Sue Lane Beauty opens in Frisco
Rebecca Pohlman has magic hands.
As I lay under a bundle of warm blankets at Sue Lane Beauty in Frisco, I wondered why I had never had a facial before. After she had cleansed and exfoliated, there was a scalp massage — even a hand and shoulder massage. As different creams were smeared on my face and then gently wiped off with a warm towel, I slowly stopped asking her questions about what she was doing and relaxed into her magic hands.
I felt like an unsightly mountain woman when I had shamefully admitted to her that this was my first time. To be honest, I had never really even given it much thought. But I’m also the type who gets a haircut once every six months rather than every six weeks.
I ask Pohlman how often she recommends a facial — once every four weeks; six max. She tells me that she suggests starting a facial regimen after hitting puberty to keep skin young and healthy. I can’t take back the years, she says, but it’s never too late to start.
“We only have one face, and that’s what you get,” she had told me earlier that week when talking about the products she carries.
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Walking out of the studio, I had never felt the skin on my face so soft before — I could get used to this.
A 10-YEAR DREAM IN THE MAKING
Pohlman has wanted to start her own spa business for the last 10 years now. She went to massage and esthetics school and has continued to take classes in Denver to stay current in the industry. As technology evolves in skin care, she said it’s a continuous learning process to keep up with current trends and what’s healthy.
“It’s been in my brain for the last 10 years — it’s been this little baby that has been brewing, and I’ve just been waiting for the perfect location,” she said.
She knew the owner of the space on Main Street in Frisco, and, once it opened up, she very quickly took over and got her businesses up and running — officially opening in December. Sue Lane comes from Pohlman’s middle name — Susan — and Lane, her best friend and business partner. Lane lives in Turkey — “she’s here in spirit,” Pohlman said — but the shop also sells some Turkish products, so her influence can be seen in the store.
Pohlman is no stranger to the area, moving to Summit County after college to “aggravate my mother.” Growing up in Florida, she went to college in Cincinnati, and then, like many locals, she moved here on a whim and never left. That was 22 years ago.
One thing that she is undeniably dedicated to is the use of nontoxic — yet effective — products.
“With that focus being on organic — if you are going to use it and wear every day, you should be able to eat it,” she said. “That is the guideline for the products that I’ve brought in.”
She brings over a lotion bar that both she — and her Chihuahuas — have had a nibble of, and it smells like a dessert.
“I think it’s just evolved that way, as I’ve gotten older, just becoming more aware of the food that I eat. I have a kid, and I want to keep him healthy, and I want to keep myself healthy. … Having my kid has made me look at more of what we are consuming. And then I don’t want to get old either,” she laughs.
Pohlman said she has a good balance of body and facial skin care products, and many of them are made in Colorado. She emphasizes her user-friendly, basic products for men — a cleanser, moisturizer and shave cream — and the fact that men need facials and massages as well.
“It’s safe for everyone to come in here,” she said. “It’s not just a girly place.”
She offers Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar massage therapy, a deep, broad-based form of bodywork. She said Ashiatsu gives the benefits of a deep massage, without getting beat up. She also offers a traditional 60- or 90-minute Swedish massage.
Those who live this close to the sun realize the importance of sunscreen, but Pohlman says leaving sunscreen on can cause damage, as well. She carries a line of sunscreen that contains no toxic chemicals and also sunscreen for dogs.
“You can look on the Environmental Working Group, they have an app you can put on your phone called ‘Skin Deep,’” she said. “You type in name of any product, and it will tell you how many toxic chemicals are in sunscreen. In your basic over-the-counter … version of sunscreen, they have at least five or six of those red flag chemicals that you don’t want on your body. The end purpose is there, you are blocking the sun, but after an hour … the composition changes, and can actually amplify the sun.”
Pohlman said she wants to be a resource in town for education on skin care and healthy products.
She carries an organic pre-natal line, like baby oils, washes and aromatheraphy. Even her makeup line is all organic, and the fingernail polish she carries is soy-based and formaldehyde-free.
“Your skin is the biggest organ of elimination, and it also absorbs,” she said. “It’s surprising how much we actually absorb through our skin. So it’s very important to be conscious of what you’re doing on a daily basis.”
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