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Changing The Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Veronique Coulombe, CEO of Medical Blossom.

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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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Veronique Coulombe is the CEO of Medical Blossom Society. Veronique’s approach is based on seven years of consulting experience working directly with healthcare professionals to help them develop profitable practices. Veronique has had the opportunity to support physicians in developing their practices and marketing various products and services. 

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Follow Veronique Coulombe 

Instagram: @V.Coulombe and @MedicalBlossom 

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Veronique Coulombe answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

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1.What is your current state of mind?

Grateful. 

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2. Which talent would you most like to have? 

To read people’s minds or predict the future. 😉 

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

Me! And I would probably do few things differently. 😉 

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4. Where would you most like to live?

In Barbados. 

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5. What is your most treasured possession? 

Symbolic jewelry. 

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6. What do you most value in your friends?

Integrity.

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7. What is your favorite skincare product?

Sunday Riley – Good Genes.

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8. How do you relax after a stressful day?

Audiobooks, hiking, or watching the sunset with a cup of tea and Lola (my little puppy).

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

Creative minds – authentic personalities and people driven to succeed. I’ve quoted Peter Schutz many times: “Hire character. Train skill.”

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

Trust your vision and don’t try to “fit in”. 

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In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing our industry?Patients’ lack of education towards their condition/s and the treatments and technologies available to them on the market.

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12. What is your favorite part about being the president at Medical Blossom? 

I am able to fuse my passions with my career and I get to work both strategically and creatively.

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13. Describe yourself in one word.

Feisty. 

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

Retired, seriously. 

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15. When have you felt the most proud?

At 17 back then I was coordinating a festival managing half a million dollar budget. I was walking alone on the site the night before the festivities and was watching all the carousels and the stages going up. It made me really proud and still does actually.

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16. What is your most distinctive characteristic? 

My mind. 

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

I wish I had learned to forgive myself and others faster so that I could move forward. 

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18. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

The day you stop looking for happiness outside of yourself (most people look for it in their career and relationships). 

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19. What leadership lessons have you learned?

Everyone has something to teach you.  Everyone! 

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

I realllly do enjoy my alone time.  

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

I would focus more on the progress that has been made instead of trying to reach “perfection”. I’m working on it every day.

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22. What excites you about your career?

Everything there is to learn. How much this career has changed me personally and professionally – and still does. There are so many opportunities around it. 

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23. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

As cheesy as it sounds, the woman I have become. 

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Get Your Best Summer Skin with our Clinic’s #SummerHacks! #SkinScience #YYC

 

Here in Calgary, the arrival of summer is such a relief! The winter is finally gone, and with it some of the horrendously dry air that we struggle with through the many cold months. It is our time to shine and glow! Here is a review of lessons learned in summers past, to ensure you have the best skin ever!

 

 

Mineral Sunscreen is naturally water and sweat resistant.

If you have been in the clinic, then you have heard us tout the many benefits of mineral sunscreen. Its anti-inflammatory and non-friendly to bacteria. But we often forget that it is also a great product to wear around the water or when exercising outdoors. The best part is even with its natural water and sweat resistance, your skin can still breathe which means unlike its chemical counterparts it won’t clog pores. (When compared to many water resistant or sweat resistant chemical SPF products) It’s important to remember, as Health Canada guidelines state, that no SPF is water or sweat “proof”.  You will always need to reapply 15-20 min after exiting the water, some products just hold up a little longer/better when exposed to moisture.

DermaQuest ZinClear SPF30

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF50

Clay Masques keep pores clear.

With the increase in temperature, we usually see more active sweat and sebaceous glands. A weekly clay masque treatment can help reduce how quickly pores appear and or get clogged. Our two favourites are SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque and Patchology SmartMud Masque. SkinCeuticals Clarifying Masques is ideal for the T-Zone, it draws out unwanted impurities and oil.  The Patchology SmartMud NoMess Mud Masque is very anti-inflammatory and its individually wrapped treatments are perfect for travel!

 

 

Water, water, H20 and more water.

Get in your 8 glasses a day. Your skin will thank you. (As will the rest of your body) In addition to drinking your water, make sure that you have the RIGHT skin hydrators for this time of year. Often times, our winter products can be too heavy creating clogged pores and breakouts, and skipping the hydration step completely leads to dehydrated skin that is now more oil prone as your skin tries to compensate for the dehydration. There are several lightweight summer options that will give your skin the drink it needs!

DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

 

 

Don’t forget your chest and neck!

You’ve spent enough time with us now, that you dare not leave the house without ensuring your face is adequately protected. But this is a reminder to also care for your décolleté (chest and neck). This often forgotten about area is in need of some care too! At the very least, make sure each time you apply SPF to your face, you extent the application just a bit further. Your future self will thank you.

SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest & Hand Repair

 

 

Make Audrey Hepburn your fashion idol.

Specifically, the iconic photo of her in the large sunglasses and large brimmed hat! Investing in a fabulous pair of large sunglasses and cute large brimmed hat will only help the effectiveness of your SPF. Wearing a large set of sunglasses will help protect the delicate eye area. UVA and UVB rays are particularly effective at damaging this area, exposure will damage collagen leading to wrinkles and sagging skin(bags) as well as brown spots. A large brimmed hat, can protect your entire upper body (depending on the size of the brim). So, channel your inner Audrey the next time you are at the beach!