New episode out. This week we have the wonderful, Jillian E. also known as @estheholic links up with us to discuss everything about skincare, what got her into the field, personal battles with mental health, being a mommy and much more! CLICK HERE to listen now then head back over here for the show notes:
Jillian who is from Seattle, Washing has been an esthetician for about a year and a half now. She is also a mom and a mental health advocate!
What cultivated your interest in skincare?
When she first got into school she didn't really care for social media that much. But, toward the end of her studies she decided to give social media another try. As she finished school, she started posting more, working on her friends and family by doing facials and continuing her education by buying a bunch of books to read.
At around this time she started working at a laser clinic and noticed that they didn't have really good products for her to use on the clients. Circumstances like these pointed her towards starting her own business and so the next thing you know, she got her LLC! With the help of social media and her friends spreading the word she set herself up to do her own thing.
The purpose of her social media is to:
Share as much skincare info she can
Create a learning environment
Educate and help people understand about various skincare issues
- For example, why does acne keep popping up?
Services she provides?
So she used to do eyelash extensions in addition to facials but now she focuses on the skincare by providing:
Fibroblasting Pen** (New Service)
What is a Fibroblasting Plasma Pen?
In a nutshell, this pen works to skin tighten and help with scarring.
(Don't worry we will do an episode on this)
Favorite skin routine
Jillian likes to keep her routine pretty simple. She believes that overdoing it can actually bring more issues (SO DO WE, BTW).
Her recommendations (to start with):
If and when you're ready to expand to additional products you can get a serum specific to your skin type:
Hyperpigmentation - Vitamin C
Acne - Hydroxy acids (AHA and/or BHA)
Then you can continue expanding by, adding a mask
Jillians personal preference is to use a two in one combo of a mask with exfoliating properties
And if you haven't figured it out yet she doesn't necessarily believe in a 10-million step routine
The Bottomline: all of our skin types are different and even in that we react to products differently so everyone has to find what works for them! Trial and error friends.
Typical go-to products
Before she would use the IMAGE brand but now she uses, the Glymed Skincare Brand. She is really impressed with their products, formulations, ingredients and how they stay up to date with the changes. Some of her favorites include:
- this is a serum that you can add to any product mask, moisturizer, etc.
- CBD helps regulate moisture in your skin
- an antioxidant serum to use in the mornings
- a nice and hydrating product that fights against free radicals
Every other night she uses a retinol:
- helps give you a clean and fresh look
- eliminates dullness
Jillian grew up diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It happens to runs in her family as well as, bipolar disorder. Her goal is to help people feel that they are not alone like she does sometimes. What really inspired her was her personal experience with her sister. When they were younger her sister attempted to commit suicide and those moments always stayed with her throughout the years. Jillian also mentions another sibling suffering from bipolar disorder and how that has affected her family dynamics. By becoming a mental health advocate she wants to be able to spread awareness. A lot of people go through various mental health issues that may or may not be similar but people also don't talk about it. She wants to discuss that you are not alone, spread awareness as well as, become more aware. She is trying to understand more about mental health in general throughout this platform by becoming more educated on these matters.
She uses her platform to talk about mental health on her page and stories. She has even connected mental health with her passion for skincare. For example, there are many people suffering from acne and that can affect your well-being. A lot of people don't know that scarring and hyperpigmentation are all normal things but because of the filtered version people portray of their lives (which is not real) nobody gets to see normal skin anymore. For example, there are makeup artists she loves who do natural makeup to show off normal skin texture where you can see pores and appreciate peoples natural beauty. By connecting the two topics she is relatable and is able to spread awareness about everything that goes in the world.
Jillian brings up a great point how in the world of social media there are people who go around saying that if you're suffering from a mental health issue you need to force yourself to get up and if you don't it is your own fault. For some people getting up may not be an option and feeling a certain way is not your fault. People need to understand that mental health is a spectrum and that it affects everyone in different ways.
Peel off masks are a NO
- as much as we love to peel things off of our skin it is not good for you
you are literally ripping your skin
Pore strips are another NO
- you end up removing your sebaceous filaments or blackheads which are naturally occurring
whatever you took will just come back faster
Being a mom during the pandemic has been tough. Her fiancé has been helping her a lot since he's been working from home but she has had less time working on her business and continuing education during this time while raising her first born. She has a toddler which is rough on its own but she is looking at this as an opportunity to spend more time with her child! She does miss work and can't wait to be working again.
- Spend one to two minutes cleansing (every time
When exfoliating don't scrub/rub your skin too hard
- It will create more issues by compromising the skin barrier, increasing oil production and irritating your skin
- Make sure to exfoliate very gently
- everyone should be doing this:
if you have oily skin you can use a water based moisturizer like this one:
Those with Dry Skin should also exfoliate
- this will allow the products to penetrate better
Where to find Jillian?
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