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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Kelly George, RN and Business Owner Extraordinaire

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Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

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The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

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Kelly George is the Founder of Kelly George Aesthetics.  In just 3 years Kelly George Aesthetics has become one of the leading skin and anti-ageing destination of its kind. Kelly has successfully built her brand and seen rapid growth within her business. Kelly’s career in the medical aesthetics industry started in 2006 within a marketing role for one of the top pharmaceutical companies.   

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Now, as a Registered Cosmetic Nurse, Kelly has more than 12 years’ experience in the industry.  She has successfully combined her business and marketing abilities with her clinical skills to drive what is considered one of the most successful anti-ageing clinics in Australia.

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Follow Kelly George

  • Instagram: @kellygeorgeaesthetics
  • Website

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Kelly George answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

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1. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the cosmetic skincare industry?

Social Media – people with very little knowledge can present themselves as “experts”. Consumers don’t know who’s reputable and who’s not. Don’t believe everything you see on Instagram!

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2. Name one thing on your bucket list.

Living in New York City for a period.

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3. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Bleaching my hair when I was 17! Yellow hair was not a good look on me.

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4. What is your greatest extravagance?

Champagne. I never buy sparkling wine. It doesn’t need to be a special occasion for champagne in our house!

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5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

“Literally”. I also terribly overuse exclamation marks in texts!

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6. What is your current state of mind?

Excited – I’m sitting in the Qantas Business Lounge waiting to board a flight to LA!

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7. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Wear Sunscreen – not just on your face, hands get old too!

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8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being in a CLEAN room, on a comfy lounge, with my hubby, both my kids, my dogs, a bottle of champagne and an Adam Sandler movie playing in the background.

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9. What is your greatest fear?

Not being able to protect my kids from the world if ever necessary.  

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10. Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Princess Diana.

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11. Which living person do you most admire?

My 11-year old son – he is the kindest person you’ll ever meet.

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12. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to stress less.

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13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Creating the life I have – which is the life I always wanted growing up.

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14. What do you most value in your friends?

That they understand I’m busy, but know I still love them.

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15. Who are your heroes in real life?

The doctors from “Botched” (@drdubrow, @drpaulnassif) – I would work for them for free just to be in their presence!!

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16. What is your motto?

No-one needs to frown!

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17. Describe yourself in one word.

Driven.

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18. What is your favorite skincare product?

Retinol.

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19. What excites you about your career?

Helping people! When a patient has suffered from a serious skin condition for years and I can resolve it, it is genuinely life changing for them and I LOVE being able to do that for people.

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20. How do you relax after a stressful day?

A glass of wine and my dogs on my lap.

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21. How does your background shape your outlook?

My background is the reason for my drive and determination, and because of my background – my goals are big!

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22. What is your favorite part about being a business owner?

Creating a brand and a culture within my clinic that everyone loves – people always say they love coming to the clinic because it “makes them feel good”. That’s what I envisaged and I’ve made it happen.

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23. What do you look for in the people you hire?

There are so many things that can be taught, but you can’t teach honesty, reliability and passion – so those things are a must!

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We Are Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ But What Does It Mean for YOU?

 

Can you believe SkinScience will be celebrating its 12th Anniversary this year? (New beginnings, baby!!)

 

This year, we want to do things a little differently at the clinic. Here’s a list of what we are manifesting and committed to in 2019 for SkinScience, and therefore for you: 

  1. Build upon what’s been successful so far for us.
  2. Learn from what hasn’t worked so well in the past – understand why it happened, make sure we learned the valuable lessons that were presented to us (we don’t believe in coincidences) and do better next time. 
  3. Always be on the forefront of new technologies and new advances in skin care. 
  4. Think outside of the box and bring new ways of looking at skin care. 
  5. Find new ways of delivering information and education to our clients, patients, and followers. 
  6. Always offer the highest level of customer service and customer experience. 
  7. Always do what’s right, in every way, even in the smallest of details. 
  8. Build authentic, strong relationships with each other, learn to say no with confidence and be able to have difficult conversations in order to have the best outcomes possible. 
  9. Keep each other accountable for promises we have made to each other. 
  10. Your word is all you have. 

 

Are you ready to think out of the box when it comes to your skin care? 

Get ready for a fantastic year at SkinScience ~ we are changing the face of skin care! The Great Reveal is coming soon!

 

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Dr. Julie Russak, MD Answers Marie’s 23 Questions

 

 

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Julie Russak MD is a Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and founder of the Russak Dermatology Clinic in New York. Dr. Russak has received numerous honors and recognition of her clinical excellence, including being selected as a “New York Super Doctor” by The New York Times.

 

She has created a state-of-the art practice providing comprehensive care in medical and cosmetic dermatology and is a main resource to the media, including beauty editors, research analysts and journalists.

 

 

1. Which talent would you most like to have?

 

Not to dwell on the past.

 

 

2. Name one thing on your bucket list:

 

I’ve never been to Japan. I’d like to go there to ski, be in the presence of sacred trees and sit under a cherry blossom.

 

 

3. What does authenticity mean to you?

 

Being true to myself. I think we can unfortunately lose sight of who we are when we try and convey to others who we are not. We cannot please anyone if we are not pleased with ourselves first.

 

 

4. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

 

Living in Sardinia, or spending most of my time there.

 

 

5. When have you felt the most proud?

 

When I graduated from Medical School and when I held my first born in my hands. There are choices and sacrifices you make to have a career and especially as a woman. There were times in my life I worried if I’d ever have children.

 

 

6. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

 

You may be surprised to know that I am of this stature and can hunt. I grew up in Siberia and my father took me hunting. I may not always have the time to do so, but I can grill a mean whole fish too!

 

 

7. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

 

The best gift I’ve ever received is from my husband – and it is always travel. We don’t exchange material gifts, only travel. He took me to Tuscany recently, late in the fall when the tourists were gone and it was quieter. The waiter at the hotel we were staying in, guided us to chairs just outside overlooking nothing.

He brought drinks back and said, “this is the most beautiful view,” but we looked at him puzzled. It was no spectacular view. He then said something I will never forget, which is, “it’s the most beautiful view of nothing and everything.”

 

 

8. What is your greatest extravagance?

 

Shoes!

 

 

9. What do you like most about your appearance?

 

As women, it is very hard to hone in on the things we actually like about ourselves, isn’t it? I’d have to say my posture. As a gymnast, I worked very hard to get it and work even harder now to keep it.

 

 

10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

 

You’d have to ask my nurses.

Nurses: “Older and wiser” and “You are so cute.” She uses these phrases a lot.

 

 

11. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

 

Perfect happiness to me is being in the presence of my loved ones, with a good book, and a view of nothing and everything.

 

 

12. What is your greatest fear?

 

Not having enough time. There’s still so much I want to do.

 

 

13. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

 

Unfinished anything, traffic, and lacking a good skincare regimen.

 

 

14. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would you choose to come back as?

 

A Bonsai tree. They are so peaceful.

 

 

15. What is your most treasured possession?

 

My passport.

 

 

16. What is your most distinctive characteristic?

 

The girls (my staff) say my blonde hair.

 

 

17. Describe yourself in one word.

 

Can I cheat and say three? Driven, compassionate and attentive.

 

 

18. What is your favorite skincare product?

 

Revision’s DEJ eye cream. I don’t travel without it- not even to and from work.

 

 

19. What excites you about your career?

 

I often see patients who see faults in themselves. So there’s a special moment after treatment when, they look at themselves in the mirror and feel beautiful. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life in a positive way is deeply rewarding.

 

 

20. How do you relax after a stressful day?

 

A glass of Hourglass Cabernet and a good book.

 

 

21. How does your background shape your outlook?

 

It is easier to see what you want in life when you’ve never had it.

 

 

22. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologist?

 

Talking with my patients. They are some of the most fascinating people.

 

 

23. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing your industry?

 

Commercialization of patient-doctor relationships. I still strive to preserve what patient-doctor relationship used to be. Quality over quantity is my highest priority.

 

Follow Dr. Julie Russak MD:

Instagram: @RussakDerm

Visit Dr. Russak’s  Website 

 

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