Magdalen staff are highly experienced and licensed therapists.


Magdalen Lagergren (Owner/Esthetician) (The Wax Magician)

Magdalen is originally from Nairobi, Kenya. Her Kenyan name is Karugi Karanja. Karugi means “Little Cook” (she loves to cook and is very good at it). Karanja is her father’s family name. Magdalen has always been very passionate about skin care. While growing up in Kenya, with an abundance of tropical fruits and vegetables, Magdalen made her own creams and masques for mini-facials. When Magdalenarrived in the United States and realized there were schools to provide formal training for skin care therapists, she enrolled at Yvonne De Vilar Scientific Skin Care in Vienna, Virginia. She graduated in 2004, obtained her Esthetics license, and immediately went to work for a spa in Arlington, Virginia. Three years later, she began working for another upscale spa in Bethesda, Maryland. However, Magdalen always dreamed of having her own spa where she could share with her clients the benefits and results of proper skin care treatment. In 2008, she was able to open her own mini-spa by leasing space in a dental office. Magdalen soon realized that she needed more space for her clients and wanted to offer additional services. In 2010, she opened her present location at 966 Hungerford Drive in Rockville, Maryland. Magdalen currently offers the Obaji, Vivant, and Magdalen’s Pure Skin Care product lines. All the therapists at Magdalen’s Pure Skin Care, including Magdalen, are highly trained, attend continuing education classes, and participate in various trade shows to ensure they can incorporate the changing trends in skin care, new products, and treatments. Magdalen herself has received extensive additional training in waxing techniques.

Irene Bwewusa (Esthetician/Hydrafacial Specialist)

Irene is a first generation born American from Uganda. She was born and raised in the Washington Metropolitan area. Irene obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services in 2009 and later set out to explore the spa industry. With years of management experience in the spa and hospitality field, Irene decided to be a part of the magic that happens in the spa treatment room. She studied skin care at the Esthetics Institute in Vienna, VA and began immediately working as an esthetician. After years of battling her own skin care woes and no longer wanting to be a victim of problematic skin, she was inspired by the amazing results that can be achieved by proper skin care and has dedicated herself to a career providing skin care services to help people look and feel their best. What she enjoys most about being an esthetician is the reward of embarking on a journey with each of her clients as they reveal they’re skin’s truest potential. Skin Care “problem solving” would best summize her technique. Attentively listening to her client’s concerns and carefully analyzing the needs of each individual skin she is able to transform skin and maintain it at its most healthy, youthful state. Teaching her client to love the skin they are in, at every age…is her goal.



Waxing, Brazilian Wax, Facials, Rockville, MD | Magdalen's Pure Skin Care