Mum, the name on top of our minds whenever we need advice or a sounding board & what better way to celebrate the most special woman in our lives than by taking some time out to reflect on the advice our own Mums have given us to help lead us to do our thing for your skin!
Cara, Gabby, and even our brand new ‘mystery’ team member (to be revealed as starting at The Clinic very soon!) are all very lucky to have had excellent influence from their Mums, and we wanted to share some of that advice they have received with you all.
Our ever-stylish Cara certainly learned a trick or two about beauty from her Mum! ‘She has always been into self-care. She has given me my love of fashion and beauty and always had an amazing natural sense of style that was unique to her, she never followed trends.’
It is the push to be unique and follow your own path that helped Cara and The Clinic land where we are today. Right down to the ever important first skincare routine, Cara’s Mum has influenced her love for skin.
‘My mum put me on to my first skincare regime at the age of 10 years old’ She says, ‘I still remember exactly what the products where – the blue alpine cleanser from Clarins, their yellow toner and the moisturiser with the apricot lid!’
And much the same setup for a skincare regime is remembered by our newest, mystery team member – ‘My mum was a true subscriber to the ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ protocol. At around the age of 12 she set me up with my own regime and I have been dedicated to my skin health ever since.’
We truly believe that taking care of your skin is one of the greatest acts of self-care you can choose to make. Cara has held this belief for a long time, likely from this lesson her Mum taught her ‘There are times in your life when you will be able to splurge on yourself and times when you will not remember to view looking after your skin and health as a not a luxury but a necessity.’
Lessons such as these have influenced the sophisticated level of care at The Clinic Skin Health and allow Cara to continually strive to bring only the highest level of product and treatment to all clients.
When it comes to sunscreen and sun protection, I am sure you could agree that many generations before us were less than likely to have been conscious about protecting against those harmful rays, but for our newest team member, that was not the case!
‘The thing my Mum was most particular about in our youth was sun protection and the use of zinc-based sunblock, hats, and sunglasses. We were those kids on the beach, the pastiest of white with every scrap of skin covered in rash vests, zinc on our noses and legionnaires caps, what I thought was a very dorky look!’
Being armed with the right tools and learnings from our past, sun protection is one of our number one skincare recommendations at The Clinic Skin Health, so there is no surprise that those of us with our own children now find ourselves falling into those same typical Motherly instincts, ‘I find as a mum myself now I have my kids covered in the exact same way! And I do not have half of the sun damage some of my friends have, so for this I am very grateful to have learnt this from a young age!’
For Gabs, our youngest team member, she started by telling us that her Mum is her ‘Most favourite person in the world’ …is that not just the most heart-warming way to celebrate this special day?
It is not hard to see where the passion for providing great care in Gabby comes from, she says of her Mum ‘From a young age my mum has always looked after herself both mentally and physically.’ And followed with noting that ‘The skincare advice my Mum has given me is to eat well, exercise, drink water, get enough rest and meditate, which has influenced my interest in learning and starting a career in dermal science so that I can know more about the links between physical health and our skin.’
The ladies of The Clinic all feel incredibly lucky to have had such positive and strong women influence and lead us to where we are now, and as we grow ourselves and become Mothers to our own children, it is the support, open arms, and nurture we hope to bring to our approach in our life’s work.
And young Gabsters, who is not quite on her own motherhood journey just yet, summarised perfectly the change in dynamic between herself and her Mum now that she is studying & taking on higher level knowledge on skincare – ‘My mum is so supportive and interested in what I am learning as we both share a love for holistic health. I am proud to be able to share the knowledge I am gaining with my Mum; in the same way she shares her own knowledge and wisdom with me.’