The first things you notice about Diane Johnson is her warm smile and soothing voice.
But her best asset is not as obvious. It’s her hands and how they can work wonders. Johnson is a licensed aesthetician but prefers being called a facialist. Her business is BelleVisage, on the second floor of the Lodge at Sherwood Village, where she’s been associated with Lodge Chiropractic since November.
“I’m a facialist because people respond to my work on the face and body,” Johnson said. “My client base is mature women with mature skin. I want to give them an experience that’s relaxing and has a therapeutic value while I work on their face,” Johnson said. “Every woman has something that they want to work on with their face for stress reduction, help with an anti-aging program or just to look and feel better.”
Johnson has 11 years in the business of providing facials on cruise liners and in upscale hotels in Europe and the U.S. She’s been in Sequim for about five years.
She has a menu of facials and body treatments that include massage and luxuriously silken lotions.
“I first try to listen to my ladies and give them what they want. That’s the beauty of having mature clients because they know what they want,” Johnson said. “I also consult with naturopaths and acupuncturists because I’m very fond of the natural way of doing things. My facials are more of an experience than a treatment.”
Johnson’s facials can last from 60-90 minutes. She wants clients to savor the experience and abandon their cares. One of the treatments she uses is called qissage and and others use lymphatic massage and acupressure.
“It brings circulation to the skin and can rejuvenate it to some degree. I get results without using so many machines,” Johnson said.
Johnson said traditionally women are taking care of everyone else in their families and don’t think to do good things for themselves. “Women forget to take care of themselves. If they want to be pampered, I want to be their oasis,” she said.
Johnson said she believes in giving back with her talents. Each month she gives a cancer survivor a chance to win a free facial.
“This is my way of giving back and making every woman feel alive and beautiful.”