I had the pleasure of interviewing this incredible woman, Marilyne Gagné.
President and founder of the Dermapure clinics, Marilyne Gagné is first and foremost a woman of heart. Human relations being at the center of her concerns, once working as a medical representative for skin rejuvenation equipment is now at the head of more than 17 medico-esthetic clinics. Changing people’s lives through a holistic approach to beauty is Marilyne’s mission. Not only does she run the ship of a growing company, Marilyne is also the mom of Chloe, a 16 year old teenager.
“Being happy is the first key to beauty. If you are not beautiful inside you will never be able to reach your full potential outside”Marilyne’s motto
Holly: I love that your approach and mission with beauty is centered around a holistic approach. Can you tell me about the ways you are creating this within the beauty industry?
Marilyne: Dermapure is a ‘gym for your skin’. We believe in beauty from the inside out, and we believe people should “train” their skin like they train their bodies. Just like we stay active and fuel our body with proper nutrition, we can do the same for our skin. Our holistic approach combines advanced techniques, innovative technologies and professional cosmeceuticals and nutricosmetics to prevent and correct signs of aging, inside and out.
Holly: Where did your passion for your skin care and beauty begin?
Marilyne: I studied management at HEC Montreal, then I start training on medical aesthetics platforms and I realized how much the technologies have improved and the population wasn’t aware. I was treating acne scar patients, and I thought, people need to know that we can help them! Communication and education were the missing pieces!
Holly: Being the president and founder of Dermapure clinics with more than 17 clinics across Canada, I can imagine how busy you are. What is your personal self care and beauty routine ?
Marilyne: I train every morning for 30 minutes from home at 6:30 am with the amazing “Sweat” app and drink two glasses of water as I train. I love that I can do Sweat from anywhere in Canada. Alternatively, I run for 30 minutes. I eat two healthy meals a day, then sometimes a glass of wine with a meal, and a piece of dark chocolate. When I am home, every evening I use a sauna for 20 minutes with relaxing music. My life partner built one for us, you can do to it too! Check out www.sauna.ca. I live by a lake and I really enjoy being in nature all year long. I believe that nature balances our life.
Holly: If you were only able to have three skin care and beauty products, which ones would be a must have for you?
Marilyne: My personalized FNL CODE for the daytime – it’s full ceramides and I even put it around my eyes. FNL Mineral SPF 50 Tinted – it has a light citrus scent and never clogs pores. Finally, the FNL Collagen Infusion for lips – it’s full of peptides to plump the lips all day long and it even repairs the lips when needed.
Holly: With having a teen daughter, what has been your advice to her about skin care?
Marilyne: She uses an anti-acne routine! FNL Glycolic Acid Lotion 10% at night, FNL Cleanser and Toner Gel, and FNL Pre/Post-Treatment 2 Cream as a day cream that keeps her skin hydrated and balanced. It’s the routine of taking care of her skin that will keep it healthy and beautiful all her life. Natural beauty.
Holly: With our skin changing and aging, what are some tips and tricks that you recommend for taking the best care of our skin throughout the years.
Marilyne: SPF, SPF, SPF 50! It’s number one for anti-aging. Learn how to wear blush and bronzer for your face. Drink 2 liters of water a day. Get a Glycolic Peel treatment in clinic 4 times a year. It exfoliates and stimulates collagen production; you get a glow and help slow down the aging process. Sleep well and try to minimize alcohol consumption as it leads to inflammation. So 2-6 glasses on weekends? After 35, you may need Botox to minimize expression lines and wrinkles and fillers to restore the volume you are losing. Minimal and progressive. Finally, stimulate your collagen with radio-frequency technology! It may be unipolar like Thermage, bi-polar like Venus Freeze or others but it stimulates your body to generate more collagen that forms the structure of your skin! That’s basically my routine. I am 42 now.
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