Skin care is often associated with vanity. A woman goes to a skin care clinic to look beautiful and to feel good about herself. It’s hardly seen in a spiritual dimension.
Such is not the case with the popular O Skin Care, owned by the lovely and charming Olivia Quido. For Olivia, attending to the beauty needs of her clients is an opportunity to share God’s blessings and to also attend to their spiritual needs. Instead of the usual “tsismis” or small talk often found in beauty salons and skin care clinics, Olivia makes some of her clients feel at ease by sharing with them God’s teachings.
Olivia looks at her skin care practice not just as a business, but also as a ministry. “God looks after us in so many ways, even in the way we give ourselves confidence in dealing with people by having good skin,” Olivia said.
Olivia shared her experience with one young client, whose face was almost fully covered by acne. After several treatments, the boy’s pimples just wouldn’t go away. “We tried all the treatments possible, until I finally decided maybe we should ask for God’s help. The boy was losing confidence because of the acne and would just stay inside his room all day because he didn’t want to be seen by friends in his face’s condition. I was sure God would want to help this boy,” Olivia said. And so Olivia and her staff prayed before every subsequent treatment.
After several days, the boy came back without a single pimple on his face. It was a miracle, Olivia said. Other aesthetician would boast of her abilities after such a highly successful treatment, but Olivia was quick to point out that it was the prayers that helped treat the boy’s acne, and she merely served as God’s medium to make the boy happy and confident again.
The boy’s mother said she hardly sees her son in the house now because he is always with friends, enjoying his newfound beauty and confidence. God works in so many ways, Olivia said.
Olivia feels fate led her to becoming an aesthetician. She was, after all, a BS Business Administration of De La Salle University’s College of St. Benilde on Taft Avenue in Manila, major in computer applications. After finishing her four-year course in only three years, Olivia worked for five years as managing director of her family’s Goldilocks franchise in Paco, Manila.
In 2002, she came to the United States for a vacation. But she liked what she saw in the US and decided to stay longer despite her mother’s plea for her to come home. To while away her time, she enrolled in a cosmetology course at the Cerritos City College. She noticed taking special interest in the skin care segment of the course, and upon the advice of her teacher, decided to shift to an aesthetician course.
In 2003, she got her aesthetician’s license and started O Skin Care. She rented a small but fully furnished room with one bed in Lody’s Styling Center in the strip mall where the old Goldilock’s Restaurant was located in Artesia. The owner, Lody Garcia, rented the room to her for only a small amount. “She probably spent more than my rental per month cooking food for me almost every day,” Olivia said. “She was like a mother to me.”
When Lody’s moved to its present location, Olivia again a rented a room from her, this time with two beds. Soon, her practice grew as word spread about her quality and very professional service. She later leased the place where her Artesia office now stands along Pioneer Blvd. also in Artesia, fronting the 99 Ranch Market.
In her first year as an aesthetician, Olivia often only had one client a day, sometimes not even one. Disheartened, she tried to enroll in a nursing course with her friends. All her friends passed the entrance exam, and for some reason, Olivia didn’t make it. Fate kept her an aesthetician, she said.
In 2006, she became a Christian and learned to tithe. She said God “loves cheerful givers and opens the windows of Heaven to them.” With prayers and tithing, Olivia said God’s blessings started to come. The clients started coming, too.
Without an assistant, Olivia had to use a Bluetooth attached to her ear while attending to clients and received numerous calls for appointment, which she had to memorize because she couldn’t leave her client.
When she opened her own office in 2008 a few doors away from Lody’s Styling Center, Olivia hired assistants. Attracted by her topnotch service and affordable prices, clients were soon flocking to O Skin Care’s office in Artesia. This year, Olivia opened her second office at the Eagle Rock Plaza along Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock.
Between the two offices, O Skin Care attends to around 1,000 clients a month. O Skin Care now has five aestheticians and three front desk personnel in each of the two offices.
Does she have any regret being an aesthetician instead of a computer programmer? “I’m a people person and I love my job. A computer programmer talks to his computer, instead of to people.”
“Glory to God for everything! Being an aesthetician is my calling, and my ministry. I do not just help my clients attain the beauty they want, but I also help them with their spiritual needs,” Olivia said. She said whenever she’s at the office at the end of the week, she gathers her aestheticians and front desk personnel and they pray together. They also pray for their patients.
Olivia said it gives her extreme joy to know that she is helping people look good and feel good about themselves. “It makes me happy to be used by the Lord as a medium to make people happy,” she added.
Olivia is married to Jason Co, a former print shop owner who now helps her run the skin care business. They have two children – Faith, 2, and Timothy, 7 months old.
With ten aestheticians to help her in the two offices, Olivia now works only until about 2 pm. and attends to her children the rest of the day. Family is important to Olivia that’s why she makes sure she has enough quality time with Jason and the kids.
Beautiful, blessed and successful, Olivia certainly qualifies as a hiyas or jewel of the community.