Thanks to the magic of Internet, I got to connect with Fiona Harlowe, and I’d like for you to know more about her and her fascinating story.
Fiona Harlowe is an international facialist, with a focus on better ageing. She currently conducts her own skin care clinic in Spain, and is also about to launch her own skin care line. Fiona has an extensive knowledge about skincare, combining Western and Eastern beauty traditions (such as Ayurveda) and I find her approach to skin and overall beauty insightful. If you follow her, you’ll see that she’s never short of precious beauty and wellness advices. She was kind and gracious to answer several questions, ranging from the SPF debate to the impact of nutrition, and share her wisdom for the blog.
What motivated you to become a Facialist?
I have always been drawn to herbs and massage, even as a child I used to try to make my own rose water by crushing petals! I travelled up India on a motorbike in my twenties and begun a lifelong fascination with Ayurveda, ‘The Science of Life’. I retrained as a Beauty Therapist at 30 and was immediately drawn to specialising solely in massage and skin. Not only did I discover an infinite passion for working with the skin, I found I had a natural, and powerful touch. As someone with adult acne myself I also have an authentic empathy for those living with challenging skin conditions. My own skin journey and personal holistic approach to my own life has lead to me developing a unique integrated skin practice which combines a modern take on ancient techniques with technical, skilled skin work. Built on the principals of love, touch, gratitude, grounding and intention this gets real results especially on difficult and damaged skin and translates, with dramatic effect, on those with younger, less challenging skin.
inner health, balance and well-being. Somehow we expect our skin care products to work miracles on our skin without fully acknowledging that they are just one piece of the jigsaw. Not acknowledging our personal responsibility for the health, look and feel of our skin is definitely the most common mistake I see and this lack of responsibility comes from a lack of self love.
There are also times when skin care rituals need to be stripped right back and the ‘less is more’ rule applies. This is particularly pertinent for reactive skin with flare ups and/or breakouts.
Both of these prayers I have find to be transformative, powerful and grounding.
and developing skin and massage therapies in spas, salons, clinics and shops. I am also in the process of opening my own Better Ageing Skin Space in Spain which will not only have beautiful treatments, skin specific yoga, meditation and carefully selected cherry picked skin care products and nutritional supplements I have sourced from all over the world but also my own most popular blends which will be available for the first time. You will be able to buy all of these, as well as virtual skin consultations with me, on my new website which will be launched shortly!