Michele Corley, owner of Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care, said she decided to start her own skin care line after working for a number of years selling such products.
“I always was really interesting in skin health and how to help people get rid of skin difficulties,” she said.
“There is so much out there that is straight up b.s. What is the truth? What is a myth? I wanted to discover that and help people.”
Corley’s products are described as anti-oxidant rich and rich in botanical extracts and active ingredients. Products do not include artificial colorants or artificial fragrances and are paraben-free.
Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care products can be found at salons in Napa County, including Trisha Tortolani Skin Care and Acne Clinic, Tammy Sue Van Alstyne inside LaRouge and Evolution Skin & Body Care.
1. You started your business in 2010. How has it grown?
We’ve grown every year since our inception. I have accounts throughout the U.S.
We have three employees. I’m number four. We’re a lively group of ladies.
2. What’s your most popular product?
Our Vitamin C Serum Plus. It’s phenomenal.
3. What is some skin care advice that everyone can use?
Protection from the sun is your best friend. A lot of people wear a sunscreen in the summer or when they are out in the sun but they don’t wear sunscreen daily or year-round.
Wear sunscreen year-round. That is the biggest thing. And (wear) a big flat floppy hat too.
4. What sunscreen do you use?
We have a zinc oxide-based SPF (Sun Protection Factor). And we have four tinted SPFs that are also zinc-oxide based and SPF 30. They are 100 percent natural and are really good for sensitive, reactive skin.
5. What is the biggest challenge your industry has faced?
Skin care companies that overpromise and underdeliver.
6. Who do you most admire in the business world?
Estée Lauder. She built herself an empire when women didn’t do that. And she wanted to help women feel beautiful and powerful and I think that’s fantastic.
7. What is one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime that you haven’t yet?
To find better life balance and more energy!
8. If you could change one thing about your industry, what would it be?
I would like all states to require on-going education for estheticians.
9. What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
I am an introvert.
10. What was your childhood ambition?
To become a police lady.