Leann Caruso has opened Mountain Glow Skincare at 14 Main St., Bethel. Rose Lincoln/Bethel Citizen

BETHEL — Before you walk into Mountain Glow Skincare Studio you take off your shoes, beginning a feeling of relaxation in the all-white, serene, studio at 14 Main St., Bethel.

“When I pamper myself to a facial, I appreciate the moments where I can quiet my mind and prioritize self-care. Given the everyday stresses of life, I want to make this experience accessible to others,” said Gilead resident Leann Caruso, a licensed aesthetician.

Caruso said she was always drawn to the field of esthetics but had never given a facial when she started training at the Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook, where she excelled, acing her two state board examinations.

Before launching this new career, she worked as a secretary at Telstar Middle/High School for 11 years.

Caruso’s hours will be by appointment through her website starting at the end of February. She will accept appointments by text, phone and email, too. She said she is open to bartering for facials, “I want everyone to experience it,” she said.

She is using organic, botanical herb products. “I wanted products that were as clean as possible, without chemicals,” she said.


Caruso said, for the month of February, she will be offering her signature facial at a discounted price of $80. “This facial is required for all new customers so that I can get to know them and their skin.

“Beginning in March, I will be offering a wider range of facials to include a back treatment and waxing services. I am also certified in Reiki and will be offering a Reiki facial. I will have retail available as well for purchase.”

Caruso said despite initial reservations about returning to school and commuting to Westbrook, she received encouragement from her husband, Frank, and friends, Sandra and Paul Casey.

“As I entered my late 50s, I took a reflective pause to evaluate the trajectory of my life and considered whether I was truly aligned with my purpose and passion. The realization suddenly struck me – I wasn’t. Time seemed to be ticking away, urging me to make a change.

“Deep within, there had always been a longing to establish my own business, one that could make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. My vision was to create a haven where people could rejuvenate, unwind, and cultivate a positive self-image,” said Caruso.

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