This week we caught up with Dermalogica’s Candice Gardner, who will be speaking about chemical peels at the 2019 FHT Training Congress. We talk about skin science, music and education.
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
I was born and raised in South Africa, but from a young age I was fascinated by different cultures and wanted to travel and experience the world. I wanted to be a pharmacist but unfortunately university was not an option financially, so I looked to train in an area that had lots of science focus. I am crazy about skin and cosmetic science and working for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica for over 20 years has afforded me the chance to indulge my passions daily. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to travel all around the world teaching and deliver presentations on all things skin, while meeting some incredibly inspiring people along the way.
Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…
I am up early, around 5.45am, to get organized for the day and am in the office by 8.15am. My current role as Education Manager – Content focuses on content and curriculum development. So, my days are filled with a range of meetings and briefings, along with writing and reviewing educational pieces.
I analyse workshop content and marketing copy to ensure technical and scientific accuracy. I also work on the Dermalogica Global Curriculum Task Force, which means I get to test new products and protocols for efficacy and results before we release them. We see over 25,000 skin therapists on our training every year in the UK and Ireland, and our focus every day is to bring outstanding education to skin therapists to ensure their success.
I leave the office at 4pm. My two children keep me on my toes with their busy schedules and between them we are off to one or other sports club or music lesson each day.
What interests you outside of work?
A lot of my time outside of work is taken up with my children and their activities. I am passionate about children having broad and enriching life experiences, so I volunteer with our local music charity’s parent’s association which supports fundraising for music education. Several Saturday mornings a month I help set up and run a pop-up café. Next month, over 1,500 children from the London Borough of Merton will perform in choirs, ensembles and orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, partly funded by the parent’s association and café.
When I am not at a sports fixture or watching a choir or dance rehearsal, I love to cook. So, I will spend time in the kitchen most weekends. I love reading and I have resolved to make more time to read in 2019.
What is your Training Congress seminar about?
I will be discussing working with chemical peels. There is little regulation around these services, and it is essential that high standards of professional practice are maintained. The formation of the JCCP demonstrates that there is a need for better regulation to ensure skin therapists can continue to provide these services.
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
We will look at everything from your responsibility at consultation to service execution and aftercare advice. It is a good opportunity to critically analyse your practice, procedures and protocol, and to ascertain whether you are protecting both your clients and yourself with safe treatment, while maximising the results.
What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?
An understanding of what constitutes excellent professional practice standards.
Even if you are not currently offering these services, you may find it useful to know what a client should expect if you are advising someone who is using an alternate practitioner for peels.
Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?
I will definitely be looking to find out about boosting therapy with brainwave music. I already have an insight into binaural beats and find this a fascinating area of research.
I am a massive fan of Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari from Jing Massage. I will always make time to attend their informative sessions.
What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
Have an open mind. It is easy as we grow in experience to become very opinionated and consequently limit what we would entertain. Often opportunities present in an unlikely fashion, and if we are always open, we are more likely to receive the inspiration. Explore, keep educating yourself, and stay open to what life and the world presents.
Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.
For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress