Rachel’s Good to Glow Skin Coaching Story | Chapter One
BY RACHEL HART
When it comes to beauty therapy, I am a 30-year-old novice.
I have friends, colleagues and clients in the beauty therapy world – smart women with enviable skin – and, as a writer, I have even interviewed beauty therapists. Yet when it comes to my own skin, I have always shied away from any type of treatment.
MY NO-FRILLS APPROACH OF YESTERYEAR
I cast my mind back to my childhood. Growing up I was a tomboy: I played soccer, jumped in puddles and cried whenever my mother put me in a dress. As I got older, I embraced my feminine side and began to relish dresses, learned to tame my unruly curls (it’s an on-going process) and curled my eyelashes. But skincare remained unchartered territory.
Just last year, Janine Tait generously offered me a complimentary facial as a wedding present ahead of my nuptials in September. I eagerly booked in only to chicken out a couple days later: two weeks before my wedding, I reasoned, is not the time to experiment with my skin!
I’ve always had a no-frills, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude towards my skin.
I am fairly lucky: despite using nothing more than coconut oil, my skin isn’t too bad. I have occasional dry patches, the odd pimple and a few frustrating but supposedly harmless cherry angiomas (pinprick-sized red dots), but generally my skin is fine. I eat well, drink plenty of water and exercise and I’ve always seen this as a sufficient skin-supporting regime.
MY LATE INTRODUCTION TO SKINCARE
When I was offered the chance to write about my experience undertaking a six week ‘Good to Glow’ skin coaching programme with Jenny Barrow at LOX, I jumped at the opportunity. I just turned thirty. Suddenly I have a softer middle, need meditation music to fall asleep and can’t handle more than one glass of wine. I’ve had a great but full-on year, complete with a wedding and a career change.
As I enter my fourth decade of life, I realise that I need to start nurturing myself. I need not only to nourish my body, but also nourish my soul. Beginning with my skin – the barrier between the inner and outer worlds – seems like the perfect place to start.