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Meet Jun Kwon of Oasis Skin Clinic in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jun Kwon.

Jun, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Before I came to the United States, I was a journalist in Korea. I was exhausted, stressed out from my job because it was extremely intense, working hours were very long, and I felt like I was going into the battlefield every day. Whenever I got stressed, I had breakout on my skin and it was changed to much more sensitive. So I found some day spa for getting treatment for my skin and tightened shoulder. That place was heaven to me. I found my peace of mind and was healed and relieved from stress. Then I thought what if I could do this business for healing people? I quit my job and came here for the new opportunity.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I can’t say it’s been a smooth road. It was hard to make people think outside the box. Most of the customers asked me “Are you a husband of the owner?” or “where is an esthetician?”. When I told them “I’m the owner and a licensed esthetician.”, they were surprised or embarrassed. At the same time, they felt something unconventional or kind of fun because most of the skin care places are owned by a female. I try to approach my customers as gentle as possible and provide them right diagnosis and give consultation in what the problem is. Finally, they get accustomed to male owner and find me more often.

Also, being an entrepreneur was a totally different from working as a salary man. I had never sold anything to anyone in my life. I was scared and so embarrassed to sell something to people. So I tried to find the reasons why I got scared and I found the answer. It was ignorance. I had no idea of skin care products, ingredients and how it works. I studied hard and attended lots of shows and exhibitions. It became my strength now but it’s still challenging and difficult to make customers believe and open their wallets.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Oasis Skin Clinic story. Tell us more about the business.
We are more like a clinic, not just a simple skin care or day spa. We provide treatment to our customers who are struggling with their skin problems and relaxation also. We’re specialized in acne and acne scar treatment and brightening treatment for hyperpigmentation or photo-aging. Those are the toughest treatments in this field meaning that it’s hard to find good places where providing a right solution for acne or hyperpigmentation skin. We use top quality products with harsh-free ingredients for the best results. Our team including myself does internal testing for every new treatment and product before we provide it to customers. We listen customer’s feedback to make it better to satisfy our customers.

Also, we reflect the latest but proven Korean beauty (K-beauty) trends to both our treatments and products. It is not too much to say that lately the K-beauty from South Korea is a leading trend in beauty industry and people around the world love Korean beauty products in reality. Those are made of unique and natural ingredients such as rice, honey, flowers, herbs… you name it. Most of all, Korean skin care industry techniques continue to be developing to meet increasing needs of Korean women who enjoy trying every new product and treatment to look younger and glowing.

Customers want to see the results right away. However, it takes time to see the results because skin care is not a surgery. We still hunt the most effective way for the fastest results with reasonable prices. I can’t say we’re always good, but we try our best to minimize mistakes for maximum results. This is how we survive in red ocean.

For now, I am focusing on skin care business because I still have a lot of things to develop in this field. My most recent goal is to open a new branch in different area to provide and share our treatments to people who are suffering from their unhealthy skin. After all, I plan to expand my business to a total well-being place providing spa, fitness and restaurant services and I want to give people a chance to lead a healthier life.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I have been very lucky in many ways. First of all, God is looking after me. He helped me to settle down in this country and run my business without major issues so far. Also, he sent me great employees and my business is upgraded. I’m trying to run my business following the word of God, it is hard sometimes but I know it is the best way to be survived. I’ve learned many things and I am still learning a lot of things from running business. Particularly, it was very rough when I was a reporter in Korea, but those experiences have helped me a lot now. Lastly, meeting my wife is one the lucky things. She has supported me in many ways and taught me how to start up my business when I knew almost nothing. She’s also a good friend of mine. I believe I can get through any obstacles in my life and business because I’m with this luck.

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