Beauty from within

Sum­mer­side woman wants well­ness for all

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Sharon Quann is ded­i­cated to help oth­ers. It’s what makes her tick. “There is so much we can do as in­di­vid­u­als to give back and do the right thing.”

Ed­i­tor’s note: This story first ap­peared in the most re­cent edi­tion of NOW At­lantic, a Salt Wire Net­work pub­li­ca­tion, in hon­our of In­ter­na­tional Women's Day

SUM­MER­SIDE — Sharon Quann is ded­i­cated to help oth­ers.

It’s what makes her tick. “There is so much we can do as in­di­vid­u­als to give back and do the right thing.”

Quann is the owner and pres­i­dent of BioSpa (Quann) Cos­me­cuet­i­cals Inc., a lo­cal skin care com­pany hail­ing from Sum­mer­side P.E.I. Quann, a Mir­i­machi, N.B., na­tive moved to the Is­land when she was 18 years old.

“I didn’t have my li­cence, so my dad drove me over. I had al­ways wanted to come to the Is­land,” she re­flected.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing she be­gan work­ing in aes­thet­ics for a lo­cal com­pany. She even­tu­ally when on to start the com­pany Mys­ti­cal Touch Holis­tic Ther­a­pies (now known as Quan­nSpa Holis­tic Beauty Ther­a­pies).

To learn more about the in­dus­try, Quann went to Ger­many and stud­ied un­der a lead­ing ex­pert in the holis­tic phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals field and cre­ator of the Dr. Hauschka line of nat­u­ral prod­ucts.

It was that tute­lage that in­spired her to take the next step, cre­at­ing her own skin care line.

The is­sue was find­ing the right per­son to part­ner with. There was also the ex­pense of start­ing a line to con­sider, she said. Around 2008-10 Quann con- tacted and hired Reid Bar­nett a pro­fes­sional in the bio­science sec­tor on P.E.I. to do the for­mula- tions for the Quan­nessence prod- ucts which con­tain nat­u­ral and holis­tic in­gre­di­ents.

Quan­nessence prod­ucts are pro­fes­sional spa-grade items and can’t be found in the drug­store.

“Be­cause of this we do the train­ing and teach­ing about the in­gre­di­ents. We’ll teach aes­theti­cians and stu­dents how to prop­erly do a chem­i­cal peel or fa­cial, and so on,” said Quann.

WHAT IS WELL­NESS?

While health and well­ness is at the fore­front of so­cial me­dia, news, fit­ness and more, Quann has been prac­tic­ing well­ness since she was 19 years old.

“To me it means beauty from the in­side out. So, liv­ing it, breath­ing it, speak­ing it and eat­ing it. There are so many el­e­ments that go with it. I’ve been med­i­tat­ing since I was 19. I med­i­tate ev­ery day, twice a day for 20 min­utes.”

She at­tributes her well­ness life­style to the teach­ings of Dr. Hauschka, who opened her heart to nat­u­ral heal­ing, and to an­other men­tor from Switzer­land who taught her about en­ergy heal­ing.

She said peo­ple are more ed­u­cated about nat­u­ral, non-toxic in­gre­di­ents and prod­ucts they are put­ting in and on their bod­ies.

PAVING HER OWN PATH

“I’ve had men­tors who have guided me for eight to 10 years and have given me so much. But I think I’m re­ally on my own path.”

A driv­ing force on this path is her de­sire for peo­ple to know what they are put­ting on their skin.

“My mo­ti­va­tion is for peo­ple to have health­ier skin. My al­liance to help peo­ple.”

As she looks to the fu­ture, Quann said the fo­cus will be on a cou­ple of new prod­ucts as well as get­ting the com­pany sit­u­ated in or­der to ex­port in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“First, we need to get in GMP, good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices, in or­der to sell and ex­port out­side of Canada. I’ve had peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries ap­proach­ing us about it, so it was the next log­i­cal step for the com­pany. It’s ex­cit­ing and scary all at the same time.”

Quann, who de­scribed her­self as a peo­ple pleaser, said she’d like to make 2019 the year where she ac­cepts that all she can do is her best.

“Learn to have a voice and speak your truth and know that it’s OK to do your best.”

GIRL POWER

“Women are power houses, they’re just com­ing to the sur­face,” said Quann about the chang­ing cos­met­ics in­dus­try which has seen more women en­ter the field. She said as more women come into the in­dus­try peo­ple will see new cre­ative and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts.

“Women in gen­eral of­ten think on things a lot longer. We gen­er­ally do things for the whole.”

Speak­ing to the masses, Quann said there will be lots of naysay­ers.

“They’ll say you’ll never make it or you’re not enough, but if you have a pas­sion for some­thing, just take one step in front of the other. Turn a blind eye and keep go­ing. Be­cause if you give up, then the nay-say­ers have won.”

Quann’s daugh­ter, Emma, is also in­volved in the busi­ness.

“She’s lived well­ness as a life­style since she was born. It’s fun hav­ing your kids in­volved.”

Emma also teaches and prac­tices yoga and aerial yoga.

One thing Quann knows for sure, “All we have is this mo­ment. So, make the best of it.”

SUB­MIT­TED

Sharon Quann con­ducts a fa­cial on a client at Quann Spa in Sum- mer­side.

Quann

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