STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As a dental hygienist, Kristen Mullin, 31, was always been fascinated with making people feel beautiful.
“At first it started with my obsession over teeth and making people feel great when they smiled,” said the Rossville resident.
But since the coronavirus (COVID-19) made people wary of going to the dentist, she said the job wasn’t quite as rewarding as it had been in the past.
“I love the dental world; it’s the only thing I’ve ever done. But since COVID, I’ve noticed a very big change in the industry….People were uncomfortable being in the dentist’s office,” said Mullin, who is taking a break from her dental work. “That’s why I wanted to be in a business where people wanted to see me, rather than be forced to see me.”
With a passion for making people feel “beautiful in their own skin,” Mullin possessed the desire to learn and teach people the importance of skin self-care.
She attended school for aesthetics at Christine Valmy in Manhattan in 2019 “to make people feel beautiful and confident,” said Mullin.
Last month, she launched Island Aesthetics at the new Sola Salons, a franchise filled with a variety of beauty professionals that recently opened its second Staten Island location in Charleston.
“I love making people feel good about themselves, and I love helping boost people’s confidence. There is nothing more rewarding than people saying, ‘I’m absolutely glowing’ after a facial’,” said Mullin.
Before opening her own studio, Mullin worked at a dental office in Brooklyn, where she was afforded the opportunity to do procedures, such as Microneedling with PRP, which is a cosmetic treatment that stimulates collagen production via fine needles and platelets.
“I was able to do both my careers under one roof. It was amazing, and I got the best of both worlds and both my passions,” said Mullin.
This experience, combined with what she learned at Christine Valmy has led her to offer a roster of beauty services, including a wide range of facials: Anti-Aging, Brightening, Deep Pore, Back Facials, Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Microcurrent and Dermaplaning.
“I would have to say that Microneedling is the most popular and my personal favorite. I just love the results,” said Mullin. “It’s a ‘fix all’ treatment. It helps reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation and helps to reduce the appearance of scars. Another favorite is the anti-aging facial, which comes with three rounds of Microcurrent that helps to plump the skin, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.”
She said she also specializes in anti-aging techniques.
“I have a lot of experience with more aggressive treatments since I have been in the medical field for so many years. I have a passion for treatments that are more results-oriented rather than preventative,” she said. “I also do a procedure called fibroblasts, which is to tighten the skin to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines.”
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