Joanna Vargas Celebrity Skin Care Facialist Bio
August 27th, 2011 by Joanna
I arrived in the skincare field via a winding road. I moved to NYC with dreams of working as a photographer. After trying numerous odd jobs with some top fashion and art photographers, I decided to try my hand at makeup. Once I had my first skincare lesson, I knew I had found my calling. I love taking care of people and I love having the privilege of meeting people from every walk of life and from every corner of the globe.
My first exposure to the world of organic skin care products was at my first job as an esthetician, Ula Day Spa in Tribecca. Magda used Julique for the spa’s signature treatments, and people really loved the smells, loved the fact that the products were safe. There I gained hands on experience from some really incredible estheticians. Those girls taught me how to really take special care of every client, and how to listen to the clients needs. With a menu of 10 facials alone, I needed to really know about products and ingredients! We carried a product line from Poland that had the most amazing enzyme exfoliating mask. It smelled terrible, but it was the most popular treatment I did because it really left the skin glowing. That mask made a big impression on me that inspired me later!
Next, I went to work for a celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Brad Katchen. His love of products is second to no one. He had an extensive apothecary in his spa which stocked the most exclusive skincare product lines from Europe. Dr. Katchen really taught me about anti-aging treatments. I loved learning about non-organic skin care products and what those ingredients could do for someone looking to really look their best. Just from these two jobs, I had gathered some extremely valuable knowledge- people wanted natural ingredients and they wanted the best results possible.
I met wonderful estheticians along my journey and some icons in the field of skincare too- Jo Malone was a huge influence on me and my esthetic skills.
Throughout my life I cant tell you how many thousands of hours I spent in apothacaries and shops looking at products and ingredients. I love everything about products, from the packaging to the smells, to even the way people describe something. My favorite gift as a kid was products- lip glosses, bubble bath, lotions. Today my favorite gifts are still products, but I have traded the Orange Crush Bonnie Bell Lip Gloss for Wei Pomegranate Buffing Beads from Space NK!
As far as treatments go, my inspiration comes from all over the map as well. I was taught microcurrent facials as performed in my Triple Crown Facial by an amazing woman from Australia, Joy Kingston. Her knowledge of the face and her techniques with electricity are truly unique in every way. I learned microcurrent by first re-learning every muscle in the face and how it attaches to the body. I learned faradic body treatments from Joy as well. I had never done these types of body treatments ever in my career, but they are simply amazing.
My Intraceutical Oxygen treatments came to me courtesy of every beauty magazine I read for one calender year about Michelle Peck traveling with Madonna as her facialist and giving her daily treatments. Seeing how smooth and wrinkle-free Madonna always looks, I had to acknowledge Michelle for being a great facialist and having a great tool. I tried many other types of oxygen facial treatments, but Intraceuticals is the best! I remember when I first tried it. I did only one side of my face and drove home. I walked in the door and my husband said “What happened to your face and why didn’t you make them fix it!” The side that had the treatment was tight, glowing, hydrated and fresh. The bad side looked like it had been dragging behind the car on the drive home. SOLD!
LED Light Therapy was introduced to me via a client receiving treatments from esteemed dermatologist Patricia Wexler. This client had years of sun damage, yet after only a few sessions with Dr. Wexler, I saw her skin quality was starting to change. After spending hours doing research on the internet, I found all the original studies done by the doctors who did studies from grants by NASA. The results of these studies were beyond amazing. Collagen growth in quantifiable percentages, reduced inflammation, even the studies on cancer patients was incredible. But the real magic was when we started doing light on our own clients. A magic wand, or close to it. Who could ask for anything more as an esthetician or a client. Sarah Brown chronicled the birth of the LED Bed (patent pending) in the JULY 2011 issue of Vogue Magazine. You can find it on my press page if you want to check it out. I am so proud to be known as a leader in the esthetics field with my LED light therapy Bed. To this day, LED Light Therapy is something every one of my clients does here in the salon and it is my signature treatment.
I have many treatments, like the Full Body Microderabrasion and The Power Peel, that I have never seen on anyone elses menu. But what makes them unique? The way I train my staff, my girls knowledge, my products, my machines, it all contributes to the excellence a client will receive when they come. I welcome you to try it out and see for yourself!