Sometimes, navigating the wealth of skin-care research can seem daunting. Luckily, we have access to savvy experts in the field who are there to guide us through the maze of scientific terms and formulas.
Enter Stella Barba, director of aesthetic services and a hair removal specialist at Barba Skin Clinic in Miami, Florida. With the help of sister (and fellow Contessa!) Dr. Alicia Barba, these two have worked hard to put the complex world of skin care on a level that we can all understand and put to good use. Read on to get an hour-by-hour glimpse into Stella’s daily role at Barba Skin Clinic and see if a career in this dynamic, detail-oriented field is right for you!
6:25 a.m.: After hitting the snooze button several times, this is when I have to be up and out of bed.
7:10 a.m.: I take a Barry’s Boot Camp class Monday through Friday. It keeps me sane, and I am currently addicted to it.
8:30 a.m.: I have my coffee and prepare breakfast, which is oatmeal with almond milk and some kind of fruit. While eating breakfast, I check current events on my computer as well as my schedule for the day.
9:45 a.m.: I leave my house and head out on my 10 minute commute to work. This is my time to catch up on the phone with one of my siblings or to speak with a skin-care rep. Even though I work with one of my sisters, Dr. Barba, I still like to communicate with her and coordinate our schedules so that she can be on time with patients, especially if some of them require a little TLC. We actually have the same patients, and typically they see me first for their skin care, and then move on to her for their cosmetic needs.
10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.: My day starts exactly at 10:00 a.m. and does not finish until about 7:30 p.m. or so. I don’t take lunches, and, instead, eat quickly standing up. I bring my food from home, as I like to prepare it myself. It typically is a salad or some kind of protein. Lately, my favorite is lentils because it’s both healthy and easy to make. It takes me all of five minutes to eat my lunch.
In between patients, I may see a skincare rep that has stopped by or check inventory to see what products or supplies need to be ordered. I also use this time to return phone calls or to make appointments for patients that have my personal cell phone number. I am consistently busy and never stand around doing nothing; I use any opportunity I have to answer Barba Skin Clinic and Barba Dermatology phone lines. People sometimes are surprised to hear me answering, but I don’t feel exempt from that part of the job.
7:30 p.m.: I leave the office and sometimes go straight to one of my sister’s houses to see my nieces or nephew. It is so wonderful to see their faces and discuss their days, or just be with them for five minutes. If one has cooked something to my liking, I will eat at their house. If not, once I get home, I will make something quick to eat and completely decompress!
11:00 p.m.: I am in bed and ready for the next day.
Head over to Career Contessa to get Stella’s full career story.