Maria’s holistic approach at new skin care clinic

Long before Dr Leah and her ethical skin care was a twinkle in Alan Sugar’s eye on The Apprentice, nurse Maria Phillips was working to improve safety in the unregulated beauty industry.

Beautifil treatment room
Beautifil treatment room
Beautifil treatment room

On Thursday December 5 Maria will achieve a lifelong ambition when she opens her own medical skin health advice clinic, Beautifil Aesthetics, in Kenilworth’s Bank Gallery. Her clinic takes a holistic approach, and offers a range of services, including cosmetic dentistry, health and well-being.

The launch will be attended by Antonia Mericonda, Sky TV presenter, Best Beauty Blogger 2013, and founder of the Twitter #safetyinbeauty campaign.

If beauty is largely effort, Maria knows about effort. Leaving school with no qualifications, she found herself alone with four small children. She worked as a chambermaid at a small hotel in Coventry, working her way up to manager. She overcame dyslexia to train as a nurse and spent several years in the NHS, before moving to private practice.

She entered the world of cosmetic medicine in Harley Street, before returning to the Midlands to work as an aesthetics nurse in clinics. She recently went back to university to qualify as a nurse prescriber.

Maria has lined up a team of experts for Beautifil, including consultant plastic surgeon, Dr Rana Das-Gupta. Maria said: “For me, it’s all about patient safety and public awareness. I want people to check practitioners are qualified, and look at the places they book into – is it clean? I am so committed to this industry, because these treatments change people’s lives. As a nurse, that’s what I always want to achieve – for people to leave feeling better than when they came in.”