Beau­ti­ful start to ca­reer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

SOUTH PERTH IPL Sk­inResQ beauty ther­a­pist Ash­leigh McCowan has the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to help clients work through their skin prob­lems.

Thanks to her per­sonal touch and a pinch of per­fec­tion­ism, Ms McCowan can now call her­self one of the best beauty ther­a­pists in the coun­try.

The 22-year-old was re­cently named one of six fi­nal­ists from across Aus­tralia in the run­ning for the ABIA Beauty Ther­a­pist of the Year title.

Ms McCowan is the res­i­dent paramed­i­cal ther­a­pist and in­tense pulse light spe­cial­ist and has five years of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence un­der her belt.

The hum­ble fi­nal­ist be­gan her journey into beauty ther­apy dur­ing high school when she was bat­tling the is­sues she now helps clients over­come.

“When I was at school I suf­fered pretty badly from acne and I was teased,” Ms McCowan said.

“I tried every­thing un­der the sun to fix it.

“Then I started to d454940 be­come re­ally in­ter­ested in how acne formed and how to get rid of it.”

At 16, Ms McCowan said the bul­ly­ing about her skin got so bad she wanted to leave school.

“It got to the point where I just didn’t want to go be­cause I was be­ing teased,” she said.

“I spoke with the ca­reers coun­sel­lor and set up some work ex­pe­ri­ence at a day spa, and from that I was of­fered a trainee­ship for beauty ther­apy and I left school.”

Ms McCowan said she had never looked back.

“It was def­i­nitely the best thing I’ve ever done; I al­ways knew I wanted to pur­sue this ca­reer,” she said.

Ms McCowan will fly to Syd­ney in Au­gust to at­tend a gala din­ner to hear the win­ner an­nounce­ments.

“I’m go­ing over with my boss and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” Ms McCowan said.

“I’ve never been to Syd­ney, so it’ll be great.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Ash­leigh McCowan.

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