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A Career In Beauty Therapy: Carmen McNamara

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Carmen McNamara

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Carmen McNamara

A career in beauty therapy can take you places you may not have considered before. From a career in the traditional spa to a career educating future beauty therapists, there are incredible opportunities available in the beauty industry.

This week on the “A Career in Beauty Therapy” series, we catch up with Carmen McNamara (AKA The Skin Fairy). Carmen is a true inspiration to many beauty therapists and achieves amazing results for her clients. As a dermal therapist and business owner, Carmen and her team change lives – one skin treatment at a time.

Over your career, you’ve had some major milestones and achievements, including the International Skin Games and winning multiple DMK awards. Tell us about your journey in the beauty industry and how you got to where you are today.

It all started when I was 13. My mums best friend was a beauty therapist and it’s all I ever wanted to do from the moment she tinted my eyelashes for the first time. I then started working in the industry in Year 10 at 16 years of age, on a Thursday night and on Saturday at a local beauty salon, basically as a cleaner, but I loved it. I was obsessed from the beginning really. Beauty School came a few years later, from there I went and worked abroad a luxury cruise liner doing beauty therapy as a Steiner therapist. Upon returning home I studied Dermal Science and really got into the skin industry from about the age of 21, and it’s basically been a roller coaster since then. Skin Fairy Clinic has been operating for 4.5 years now, which is just so awesome. I always wanted my own business and to have my own clinic, it was only ever a matter of time, it’s just something I always dreamt of. And now 14 years in this amazing industry, I feel there is so much to learn and achieve, I am working even harder now to achieve my goals. The accomplishments along the way have been hard hard work, but amazing all in the same breath.

You really are a ‘Skin Fairy’, achieving results for your clients that are truly magical. What is your approach to achieving a healthier skin?

Skin is a holistic approach, everything effects everything. The sooner clients and skin therapists work in synergy together, treating topical and internal, exciting changes start to happen. You can truly change someone’s life for the better when you help them achieve healthier skin. My advice is always to start small, drink more water, include vitamins into your diet, use a mask once a week etc, small steps help the approach to changing any routine, feel a lot more doable.

One thing that we love is that you are so passionate about staff education, team work, and providing a motivating environment for your therapists. You are a fantastic mentor for your team and many beauty therapists across the world. What is the most important piece of advice you could pass on to therapists considering opening their own clinic and managing their own teams?

Thank you so much. This has been my dream from day one, I wanted to create a happy, healthy, educational environment for my business & team. It’s a privilege for me able to teach and learn constantly so that as a brand we all grow together and change lives whilst we are doing so.

We are a value driven company and my advice to others would be, how can you help others? How do you wish you were treated when you first started in the industry? What do you think you could add or gain by being positive and encouraging? Are you ready to serve your team?

One vital point that most people don’t realise is being a leader or business owner within your own company, means you have to be ready to serve others. You have to be willing to uplift, guide and cheerlead everyone else before yourself. If you start solo like I did, back yourself. But when you gain a team, it becomes about them also and don’t ever forget that. Team work makes the dream work.

What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?

I LOVE IT ALL! But I can never go past my DMK Enzyme therapy. Its unlike anything else on the market, it works on the function of the skin first and foremost, creating an overall homeostasis whilst topically working on the surface layers, hydrolysing dead skin cell material, increasing water levels in the skin and giving it a good work out. The skin looks absolutely stunning post enzyme, dewy and glowing.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in beauty therapy?

GO FOR IT! There is so many avenues, so many directions you could go. Find your passion within the industry and work hard pursing it! The options are endless! I started in beauty side of things and now work in dermal side, only treating skin with an amazing team of 9 superstars (ITS SO MUCH FUN). The industry has amazing opportunities for everyone and anyone! Its truly so diverse.

We are so incredibly grateful to Carmen for sharing her experience in the beauty industry. You can see more about Carmen at @theskinfairy_ or Skin Fairy Clinic at @skinfairyclinic. Her website is found here:

For more guidance about your future career in beauty therapy, chat to the expert team at ACTI at 02 6176 3411.

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Rachel Jabs

A Career In Beauty Therapy: Rachel Jabs

Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy

with Rachel Jabs

A career in beauty therapy can take you places you may not have considered before. From a career in the traditional spa to a career educating future beauty therapists, there are incredible opportunities available in the beauty industry.

This week on the “A Career in Beauty Therapy” series, we catch up with Rachel Jabs – a beauty therapist working in the clinical spa environment who is also completing her studies in nursing.

You entered the beauty industry at a young age and are now almost finished your Bachelor of Nursing. How did your career start in the beauty industry?

My career in the beauty industry started because of my passion for skin, makeup and beauty – this passion stemmed from struggles with cystic acne growing up and wanting to understand and better my own skin. This led me to kick starting my in beauty therapy at 15 when I enrolled into a Diploma of Beauty Therapy. I studied beauty therapy at night, attended school during the day and worked in my free time. When I completed my course in beauty I applied for a job at Laser Clinics Australia and landed it, which I was super excited about and I have worked there ever since.

Was a career in beauty therapy something you always knew you wanted to undertake?

There are photos of me at my third birthday with a full face of makeup that I have no idea how it occurred as my mum doesn’t own a slither of makeup (it was probably crayon). Much to my Mum’s dismay, I also used to give my barbies, soft toys and expensive china dolls (meant for display, sorry Mum!) hair cuts and makeovers which were irreversible. I also gave my childhood dog, Lucy, a set of eyebrows using varied techniques on several occasions which was a hoot. Seeing all the expressions she could wear for sometimes weeks on end. It’s safe to say I loved playing with makeup and faces from a young age.

During high school I had attended a work experience at a hair salon, which I didn’t enjoy and so I left the industry alone for a while. It only hit me that beauty therapy would be the perfect career when I saw an ad on TV for beauty training in my area. I attended the next Open Day and instantly fell in love. I signed up that day!

As a future cosmetic injector, you will have the beauty therapy knowledge and skills as well as the nursing. How do beauty therapy and cosmetic injections compliment each other?

Having worked in the clinical side of beauty therapy, I have learned what expectations and results my clients want from their treatment. Being able to perform cosmetic injections just helps me give the clients their desired outcome sooner and on a whole new level.

I will already have the background knowledge to create the perfect face and I will also be able to assist my clients in giving them their desired complexion to go along with their injectables treatment plan prescribed. 

You’ve been working as a beauty therapist providing advanced facials for many years. What is your favourite treatment to perform and why?

My favourite treatments to perform have hands down been the clinical results driven treatments such as dermal needling. Dermal needling treats a plethora of concerns and uses the body’s own healing process to improve the skins texture, integrity and appearance. 

What advice would you give to those considering a career in beauty therapy?

If beauty is your passion, this career can be rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable. There is plenty of room to grow and further your studies. Just be prepared to work weekends (haha).

I believe it is important to train your students in the latest technology and treatments available including laser, microdermabrasion, shellac and peels as this is where the industry is headed. A lot of the treatments I had learned in my beauty course were already redundant and of no use to me. In this sense I believe ACTI will be the school to attend if you are wishing to pursue a beauty career as it is owned and run by people who have experience in the advanced beauty industry and have insight of where it is headed, you don’t want to graduate and your skills already be irrelevant!  

What do you love most about the beauty industry?

I have to say, another awesome part of working in the beauty industry is being surrounded by like-minded people who you get along with and wouldn’t turn down catching up outside of work. I don’t envy hearing my friends who work at desk jobs complain about their colleagues and how unalike their colleagues are. I really enjoy all the girls I have worked with and I feel constantly supported by them. 

We are so grateful to Rachel for chatting with ACTI and sharing her experience in the beauty industry. You can get in touch with Rachel via Instagram at @notquitecosmeticnurse.jabs.

For more guidance about your future career in beauty therapy, chat to the expert team at ACTI at 02 6176 3411.