In this series, I will share the paths of women who are doing their thing and doing it well.
I am inspired by women who get out there and make things happen- particularly in the health and wellness field. It can be really intimidating and confusing when trying to forge a path in industries that often don't have a clear path to success. This takes courage, grit, dedication and of course, a clear vision. I have asked several women who inspire me to share their story and their path. Introducing the BadAss ♀ Series that focuses on women who are kicking ass and making things happen in their fields.
This week's BadAss Female is Hayley Roy- Skin Expert and Green Facialist. First- Hayley has this gorgeous glowy skin that obviously indicates she knows what's up in skin care land. She has vast amounts of knowledge on all of the natural skincare products out there in the world and has such a calm gentle energy about her. Here's Hayley's insight into the green land of beauty!
lICENSED ESTHETICIAN + GREEN FACIALIST | LOS ANGELES, CA
Tell us about your path to holistic wellness, what brought you to this moment?
My journey started when I was really young. I was consistently at home sick, needing to leave school for emergency doctor/hospital visits, throwing up at every birthday party or holiday outing and struggled with cystic acne starting at age 10. I became obsessed with figuring out what was wrong with me as it never seemed like other kids my age struggled as much as I did. This experience led me to esthetic school at 18 years old the summer after my freshman year of college and that's when the path to recovery really started to unfold. My interactions with everyone during this journey from my teachers, classmates, clients to other professionals all helped me start putting the pieces of my puzzle together. I've learned so much about everything from nutrition, herbalism, supplements, spirituality and obviously skincare throughout the last decade. I constantly strive to stay as educated as possible so I can live my best life and provide some of my personal insight to help others.
IN A NUTSHELL, PLEASE SHARE WITH US WHAT YOUR WORK ENTAILS:
I provide a holistic insight in my skin care practice. I have been a practicing esthetician since 2006 and have slowly focused down to providing efficacious, green facials over the last year or so. I had moved to LA back in 2012 and hoped to find a great place to work which provided the same care/ethics that I believe is essential towards making a change with someone and their skin. I worked everywhere from small boutiques spas, corporate hotel spas, and plastic surgeons offices until I realized that I needed to create this place I was seeking so much. With the support of The Detox Market, the best green beauty store in LA, I manage my time between personally assisting people with their skin care regimen online and providing a safe and approachable space in my home for customized facials. I use organic or wild crafted products that are toxin free in addition to using a LED lights, high frequency, microdermabrasion, plant based peels, ultrasonic exfoliation and cold therapy. No treatment is the same. I truly feel like everyone needs to be catered to on an individual basis, which has always created an immediate trust and calm for my clients. Each one of my clients calls me a skin coach because I'm here to listen and make them feel like we can get through their skin concerns together. A lot of what is going on can be internal, and that can be very vulnerable. I want to make sure each person feels supported and not alone.
What are 3 things you cannot live without and why?
- My iPhone: I love to be in constant contact with my loved ones. Sending silly emojis and I love you's periodically throughout the day almost makes me smile. Luckily, I can still disconnect easily.
- My BKR Water Bottle: I don't drink out of plastic and it's so adorable I am constantly reminded to drink water.
- Zinc Based Sunscreen: I love Josh Rosebrook's Nutrient Day Cream and Suntegrity's Daily Facial SPF. Zinc is so healing to any inflammation and is a natural physical block against the sun. It's necessary for my pale complexion!
How do you nourish yourself daily?
My skin care routine. I am diligent about my routine because it makes me feel beautiful and it forces me to slow down. It's good for my soul and I never skip it.
What is your go-to favorite meal?
Every morning I make a quick smoothie and salad so I'm at least set up for 2 meals of the day. My smoothie usually has Maca, Protein Powder, Spinach or Kale, Blueberries, Coconut Milk and Moon Juice's Spirit Dust. Salad is a half cucumber, half avocado, mixed greens, whatever other produce I have on hand! For a dressing, I make a Turmeric, Himaylian Pink Salt, Fresh Cracked Black Pepper and Olive Oil. It takes me about 10 minutes every morning and sets me up just right.
What is your personal/professional philosophy?
To say yes to myself and others. I know when to say no but I just started saying yes to myself. It's rare that I say no to a client, as I know it can take a lot to ask for help so I try to always be present for when someone needs it. Also, never be the smartest person in the room. I need to constantly learn and grow so I am open to it at all times.
Where do you draw your inspiration for your life’s work?
Every day conversations with different people. We all deal with struggle in our lives and you can never assume what someone is going through. For me, mothers are very inspiring to me because I think of them as superhuman.
How do you measure success?
Success is helping others. If I can help someone realize their worth that is my measurement of success.
How do you work to elevate women around you?
I'm constantly complimenting people. Genuinely. I love telling someone that they have a beautiful smile or their energy is fantastic- because hopefully it will help them spread that joy. It's infectious to be kind. Women need a lot of kindness and we deserve to honor each other.
Closing wisdom or inspiring quote you would like to share?
The background on my phone says "Don't just be good to others. be good to yourself too." It's simple but we all need a reminder. I throw compliments out and promote self care all day long. The truth is that it's easy to get into a routine where we give and give and give but we must remember to always give to ourselves, too. That is when the most magical moments happen.
WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU, HOW CAN WE CONNECT WITH YOU?
I’ve partnered up with my friend Tara Curran to host a series of talks called SKINFOOD. We are hosting several events throughout the next few months. Announcements of the events will be posted on Instagram- so make sure to follow us (@therapeuticskincoach and @taracurran_). You can learn more about my work here: www.therapeuticskincoach.com -My website is a great way to connect- Whether you want to book a session with me in my home skin care practice, connect on how to obtain their skin care goals or just read about my insights on everyday topics, this website will be the embodiment of all of that!