Barbara Sericano, graduated beautician, works at her Beauty Saloon in Rapallo.
When did you decide that beauty would be your profession?
I decided that I would do the beautician when I started to suffer from acne ! I wanted to find something non-aggressive that would cure that imperfection without causing collateral effects
What are the beauty treatments that are requested to you more often?
I have been working in a 4 Stars Hotel SPA as well, so the most requested treatments are massages: relaxing, draining, soothing and after sun massages. I also added a SPA line for hands and feet which is very relaxing and effective that is having great success.
Do you use vegetable and essential oils in your job and if you do so how?
All the oils I use are cold-pressed and they are mainly almond, calendula and arnica. I use the essential oils a lot, especially in facial treatments. They are excellent, they penetrate deeper and you can make some great synergies to achieve fantastic results.
You are a beautician graduated from Dafla school of aesthetics in Genoa, even if you’re not a doctor you are often in contact with skin problems, what are the more frequent and what are the beautician’s answers to them?
I am often in contact with various aesthetic problems: acne, skin aging, cellulite. Unlike the doctor I try to keep the skin in an optimal state, in order to prevent these problems.
When imperfections are already out there, I try to solve them in the best way. For example acne, I try to treat it with specific acids such as glycolic and mandelic acids, which are derived from plants -sugar cane and almond trees- they have a double function: thin the skin and moisturize it. These acids are also used a lot for skin aging problems.
As regarding cellulite, I treat that with lymphatic drainage massage and seaweed wraps and mud.
The thing I’ve noticed over the years is that consistency is always the key, beauticians cannot do the miracle, if you want to completely eliminate the imperfections you can consider going to the surgeon.
You want to share some little trick or ingredient that we can enter in our daily skincare routine?As I said before consistency always rewards: do not EVER stop use cleansing milk and tonic (preferably alcohol free) for your face; these are small tricks, however fundamental for the maintenance of your skin radiance.
In Winter time, especially if you have very dry skin and sensitive skin, use pure shea butter, just get a needle, heat it on your finger tips and put it a thin layer on your face after the usual cream, it works wonderfully well!