Sister act on hand to give customers the best of both worlds
Often, the world of health and beauty treatment can be divided into two very clear and distinct categories; the medical and the cosmetic.
GPs and dermatologists draw from their extensive medical and pharmaceutical knowledge to diagnose and prescribe, while beauty salons serve up a quick fix, painting over blemishes without solving the root of the problem.
Sisters Geraldine and Ruth Walters are bridging the gap between the two, maintaining appearances whilst, at the same time, offering long-lasting solutions.
Sharing a premises in Cobbs Yard in Diss, Geraldine Walters Advanced Skincare Therapist specialises in electrolysis and skincare – dealing with unwanted hair, acne and other skin conditions.
After training in beauty and hairdressing at the London College of Fashion, Geraldine, 57, learnt the fundamentals of cosmetic skincare, while still maintaining a strong emphasis on the science.
“Many salon treatments are still mainly offering pampering,” said the mother-of-one.
“I wanted to offer solutions and real hope for better skin. I get a lot of referrals for people who want real results and much more than a beauty salon facial can provide.”
Ruth spent years as a foot health practitioner, visiting homes in Dereham before moving to Geraldine’s clinic in January.
Like her sister, the 50-year-old draws on her medical knowledge to monitor foot health-related problems, whilst also helping with any cosmetic issues.
“If somebody comes to a beautician for a pedicure and they have a lump, the therapist couldn’t use a scalpel,” she said.
“I can help deal with the problem, but also reconstruct a nail if, say, they were going on holiday and wanted it covered up.”
What the pair value most, however, is a shared passion for their respective industries.
“We’re both passionate about what we do,” said Ruth.
“If you don’t love it, and you don’t understand how technical it is, you won’t do a good job,” added Geraldine.