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#SocialSpotlight: Dewy Skin Studio SATX

One thing you should know about me is that I am an active advocate for #selfcare. As a business owner, I know first-hand that we can often get so caught up in running our business and keeping our ship afloat, that we tend to let ourselves, and our self care, drown in the process. Luckily for all of us, there are amazing places right in our backyard that can make it easy to give ourselves a necessary break every now and again. Allow me to introduce you to your skins new bestie, San Antonio based facial and skincare studio, Dewy Skin Studio, owned by Carmen Tellez!

When & why did you start Dewy Skin Studios?

I started Dewy Skin Studios in 2017 for several reasons. One being it was a way to tie in my biology degree with my passion for skin care, wellness, and creativity! Aside from that, I enjoy helping others that struggle with acne and help educate them on incorporating self care into their daily routine.

Have you always had a history in skincare?

With my Biology degree, I would use a spare labs to create our products in a sterile environment that included a fume hood, lab glassware, and lab equipment. After graduating, a relative suggested I should look into Esthetician programs in order to gain a deeper understanding of skin, products, and being able to professionally apply my products onto people. Once I completed Esthetics training, I learned whatever else I could about skin care, plant based alternatives, and business through seminars, entrepreneurial workshops, books, and online articles.

What was it like transitioning from a 9-5 job to being a business owner?

It felt fearsome to not have a set pay and knowing I had to cut down on leisurely costs and personal items. I knew I would have to work twice as much, but I was also aware that no one would appreciate my hard work as much as I do. The transition happened during the pandemic, which was a unique adjustment... Regardless, I knew I had to be positive about the future and continue faithfully looking forward.

"I knew I would have to work twice as much, but I was also aware that no one would appreciate my hard work as much as I do." - Carmen Tellez

What are some of your brand values at DSS?

One of our core values is to be an example of an environmentally friendly brand. We want to push buying local, wasting less, switching to an electric vehicle, investing in biodegradable shipping, reusable material, and recyclable packaging. We strive to minimize our carbon footprint! Utilizing organic and high grade quality ingredients, products, and material is key. We want to ensure that we aren’t cutting corners and are giving our clients the best sourced products possible. All our products and services include organic, plant based, non-toxic, paraben free, cruelty free, and synthetic fragrance free products. A passion for understanding and fulfilling the different needs for our clients is crucial for DSS.

What services do you provide?

We provide a variety of science-backed and natural based facials for all ages and skin types that include peptides, stem cells, vitamins, and botanical extracts. We incorporate our in-house brand and a professional, clinically proven, pharmaceutical grade brand. Our speciality treatments utilize innovative formulations to achieve optimum skin health and address a multitude of skin conditions, including aging, acne, dehydration, pigmentation, and rosacea!

What are some of your biggest accomplishments since opening DSS?

Catering to local chef, a Spurs basketball player, skin care gurus, and most importantly, being the solution for people that have struggled with acne and other skin conditions for long periods of time.

What have been some of your greatest challenges since opening DSS?

The transition from a private, appointment-only studio to a retail store front location. Maintaining consistent revenue, high startup costs, customer retention, and marketing to name a few.

As a skin pro, what are your top 3 best skin tips?

  • Wear sunscreen daily, it will prevent sun damage and aging no matter how little time you spend outdoors

  • Exfoliate 3x a week to eliminate dead skin that would otherwise clog pores, make skin duller, and even cause acne

  • If you have to chose, thoroughly cleansing and moisturizing your skin before bed is primary than when you wake up. When sleeping your skin cells flip and regenerate. So they need a clean and moisturized face to do so properly

So, if you needed a sign to #treatyoself, consider this it! While self care can show up in many different ways, such as positive self talk and allowing yourself to rest without guilt. One of my favorite ways to practice the act is through pampering myself! For instance, my ideal self care day always starts at the spa with a much needed, and well deserved, massage and facial then finishes off with a mani-pedi at my favorite nail salon. What are some ways you treat yourself? Maybe next time you'll make Dewy Skin Studios your place to be pampered!

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