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Katherine began as a part-time Lancome makeup artist in Santa Barbara, Calif., while working as a contract flight attendant. At the Lancome counter she saw an esthetician give a facial for the first time and she was sold. She enrolled in the Lu Ross Academy in Ventura and received her esthetician’s certificate and license in 1990. She moved to Sedona in 2003 for the “beauty, clean air, different pace, and for my kids.”

Skin Care by Katherine doesn’t offer a traditional spa menu – most facials are tailored to the client. Waxing is a specialty; Katherine was trained in the art of eyebrow shaping by Anastasia Soare, the Beverly Hills eyebrow guru who sculpts the brows of J. Lo, Oprah, and Madonna.

“I think if a client is going to spend their time and money, the treatment should make a difference,” she says. “My clients range from men who don’t want to go to a salon or spa to teenagers wanting eyebrow shaping to women looking for age-defying solutions.”

As we spoke, Katherine was preparing for classes on acupressure facelifts, a non-invasive procedure using massage to encourage facial circulation. She says she’s come to view facials as more than pampering. “It’s always been a bit of a luxury, especially in this country, which is unfortunate,” she says. “In France, it’s part of your health care.

I believe facials help you maintain good health as well as educate you about your skin and what feels good. It’s all part of good grooming, an example you pass on to your children.”

Sedona Monthly Recommends… The Microdermabrasion/Ultrasound Facial
After talking to you about what you are looking for in a facial, Katherine cleanses the skin twice and then applies an enzyme mask to loosen dry skin and shrink pores. While the mask works its magic, Katherine gives you a foot massage. Next, a microdermabrasion treatment – it’s not as scary or scratchy as it sounds, and it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking shiny and new. After extractions, the ultrasound treatment vibrates skin with a wand, allowing it to better absorb three serums. Moisturizer and sunscreen are applied at the end of the 80-minute treatment. You’ll leave positively glowing, an effect which lasts several days.

Katherine Doerner
Skin Care by Katherine

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Appointments taken Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (later appointments may be able to be arranged) Facials, waxing and ­eyebrow shaping

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