SkinResQ’s Ashleigh McCowan up for major beauty award


IPL and Skin Specialist Ashleigh McCowan pictured at her workplace in South Perth. Picture: Marie Nirme d454940
IPL and Skin Specialist Ashleigh McCowan pictured at her workplace in South Perth. Picture: Marie Nirme d454940

SOUTH PERTH IPL SkinResQ beauty therapist Ashleigh McCowan has the personal experience to help clients work through their skin problems.

Thanks to her personal touch and a pinch of perfectionism, Ms McCowan can now call herself one of the best beauty therapists in the country.

The 22-year-old was recently named one of six finalists from across Australia in the running for the ABIA Beauty Therapist of the Year title.

As the resident paramedical therapist and intense pulse light specialist, Ms McCowan now has five years of industry experience under her belt.

The humble finalist began her journey into beauty therapy during high school when she was battling the issues she now helps clients overcome.

“When I was at school I suffered pretty badly from acne and I was teased,” Ms McCowan said.

“I tried everything under the sun to fix it.

“Then I started to become really interested in how acne formed and how to get rid of it.”

At 16-years-old, Ms McCowan said the bullying about her skin got so bad she wanted to leave school.

“It got to the point where I just didn’t want to go, because I was being teased,” she said.

“I spoke with the career’s councillor and set up some work experience at a day spa, and from that I was offered a traineeship for beauty therapy and I left school.”

About six years on Ms McCowan said she has never looked back.

“It was definitely the best thing I’ve ever done, I always knew I wanted to pursue this career,” she said.

“It feels fantastic to help clients overcome problems; adult acne is definitely a confidence thing.

“After treatments you can just see how much happier they are, and they feel comfortable not wearing make up so it’s just amazing.”

A panel of industry experts from all over the country picked finalists from a pool of over 200 entries.

Ms McCowan will fly to Sydney in August to attend a gala dinner to hear the winner announcements.

“I’m going over with my boss and I’m really looking forward to it,” Ms McCowan said.

“I’ve never been to Sydney, so it’ll be great.”