Saturday 2 November 2013

Interview: Debbie Thomas

Debbie Thomas is a highly respected skin specialist, whose talent and unique approach has taken her from Harley Street to Hollywood. She is a true skin saviour to some of Hollywood's elite and has worked with some of the world's most renowned skincare brands.

When it comes to skin, there isn't much Debbie doesn't know. So you can imagine how excited I was when I was given the opportunity to interview her...

Debbie Thomas

What inspired you to work in the beauty industry? And how did your career journey begin?

I started with a keen interest in holistic treatments. I loved how manipulating muscles or nerve endings could trigger positive reactions in the body, making people feel better physically and emotionally. After completing my beauty, massage and reflexology courses, I got my first job and quickly gained a strong client base for my facials. 

I then developed adult acne and felt assured that my boss would be able to ‘cure’ me, she could not and neither could my GP. This was when my obsession with finding successful treatments began.

What is your career highlight?

Every time I get a new client through a recommendation I feel very proud. However my real career highlight was the first day I worked for myself in my own company. It was also the single most scary day. I didn't have lots of security if things didn't work out, so I told myself that I had to make it work no matter what.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to succeed in the beauty industry?

I think it’s about finding a niche or a specific area that you are passionate about and become an expert in it. I still go on as many training courses as I can, as I think you can never know enough. 

Debbie Thomas Facialist
Who is the ultimate beauty icon?

I think Eve Lom really was one of the first ‘super facialists’ and through her great techniques and products, she has become a global brand.

What are your makeup bag essentials?

La Roche-Posay tinted SPF 50 cream and Maybelline mascara are the basics I couldn't live without.
What is the biggest beauty crime a person can commit?

Not practising safe sun care.

What is your top beauty tip?

Go for a skin consultation with a professional skin specialist at least once a year. Your skin can change with seasons, age, stress and lifestyle, so your home routine needs to change seasonally as well. I also recommend monthly facials to make the most of your skin.

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