Today we’d like to introduce you to Patty Duque, our resident esthetician and smile maker. Patty is a mother of 2 and a 15 year veteran of the beauty industry.

She brings her wealth of knowledge, considerable experience, and gentle nurturing spirit into her treatment room every day. You’re sure to love her as much as we do. So let’s get right into it!

Patty, thank you for sitting down with us today. Tell us a little about you. What inspires you and what led you to the beauty industry as your calling?

Hi there! I’m Patty! I’m an esthetician here at SKN Elements . I’m bilingual born in Chile and raised in beautiful Miami. My passion is to help my clients achieve their inner and outer beauty goals through non-surgical treatments and skin care. My inspiration comes from my childhood. Growing up surrounded by beautiful, strong women who took pride in self-care had a huge impact on me. Watching my mentors go through beautiful skincare rituals motivated me to share that experience with others.

What is your favorite part of a typical day at Skn Elements?

There are so many great moments daily at SKN Elements, but the most rewarding part of my day is when I am hands on and walking my patient through their treatments while educating them on their individual needs for healthier skin. No two of us are alike. Helping someone learn the intricacies of their own skin and what it needs to be at its best is so exciting.

Which is your favorite service to provide and what makes it special for you?

All services are exciting to me in different circumstances due to their benefits and amazing results. But, if I had to pick one, it would be collagen induction therapy (microneedling). I love this service because our incredible human body gets to show off one of its many extraordinary abilities – the ability to heal and rejuvenate itself! When we perform microneedling we create a controlled injury on your skin which sets off a process of healing and rejuvenation that makes your skin look healthier and more youthful.

Tell us a little about the impact self-care and beauty treatments can have on people.

When we perform our skincare rituals, we are usually alone. In many cases, as busy people, it may be one of the few moments we get to take for ourselves. It’s your “Me Time”. I like to take those few minutes for myself and enjoy a reflective, meditative experience. Beauty treatments can also have a huge impact on us, especially if we are suffering from acne or other skincare concerns that make us uncomfortable. Self-care builds up your confidence and your energy. We should always choose self-love and self-care!

Helping someone learn the intricacies of their own skin and what it needs to be at its best is so exciting.

You gracefully wear the hats of devoted mom and busy professional in a way that makes it seem effortless. How do you do it? Tell us your secrets!

Thank you! I’m glad it seems that way. I am extremely blessed to an amazing support system at home. Having my parents and my husband there to help with my children is invaluable and I’m so very grateful for them. Without them I would not be able to manage both roles. Raising children is a wonderful experience but of course it has its challenges. I say don’t sweat the small stuff. With my kids, I firmly believe in the motto: Choose your battles. I apply that to my everyday life as well.

What are your main objectives when you meet a new guest for the first time?

Creating a strong understanding of my client’s lifestyle and expectations is critical to my ability to give them effective recommendations. Probably my most important goal with a new guest is to establish trust through sincerity and professional integrity.

Finally, tell us one thing about you that would really surprise us.

My big, scary secret is that my real name is actually Karem! Patty is a nickname, after my father Patricio, because I admire him so much. He has taught me to be accepting of people with all their differences and preferences and to always speak up for equality. The mixture of kindness from him and the drive to be a dedicated, hard worker that I get from my mother, Alejandra, have made me into the person I am today.

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