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Taking Ownership of a Skin Care Heritage

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: November 24, 2009, from the December 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Taking the knowledge she had learned in Silicone Valley, Kaspian quit her purchasing job and went back to school for her esthetic license in 1999—when she was 39 years old. “I got my license because my two sons at the time were teenagers, and the amount of time and stress I was spending in electronics was making it hard for me to give them my focus. I wanted to make my own hours and do something less intense,” she says. “Going to esthetic school was humbling. I went to class with girls half my age, but it gave me a sense of how committed the people are who are in this field. You do it because you love it.”

Kaspian earned her license from the Monterey Academy of Hair Design in Santa Clara, California, and immediately was able to start training at her mother’s spa, taking part in educational classes offered by a variety of French skin care lines. Then, when Colombier sold her salon , Kaspian became employed at The Great Skin Company in Los Osos, California, which was recommended to her by a product line representative with whom she worked closely. “I have a terrific partner who has been in business for 13 years. We share the same philosophy about focusing on expert, world-class skin care,” she says.

Along with helping run all aspects of the business as the spa’s co-owner, Kaspian still practices esthetics, and her favorite part of the job is the interaction with clients. “I work with women from all fields and backgrounds, and I love the fact that I can make a difference in their skin,” she says.

As well as working with clients, Kaspian is also passionate about education. “So many women are not conscious of the simple things it takes to have beautiful and protected skin,” she explains. “If I can play a part in imparting this knowledge, I’ve made an impact.” To help her do so, Kaspian shares her experience through seminars, as well as on online social networking sites and the spa’s blog.

In the future, Kaspian hopes to focus on community service and become more of a leader in the skin care field. One of her favorite charities is the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, where volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. To benefit the cause, Kaspian is interested in offering events that help bring it attention, such as marathons and triathalons where The Great Skin Company can showcase a mineral sunscreen it retails.