Nasi Hugh, owner of Skin MB, is one of Nashville’s most respected and seasoned aestheticians. Her reputation is impeccable when it comes to making her clients feel healthier and more in sync with their bodies, and she is as focused on the inner health of her clients as she is their outward beauty. A native of Iran, she arrived in the US after fleeing the country because of the revolution. This experience changed her life forever, giving her the opportunity to own and operate her own business. Nasi Hugh a is visionary in her field, as witnessed by her tremendous success, and it is with great pleasure that we introduce you to her today.
Can you tell us about your childhood in Iran?
I was born in Tehran, Iran. My mother was a school principal and my father worked for the American Embassy. My family was forced to leave the country during the revolution because of my dad being a diplomatic liaison to the US. Our family was at risk and were immediately granted green cards and allowed entry into the U.S. I was a young teenager when I came to Nashville. I graduated from Hillsboro High School and went to MTSU where I received my bachelor’s degree. I discovered my passion for skin care and beauty and began working as a spa coordinator, medical spa manager, consultant, aesthetician, and certified laser technician. In 2007, I decided to finally open my own medical spa, Skin MB.
What was your biggest challenge as an immigrant to the US?
Initially the language barrier because I was only 14 when I came to the US. Also, having no friends in the beginning and experiencing significant differences between cultures.
What do you miss the most about your country?
The family and friends I was forced to leave behind. The buzzing streets with all the fresh bakeries, butcher shops, tea houses …
If you could correct a misperception Americans have about Iran, what would it be?
Iran has ski resorts, as well as beaches, and people in general are very friendly and accommodating and were especially so before the revolution, during the Shah’s time.
When it comes to food, what are some of the favorite delicacies from your country?
Pastries made with chickpea flour, saffron rice dishes, and Persian caviar from the Caspian Sea.
You are passionate about helping women look and feel more beautiful. What are some new things on the horizon in the skincare business?
There has been a tremendous advance in the medical laser industry treating skin with less downtime, more affordably, while greatly improving client comfort. My experience has taught me to combine cosmeceuticals and holistic products to achieve superior results and efficacy.
Who was an early mentor to you?
I am really self-made and was never fortunate enough to have a mentor. However, my husband Stefano helped me develop my business skills.
What advice do you have to help women combat aging?
First and foremost balance is key to everything; one must find happiness within and draw strength from their spirituality, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise and follow a basic skin specific treatment plan.
If you could tell women to do one thing that would help their skin, what would it be?
Protect your skin from the elements!
Is there a new product that you’re excited about?
Vespera Bionic Serum which is packed with skin rejuvenating vitamins.
When it comes to over-the-counter products, do you have one that you want to recommend to our readers?
CeraVe skin care products
What is a valuable piece of advice you have been given?
Don’t look back!
What meal at a local restaurant has recently wowed you the most?
Polpo (Octopus Carpaccio) at Enoteca Sardinia Ristorante
If you could change one thing about Nashville, what would it be?
I would add a beach and an ocean.
What books are on your bedside table?
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Is there something our readers would be surprised to know about you?
That I live on a ranch with horses.
What are 3 things you can’t live without, excluding God, family and friends?
Morning tea, minimum 8 hours of sleep and long nature walks.
Thanks, Nasi! And thank you, Ashley Hylbert, for today’s beautiful photographs!