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But I digress again. That
really did change my life. I
no longer felt embarrassed
to show my face in public
(literally) and so my
conf idence and demeanour
The naturopath didn’t get
a direct benefit, but I became
a loyal client and referred
As I have written about in previous
issues, clients develop an almost confidante-
like relationship with a trusted therapist.
You probably have clients like that. They
will tell you intimate details about their
personal lives, their problems and issues -
things they may not even confide in friends.
It’s probably a relief just to have someone
listen to them who will not “blab” and
maybe give some personal advice. But it also
puts you in a unique position to empower
them w ith recommendations to other
professionals across the aesthetics, health
and wellbeing spectrum.
It would be well worthwhile acquainting
yourself from doctors, to natural health
therapists, yoga and Pilates schools, gy ms
... the list goes on ... and other non-
competing professionals in your area to get
some cross-referral happening.
But the best thing you can do is
religiously read SPA+CLINIC ever y issue
and subscribe to our weekly enewsletter –
visit SPACLINIC.COM.AU - to keep abreast
of all the breakthroughs, latest news and
trends you need to know to share with your
clients. They will love you for it.
Oh, and back to pigmentation. Don’t
miss our report, Out Damned Spots, on
FROM THE EDITOR
TWENTY FIVE YEARS ago
(cripes, has it been that
long?) I had pigmentation so
dark and patchy on my face I
could have given a leopard a
run for its money.
It was a combo of severe
sun damage and hormones,
although I didn’t know it at
the time (albeit suspected
my hitherto sun-baby ways
may have contributed). No
one talked, or seemingly even “knew” about
pigmentation back then.
I was so mortified by my leopard print
face that couldn’t be adequately disguised
with makeup that I spent a fortune on skin
products and treatments (keeping in mind
there were no dedicated pigmentation
beauty solutions at that stage) that did pretty
much nothing but drain my bank balance.
Then I went down the hydroquinone
route – a prescription-only bleaching cream
that’s still in use today. Unfortunately it did
nothing except make my skin drier – ergo,
the pigmentation seem darker.
Now, this is a roundabout way of getting
to the point of the column – the value of
referring people beyond your own scope of
practice if you know or hear of something
that would greatly benefit a client’s
appearance and/or wellbeing. It could
transform their lives.
So back to my pigmentation. I visited a
naturopath in 1990 about a totally unrelated
matter. In passing I mentioned how
distressed I was by the patches on my face.
“Oh I know of a doctor who’s got a lamp
that fixes that,” she said. Story short, I made
an appointment and had a series of weekly
treatments for about six weeks with what I
assume was a prototype IPL. (The GP ran
a sideline in aesthetics (rudimentary as the
technology was at the time) and is now a top
Sydney cosmetic physician. Smart woman.)
Within days of the first treatment I noticed
the dark patches breaking up. Over the
ensuing weeks, watching them disappear
completely was a thrilling experience.
Moreover, my skin looked better than it had
since my early teens.
There began my anti-ageing and general
aesthetic overhaul journey that eventually
led to a new career path, from mainstream
magazines and newspapers to specialising in
aesthetics and wellness media.
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