CATHY IN THE SKIN
AN INTOXICATING energy AND INFECTIOUS LAUGH.
Cathy Martin was attracted to the beauty industry from a young age, but it was overcoming personal obstacles that made her realise the power of self-confidence and her natural gift of healing. These realisations turned into a passion for beauty that have kept Cathy’s commitment alive for more than ten years.
As the youngest of nine children, Cathy learned from an early age that she needed to find her own way and develop her own voice if she ever wanted to be heard. She was born with a generous and open heart, mixed with a perceptive mind, but how those gifts have manifested themselves and evolved make Cathy even more remarkable.
Cathy started her career as a mental health nurse, giving her a unique perspective and an intuitive approach. This approach translates well to beauty. When her clients talk about their concerns, she listens on two levels: the cause and the emotion surrounding the problem. She immediately establishes trust and makes her clients feel safe. And she does this with her intoxicating smile, infectious energy and quick wit.
'no' is a word I don't know
The word ‘no’ has never been in Cathy’s vocabulary. She believes anything is possible if you work hard and believe in yourself – a vision coming from someone who has tested these beliefs and succeeded.
Ten years ago, Cathy was a size 24; today she is a size 8. She looked in the mirror one morning and realised that her mind and body were battling each other and that her biggest obstacle to achieving her goals was her weight. So Cathy did what she always does, she made up her mind to change. And she did. She started eating well, exercising and nurturing the mind-body connection. Now Cathy feels beautiful and strong, driving her to help her clients feel beautiful and strong too.
But weight wasn’t Cathy’s only obstacle. It wasn’t until recently that Cathy was diagnosed with dyslexia. She knew she was smart and a math whiz, but she assumed she was just a slow reader. Now Cathy has a name for why her brain functions differently. She has faced this new challenge with the same conviction and eternal optimism that has carried her through life.
Undoubtedly, other obstacles and challenges will surface, but Cathy is not worried. She believes that it’s not always the goal that defines us, it’s the journey. For Cathy, the journey is about believing she can accomplish anything. For Cathy, there is never a finish line - she achieves one goal and sets another.
While Cathy is serious about her health and her business, her closest friends and family know another side of her. This side is girly, silly and loves a fairy tale. She proudly owns 300 pairs of shoes (and counting). She obsessively watches reality tv – especially “Real Housewifes of…?” (Well, let’s just say all of them.) “Pretty Woman” happily sits next to “A Beautiful Mind” as her favourite movies. Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Tom Hanks are among her favourite celebrities.
A wife, a mother, a friend and a beauty guru, Cathy wears many hats, but all with confidence and a smile.
CATHY MARTIN IS AN AESTHETIC NURSE PRESCRIBER (RN, INP), REGISTERED WITH NMC, MEMBER OF BACN AND BDNG