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Skin Care Professional Commits to Being a Lifelong Student

By: Layla Schlack
Posted: June 29, 2012, from the July 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
R. Gonyer-Penney

R. Gonyer-Penney

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Despite being an appointment-only business with no storefront—or maybe because of it—Penney-Gonyer has a large and loyal following. She has 309 clients, including both women and men who range in age from 12–84. She says many of them have challenging skin that needs special care, but others just prefer the one-on-one attention and atmosphere of being in her home: “There’s just an ambiance here,” she explains.

It’s hard to say what the future holds for Gonyer-Penney and Essence of You, because she is constantly learning and trying new techniques. She’s undergone ayurvedic training programs and makeup artist education, and just this year, became certified in oncology esthetics. “My studies right now are taking me into macrobiotics,” she says.

One things is clear: Gonyer-Penney absolutely found the right field for herself, and is an asset to the industry, too. “One of the things that makes me different is that estheticians can call me any time and ask me questions, and I’ll try to help them.”

Layla Schlack is a freelance writer from New York who also writes about the local food scene in Brooklyn.