DIY Edible Mask

Strawberry Fountain of Youth Mask

This is an easy, edible, effective mask and you can find everything you need (for it) at your local grocery store. This mask is so easy to make, you can make it with your teens. It’s a great option for taking care of their skin and it gives you more time with them especially since at that age, their time is scarce. This mask makes you feel oh-so pampered.

Recipe:
2 plump Strawberries

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 Tablespoon of Collagen Powder

1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (optional)

THIS IS A POWERFUL COMBINATION

Strawberries contain Vitamin C and help fight free radicals. Honey is an anti-bacterial agent and also contains antioxidants. Collagen powder is the anti-aging product – it helps reduce skin’s aging. Greek yogurt adds the protein and helps fade blemishes and reduce wrinkles. Lemon juice (optional) adds Vitamin C.

COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS

Start with crushed strawberries. How spoil me is that? Then, add the honey, then the collagen powder (which will help thicken the mask so it’s not as runny). Next, you’ll add the yogurt (choose Plain Greek yogurt) it will also help thicken the mask.

YOUR SKIN WILL THANK YOU

Since we’re working with natural ingredients, after you apply the mask, you’ll want to leave the mask on for about 15 – 20 minutes. You’ll want to give your skin time to absorb all properties and benefits of the ingredients. Then you will want to remove the mask with warm water and a clean cloth.

If you have questions about anything written in this post or if you have any skincare questions, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

Also, remember to follow us on social media:
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snap Chat, Instagram, and IGTV to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

As Always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Eliminating Hyperpigmentation from Ingrown Hair

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This question came from one of my social media sites. I’m sharing my answer to help others with this question.

QUESTION: Porsche, I now have hyperpigmentation on my jawline due to ingrown hair. I’ve been plucking the hair but what should I do? 

MY RESPONSE:

When you’re looking at ingrown hairs, I want you to consider exfoliation. Exfoliate and become very familiar with your exfoliator.  What I mean is – you need to know if the exfoliator is mechanical or chemical, large crystals or small crystals? 

It’s important to know what you are working with as you exfoliate. There are two types of ingrown hairs: 

  • Those that grow under the skin and never break the skin (may look like bumps). 
  • Those that grow out, flip over, and grow back into the skin. 

If you are plucking the hairs, you want to make sure that you are pulling (them out) in the right direction – whether you are tweezing, waxing, or sugaring – you want to pull in the opposite direction of which the hairs grow.

*Please make sure you sanitize whatever tools you use, because bacteria can cause ingrown hairs, bumps, acne, and a slew of other issues.

Now regarding Hyperpigmentation, there are several options:

  • You can use gentle enzymes or acids in your cleanser. 
  • You can receive a chemical peel. 
  • You can try treatments like LED Light Therapy 

The one caution I will note is whether or not you have Ethnic Skin.

When I say Ethnic Skin, I am referring to Asian, Hispanic, African, African American, etc. If you produce higher levels of Melanin, then you will want to use a Melanin Suppressant when you are doing corrective treatments. Failure to do so will impede the process. 

Our body is designed to self-correct and heal itself and if we neglect using the Melanin Suppressant in the process – it could make the hyperpigmentation darker.

MY SUGGESTIONS: 

  • Get a good home-care routine where you exfoliate and add light acids or enzymes in your cleanser. 
  • Go heavy on the nutrients in your moisturizer and obtain a good Melanin Suppressant – if you have ethnic skin.
  • Finally, receive a superficial to mid-depth chemical peel, twice a year to help with lightening that part of your skin. 

I hope this was helpful. If you or anyone you know has further questions about hyperpigmentation or any other skin care questions, please feel free to contact us.

Also contact us if you would like to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer. You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com

Also, remember to follow us on social media:

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snap Chat, Instagram, and IGTV to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

As Always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Quick Nighttime Skincare Routine

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Have you developed a nightly routine for yourself that helps you wake up looking flawless?  If you haven’t, this is for you… this is my personal nightly routine.

Start with washing your hands and then selecting the cleanser.   Then with clean, dry hands, start the process.  

 

Refrain from turning the water back on, because we don’t want to dilute the cleanser. EBPB PB product

  • Put the cleanser in your hands and you want to make sure that for the first minute or so you massage it into your skin—while your skin is dry. Start with your cheeks and chin and work your way in a circular motion around to your forehead.

You want to make sure it has time to break down any oil barriers on your skin and start removing the dirt.  Notice, when you start to feel drag in your skin, then you know you have massaged it good enough.  Just like lotion, once you start to feel it absorb, you know its kind-of getting past that first barrier.  Honestly that’s what I look for when I do facials.  Make sure your skin has absorbed the cleanser,

This is when a gentle scrubber comes in handy.   We sell several versions of these at the Day Spa.  

  • Since I have eczema, my routine is to put a tiny bit of water on the scrubber, then you’ll take the scrubber and rub it on your face to emulsify the cleanser.   Rub it in a circular motion, you don’t have to press in, just go over gently in a circular motion upward; remember to apply it to your nose.  And because of the material, it should literally conform to your skin. 

Then, without re-wetting it, switch hands and start on the opposite side, making sure everything is good and scrubbed.  As you are going over the opposite side (if you need to), add a tiny bit more water to the scrubber just to emulsify the skin,

You will know you have a good cleanser when there’s no dirt on your scrubber when you finish.  Now I believe in sanitizing, so my scrubber will get cleaned with antibacterial soap and dropped in the Barbicide (salon disinfectant), because I am that aesthetician.

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Now with a regular dry towel, I use white because I don’t like extra dies on my face. 

  • Add water and I will go ahead and remove my cleanser.
  • As you dry off your face, you may notice a slight amount of redness, but don’t be alarmed, that’s a sign of deep clean.
  • Another reason the scrubber is used is to break up any oil buildup on your skin. You’ll want to see all that removed from your skin, and if you don’t remove it – it won’t come off. 

Now the reason you want to do it with a damp towel is because you want your face somewhat damp when you go to the next step. 

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In my nightly routine, my next step is coconut oil.  One of the misconceptions that we often make is we assume coconut oil will clog our skin.  For this application, you only need a little – about ½ teaspoon. 

Rub it between your hands and apply it to your face while your face is still a little damp – you want it to trap the hydration. 

After you get the oil fully applied, you want another dry towel to gently remove any access oil, and then … look at your face GLO!

At the end of the routine, hopefully what you’ll see is freshness, elasticity, and bounce-back skin.

Once you get used to the routine, it will be really quick and you’ll be able to do it speedily, especially during those times when you feel too tired.

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com

ebpb pb 1Again, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram, to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and check out our videos on You Tube and IGTV.

                                As always, we look forward to hearing from you…

 

 


Season Changes Affect pH Levels

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The season is soon to change again, so I’m not surprised by the questions that have been flooding my social media.  Here is another question from one of my followers; I think the answer may help several people – including my male followers.

Question:  I thought I had combination skin, but my t-zone no longer seems oily and my skin frequently seems dry, what is going on with my skin?

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Answer:  Your skin care needs often change with the seasons.  When that happens, you may want to adjust your pH levels to keep up with the changing conditions.  The pH level is simply the acid verses alkaline balance in your skin.   The measurement of the pH levels vary between 1 and 14. 

One way to balance the pH level of your skin care routine is to choose a lower alkaline cleanser.  You may want to select a cleanser that has a pH level between 2.5 and 4.3.

 

Below is some cleanser suggestions based on your skin type:

  • Normal skin – find a mild cleanser.
  • Oily skin – find a cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid.
  • Dry skin – find a cleanser that contains a moisturizer or find a cream based cleanser that includes Lactic Acid
  • Combination skin – look for a mild cleanser that contains Glycolic Acid.
  • Melanated skin – find a cleanser containing Hybrid Glycolic Acid.
  • Sensitive skin – look for a cream based cleanser so it moisturizes your skin but does not contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids

For more skin care tips regarding pH balance check out my blog post “Resetting pH Balance for Flawless Skin.” 

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions or to schedule a virtual consultation.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Snapchat and Instagram to see our upcoming classes and seminars.  Check us out on You Tube and IGTV for our latest videos.

                   As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Quick Eczema Relief for Kids

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This question was sent to me on one of my social media sites – so, in case you were wondering, yes I read your questions….

QUESTION: 

My daughter is a toddler and she has eczema all over her body.   The doctor told me to use hydrocortisone cream on her body to stop the itching.  I had eczema as a child, but mine is under control.   My baby has it all over her body and on her face and she scratches her skin until it bleeds.  How can I help my baby, because she is miserable?

RESPONSE:  

It sounds like the baby’s skin needs exfoliation and hydration.  What I believe would help this baby is a scrub that mom can make in her own kitchen.  The two ingredients needed for the scrub are brown sugar and olive oil.

 

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Brown Sugar is a natural exfoliator that doesn’t leave microscopic cuts on the skin; that’s why it is good for sensitive skin and it can easily be used on the face, too.  Brown sugar is an anti-bacterial that contains Glycolic acid.   Glycolic acid happens to be an Alpha-hydroxyl acid which helps in the anti-aging process.

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Olive Oil is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants which also help with anti-aging and olive oil hydrates the skin naturally.

 

My suggestion to this mom is that she make up batches of the Brown Sugar and Olive Oil scrub and apply it to her daughter’s skin/body three times at night.  Then try or buy some baby oil gel and apply it while the baby’s skin is wet.  While mom is drying her daughter – gently,  the towel can be used to buff the oil into her skin.  The baby oil gel is really good for sealing in moisture.

This is a simple lower cost method to help the child’s itchiness.  If you have any further questions about eczema or any skin care questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. 

Or…  if you’d like to schedule a virtual consultation, you may reach me by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and to check out our videos on IGTV.

 

 

                                  As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


4 Easy Tips: Face Masks

 

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The question below was sent to me on one of my social media sites.  I’m sharing my response to help anyone who may be curious.   

Question:  How often should I use a facial mask? 

First let me say facial masks are used for a variety of purposes.  They can be used for hydrating, moisturizing, and restoring pH balance, to name a few.  My answer to this question is that it depends on the purpose of the mask. 

If you are seeking to reduce any of the concerns below, here are some suggestions that may easily be found in your kitchen.

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Try honey and baking soda. The baking soda will balance pH levels and the honey will act as an anti-inflammatory.  Use this mask once a week and then build up to twice a week as needed.

TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

Try turmeric and honey. Honey is good for anything inflamed including Rosacea and Eczema.  Honey is an anti-bacterial agent that has calming and healing properties.  Use this mask 1-3 nights a week as needed.

TO REMOVE / REDUCE DEAD SKIN

I would not suggest using a mask. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to your cleanser.   The brown sugar will dissolve as you massage it into your skin reducing any microscopic cuts in the skin.  Do this no more than twice a week.

TO LIGHTEN OR TIGHTEN SKIN

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Try lemon juice, powdered milk (lactic acid) and honey. Only use this once a week then give your skin time to recuperate due to the high acidity of the mask.

 

I caution you to only keep the masks on for 15 – 20 minutes.  Anything left on your skin more than 20 minutes may trigger a chemical reaction such as peeling, burning, or redness.  Then you will need to come to see me or schedule a virtual consultation for further assistance.

If you need help with any (thing) discussed above like specific measuring for recipes or you need help determining your skin type, please feel free to schedule a virtual consultation with me and I will gladly assist you.

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Again, please feel free to contact us with any of your skincare questions or to schedule a virtual consultation.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

                    As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Best Home Skin Care Tips by Skin Type

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Often times, what bothers women about their skin are issues that easily cost less than $100 to fix.  Most skin conditions stem from the need of a deep cleansing or a good exfoliation of the first the second layer of the dermis (skin).  That then allows a professional to thin out the stratum corneum.  Afterwards, all that is needed is a great home care routine to balance out the pH levels of her skin.

THE HOME CARE ROUTINE

You’ll want to get a cleanser that has a pH of between 2.5 and 4.3.  Below are my recommendations based on your skin type:

  • Normal skin – you’ll need a mild cleanser.
  • Oily skin– look for a cleanser that contains Salicylic acid. 
  • Dry skin– look for a cleanser that contains a moisturizer or cream base as well as Lactic acid.
  • Combination skin – seek out a mild cleanser with Glycolic acid.
  • Sensitive skin – you need a cream-based cleanser so that it moisturizers your skin but contains no AHA’s.
  • Myelinated skin – you’ll need a cleanser that contains Hybrid Glycolic acid.

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Now let’s address moisturizers for your skin type.  If your skin type is…

  • Normal – you’ll want to look for a creamy moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic acid and Lactic acid.
  • Oily – your moisturizer should be water-based and more of a gel.
  • Dry – look for a cream based moisturizer (shea butter or jojoba oil) with either/and Urea, Lactic acid, Hyaluronic acid.
  • Sensitive + Combination – use a lightweight moisturizer with no acids in it.

Now, if you have acne prone or problematic skin, I would recommend using a toner such as Apple Cider Vinegar.  If you do not have problematic skin I recommend you using a Freshener such as Witch Hazel.  

You also will want to get a facial at least once a month by your aesthetician and that will allow her/him to type your skin and give you the best product recommendations for your skin.  Lastly, if you have more problematic skin your aesthetician can usually correct the problems by using mild to deep acids.

If you need help determining your skin type please feel free to schedule a virtual consultation with me and I will gladly assist you.

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions or to schedule a virtual consultation.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Snap Chat, and Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

             As always, we look forward to hearing from you…

 

 


Who Do You Trust?

 

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You may not know this, but I have Eczema and Grade 2 acne; my skin doesn’t know what will work for it—any day of the week.  I have to finesse my skin so I don’t look like a snake with pimples.  I have to finesse your skin so you don’t look like a snake with pimples.  All of that takes work and you’ll want to do all that it takes with a professional. 

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I don’t let everyone mess with my skin because if you mess it up it’s going to take a 28 day cycle to fix it…and that won’t make me happy.    I need someone who isn’t just calling themselves an expert; I need someone who has a track record.  I need someone who can give me proof.  I need to know that you didn’t just pull pictures off the internet and put them in your social media feed and say “I did that.” 

Can I call the person you helped?

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What I love about my clients is that if I say to them, “I have someone who had the same issue you have, and (working together) this is how much we accomplished with their skin…”  You can call them.  My clients will talk to anyone about their skincare journey and progress.  I don’t have a single client that would say no… why?  Because, we’re in this together.  They would say, “Porsche, please tell her/him to call me so I can share how this went…so I can share where I was emotionally and where I am now—so I don’t have to beat my face (apply makeup) every morning. 

My clients and I are a tribe – that’s why you hear me say “tribe.”  We are literally a family here and that’s the atmosphere I choose to set everyday so people can relax in our care.

That being said, you will want to select a professional who understands the concept of leading a “tribe.”   You want someone who knows what your pH levels should look like – stable.  Someone who then will design has a clear game plan and will not charge you (extra) for being on an emotional journey. 

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Unfortunately in this industry, there are some professionals who know that when your face is not the way you want it – it is emotional.  And emotional consumers will pay for convenience while they are in their emotions.  Some professionals take advantage of emotional clients and charge 3 times what is needed because emotional consumers will pay anything to fix their skin.  Therefore, you need someone with integrity

At Esthetics by P Brown, our philosophy is to help improve the confidence and self-esteem of our clients.  Our goal is to provide affordable skincare so we can extend our reach across the country.  Although I have clients in 48 states and 8 countries, me and my team take the journey with each client-whether you walk into the day spa or reach us through virtual consultations. 

So… please remember that when you pick your professional, you’ll want to find someone who will work—with you—through your journey. 

Again, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

 

As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Ethnic Skin Care Expert – P Brown

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My followers are growing so rapidly, I thought I would take a moment to officially re-introduce myself,

I am Porsche Brown, The co-owner of Esthetics by P Brown Day Spa:  A Full Service Green Day Spa conveniently located in Nashville, Tennessee.

I am an Ethnic Skin Care Specialist with a passion for problematic skin.

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That being said, most of my clients come to me because they have darker face patches or darker skin tones, or maybe someone down their ancestral lineage had some issues that are affecting them.  I also attract clients who need help fixing hyperpigmentation, eczema, rosacea, skin breakouts or issues of that nature.

Other clients I attract, are those who have visited a dermatologist who was not able to fully address their problem or the clients were not pleased with the dermatologists’ results.  I am very much known for the concept, “when the conventional does not work – try the unconventional.”

Does it matter where I live? NO – I have clients in 7 countries, and 47 states.

ebpb pb globeI love all of you and appreciate all of you … I call you “My Tribe.”  I do virtual consultations for those who are not able to physically make it into the Day Spa.  The virtual consultations allow me to see (for myself) what is going on with your skin.

If you have time, please watch my “Chemical Peel” video on You Tube then you will understand that this journey is a personal one for me.  I personally have Eczema and Grade 2 acne.  When most people see me either personally or virtually, they cannot see my skin issues.  Why?  Because I am very religious with my skin care routine … I baby my skin and I do not let just anyone put just anything on it.

What other services does the Day Spa offer?

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Esthetics by P Brown is a Full Service Green Day Spa.  We offer an array of services from Facials, Eye Lashes, Body Contouring, Massages, Acupuncture, Manicures, Pedicures, Cosmetology services, along with an Infrared Sauna that seats two…for your comfort.

For a full list of all of our services, please visit our website at www.estheticsbypbrown.com.  As many of you know, I also have my own skin care product line loaded with high quality organic products to ensure that you receive the absolute best care from my professional team and I.

Now … I hope I helped you understand the basics of who we are and how we will help you.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions.  You may reach us on any of the social media venues below or by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes and seminars.

 

Again, Welcome to “My Tribe.”  We look forward to hearing from you

 


3 Business Secrets for 2019

 

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Welcome to 2019!  As this new year officially rolls in, I invite you to join us on this New Year (New You) journey.   We’re embarking on some exciting new adventures, covering some new topics, and as always, answering your new and most challenging  skincare questions.

I’m beginning this year a little different, I’m starting by sharing one of my most treasured secrets.  Everybody loves secrets… Right?  Well, whether you’re a business owner or planning to start a new venture, or if you’re simply a customer—this blog post is for you.  It’s especially meant for those who frequent certain establishments to help you think about where you spend your money.

Quite honestly, I usually reserve this secret solely for those enrolled in my Mentoring Program, but today, I’m sharing it with all of you.

These are 3 simple secrets/acts for maintaining loyal customers:

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  1. A smile goes a long way!

All of my clients know that when they walk  through the door at Esthetics by P Brown,    they are greeted with “Hello Beautiful” or    “Hello Gorgeous.”  Those words are          powerful and help my clients relax and remember that they are beautiful and special.

 

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2.  Practice listening skills.

There’s a clear difference between listening and hearing.    As “busy bodies” we think we’re skilled at multi-tasking and as many of us know, it’s often in the midst of our multi-tasking, that someone wants to talk with us.  Instead of scheduling a time for the conversation, what do we do?  We allow them to talk without missing a step in our busy day.  And while we may hear them, we aren’t fully listening.   With my customers, I view their time as sacred- it’s their time alone with me.  In those private moments, I hear them, I validate them and I am available for them – in the capacity that they need me (in that space – in that time).

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3. Be kind to others.

You want to speak kindly to your customers.  Try not to let your customers feel a loss of dignity or respect as you communicate with them.    Otherwise, instead of growing in clients, you’ll lose them quickly.  Think about this…For every one negative review that walks out of your door, it is being shared with about 10 people.   So be mindful of how you treat your customers or how as a customer, people treat you,

When I hear my clients make statements like, “Porsche, I’ve been with you 5 years…”  It’s a humbling experience and it puts a smile on my face every – single – time.  That’s the type of clientele I want you to strive to maintain.  Or if you are not someone starting a business, but simply a customer – I inspire you to seek out establishments that treat you like they feel honored by your support.  Where ever you fall in the category, remember these simple tips, and I hope they enhance your experiences.

If you are interested in learning more about my Mentoring Programs, please feel free to leave a comment or reach out to us.  Also, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.EBPB logo

Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes and seminars.

We look forward to hearing from you.