I started my career as a CPA and later moved into management consulting. Though I worked in the corporate world, I had developed a keen interest in skincare since I was a teenager. Over the years, I’ve immersed myself in all things related to skincare with a focus on anti-aging. While researching product ingredients or reading up on industry innovations, I’ve often incorporated what I’ve learned into my own skincare regimen. During my research, I came across truthinaging.com and have been an avid follower ever since. After 10+ years of corporate life followed by a break living overseas, I decided to pursue my true passion and enrolled in esthetics school in New York City.
My approach to skincare is very results oriented. I’ve found that most facials largely involve slapping on a couple of masks followed by a massage and some moisturizer. You might leave the spa feeling relaxed but with no genuine, sustainable improvement in your skin. I customize each facial to my clients’ needs. Consultation and an in-depth skin analysis is key to understanding what clients want and how I can help them achieve their skincare goals. Having struggled in my late 20s with a devastating bout of adult acne, I understand how the condition of skin can impact confidence. As a skin therapist, I believe that skin is often a manifestation of how one feels, and I have witnessed small changes in skincare resulting in enormous changes in self-confidence.
Along with administering clinical-grade treatments in a spa setting, I design customized home care regimens for each client so she or he can maintain the benefits of professional treatments. I also feel it’s important to educate clients on products and treatments. Skincare decisions can be overwhelming with so many different products to choose from, often with outrageous claims. It’s my job to know what ingredients and treatments are safe to use and appropriate for each skin type and condition. I believe continuing education is requisite to professional development, especially in a field as dynamic as esthetics. As such, I am constantly reading up on new trends and innovations in the field. I also make it a point to continually enroll in postgraduate advanced courses and attend seminars and trade shows.
You only get one face, so I think it’s worth investing the time and effort to care for it.
Nisha Buckingham is a licensed esthetician in New York and holds certifications in advanced treatments, including chemical peels, dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. She is a PCA SKIN® certified professional.