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This month, we’re showcasing Kristina Russo, one our RNs. 

Originally from New York, her no-nonsense and detail-oriented mentality has stayed with her across coasts, “Everyone calls me the Hall Monitor because I am obsessive about protocols and procedures.” While we can attest that she’s not serious all the time, she takes pride in keeping order where it counts. However, she didn’t start out knowing she wanted to pursue aesthetics.

Prior to pursuing a career in nursing and aesthetics, she worked in the hospitality industry — honing her passion for providing care in world-famous Las Vegas venues. During this time she realized her true passion. 

When asked about her switch to aesthetics, she cooly explains, “Although I enjoyed caring for the sick in the hospital setting, early on I developed a passion for aesthetics and the positive impact it can have on one’s life. 

To me, aesthetics is more than beautification. It is an art that reveals shining confidence in patients that may have been buried for some time or might not have ever existed at all. 

Aesthetics can help a client conquer dissonance struggles and truly love the person they see in the mirror. Sometimes those simple physical changes can open the door for a lifetime of mental health benefits.”

Her penchant for personalized care and recognition that changing the physical can drastically influence the internal is part of what makes her so talented at her job — although of course her precision and skill help too.

As an on-staff nurse, she’s equipped to perform a variety of treatments, but that doesn’t mean she won’t play favorites from time to time:

“My favorite treatment to do is the CoolPeel. This new technology delivers the benefits of a traditional CO2 resurfacing laser with minimal downtime. The results are amazing, especially if you pair it with Vivace™ RF Microneedling.”   

Still, as much as she loves to provide for her patients, she’s not opposed to treating herself, “[My favorite treatment is] the HydraFacial with Ashley! Who doesn’t love to pamper themselves?”

(If you’ve never had a HydraFacial, we highly recommend it — and Ashley!)

It’s not always about the pricey procedures though. Maintaining glowing skin involves investing in products that you can use daily. Kristina swears by the Jan Marini physical tinted SPF, ZO Daily Power Defense, and DefenAge eye cream, “to keep me looking fresh and protected.” 

Trust us when we tell you her routine is worth stealing. 

Finally, we asked her what she’d tell every patient if she could and we couldn’t have said it any better, “Protect your investments, wear sunscreen!” 

Whether you know and love Kristina already, or are ready to meet her for the first time, give us a call and book your treatment today; You’re going to love her as much as we do! 

Talk to you soon, Palo Alto: (650) 433-8621

At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.

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