We had the good fortune of connecting with Krista Contreras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krista, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
In starting my business my vision was simple. My goal was to create an environment where I could make my clients feel seen, heard and understood while building their self confidence from the inside out. In my experience, being a woman comes with the feeling of having to be perfect, especially on the outside. While the success of my business is very much results driven, the soul of my success is based on creating meaningful relationships with my clients. I like to know about their families, their goals and hardships. If they feel fulfilled when leaving my treatment room, I feel even more fulfilled.
What should our readers know about your business?
When I was 8 years old I can vividly remember where I was standing and what I was doing when I said to myself, “one day I will be my own boss.” I’ve never liked being told what to do or when to do it and I’ve always valued work-life balance, even before I knew what that actually looked like. Since I can remember, I have always possessed a love for makeup and quickly realized that great makeup starts with great skin. Like most teenagers, I suffered from acne and continued to into my mid 20’s. I went from one dermatology appointment to the next trying to cure my never-ending breakouts. I was finally placed on oral antibiotics for 7 years. After discontinued use of oral antibiotics, it became apparent that it was only a quick, short lived fix. Acne has a root cause which medicine and prescribed topical creams cannot always permanently fix. This led me to choose a career in skincare. Fast forward to now, the success of my business did not come easily. In fact, after 4 years of owning my business, I am just now seeing everything come together. I don’t believe that anything worth having is easy to get. Like most business owners, I have questioned myself along the way. I’ve shed many tears not knowing if I would ever build up my clientele to where I wanted it to be. Truthfully, I owe the success of my business to my clients. Their continued love for my work and words of encouragement make the bad days worth it. The best lessons I have learned over the past four years is to have gratitude. I wake up everyday thanking the universe for the ability to do what I do. I have learned that it won’t always be easy but the least I can do is to wake up everyday and put one foot in front of the other. When things get tough I always tell myself to remember why I started this journey.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A perfect day in Tucson would start with a hike in Catalina State Park. They have beautiful trails that showcase the desert views of the lower Catalina Mountains. Our hike would be followed by Blues and Brews Brunch at Ventana Canyon Resort. They offer all you can eat and drink with a live band and an up close and personal view of the mountains. A visit to Tucson would not be complete without a margarita at La Botana. It’s a hole in the wall, but in my opinion those are the best! Tacos, a patio and amigos, what more could you ask for?
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe most of my success to my Mom. She was a single parent with 4 kids to support which meant little time at home with our family. As tired as she was, I never saw her complain or skip a day in the office. To this day, she always says “there’s no better time than the present.” These are words that have carried me to my success. I owe my husband a shoutout. He has always been supportive of my dreams and always tells me that he is proud of me. I also want to give my twin sister a shoutout for always being my guinea pig in the treatment room. I owe my clients a shoutout. Their continued visits, referrals and ultimately trusting me with their skin keeps me going everyday! Lastly, I owe my aesthetics instructor (Tine Arvizu) a shoutout for sending me out into the world confident in my skills as an aesthetician and prepared to take on any challenge in the treatment room.