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Community Highlights: Meet Karen Pando

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Pando.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Hola amigos y amigas, I first want to thank Voyage for allowing me to be a part of their magazine, and being able to share my story. My name is Karen Pando, I was born and raised in a small town in West Texas. I’m 20 years old, and I recently moved to San Antonio to pursue the esthetics world, and let me tell you how amazing this industry has been for me already!!

It all started when I worked for Estée Lauder at the age of 18, after that my entire skincare routine changed completely for the better and I really got to understand the importance of taking care of my skin, not only that but how to prevent irreversible damage. I decided to seek an esthetician to have a better understanding of how to be able to treat my skin from home, I remember leaving with so many questions and wanting to know more.

I started to develop a passion to help others and treat every skin type. A couple of months later, I enrolled in the esthetician program and moved cities without knowing what to expect, but I did it. And it was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself, so if you are someone who is unsure about taking that leap I’m here to tell you to do it! It will all be worth it, stay in faith, and everything will work out in its favor.

Although it was a bittersweet moment leaving home, I’m here now receiving the right education and getting the most out of my training. I started networking, meeting people, and attending events to help my knowledge grow, and be able to understand all that comes with being an esthetician. I’m still learning and building my experience every day. But one thing I truly believe in is taking care of your skin, and pampering yourself.

My goal is to support and evaluate your skin to determine specialized procedures for effective results. My passion for skin and dedication have led me to where I am now and I can’t wait to help you achieve your desired skin results.

You can find me giving you daily tips, recommendations, advice, and more on my business page at @Aquaesthetics._ on Instagram.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Returning back to school was definitely challenging, I had taken 2 years off after graduating high school so having to relearn how to be a student wasn’t easy.

The routine of waking up early every day and still having to work was hard at the beginning, but now I’m finding balance in everything I do. Most days, I’m studying or finding ways to better my skills. Of course, when I moved to San Antonio I was missing my family and friends but I found happiness in my new life.

I’ve met so many great people, I got closer to God and found my purpose. I love what I do, and I’m extremely thankful for everyone who has already welcomed me and showed me life in a different way. That by far is the most rewarding part of it all!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about You can find me at Aquaesthetics?
I offer it all, I’m here to help you achieve your desired skin results and more! I specialize in treating different skin types/concerns. I have the chance to help you reduce, prevent, and treat your skin up to creating a perfect brow shape, and lifting your natural lashes.

You can expect a variety of treatments and services that can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. After only a few months into the esthetician program, I not only learned about so many misconceptions about my skin, but I’ve already seen major results.

In fact, I’m even wearing less makeup (mascara included, thanks to a recent eyelash tint). And if you aren’t able to see an esthetician at all the biggest takeaway I learned is to keep your skincare routine simple and efficient for you!

I’m extremely proud of all the knowledge I’ve learned so far, and I’m taking this with me to help others feel beautiful every day.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
My favorite book at the moment is “Conversations with God” it’s an uncommon dialogue that has brought me peace, hope, and love. It’s changed my whole way of thinking and the way I see life.

I now cherish every little thing more than ever, and it provides clear understandable answers for my life. If you haven’t already read this book I encourage you to do so. This book places act in my physical life by allowing me to help others and have sympathy for those around me.

I want everyone to feel good inside and out, so thank you for trusting me with your skin and giving me the chance to enhance your beauty.

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