Skin Coach and Founder of Toketic Esthetics
When we care for our skin, we care for ourselves.
Skin care is connection. It’s a way to check in with your body. A way to reflect on your day, processing any neglected emotions as you massage out your expression lines before bed. When you see your skin tone in the mirror, you can take notice of how much water you’re drinking, or the quality of sleep you’re getting. Imperfections are an opportunity to check in with your nutritional needs and determine what your body needs to heal – and how this might look different compared to last month or last year. Skincare is a way to commune with your body, a way to love yourself no matter how your body presents its needs.
Skin care is vulnerable.
In a society that places a lot of value on our physical appearance, imperfect skin can change the way we present ourselves to the world. To those that dread looking in their mirror because of acne, those that wear long sleeves year-round to hide their eczema, those that are afraid to go makeup-free because of uneven skin tone – I see you. I’ve been in your shoes, and I know what it’s like to feel ashamed to show up as your true, raw, unfiltered self. To those with more hidden concerns or who want to grow holistically through skin health – I’m with you too.
I’ve experienced every step of the skin care journey. I’ve had years where I loved looking in the mirror, followed by years where I dreaded it. I’ve been grateful, happy, sad, frustrated, angry, and ashamed. The journey is hard. It can feel stagnant, challenging, frustrating, and transformative, but it can also feel very lonely. I’m here to help, offering the education, support, & accountability that I wish I had. The more we learn, the more we’re able to tend, nurture, care for, and anticipate the changing needs of our skin. We all deserve to feel confident, beautiful, and at home in our skin, and my passion is helping clients achieve this radical vulnerability, connection, acceptance, and self-love.
I take a holistic approach, analyzing both skin and lifestyle, to find opportunities to accelerate the changes my clients wish to see in their skin. Part education, part discovery, and part talk therapy, I help clients find a skin care routine and lifestyle that works for them – not against them. Let me help you discover your power, beauty & strength wherever your life – or skin – takes you.
Testimonials for Vanessa
Wow, am I impressed with Vanessa! I had a video consultation with her recently, and it exceeded my expectations. She is so easy to talk to, and, through specific questions and conversation, got to the heart of my skin issues and how to address them. Vanessa is sincerely interested in helping me improve my skin, and eager to provide solutions that I can easily incorporate into my routine. She even provided a written summary of the consultation including three concrete recommendations to update my skin care. I appreciate that she’s identified particular products that will work for my skin AND sent me a customized skin care calendar to describe the order in which I should be using my products. Thanks to Vanessa’s enthusiasm and generous sharing of knowledge, I’ve adopted her attitude that skin care is a “treat” rather than a chore. I look forward to more consultations with her in the future!
Vanessa is a fabulous personalized wellness professional to work with. She isn’t overwhelming about telling you to try new things and is great at suggesting multiple options in different price ranges. I have sensitive skin and have always been averse to putting anything tingly, etc on my face but Vanessa has taught me to love a good spicy mask and it has made a big difference in the health of my skin! I never feel judged about the stupid mistakes I make with skincare; instead Vanessa kindly directs me towards a better path to healthy skin. She has helped me understand what products I should use and in what order – I can feel very overwhelmed with all the information out there about skincare, but Vanessa has a simple and practical approach that has given me so much more confidence in my skincare routine. I now actually understand how things are working/not working on my face. Vanessa is a lovely calming presence to work with, and I love getting facials from her on a regular basis and having her as a resource for all of my skincare questions.
I came to Vanessa with dry skin and premature wrinkling due to age, sun exposure and a sometimes unhealthy diet. During our consultation, Vanessa stressed the need to use sunscreen and put together a personal skin care routine that is extremely easy for me to incorporate into my daily routine. Since working with Vanessa, my skin looks so healthy and I have begun to enjoy and see the benefits in the ritual of skin care, which I previously ignored. I am frequently told I look fantastic and when asked how I keep my skin looking so young… I refer Vanessa with pride!
Society has always sold us on the concept of being comfortable in our own skin. What I learned through Skin Coaching sessions with Vanessa is that knowledge is the most powerful tool in achieving that for myself. As much as I love makeup, my confidence was never rooted in my foundation or concealer. Learning about the science behind skincare has done more for me than any tangible item ever could. Before working with Vanessa, my biggest insecurity involved meeting new people with a bare face. I would refuse to go anywhere unless I had a full face of makeup. Having that customized one-on-one time to delve into my daily routine – the good and the bad – really helped me actually understand where my skin was at, why it was there and where it could be with some changes. After a few weeks of skin coaching, I felt more than comfortable stepping out into the world with just me, myself and my naked face (with SPF of course). The confidence radiated externally as much as it did internally! My friends complimented the glow and buoyancy of my skin and I was happy to be able to pass along the tips and tricks I had learned. My time with Vanessa went beyond the surface level information I’ve seen online or even gotten from some professionals – I learned about what the ingredients in my products actually do for my skin, why my diet may be the reason for some of my skin problems and how I can create sustainable habits that not only benefit my skin health but overall wellbeing. Getting access to the right information isn’t easy, but the power of knowledge I gained through these sessions helped me get one step closer to actually being comfortable in my own skin.
I have struggled with hormonal acne since my teens. I came to Vanessa to discuss post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne scars as well as dullness. Thanks to her virtual consultation and subsequent at-home facial kit, I’ve noticed more vibrant skin and less overall break-outs. Vanessa’s approach to skin is holistic- taking into account daily routines and lifestyle- from water intake to sleep schedule. Vanessa was so thorough, even going as far as to send a personalized skin calendar, tutorial videos, and even checked in with me after my self-administered facial. I feel grateful to have an Esthetician who cares so deeply about making people feel good in their own skin. I also feel more informed about what products to look for, how to make at-home skin routines feel special and spa-like, and what changes I needed to make to feel healthier and happier in my skin.
Working with Vanessa as a virtual Skin Coaching client transformed my relationship with my skin. Before we began, when I looked at my face, I was frustrated and viewed my skin as something I had to fight to control. Thanks to Vanessa, now I understand how the organ functions, what other choices I make throughout the day that directly impact it, and no longer see it as my enemy, but a part of myself that I’m committed to caring for. Vanessa developed a routine that was accessible for me and helped me understand how to prioritize based on my energy levels. My diet and self care routines have fundamentally shifted because of what I learned and I feel the benefits every day. I am grateful for Vanessa’s support and guidance, and look forward to continuing to improve my routine as her client for years to come.
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