We had the good fortune of connecting with Lianna & Chrissy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lianna & Chrissy, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Whenever anyone comments on the growth and early success of our business through the wild west times that we call a pandemic, we always point them back to the cornerstone of our business—Jesus. Our deep rooted faith has taught us the importance of practicing daily humility, grace, and perseverance in our partnership– which all in all strengthens the foundation of Honest Skin. We know that our faith in God and who He is has led us to make some pretty bold moves during trying times.
Along with paying tribute to our faith, we stand behind acknowledging how what we do affects the lives of others around us. We value our role in contributing to the livelihood of our families— it’s the heartbeat of our workplace.
What should our readers know about your business?
We’re known as the two esthy besties that had a vision to change the way skincare is practiced. Skincare is for everyone— so our practice is built on keeping skincare approachable and affordable. We only offer 3 core treatments that we stand by as the good-good of our industry; treatments you can rotate in for all skin concerns for every life stage.
To be honest, we never thought that we would be able to say that we opened up a business during a pandemic. We definitely questioned our mental health at times during the process of opening our practice (literal blood, sweat and tears). The circumstances of trying to get our business up and running during lockdowns profoundly influenced the work ethic and drive that we pour into our spa every day.
We had a tight budget because our industry was shut down for about six months with a very small window of being reopened in between. It was because of our limited resources that we learned how to stretch our existing resources and got really, really creative. We have learned how to repurpose, invest intentionally, and get comfortable with working harder than we ever have before. The way we started keeps us humble and brings us back to our core values that we’re not meant to do this alone. We’ve learned to ask for help when we need it, which has taught us that pride gets you nowhere.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is such a hard question because we’re San Diego natives and there’s SO MUCH TO DO. So to condense our ideal week, we’d 10/10 recommend the following:
Start the week off by staying at San Diego’s most historic hotel— The Hotel Del Coronado. That way you can explore San Diego’s island gem by foot or bike. For breakfast spots, we recommend the trendy Morning Glory, classic Cottage in La Jolla, or a popular chain, like Breakfast Republic. For lunch spots, we recommend a San Diego cult favorite—Tacos El Gordo, for the picky eaters—Liberty Public Market, or George’s on the Cove for a classic San Diego view. For dinner we recommend, Portside Pier for an Embarcadero experience, Lumi Rooftop for a more upscale + cocktail evening, or Banh Thai for some street Thai food in a trendy community. We can clearly talk about food all day.
For local hangouts, we recommend: Taking a breath-taking drive on the 101 to see all our our most treasured beaches. Along the way you can stop for light snacks, shopping, and photo spots. Once you soak in all the beaches, we recommend seeing the historical side of San Diego by visiting Old Town and then heading over to Point Loma for Liberty Station. We then recommend taking in some different cultural pockets of San Diego by driving through Little Italy, Convoy, and then Barrio Logan for some stunning street art. For a casual day, we recommend going to North Park for locals bar hopping and late night dining. And last but not least, we recommend spending a solid day exploring the San Diego Zoo and then picnic at Balboa Park and mellow out at some museums.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In our break room our small spa you’ll find a handwritten motto that we glimpse at from time to time that says: “We do this for each other, our families, and our community”. Without them, we would have no purpose. When you have people depending on you, even if it was just one, your purpose changes. We could not do what we do without each other, our families, and our clients that we get to serve at Honest Skin!
We have to dedicate a special shout-out to our families for being the real MVPs. They don’t just sit back and watch us work 12 hour days, fold laundry after work, and get back to clients in between it all. They’re the ones making sure we’re taking care of ourselves; keeping our home life sane; and reminding us that it’ll pay off (and it has!).
Jessica Delgado Diaz @jessdeldiaz