We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Marie Pfeiffer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa Marie, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a single mother. We were poor most of my childhood and I watched her struggle most of my childhood. My childhood was filled with abusive stepfathers, foster care, living with extended family, unstable living situations, etc. I swore I would never allow my childhood to define me or allow what happened to my mother happen to me. I knew I would have to work hard and take chances to get to where I wanted to be. I wanted to be able to one day show my children what a strong independent woman looked like. My daughter is now a psychiatric nurse practitioner and my son is a head chef in fine dining. Both are amazing humans who have pushed forward because they saw me (and their father) doing just that. Taking chances, not taking no for an answer and making no excuses.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a holistic Master Esthetician for almost 4 decades. I look at the skin and the body in a more holistic and practical way. I have to heal the skin without medications or invasive procedures and I am rare in my field. Most of the people in the beauty industry want you to cover up your skin with foundation and concealer, or inject your face or do something invasive like cut into it or burn it with a laser or chemical peels. I choose natural and it works every time! The results last a life time, instead of temporarily. I worked with a big cosmetic company and as I learned about ingredients I got to see the background of sales (the whys of how they did things). I found most were not authentic, or made skin care/body products that really did nothing for the skin, but were more about sales.
I have always had a passion for skin and know how to take care of it, naturally. What has been challenging is fighting against those that don’t believe that holistic, natural skin care is possible or social media platforms that have no practical knowledge of skin, yet give inaccurate advice that can be very harmful or just a waste of time and money. I always tell people that I would not get legal advice from someone that was doing it as a hobby or advice on my health from an electrician so why do they think it is alright to seek skin care health from a person doing it as a hobby?
I have learned that many people don’t want to help you succeed. That is not who I am as a person!
I always turn around to lift the next person up.
We will change the way you think about skin. That we all have normal skin and it is what we do to it daily, weekly and monthly that changes it. that you don’t have to change who you are or cover everything up to be beautiful. That aging is a gift and I believe in “Wabi Sabi” a Japanese term for embracing the imperfections of life and in ourselves and in aging …. IT IS A GIFT! After almost 4 decades what I teach, and the products I developed work, if you are willing to take a leap of faith and listen
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
oh wow this is a great question! I have started to try and find the beauty and the joy in where I live directly. I find many times we want to take a vacation from our life instead of making life the Vacation. I would take bikes and ride along the Beach Path to a restaurant called Fuego in a hotel called The Maya hotel here in Long Beach. I would take them to the Queen Mary and see the beauty of a time long ago and imagine the beauty of the women and men of the time and elegance and opulence.
I would grab some paddle boards and paddle the Canals of Naples in Long Beach and the beautiful bay.
I would take them to second street and stroll the shops and eat at the many varied cultures of food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband Kent. He always let me know he believed in me. He holds my hand as we walk through the fire together and he reminds me he is there to catch me if I fall Corny but true .
I also want to say my children, they are who I want to be when I grow up. I strive to be a better woman as I age, I want to look back and say,” wow, I am even more amazing, kind and authentic now!”
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