Notes from Mai

“Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life” Confucius.


As a young girl, my fascination for creams, textures and scents was so great, that my mother allowed me to accompany her to her facial appointment at the beauty parlour. I developed an instant admiration for the beautician at hand, dressed in her elegant white outfit, I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen; her scent was exquisite, and there was so much grace in her. In her presence, and surrounded by her many creams and potions, I felt instantly soothed, in my element, with only one thought in mind, I wanted to be just like her. 

Years later, after graduating with the diploma of beauty therapy in Melbourne, I decided to go back to my roots and moved to Europe to practice my skills. There I discovered the spa industry, working in one of Paris’s most prestigious spas, where I was trained by experts in their fields, performing skin and body treatments of 5 star standards; and that is when I started to get a real feel for active ingredients and skincare products. Being bilingual enabled me to move to an international training role, and I also spent some time assisting in beauty events during the festive seasons on the French riviera.

These opportunities allowed me to broaden my skills, and I accepted a position as head of a Parisian skin and body centre, which enabled me to gain experience in the paramedical field, working with various high-tech machineries, dedicated to laser hair removal, body contouring, and differing anti-ageing modalities.

I then headed back to Melbourne a few years later, enrolled at university to study the bachelor of dermal sciences, and began my journey in the cosmedic medecine industry, whilst in parallel, working with various physicians and surgeons in their facilities.

I feel incredibly grateful to have turned one of my passions into a 20-year career, practicing my skills with numerous cosmeceutical brands, working alongside and learning from incredible therapists and practitioners, which have enabled me to acquire the insight I now have about skin health.

But what I found myself questioning all along this journey, was this very thought: Why do we always want more, what truth stands behind our motivation to reach the best physical version of ourselves? The beauty industry is not static, it is constantly evolving with new technologies that intend to enhance our physical appearances and advances in active ingredients that aim to improve skin health and delay the signs of aging. But is this really enough? Despite science’s efforts to help us look healthier and younger, aging inevitably will unravel one way or another. During normal intrinsic ageing, the skin's biological structures change. We see a reduction in volume, bone density, and hydration levels. The trickiest part I have found is to accept it. As I started enquiring a little deeper, I came to the conclusion that other aspects of the human body also deserved to be seen, heard and enhanced. On a personal level, I have found that a more graceful and sustainable way to manoeuvre through our physical changes would be to choose a lifestyle that supports a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Skin To Heart was created to shine light into a truth that is very close to my heart. Yes, we can enhance the health of our skin, but deeper aspects of ourselves also deserve to be nurtured, and I believe that these need to be considered in order to reach our truest form of beauty. Skin to heart can lead us into a beauty that runs deeper than the skin.