FAVORITE PART OF EDUCATING Being able to collaborate with heartfelt professionals and educators across the country gives me life. Our industry attracts so many knowledgeable individuals willing to exchange views and grow our collective knowledge. I end up learning just as much dialoguing as I do from any clinical study or book.
FAVORITE SKIN CARE TOPIC TO COVER Outside of light therapy, teaching anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the interstitium and fascia offers fascinating keys to understanding the finer points of our craft. So much knowledge can be extracted from our body’s structure and how it functions.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS I am excited to find that out myself! I am currently inspired to create coursework that brings greater accessibility to anatomy and physiology. Slowly, but surely, I am learning Spanish in an attempt to reach a wider audience, as well.
MOST COMMON SKIN CARE QUESTION YOU’RE ASKED “Do you use it yourself?” Whether skin care – or treatment–based, this question acts as a perfect reminder to practice what I preach in order to build the trust of people who look to me for answers.
HOW YOU CONTINUE TO EDUCATE YOURSELF I always keep up with reputable magazines within the industry, DERMASCOPE being my primary. On top of that, I follow scientific websites and studies exploring research outside our profession – it helps me think outside the box. You never know what breakthrough will inevitably affect our industry.
YOUR BEFORE BED RITUAL It can change night to night, but every week I’ll incorporate LightStim, gua sha, and microcurrent, while watching a show I have seen a million times to wind down.
TOP SKIN CARE MYTH “____ ingredient is good (or bad)” While ingredients are important, formulations should be taken as a whole. Much like a whole facial or synergistic treatment program, the entirety cannot always be explained by the sum of its parts.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE Am I getting to do the casting? If so, John Krasinski. If I were on film right now, you would absolutely be seeing a Jim Halpert from The Office stare straight into the camera.
SKIN CARE STEP YOU WON’T SKIP Massage. Physical touch and interaction add something profound that I have not been able to replicate. I add it in my protocols after LED because of how it transforms tissue quality and malleability.
richard’s must haves
LightStim’s biocellulose SheetMasque has wrinkle reducing peptides, powerful antioxidants, and ultra-hydrating ingredients to instantly promote supple and luminous skin.
The Enbioment Microbiome Probiotic System by DMK was designed to neutralize the skin’s pH level with rich anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic property ingredients, like olive oil, snow mushroom, green tea, and vitamins C and E.
Hale & Hush’s Mist Me is a refreshing face spritz formulated to hydrate, nourish, and energize skin through gentle, yet proactive ingredients. It detoxifies, protects, and restores the delicate nature of all skin types, especially sensitive skin.