Ep 33 - An Insider Look at Esthetics Education in India (feat. Farida)
In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, we chat with skin care expert Farida about her experience growing up in Chennai, India, and how the importance of skin care has played a significant role in her life since the day she was born. We discuss how esthetics education in India compares to education in the United States, covering everything from differences in client concerns and various techniques used to regulations and certification requirements. Farida is not only a forever student of skin care, soaking up as much new knowledge as she can wherever her path takes her, but she is also an educator who has had the unique opportunity to teach esthetic students in India and licensed esthetic professionals in the US. You don’t want to miss what this skin care expert has to say! Tune in to hear her one-of-a-kind perspective and her honest yet inspiring words of encouragement for estheticians who may be feeling discouraged about their career choice right now due to COVID-19.
Farida was born and raised in South India near the pristine beaches of Neelankari. She was schooled in natural skin care methods by her mother and sisters from an early age, and after attending an ayurvedic college, she became a skin care educator at Pivot Point Academy in Chennai. For five years she trained legions of young estheticians, fueling the booming day spa industry in India. Farida migrated to New York in 2011 and graduated from Dermalogica Academy two years later.
Farida was recruited by the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and promoted within one year to the skin care division lead position and certified as a Red Door Educator. At Red Door she developed a team of expert skin therapists skilled in her unique skin treatment protocols, thus providing their guests an experience otherwise not available in the market.
When the Red Door Company closed all of its locations as a result of the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Farida lost her job. But out of the crisis, a brand was born. The Farida Skin Care Studio was launched in downtown White Plains, New York, as a destination that provides each of its clients with a custom-designed journey to healthy and beautiful skin.