When you first meet licensed esthetician Amy Mutnan, you’ll know how well her treatments work by the incredible glow of her skin. And you’ll soon realize her enthusiasm and depth of dedication to the science of skincare when you see her inner glow as she talks about her work.
Amy recently brought her services, AM Skincare, to BeWell Associates and we caught up with her to learn more about her story, her healing work with the skin, and her favorite skincare tip and product.
BW: What first got you interested in skincare?
AM: I kind of just fell into skincare. After attending massage school out of college, my eyes were opened to a whole new side of the medical and treatment world. After practicing massage therapy for about 5 years, I decided to attend aesthetic school because I love all the “science of skincare”. I wanted to further study what I was putting on my skin. Through my years of education and experience, I enjoy the challenge of helping others on their skin health journey. I have learned that when we experience imbalance internally, emotionally, physically, or with in your lifestyle, your skin will show it!
BW: What makes your approach to esthetics different?
AM: My approach to skincare has evolved through the years. I started out my skincare journey in the spa setting, focusing more on integrating relaxation with skincare treatments. A family move took us across the country where I had the opportunity to provide skincare in a medical office performing deep peels, laser light treatments, laser resurfacing, and treating many advanced skin care conditions. While lasers, peels and medications can create quick superficial results, they are not getting to the root of the problem.
Only when we attack the root of the problem will there be relief from the symptoms and concerns. This is the philosophy I base my own skincare practice on. Now I provide both relaxation and treatment-based plans, which allows for the integration of both physical and emotional health.
BW: What kind of training have you had?
AM: After becoming a Massage Therapist in 2001, I became a Licensed Esthetician in 2005 and earned my Master Aesthetician License in 2012. Along the way I’ve completed advanced certifications in Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning & Skinceuticals Clinical Procedures, Obagi Advanced Medical Peels, Sciton Laser Technician Level 1, Advanced Fotofacial and Laser Peels, Collagen Induction therapy & Microneedling, and PCA Skin Certification. I’m also a Certified Acne Specialist and Holistic Skincare Specialist. I use all my training to integrate medical corrective skincare treatments with holistic wellness to bring balance, reduced skin inflammation allowing true skin repair.
BW: What benefits have you gotten from the treatments?
AM: I experienced melasma after my 3rd baby and a long course of medications. I initially tried all the prescription HQ topical lighters and watched as my skin became red, dehydrated, and leathery looking without actually decreasing the blotchy pigment that melasma creates.
After integrating a more well rounded treatment approach, I started to see healthy results that didn’t have symptoms of inflammation. My melasma, which is due to hormones, is still a work in progress. However, my skin is healthy & radiant .
BW: What do you love most about your work?
AM: I love helping people Love the skin they’re in! Skin conditions like aging and acne can be so crushing to our souls and confidence. Some of the most rewarding clients are ones that have “tried everything”. I enjoy taking these clients and diving deeper into products, treatments, and nutritional support, to create the desired result. This is why I am so excited to have BeWell Associates as collaborative partners. Collectively we can create lifelong skincare health and healing.
BW: What’s the one skincare rule you wish everyone would follow?
AM: The one rule I wish everyone would follow is Exfoliation isn’t always the answer! Working the in medical skincare industry, I can’t tell you how many times I saw people that were over exfoliated and over stimulated. Scrubs, peels, prescriptions. Sometimes less is more. Your skin has to be healthy to heal itself. Our bodies are pretty darn amazing when given the proper tools.
BW: What’s your one must-have skincare product?
AM: Right now it’s Catalyst AC11 and SPF. I can’t just pick one. Catalyst is a unique combination of vitamin C, amino acids and minerals to increase DNA repair, increase elastin production, and improve sun protection. Topical Vitamin C, Vitamin A and a great physical SPF are the keys to graceful aging!
To learn more about Amy’s Corrective Skincare treatments, click HERE.