheticians but I didn’t know much about what they actually do. So I took a day trip to the Ogle School of Beauty (Houston, TX) to see for myself how estheticians are trained and what they are trained to do. There are several beauty schools in Houston but Ogle was the quickest to respond to my inquiry and the most flexible in scheduling my tour. What I am about to share with you solidified my reasons for not becoming an esthetician. Don’t get me wrong, I think the field is very interesting and there is definitely a demand but it is not for me and here are the reasons why:

Reason #1 – The curriculum is very well organized but unfortunately, it includes some aspects of the beauty industry that I have no interest in learning about and it would not be the best use of my time. For example: make up artistry, hair removal techniques, facials, waxing and peels. Each of these specialties require hands-on applications. There is just something unsettling to me about putting my hands on someone else’s face, not to mention the liability.                                     

Reason #2 – The curriculum includes learning how to apply eyelash extensions. It's not optional. I know this is very popular right now. I even get my eyelashes done, but when I learned of this, you should have seen the look on my face. I was thinking to myself, oh no, I really don’t want to do that. 

Reason #3 – I would have to be a part-time student. The part-time commitment is 5:30pm-10pm Monday-Thursday for 12 months. This is face to face instruction. Yes, my schedule would allow it, however, I would not have time for anything else. I would literally have 20 hour days. The full-time commitment is 8:30am-4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday. Online instruction would be more suitable for my lifestyle but  it would be hard to do a facial on someone if you are not there in person.  

Reason #4 – The curriculum has a strong focus on technique, which makes sense since there is a lot of hands on application. The “how to” is very important. There is some anatomy and physiology of the skin but everything else is application. I would be interested in learning more about the anatomy and physiology of the skin but I could get that specifically somewhere else. 

Reason #5- I feel very well equipped with the knowledge and training I have already received. If I became an esthetician at this point, I really don’t believe it would be much benefit to me based on what I want to do. Honestly, it would just be a title and I don’t have plans to work as an esthetician or work in a spa.  I know many estheticians who love what they do and have thrived in this industry. I also know some who struggle and realized it was not for them. They are very skilled technicians and I have a great deal of respect for the amount of time they put into becoming a professional. 

I walked away from my three hour tour feeling very confident and secure in my decision not to become an esthetician. The Ogle School of Beauty is a great place for anyone interested in the field of esthetics or cosmetology. I am an organic skin care formulator. I don’t believe that skin care is a one size fits all. Traditional beauty schools do not teach you how to create custom products and they do not focus on organic products. It is more about technique and application. At Ogle, the preferred brand is Dermalogica, which has been around since 1986. It is not an organic or natural line. To some, this does not matter. To me, it’s HUGE! 


At What Age Should You Start Using Anti-Aging Products

At what age should you start using anti-aging products?

What do you think: is it 20, 25, 35, 40 or older? A young lady asked me this question recently at GlammGirl’s Customer Celebration Day. My response will definitely interest you. The aging process is inevitable. As long as we live, we age. However, the signs of aging affect us individually in different ways. The signs of aging actually have nothing to do with a person’s chronological age. Starting an anti-aging skin care regimen while in your 20s is reasonable if you need it. For others, you may not need it until you are in your 30s or 40s. It’s all relative and there is no magic age to start using anti-aging products. You also want to consider an anti-aging regimen as a preventative measure to slow down the formation of those wrinkles and eliminate those age spots. It’s also important to remember the purpose of anti-aging products is not to prevent or eliminate aging but to slow the process down. The key is to use high performing products with anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, licorice root extract and glycolic acid early and consistently. This means establishing a skin care routine which includes exfoliating and these ingredients.

Let’s look at some of the external factors that contribute to the visible signs of aging. It’s no secret that the biggest culprit in skin care aging is sun damage. This is true for all skin types and skin tones. 

Here is a list of “absolutes” that speed up your skin’s aging process:

  • Not using sunscreen

  • Living in a polluted environment

  • Smoking

  • Drinking excessively

  • High intake of caffeine (caffeine is dehydrating)

  • Certain medications

  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices (drug addictions, poor eating habits)

Another fact to know is that 30% of how we age is genetic. If your parents have “great” skin, then you will benefit from that. On the flip side, if they don’t, you will experience that as well. You want to approach an anti-aging skin care regimen holistically. You must use quality products with high performing ingredients and you must maintain a healthy lifestyle (eating healthy, exercising, drinking tons of water, etc.). I want you to dispel the myth that “anti-aging” products are for women over 40 only.

I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or feedback, please drop a comment below.

Kim ~

Very Dissappointing When Even the Experts Are Inconsistent

I'm writing this impromptu blog post because I've discovered a major problem with skin care professionals when it comes to determining how to help someone with their skin issues. In one of my mastermind groups, a member posted a picture of the profile view of an African American man whom she met recently. They began talking about his skin and he expressed needing help with the discoloration on his cheeks due to shaving. The picture was very clear and distinctly showed the dark coloring on his cheeks. He said he also gets breakouts. Well I knew from the beginning, the thread of responses was going to be numerous but I was not prepared for the amount of inconsistent information being given to help this gentleman from all of the "experts" in the mastermind group. The member who posted is Caucasian and she was asking for suggestions and advice to give this man. 

So here is what happened next: (Oh and this was yesterday)

As of the writing of this post, a total of 72 comments were entered as a response. The very first response was to say "this would probably fall more in to the medical realm" implying that he should see a doctor (perhaps a dermatologist) who could more appropriately diagnose his condition. Some other responses included: (brace yourselves) 

  • Do face masks with skin brightening ingredients
  • A lactic acid chemical peel to fade the dark spots using a 30% solution to start off with and then working his way up to a 50% solution after 2 - 3 months (this person was questioned by another member about why she would choose lactic acid)
  • Another member (not black) immediately diagnosed him (from the picture) as having Folliculitis saying it's a common occurrence and so are keloids (keep in mind, he does not have keloids, the picture did not show keloids and no one had mentioned keloids. She recommended an enzyme exfoliate stating black skin is more delicate and burns easily. Well, I happened to look at her Facebook profile to see what her credentials were. Her profile indicates she is "Full Spectrum Doula" (Doula's help families through their pregnancies, miscarriages, etc.), she's a health coach, studied "energy work", studied herbalism, studied skin care, and studied at the Interfaith Ministries. 
  • Another member (not black) expressed to be "very cautious dealing with black skin" because our skin is much more sensitive (this is NOT true and a poor generalization which is like saying all black people have afro hair). She went on to recommend a brand that contains salicylic acid and for him to use it every other day. She also recommended he use a facial glove, facial brush (brush his beard daily), use licorice root extract for brightening AND an enzyme twice a week. I WAS EXHAUSTED after reading her recommendation. I personally would not want to do all of that for my skin. FURTHERMORE...Salicylic Acid is an beta hydroxy acid used to treat acne, psoriasis, and calluses. This man did not have any of this on his face! Also Salicylic Acid is the common ingredient in aspirin. If he is allergic to aspirin the result could be a nightmare! 
  • Another member recommended he just stop shaving all together because shaving is considered to be exfoliating and it causes hyperpigmentation. 
  • Another member (black) recommended vitamin c. I checked out her profile. It was difficult to tell what her credentials were. She had pictures of beauty products but not sure how she was affiliated with them. 
  • Another member (black) suggested tyrosine inhibitors. Her profile says she a Hair Removal Specialist. She said, "I guess he is overweight." WHAT??? Where in the world did get that from. The picture is a profile image of his face. You can not tell his size from the picture. Well, she suggested a detox! (I'm really trying not to laugh). I did some research and tyrosine inhibitors is a pharmaceutical drug used in cancer treatments for lightening the skin. She went to say that this man's skin discoloration was from blood sugar/food related carbohydrates that "are not his friend." 
  • Another member (not black) recommended he use kefir on his face. I'm going to let you Google that one on your own. 
  • Another member (not black) announced that she was "getting ready" to launch her own skin care coaching business and she said, "it looks like he isn't shaving properly." I promise I'm not making this up. 
  • Another member (not black but married to a black man) finally asked the group, "Who in this group is a licensed esthetician or dermatologist?" It just so happens there are several in the group but none of them had left a comment. She went on to say that she was seeing some very bad advice being given. 
  • Another member (not black) diagnosed this man as having Acanthosis Nigricans which she says is commonly known in the African American community as "black cheek." She stated this condition is common in people with type 2 diabetes. Her profile says she owns a skin care and acne clinic in Killeen, TX. She said he should have his sugar levels checked and his discoloration could be the onset of insulin resistance. At the end of her reply she reminded the group that we are not doctors. 

Should I keep going... 

  • Another member (black) replied by saying this man's condition is a "cross between a pre-diabetes indicator or a form of razor bumps." Her profile says she self-employed, that's it. 
  • Another member (black) who immediately identified herself as being a licensed esthetician recommended he be asked about his health condition because his type of pigmentation could be associated with diabetes and due to being overweight. Her profile says she's a REAL ESTATE AGENT! Now, she maybe just doing that on the side, who knows. 

Out of all of the replies, two members offered to send him one of their products to try for free. 

At the end of this thread I was literally shaking my head. It was comical in my opinion to see how some of the members of this group made obvious assumptions about this man's weight and health conditions. Not only were extreme assumptions made but diagnosis followed. I commented at the end of the thread that this is prime example of why people DO NOT know what to do with their skin because the so called experts are so inconsistent with the information they are providing. 

So what does a consumer do? 

  • First, don't ask for help with these type of issues on social media. I know this man did not personally do this, but he allowed his picture to be taken by a member and she honestly attempted to get him the help he was seeking. A lesson learned. I have no idea what she's going to tell him to do. 

MY RECOMMENDATION is this type of situation is for this gentleman to see a dermatologist who specializes in African American Male skin care. Male skin is thicker and should be treated accordingly. He will need a full assessment of his skin routine, current products he's using and even a health assessment to rule out the onset of any health issues that are showing up in his skin. His solution could very well be a simple one. 




Be helpful to your health


I recently started having cravings for healthy food...green smoothies and grapefruit. I have no idea where this came from but I'm not complaining. I've been eating a grapefruit daily for about two weeks now. I'll make a green smoothie at least every other day. 

I wanted to quickly share with you my favorite green smoothie recipe. I'm not a fan of smoothies being meal replacements but THIS smoothie definitely curbs my appetite and helps to keep my inners regular. Here goes:

2 1/2 handfuls of baby kale/baby spinach mix

1 banana (I freeze my bananas and use them when needed - don't forget to peel before freezing.

4 ice cubes (This is optional. I like my smoothies very chilled).

Ground flax seeds and ground chia seeds (add according to your personal preference - about 2 tablespoons of each is good)

2 tablespoons of RAW honey. The REAL raw honey not the Honeybee brand. It should say "raw honey on the packaging. 

1 avocado

1 cup of almond mild

3 small pieces of ginger cut from the ginger root.

2 dashes of spirulina powder

Blend it all together (I use a Blendtec blender). Blend until it has a smooth consistency. II typically let mine sit in the freezer for about 15 minutes so it can get really cold. I pour in a 20 oz mason jar - yummy!


~ Kim ~


Why I decided to offer a hair product and why I resisted in the beginning

For those of you who have been following me for awhile know I started out in the beauty industry with a skin care line. It was strictly a line of facial products. That was in 2013. Fast forward to today, over the past year I've received a lot of inquiries about hair products and products that were multi-tasking. I cringed at the thought of a hair product. Why? Well, many of you don't know I have a medical condition called Fibrosing Alopecia. It's more than just hair loss. This is hair loss that is permanent (according to all of the dermatologists I've seen). It's a condition in which the hair follicles are clogged by too much collagen that's formed around the hair follicle. Before you flood the comments with your favorite product or remedy, let me just say I have been living with this for over 20 years and I'm fine with it. I've used those products that guarantee hair growth but none have worked and I'm not looking for a solution. Also, doing hair is not my favorite thing to deal with and I am not good at so I let a professional take care of my hair. I don't buy hair products. 

So how did the 3 n 1 hydrating balm (which is a multi-tasking product) used for hair come about? Let me tell you. In July 2015 I made plans to offer a live workshop where I would teach other business owners the ins and outs of how to private label and start their beauty business in 90 days or less. The curriculum was intense, heavy and filled with all of the industry secrets that I knew with continued support via a private Face Book group. I ordered lab coats for all of the participants (they never arrived and that's another story) and other extras. Best of all I was giving away five products to each participant to take home with the names of the manufacturers and labs that each product came from so they could get a jump start and potentially include the products in their line. The 3 n 1 hydrating balm was one of those products. I sampled it the year before and I loved it so I thought it would be a great one to share with the participants.  

Sounds great right? Well...NO ONE registered for my awesome class! So guess what? I was left with a ton of products. I didn't want to throw away the 3 n 1 hydrating balm so I just started using it myself. I began by using it after a shower for my dry skin. It was light weight and perfect. Then I tried it on my hands and cuticles and then I thought to myself, I wonder if it works on keeping my dry, course hair moisturized. To my surprise my hair absolutely loves the 3 n 1 hydrating balm. I apply it twice a week, that's it and my hair is shiny and my scalp stays moisturized. In February 2016 I decided to make it apart of my own line and the 3 n 1 hydrating balm was officially born and made public. It solves the problem that many came to me with who were looking for one product that did multiple tasks. Instead of having one product for hair, one product for body and one product for hands, the 3 n 1 hydrating is the ONE product that addresses everything. The absorption time is within 10 minutes, it's light weight, has a non-greasy texture and it's AMAZING on kinky, coily, curly, mixed chicks and blended heritage hair types! 

I thought about offering another face to face class but at this time, I don't know when that will happen. I really enjoy sharing with others who are interested in private labeling vs making their own products, how to do it the right way. This is why I created the Beauty Business Blueprint Super Start Up Course. It will walk you through step by step with case studies of two well known, successful brands (Mixed Chicks and GlamGlow), I give you a substantial list of vendors and manufacturers, it helps you understand pricing for wholesale and retail, a sample line sheet is included, and so much more. 

I would love to hear your feedback and if you've tried the 3 n 1 hydrating balm, let me know how you use it. 

~ Kim ~