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The Making of an Esthetician

Cathy Christensen May 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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In the spring of 2008, Skin Inc. magazine launched “The Making of an Esthetician,” a blog that followed the education of two very different corporate-culture women journeying into the world of esthetics. Colleen is a fun-loving 20-something who decided to set aside her English degree in order to pursue a career in esthetics. As a 2007 graduate of Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, Colleen had chosen English as a major because she was good at it. She’d always considered having a career in beauty, but had to overcome expectations and fears to take that first step and enroll in esthetic school.

Her co-contributor, Sandra, is a 40-something who decided that nurturing the soul was more important than spinning the numbers. She became a part-time esthetic student while also a full-time assistant controller, which she has been doing for eight years. Sandra is engaged to be married and is switching careers midlife.

During this blogging experiment, Colleen and Sandra offered insightful and candid posts, sharing their successes and failures with an audience of concerned and helpful spa professionals. Now, almost six months into their time as licensed professionals themselves, Skin Inc. magazine has asked Colleen and Sandra to share some of their favorite posts, as well as the comments they found to be most helpful in their rookie year in the industry.

Colleen’s lessons

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