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Meet Vangie Ogg of Simple Healing Space in Downtown Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vangie Ogg.

Vangie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Coming from a family of healers (and as a spiritually-connected person myself) I’ve always had a connection to people and it’s a big part of why I pivoted from being a professional photographer to stepping into the world of skincare in the first place.

A few years ago, I was digitally retouching photographs for a client and minimizing things like blemishes and hyperpigmentation – just as I often did with most proofs. In that moment, I felt disheartened that so many (!) clients in all different age groups were dealing with sensitized or distressed skin and it inspired me to action into becoming a licensed esthetician.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve been lucky that I had the means to pivot from a longtime career to a new one that I’m passionate about. The challenge, or so I thought, was my age. (My husband and I have been married 27 years and our two children are grown.)

While still in esthetician training, I made plans to set up a facial room in a nail salon in Brentwood as soon as I got my license. I became friends with the owners and couldn’t believe that they gave me this opportunity! It worked only for a short time. Because I shared the room with their wax tech, I lacked the adequate space, privacy and complete control of my schedule to have a viable practice.

As I watched my savings dwindle, I decided to seek employment. Again, I could not believe my luck that I got an interview with a VP of Operations at a skincare startup. Despite being aptly trained and being told I have healing hands, I was still not hired.

I then applied for a position at an established corporate spa. They were looking for someone with more experience.

I felt stuck. And worried that I was not hireable at my age and lacking experience, and I would lose momentum.

So I took a big risk in taking on a lease and established Simple Healing Space. From there, it’s been a labor of love, as I successfully sustain a business, continuing to promote health and wellness with a focus on skincare.

Simple Healing Space – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My holistic skincare studio is located in the heart of Santa Monica, where I offer customized treatments that incorporate sensory experiences for the mind, skin and soul through energy-balancing Reiki, soothing rose quartz stones and therapeutic facial massage techniques, like Gua Sha.

I purposely work with products that are formulated and produced locally and are made by companies that are founded and run by women.

As someone with a history of eczema, airborne allergies, and sensitivity, I truly understand what it’s like to have reactive skin. Through my own personal experiences of finding what works to keep skin healthy and breakout-free – not to mention tapping into the love I have for skin in general – I’ve learned so much and want to share that love and knowledge with my clients.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The positive feedback I get from clients when they enter Simple Healing Space, and after a treatment, knowing that I’ve guided them through an impactful transformation to better skin health. That I’m surrounded by the loveliest community that includes not only my clients, but the vendors I work with, and my mentors and peers from whom I learn so much.

Pricing:

In-person services:

  • Simple Healing Facial 60 minutes/$135
  • Gua Sha Facial 60 minutes/$140
  • Reiki Infused Facial 60 minutes/$140

Online services: https://simplehealingspace.com/virtualservices

  • Skin Health Consultation  60 minutes/$80
  • Gua Sha Facial Massage Lesson 60 minutes/$60
  • Skincare Product Advise 45 minutes/$45

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Image Credit:
Monika Broz, Vangie Ogg

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