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Skin Care Professional Melds Scientific Mindset With Southern Charm

By: Nicole Urbanowicz
Posted: September 28, 2012, from the October 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Tarcia Tripp

T. Tripp

For Tarcia Tripp, running an anti-aging skin care center is both a science and a labor of love.

“I’ve met so many wonderful women who are doing amazing things,” says Tripp, who helps clients ranging from 35–65 at the Aesthetics Anti-Aging Center in Macon, Georgia. Tripp herself is a full-time mom who has balanced those responsibilities with owning and operating her own business for the past four years. There, the former industrial systems expert helps approximately 40 clients per week solve specific skin care issues as she melds her scientific mindset with her Southern charm.

“I’m more of a behind-the-scenes person. A lot of people just think I’m an esthetician when they come to see me. ‘The owner’ is just a title. My purpose is to help women with whatever issues they have, and to provide the services that they want and need. It’s not about me; I make it all about my clients,” she says.

Tripp makes it her mission to know all of the ins and outs of whatever industry she is involved in. The 38-year-old studied the hydraulics and pneumatics of machinery at Georgia Southern University and later worked at Central Georgia Tech in industrial systems. However, after giving birth to her son, the self-proclaimed art lover with a penchant for beauty decided to become an esthetician and obtained her license from Central Florida Technical College in 1999 so she could better balance her life as a mother. With a strong business acumen built into her DNA—her mother was one of the only women in the southeast to run an auto body collision center—Tripp branched out on her own after gaining spa experience in a salon and also as the director of spa services at Wellspring Medispa and Anti-aging Center in Macon, where she helped build up its injectable filler programs. Since then, Tripp has found her niche.

“As a professional, it’s important to be dedicated, consistent and determined,” she says. “We have peaks and valleys, just like any other business. You have to stay dedicated to fulfill your dream.”