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Linda Harding-Bond has made her mark as one of the go-to educators and estheticians for global skin types. With an open mind and a universal passion for the skin care industry, the master esthetician, spa consultant and president of Moontide Consulting spent an entire month this year training more than 80 skin care professionals at the The Oberoi Udaivilas, which is part of the Oberoi Group of hotels and resorts, in India.
“That was a major blessing, and I need to keep the momentum going,” says Harding-Bond. “I don’t have a minute to waste.”
That’s just one aspect of her life. The 18-year professional skin care industry veteran, who was honored by Philadelphia Style magazine in 2005 for the “Best Facial” and “Best Waxing” in the city, also works at the Rescue Rittenhouse Spa in Philadelphia. With her innate knack for education—her father was a teacher—Harding-Bond began to focus on offering culturally aware spa training services and instructing other skin care professionals on client engagement.
“If you understand a person’s skin and if you really see the person, you’re better able to engage with them. And sales begins with engagement. If you’re not able to engage the client, you won’t be able to sell them anything,” she explains.
Harding-Bond’s focus on ethnic skin care evolved as a result of her own skin issues that began to emerge shortly after she finished high school. “It was really heart-breaking. I went to dermatologists; very few people could help me. At the time, tretinoin just came out, so I spent a year in a lot of pain. That taught me what I could and could not do with my skin. Years later, when I went to esthetics school, my whole thought was, if I can’t do a facial on my mother or my sister, what good am I? What I recognized in esthetics school was that they weren’t teaching me about my particular skin,” she says.