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Meet Lea Eigard of Lea Advanced Skincare in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lea Eigard.

Lea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Some of my earliest memories are of my parents’ beauty salon in Northern California and their dedication to it. When I was old enough they recruited me to answer phones and serve coffee to their preening clientele.

I moved on thereafter and trained as a ballerina spending most of my teenage years dancing in the Pacific Ballet in San Francisco until 1969 when my father and I laid my mother, a victim of cancer, to rest. She was 49 years old.

It gave me great comfort and joy to join my father afterwards to work at their salon and it was an honor to pick up where she had left off; helping people look beautiful and feel good.

Time passed, the hurt went away and the gap in my heart left by my mother’s passing started closing when my father was also diagnosed with cancer in 1975. To combat the disease he adopted what is now known as a Paleolithic diet consisting of mostly meat, fruit, and vegetables–with no grains, milk or milk products. The diet sent cancer into remission and ultimately extended his life by more than 5 years. Watching my father overcome such terrible odds simply by taking care of his body was a revelation. I was spellbound by the transformative power of diet and exercise, which in turn prompted me to learn everything I could about health, nutrition and human physiology. In the meantime, my dad’s self-treatment was so successful his doctors told him he would outlive his cancer, but old habits proved too hard to break. He resumed his poor eating habits and in 1982, within nine months of abandoning his dietary regimen, cancer claimed his life.

I was devastated. Soon the scars that were weathering my soul began showing on my face. I was aging prematurely; the stress, sleepless nights and grueling days were all piling on top of each other, on top of me. To top it off shortly after the loss of my father I was delivered with brutal divorce proceedings that left me in debt and outdoors. If not for the generosity of my friends I would never have landed back on my feet. From there I went on a journey that led me to Los Angeles where I began working beside some of the very best dermatologists in the business.

Beverly Hills is, and was, perhaps the largest concentric circle of stretched, stitched and sutured faces in the world. As a paramedical aesthetician, I had seen enough badly botched face-lifts to know that cosmetic surgery was not for me. That was when I really began to develop what was to become The Eigard Method, a carefully designed facial fitness program that would re-educate and restructure the muscles in the face,

Cultivating this idea, researching it, practicing and documenting the exercises helped me through the most difficult time in my life. It restored my youthful appearance and pouring myself into its development after experiencing so much emotional pain felt good. The inspiration for The Eigard Method certainly seemed divine considering my parents’ dedication to the beauty industry.

I have spent the last 35 years of my life developing my theory into a discipline, very often exploring the benefits of the program with my many high-profile celebrity clientele who frequent my Beverly Hills salon. I love customizing and tailoring each of my facials and treatments to the individual needs of each and every one of my clients and I teach all my estheticians to do the same.

Most recently I am in pre-production for my Eigard Essentials skincare line made with organic and all-natural, wholesome ingredients free of toxins and chemicals. A line I began developing in 1985 but put aside due to my divorce. It’s been a labor of love for the last 15 plus years that follows through the same ideology as The Eigard Method: healthy and natural.

To this day I continue my parents’ practice of helping people look beautiful and feel good.

Has it been a smooth road?
We have struggles every day! When you look for excellence and perfection you will always have a challenge before you. One struggle is to maintain the quality and integrity of the product while still making it reasonable for the consumer to purchase. But sparing no expense for our clients is our utmost priority!

The other big struggle is having people really see the importance of my vision. As you now know my family has been plagued with cancer, even up to the loss of my older brother a few years back. I cannot compromise with anything that I create for the nourishing and health of the skin; everything has to be as pure as possible. Other companies and people do not quite understand why you cannot add in all the chemicals; they simply do not see the harm.

I want to be the first in skincare to deal with a completely clean, eco-friendly, super nutritious product with no toxins or chemicals. It’s the same as when I created my book “The Eigard Method: Life Time Facial Fitness without Plastic Surgery”. I knew these exercises weren’t easy but having been a dancer I understood how crucial building muscle from the foundation up is. When people finally learn and understand the exercises they should experience soreness in the face and neck. This takes a while to achieve and unfortunately, everyone wants something quick and easy. Fast food in skin care. People have lost respect for long term and hard work. But this is still our aim. We are old school.

In my skincare practice, we have treatments that work and get results. We are not going to cut corners. We look for excellence in our products and procedures. Whatever we do there will be results. Immediate results from my skincare line, lasting results from my book and procedures. At whatever cost, we achieve what the client wants to the utmost of our abilities.

Our Mission is:
-Client Education
-Client Empowerment through education and incorporation of The Eigard Method in their lifestyles
-Individualization and Customization in all of our EMrx treatments–a reinvention and revolutionized facial
-Continual Research and Development on our part keeps us at the forefront of cosmetic dermatology
-Staff Support, Dedication, and Accessibility promotes team effort between Lea and her clients
-Client Satisfaction

We value:
-Integrity, tenacity, and excellence in all that we pursue
-Innovation and creativity is a part of all aspects of our business as a means of enriching people’s lives and attaining and maintaining a competitive edge
-Ethical and moral conduct at all times
-Respect for client confidentiality
-Trust in the Lord’s guidance in all our endeavors, personally and professionally
Lea’s The Eigard Method is where science engages luxury and beauty is more than skin-deep!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Lea Advanced Skincare story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a skincare clinic that specializes in acneic treatments. We clean and clear out breakouts and educate our clients on their diet and appropriate topical products to use. Once the acne is cleared up we work to reduce or remove the scars and resurface the skin. We take our clients’ skin from A to Z. From extractions to panel lights, microdermabrasion to chemical peels. We also deal with melasma and discoloration of the skin through topicals and customized peels.

We specialize in creating treatments. Our Red Carpet Treatment is extremely popular. It tightens, lifts and tones with no downtime so you are “red carpet” ready to go. Everyone receives custom treatments (based on clinical evaluation) tailored to their needs and concerns so they leave with great results.

The Eigard Method is a complete reinvention of the traditional facial. It is a lifestyle and facial fitness program that prevents and/or reverses the signs of aging. My book, The Eigard Method: Lifetime Facial Fitness without Plastic Surgery visually guides readers through a series of facial exercises engineered to increase circulation. It isolates, reeducates, restructures and reshapes individual muscles or muscle groups to lift and revitalize facial muscles thus restoring youthful facial architecture.

Eigard Essentials works in tandem with the exercises and treatments. Everything is natural and wholesome and works as nature intended to create beautiful, healthy skin.

I believe that success lies in the deep passion of the soul. True success is being able to go home at the end of the day and know you did a job well done. Whatever it takes to stay true to your ideology. Business set on a strong foundation will build upward and all the side dressings will follow: money, fame, and power surrounded by kindness, compassion and integrity.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Absolutely! There are exciting changes coming to the industry! It mesmerizes me to be standing at the cusp of it. The industry is moving forward into the future through the advancement of technology with equipment and the discovery of nutritional ingredients vs. chemicals in today’s skincare products. Here at Lea Advanced Skincare, I am definitely at the forefront of this new wave. Today, more than ever, people are worried about cancer and other degenerative diseases and they are fighting back by trying to incorporate healthier lifestyles and products into their everyday living. They want natural, organic, non-toxic products, foods, clothing and stress reduced lifestyles. I can’t compromise on this ideology. I have been working on a new skincare product for years that will be totally free of all chemicals. It is completely natural, organic and highly nutritious without ingredient break down. It will be like eating a wholesome meal, but instead of the usual way, you’ll get the nutrients via osmosis through the outer skin. And your skin, being the largest organ of the body, must receive healthy ingredients. There are other skin care lines that are starting to pick up this trend, but not completely. There are a lot of lines that say they are natural and are even FDA-approved, but if you look through their ingredients the base products are filled with chemical preservatives and ingredients, some of which contain toxic elements. They don’t realize the harm in adding these chemicals to their products. We are the only ones with a completely natural, non-toxic and chemical free skincare line with no chemical preservatives.

Right now estheticians have a lot of collaboration with dermatologists and plastic surgeons where we work together to achieve greater results for clients. There have been great advancements in LED’s and microdermabrasions, but the wave of the future in esthetics is achieving even better results with no downtime. We are just at the tip of the iceberg now. Salon owners or business owners who are savvy in the esthetic business will empower their clients by pressing on them knowledge about skin care and ingredients so that they can be wise consumers when they go out. Estheticians starting out who really want to be on the cutting edge of the future of skincare will seek out apprenticeships under owners who are going in that direction.

Pricing:

  • EMrx Enzyme Facials $150 starting Jan 2017
  • Acne Treatment $190 starting Jan 2017
  • Microdermabrasion $290 starting Jan 2017

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1 Comment

  1. Alison Ashley

    January 29, 2017 at 08:18

    I love Eigard method. I love what Lea stands for always cutting edge and all natural products and facials. I started going to see Lea when I was 19yrs old because of her natural ways of healing the body inside out matched with my healing the body and skin naturally.
    So happy for Lea Eigard ❤️ I have to go see her for a treatment soon.

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