Lesley Greenwell  – Guinot

Owner/Canvas Essential Therapies/Rozelle, Sydney

Believe in people and train and encourage them to be better than they imagined they could be professionally

My breakthrough career moment was …

Relocating my salon in 2004 to its current premises in Rozelle. This allowed me to truly deliver the experience I’d been striving for: for my clients to step into a sanctuary, our urban retreat, and be pampered by the best in beauty products, treatments and staff.

In our industry I believe breakthroughs are about continually striving to improve. This requires you to be open to new ideas, products and treatments in an ever-evolving landscape.

My favourite career highlight/memory is …

Believing in people and being able to train and encourage them to be better than they imagined they could be professionally.

I feel lucky to say highlights come regularly for us as we see our clients reach and surpass their skin goals. The happiness of our clients is a wonderful reward.

The top 5 most useful products/equipment in the spa are …


Magi lamps – to analyse the skin in depth.

GUINOT’s Hydradermie – for the ultimate in customised facial treatment. I’ve worked with it for over 20 years and would never be without it.

Omnilux – LED light therapy to rejuvenate the skin and enhance the results of home care and other facial treatments.

Hot towel cabinets – for the pure bliss of being cocooned in warm towels.

Hydraulic beds – for client and staff comfort.

Autoclave – to sterilise.

The product(s) most worth the investment are …

Investing in skincare is about getting a professional skin care prescription to help you achieve goals. Every time a client visits Canvas we customise their treatment and update their skincare program. The results speak for themselves.

Products that will help your skin stand the test of time are:

Eye cream – see results with GUINOT’s Time Logic Yeux serum, it will hydrate and rejuvenate your eye contour.

SPF – daily, it’s essential!

Serums and moisturisers to treat your skin’s concerns, it’s all about ingredients – look for AHAs, antioxidants, peptides, vitamins and minerals, to name a few of our favourite ingredients.

Masks – we would never dream of doing a facial treatment without one, so make them a part of your weekly ritual to take your skin to the next level.

My advice to people getting started in the industry is …

You spend more time at work then you do with family or friends so love what you do!

Apprenticeships can be a great way to learn. If you work with great mentors (as I did) you’ll be set to high standards and reach them. To be the best in the industry you’ll need to keep an open mind, constantly research new treatments, products and ingredients, and continuously strive to improve your skills. Also find a salon that works to the highest standards and mentors who are passionate and professional.

My biggest beauty advice/tip is …

Use sun cream daily – it’s your best and cheapest anti-ageing product. Our absolute salon favourite is GUINOT’s Newhite Brightening UV Shield SPF 50 with unifying pigments for a flawless complexion. Always choose prevention rather then cure whenever possible.


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