About Sandra Regier Follett
Acquiring skincare knowledge and performing the most safe and effective esthetic treatments has long been a passion of mine. It began a long time ago with my own bouts with acne. Today, we have a wealth of knowledge that really helps get your skin clear. I have spent my 25+ years as a professionally licensed esthetician following those developments in science.
Much of my experience has come from the hundreds of clients who attended a Victorian skincare salon retreat I created in 1991, located on Union Street in San Francisco, called Rosewater Skincare. During my nine years of ownership, I encountered clients who were working in the stressful city environment that were experiencing adult acne. This is when the “marriage” of both anti-acne and "anti-aging" treatments in my skincare practice first began. These clients were frustrated with the products for acne treatment on the market because they were drying and irritating, reducing the youthful appearance of their skin. They desired both anti-aging and anti-acne care that didn't fight each other! That, most would consider a bad marriage. Therefore, I have studied biological variants in skin as we age, what occurs in times of inflammation, causes of hyper-pigmentation, and other numerous areas in this extensive field of skincare in order to help others obtain resolution to skin concerns such as inflamed skin with rosacea like symptoms and other sensitive skin issues.
Much of my success in skincare is dependent upon what products I utilize in treatments and also the way those products are introduced. It has been important to fully explore product ingredients and look into the sourcing and reported efficacy of their formulation. This should ideally be based on impartial research. I have learned that our skin seeks to maintain the most protective barrier function possible and that using naturally derived, organically grown and plant-based resources seems to provide the best skin barrier response. These offer the safest and most natural reconditioning and protection. I now work with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and plant-based extracts, which provide numerous benefits and offer safe and effective means for skin cell renewal.
Over the years my training has come from numerous sources. I enjoy researching medical literature and attending professional conferences, as well as individual classes at training institutes. One of my favorites is the International Dermal Institute in Los Angeles, where I began my post-graduate training. This was my first stop for more than 400 hours after completing 650 hours at my California board-training institute in San Francisco. IDI offered me the opportunity to connect with and learn from European instructors who were very advanced in the skills of herbal extracts, aromatherapy and manual lymphatic techniques, which both gently detox skin from tissue substances acquired through the metabolizing of skin nutrients.
Most recently I’ve added specific trainings to include acne specialization training through Face Reality of San Leandro, PCA training for chemical peels, Clareblend and Bio Therapeutics sponsored knowledge in micro-current technology, enzyme therapies with Skin Scripts of Arizona, anti-oxidant therapies with Dermaquest of South Africa, and advanced skin structure and analysis with Pastiche of New Zealand.
When I am not in the salon working with clients, I am usually enjoying the beautiful outdoors of the great northwest. I remember the first time I saw beautiful West Linn, Oregon, and even though I spent my youth in sunny California, I’ve always felt deeply connected to this luscious green environment. I feel so fortunate to be here to experience skiing, surf and turf, and all the adventure Portland has to offer in its art galleries and city nooks. I find this an exciting time of renewed career challenges, expanding of friendships, and advancing professional relationships.