Julia O'Gorman's personal skin transformation is
something of a 'rags to
riches' tale. As a young girl in the
UK, she struggled with a severe case of eczema; today her radiant
skin reveals no trace of any past hardship. This early experience
led Julia into the field of beauty therapy where she is empathetic
to her clients' skincare
Julia is not only a sought-after clinician with her own clinic Julia O'Gorman: Natural Beauty Therapy
in Auckland., she is also a Slow Beauty ambassador.
Let's hear how Julia's own skin story became
the catalyst for a life-long career as a holistic beauty
Julia, tell us about your childhood struggles with your
experienced debilitating eczema on my face and body as a child and
into my teenage years. We recognised that
water made my skin drier and the doctor treated me with steroid
cream. The more I
used, the more fragile my skin became but I didn't know what else
My skin was red,
dry, cracked and would often bleed. I had red rashes in the
crooks of my arms and on my face, neck and behind my knees. I would scratch in my
sleep - I tried wearing gloves but I would pull them off and
scratch. Mum has
this story where we were travelling on an overnight train to
Germany and I was scratching in my sleep so much that the other
passengers looked at me as if I were a leper!
How did your skin impact you emotionally?
was low. It was
very uncomfortable and I felt like something was wrong with me.
What approaches did you use to try to heal your skin?
using water and soap. I had to use cleansers
and moisturisers from a young age, but we couldn't afford anything
too expensive, so it wasn't clinic-grade moisturiser.
I learnt to control
the symptoms with acqueous and steroid creams. That was all that I
knew to use at the time.
How did this experience motivate you to become a beauty
experienced such bad eczema, I decided that I wanted to help people
with problematic skin. I felt I would be able
to empathise and relate to my clients, and I was also hoping to
deepen the treatment of my own skin.
At fifteen, I went
to college in the UK for three years and received excellent
training incorporating all aspects of beauty therapy, including
electrolysis, business management and even floral arrangement so we
could display bouquets in our salons.
What led you down the holistic skincare path?
years, I had learnt that the best approach to skin was healing
hands and good quality, natural products.With harsher products my
hands got dry, cracked and sore and I thought, if this is hurting
my hands, it can't be good for my client's face. My own early skin
struggles, my realisation that machine-based facial treatments
disrupt the skin's barrier, these early experiences with
clients…all of this combined and led me to believe in treating the
skin gently while also healing and nurturing the spirit and
As it turned out, I
had been working in a 'holistic' way with my clients for quite some
time before I realised there was a word for my bespoke facials and
use of natural skincare products!
When did you first cross paths with Janine Tait?
met Janine about ten years ago and we clicked immediately - we
spoke the same language. I was so excited to
find a kindred spirit! Janine and I often talk
about our personal journeys and encourage each other to slow down,
chew our food and meditate.
Janine always goes the extra mile. I trust her implicitly
and trust her recommendations. She is a wonderful
mentor and role model.
What impact did Janesce have on your own skin?
As soon as I started using Janesce my skin improved. I would still have
flare ups from time to time when I was stressed or did too many
facials in a row.
It was when I implemented the Bestow Beauty Oil and participated in
the Seven Days of Me Vital Cleanse - when I started working
internally - that I saw the biggest change.
I had to use the
hypersensitive regime for nearly three years until my skin was
strong enough to be able to use moisturisers. I say I can now use
'big girl creams' and, for a skin that has been sensitive for 53
years, I think that's really good!
How does the Janesce product range align with your values?
Janesce completely aligns with
my philosophy of treating the skin gently and keeping the acid
mantel intact. The
Janesce philosophy is a lifestyle, not just a skin product, and we
are a family of dedicated professionals.
I also love
the Bestow Beauty range. They are fantastic
products and have made a huge difference to both my skin and my
What role does wellness play in your life?
I have tried many different wellness modalities and, even before I
learnt about Janine's 'Seven Days of Me Vital Cleanse', I did a
detox every year.
Pursuing wellness makes me feel good and lets me find balance in my
busy life. It's
very important to keep a balance between giving to others and
giving to yourself. Many therapists burn
out because they haven't figured out how to look after themselves
first. It is also
important to keep my skin looking great as an advertisement for my
What motivates you as a skin health coach?
I love helping
people, and I hate to be beaten. Stubborn skin and
challenging clients are hugely motivating. I have had some
challenging clients who stick to what I tell them for a while, then
get pulled in by the latest fad which will send their skin reeling
backwards. I am
quite firm with my clients because I like to see results. Communication and
staying in touch is key and I always make myself available. I am empathetic with
their journey. One
of the key things is to teach clients to love their skin; we all
have imperfections but we need to focus on the positive aspects of
ourselves if we will ever be happy.