Purely Skin officially closes at the end of day today.  Thank you once again for a wonderful 18 years of esthetics.  I appreciate the support and friendships that you have given me over the years.  What a gift to make a passion into a career!  I wish you all the best.

Thank you!

Rachel Nelson




As I sit writing this letter, I realize that it may be the strangest but truest love letters of my life so far.  It has been a very difficult decision but alas I have decided to close Purely Skin and retire from the esthetic life.

First and foremost, I cannot say how thankful I am for every one of you. 18 years of esthetics has been a deep lesson in the goodness of people and just how meaningful our connections and relationships can be. There is no better career than one in which you experience the best in each person that comes through your door.  Thank you for walking through my door and trusting me with your skin…and hair…and life experiences.  I am so grateful.

Second, I will share that this was in no way planned for this point in my life.  However, I feel deep in my bones that the timing is right.  There are many reasons for it. My life is entering a new phase with my daughter having graduated from college and me entering my 50’s.  Estheticians’ hands and wrists notoriously give out and mine are no exception.  And, as much as I love seeing and providing services (I really love it!), I have long been frustrated with running a business.  It is a great relief to give that up as overhead costs and taxes continue to rise.

Life for spas will be changing dramatically.  When you go to get your hair done, get waxed or get a facial, understand that COVID 19 safety guidelines are crazy, as important as they are. Just as a teaser, estheticians are being required to wear protective clothing, face shields, masks and gloves changed between each client.  The guidelines say that you should stay 6 feet away but then bend a little to accommodate the actual work being done.  Hmmm.  Blankets and towels all have to be completely changed out between each client and as many “touchless” methods of working put in place.  This means that your esthetician needs more time between appointments and can see fewer people in a day at best. 

Third, I will be reinventing myself once again hopefully for the remainder of my working years.  I hope to reenter the medical field in some technical capacity.  Time will tell but I have begun the prerequisite work required to move forward.

We will all need to be patient as counties begin to reopen.  Pierce County is not open to Phase 2 as I write this.

As for practicalities, closing a business requires tying up so many loose ends.  

#1  Please text or email if you have a gift certificate.  I am hoping to redeem those in product as I cannot provide services.  

#2  I will be posting referrals for estheticians and devices that I recommend.

#3  I will be offering retail at discounted prices hoping to liquidate my stock and give your pocketbook a break.

For those of you wishing to continue with Dermaviduals, there will be a way.  It is a fantastic product and I don’t want you to lose it! Give me some time to work out those details.

Thank you so much once again for your presence and support in my life as Purely Skin.  Here’s to a new and better normal in the world!  Please, stay safe and healthy!