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Check Out Ashley Austin’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Austin. 

Hi Ashley, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My name is Ash, I am a licensed Aesthetician actively involved in the skincare & beauty industry for over 15 years. I opened Magnolia + Ash October of 2019; a small intimate studio where I (and my employee) offer High Vibration facials. I created this space because I couldn’t find anywhere in this area that aligned with my knowledge and beliefs for treating the skin with a holistic approach. I am passionate about coaching the skin’s deep connection to our bodies, emotions, and souls; we can find so much healing and radiance with our skin if we learn what it is our individual skin is seeking. 

When I first started in this industry, I was introduced to professional, cosmeceutical skincare lines. I had never had acne in my life, until this point. My experience was eye-opening. What I learned in school, I would have to relearn and teach myself through research, trial, and error, and shifting out of the modern belief system. I realized that the standard approach to treating skin was not for everyone, and I was one of those (among many) whose skin couldn’t tolerate it. 

Fast forward, my family and I relocated to the Tampa Area from Northern California. I sought out to find a space to work, where I could offer clients with my approach to skin and care. I was unable to find a spa that had me feeling like I was living my truth. So, after 2 years, with the encouragement of my husband and family, I opened Magnolia + Ash in a small studio in Wesley Chapel. It was the scariest and most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself. 

What does Magnolia + Ash mean? When I first moved here, I was very homesick. I missed the Redwoods, and I missed the beautiful rolling hills of Sonoma County, CA (where I grew up). I found myself feeling more peace whenever I noticed a magnolia tree. They are everywhere here, and they are so beautiful. Magnolia’s helped me feel more connected and grounded. So, I named by business after the first thing I fell in love within Florida, along with my name. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I started my business in October of 2019. When the Pandemic hit, I was quick to voluntarily close my business (temporarily) until we understood what was going on. A mandated closure came quickly after. This was a tough time. A lot of fear came from this; When will I be able to reopen? Will people still want to get facials? How can I afford to support my business and family while closed? I ultimately had to give. up control, lean into my faith, and not allow myself to live in a space of fear. I worked hard to keep my business relevant through social media. I quickly created an e-commerce to offer my retail for online purchase. Creating ‘at home facial’ kits for clients to purchase and enjoy. It was really amazing and healing to see so many people purchase and want to try and support my business during this time. When I did reopen my business picked up quickly. People were ready for healing touch. I recently hired my first employee, and have plans to hopefully expand into a bigger space next year. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We use a variety of holistic modalities & modern skin tools during each treatment to assist clients, of all ages, with their concerns. Such as Gua Sha & Facial Cupping (ancient Chinese techniques), Manual facial massage techniques, to support Lymphatic Drainage, LED Light Therapy, Microcurrent, & High Frequency (all which Boost Collagen, reduce inflammation, and slow down signs of aging). 

Whole plant organic compounds and skincare are used during our facial treatments. They are not only effective but beneficial for our bodies & planet. Highly concentrated plant ingredients are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and so much more to support the skin in its aging process. 

I am also a Reiki Master. Offering Reiki sessions infused throughout an experiential facial, The Holistic Awakening, for a deeper connection to spirit. The ultimate rejuvenation for Skin & Soul. 

What sets us apart from others is our High Vibration Facials. 

What is HIGH VIBRATION FACIALS? 

Wildcrafted and whole plant skincare that nurtures the skin with vibrational earth energy.

Crystal infused skincare and Crystal tools used to heighten the facial experience, bringing sense of calmness and relaxation. 

Sound healing with tuning forks and sound bowls to surround your body with healing vibrations.

Deeply intuitive facial massage to move stagnation and create a healthy lymphatic flow. This too can help release emotional stress in the tissues.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the community. I honestly have the most wonderful clients. People really support smaller businesses here. I see a huge strive for healthy living and wellness and I truly love it. 

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Olive & Birch Photography
Moon Man Productions

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