Rachel’s Good to Glow Skin Coaching Story | Chapter Two
My First Ever Skincare Consultation
BY RACHEL HART
It may sound absurd to anyone who has seen a beauty therapist before, but I was apprehensive about my first ever skincare consultation. I worried that a beauty therapist would wipe off my makeup, stick me under a stark light and pull out a magnifying glass.
“Oh, this is not good at all,” I imagined her saying, crashing any illusion that my skin, for all intents and purposes, wasn’t too bad.
So, when my warm and welcoming Skin Health Coach, Jenny Barrow, from LOX Holistic Beauty in Greerton invited me into a pretty room with ambient lighting, sat next to me on the couch and smiled, my worries began to ease.
A Warm Welcome to Beauty Therapy
Ahead of our appointment, I filled out a comprehensive online consultation form. The questions demonstrate LOX Holistic Beauty’s truly holistic focus, enquiring not only about my skin health, but also about my general health, lifestyle and diet. It was clear that Jenny had spent quality time considering my responses in order to tailor the six week ‘Good to Glow’ skin coaching programme around my particular needs.
Jenny began our appointment by asking me probing but sensitive questions to get a better understanding of my skin and beauty experience and even shared personal stories of her own journey from stubborn to flawless skin.
Instead of having a strict skincare regimen dictated to me, this felt like more like a conversation. Jenny had designed a skin specific programme around my particular lifestyle and needs. She slowly walked me through what was to become my skincare routine, stopping often to share a story, ask a question and make sure that I was comfortable with the process.
Bestow Beauty Begins Within
There are two components to my new skincare routine, the first of which Jenny refers to as the ‘internals’. She explained that healthy skin starts from within, which is why skin nutrition is hallmark of the Slow Beauty movement.
I was given dietary advice along with two Bestow Beauty products: Bestow Beauty Oil, an organic flaxseed and safflower oil rich in essential fatty acids, and Bestow Beauty Powder, a super-food powder loaded with skin-nutrition goodness.
These two products are known as the Twin Skin Essentials because, together, they provide the key nutrients needed to build beautiful skin.
The Janesce Introduction
Of course, the other half of the equation is the outer layer of the skin, which is where Janesce’s powerful organic, plant-based products come in. Since I currently use nothing more than soap and coconut oil on my skin, discussing products is where my blood pressure started to rise.
Luckily, my Janesce skincare introductory pack was not at all daunting – in fact, it was small enough to fit in my handbag. I got to choose my own scent preference (rose!) and was presented with four tiny bottles that hold only 25 mls each. That these miniature bottles will last two to three months speaks volumes to the high quality and concentrated nature of Janesce. My pack includes soaking drops, a cleanser, mist and a skin reviver as well as a soaking cloth and user-friendly instructions.
Contrary to my fears, my initial consultation was a gentle, welcoming meeting, filling me with excitement around creating space in my life to slow down and cultivate daily nourishing rituals that will take my skin from good to glow.
I Am Excited About…
Paying more attention to my diet and incorporating my two new nourishing Bestow Beauty products. I’m especially hopeful that the Bestow Beauty Oil will slot into my diet more easily than the bag of ground flaxseed that has been sitting in my fridge untouched for months.
I’m excited to have a daily self-care routine and I’m excited that this Slow Beauty approach fits into my appreciation for the Slow Living Movement.
I Am Afraid Of…
Not eating peanut butter! Jenny has promised that, after my initial introduction, I can add my favourite food back into my diet on occasion, but for now, I’m going cold turkey on the peanuts and that is incredibly daunting!
Cutting out wine isn’t a huge deal to me as I’m not a big drinker, but it will make social situations a tad more difficult.
Will my skin improve? Will I enjoy the process and the daily rituals? Will I be able to live without peanut butter?
I’ll keep you posted…