Esthetics was not a formal career choice for Lisa VanBockern where she was growing up in the 1970s. So, she put her love for skin care aside and tried her hand at secretarial and accounting positions. At the age of 40, VanBockern decided to follow her passion and become an esthetician. She developed an interest in the physiology of ingredients after working for a medspa, and she opened Skin Script to produce customized skin care products nationwide. Along with the creation of these treatments, she began offering free ingredient and physiology education. To gain more insight into Vanbockern’s success, Skin Inc. sat down with her to learn about how her background shaped her company, the process of developing a skin care product from start to finish and the future of the esthetics industry post-COVID.
Skin Inc. (SI): How did you get started in this industry?
Lisa VanBockern (LV): I have an accounting and computer systems degree from Arizona State University, and I worked for Ernst & Young Consulting. While building databases in college was fun, it really wasn’t that great in real life. I was a cog in the wheel, and I was still searching for my passion in life. So at the age of 40, I got my esthetics license. I really got into ingredients and which ones would affect the skin.
SI: How did your interest in skin care develop?
LV: Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be in the beauty industry. When I graduated from high school, my mom didn’t think that was a good idea. So, I went to secretary college and was a secretary in my 20s before I went to ASU and got my business degree. I still had that engrained desire and love for the beauty industry. I was asked to join the medspa industry and no one had to ask me twice. I put in my resignation and said “let’s go!” I always say that if you have a passion, the money will follow. I really did. I had that passion for specific ingredients, skin care, seeing the change in skin and seeing how people felt after you changed their skin.