Erin Skipley


Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.




Doll Face Skincare Studio

Doll Face Skincare Studio is located in Atwater Village, a unique enclave on the eastside of Los Angeles, California surrounded by Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, Glassell Park, and Glendale. These vibrant neighborhoods support small businesses, entrepreneurs, and offer a diverse community environment. The Doll Face Skincare Studio storefront is on Glendale Boulevard, a walkable shopping destination filled with stores, restaurants, and other service-based businesses. Its owner, Lila Castellanos is a local resident so securing a location that enabled her to serve her own community was very important. 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:




2022 A-List Nominations

2022 A-List Nominations

In 2022, we want to recognize A-Listers in our industry! Who is unparalleled at what they do? Fill in the form below to nominate an individual.
Nominations close April 8, 2022. Please note that only one submission per individual is required for nomination.

What type of professional are you nominating?
Please select the category you are nominating for.

Who are you nominating?
Please submit the name of the person you are nominating.
Please include nominee's e-mail address so we can notify them.
Invalid Input
Invalid Input

Tell us more about the nominee!
What has the nominee accomplished? How have they been recognized thus far in their career? Please include any accomplishments and recognitions.
Invalid Input
Your Information
Please submit the name of the person you are nominating.
Invalid Input

My Glow Esthetics

My Glow Esthetics started taking clients in 2018 and relocated to a bigger space after successfully growing in a limited amount of time. They focus on all skin types and beauty needs such as facials, waxing, and eyelash services. Located in a private space in Orange, California, My Glow Esthetics loves clients’ first reaction of the spa’s “glow getters” sign as soon as they walk through the door. The spa also features a beautiful, rose water-scented flower wall in the waiting area. My Glow Esthetics is known for their signature face wraps created by owner and licensed aesthetician, Kirstie Suarez. One of the more popular face wraps is a soak wrap that is ultra-hydrating and created with their signature protocol and ingredients. 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:




Tara Pennington

What is your educational background, and how do you continue your education in the industry?

I completed a two-year permanent cosmetics internship that included both taking and teaching classes. I also go to one to two tradeshows every year. I love to learn, and I love to teach my passion. Additionally, I run an apprenticeship program and have licensed five aestheticians so far. My students teach me more than I could ever ask for.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.






Enlightened Beauty

Enlightened Beauty is a unique spa located in a rougher area of Sacramento, California to bring some light to the city in a space where it is needed. The spa’s owner, Morgan Cameron wanted to create a safe haven for all walks of life to feel seen and supported. Furthermore, Enlightened Beauty also holds annual toy drives during the holiday season for WEAVE, a crisis intervention center for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the city. 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.


Contact Info:





Erin Draper

What is your educational background, and how do you continue your education in the industry? 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.






Photo credit: Becca Mathias

2022 Favorite Equipment





  ACA browse winners intro text

2022 Favorite Aesthetic Professionals





ACA browse winners intro text



2022 Favorite Toners & Mists






ACA browse winners intro text

2022 Favorite Hair Removal






ACA browse winners intro text

2022 Favorite Body Care






ACA browse winners intro text

The Freckled Skin Studio

The Freckled Skin Studio is a is private skin care oasis located in Forney, Texas. It is owned and operated by Haley Smith-Torres, better known as The Freckled Aesthetician on social media. Smith-Torres’ background allows her to specialize in advanced skin care treatments. Her focus is to give each client a customized, corrective, healing, and results-driven experience. She offers a wide array of in-spa and virtual services, specializing in customized facial treatments, acne treatments, nanochanneling, and advanced peel treatments. 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.


Contact Info:



Roxy Drese Harvey

What is your educational background, and how do you continue your education in the industry?

I grew up with an entrepreneur background. My mom owns a successful spa in Florida. After having lived in many states and attending universities across the United States, I finally settled in Texas and knew I wanted to use my business degree in the aesthetic field. I went to a local cosmetology school and started working at a medical spa before I finished my aesthetic schooling. I worked in that medical spa for nearly three years, working many 60-to-70-hour work weeks in many roles there. I opened my own business inside a doctor’s office in 2015.

The educational opportunities are endless now. Many skin care brands like Circadia, Epionce, and SkinBetter have brought the best education opportunities to their accounts. Industry podcasts, dermatology studies, and any skin care literature are great resources too.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.






Need an older issue of DERMASCOPE?


We get it, sometimes you want an older copy of DERMASCOPE Magazine to keep your archives complete! Use the link below to securely purchase a back issue, each $7.


Available issues:


Needing something even older than what is listed? Call or email us and we'll see if we have it in stock. 


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2021 covers

Bespoke Aesthetics + Wellness

As the business has its origins in central London, Bespoke Aesthetics’ goal is to fuse medical-grade skin care with a holistic perspective and luxury-spa feel. It provides a unique and eclectic approach that is somewhere between impersonal and immunosuppressive dermatology and feel-good facials. 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:



Courtney Sykes

Owner and chief administrative officer of Southeastern Esthetics Institute, Sykes is also the founder of Courtney Sykes Molecular Anti-Aging.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.





Skin Saviors: Top 10 of 2021

DERMASCOPE’s Cover Contest is an endeavor that has much passion behind it. Although we relish the continuing education our readers have come to know and love, this project has become a holiday treat, capping off another successful year. While we wish we could feature a charming face of the industry in every issue, there can be only one. That is why DERMASCOPE launched Skin Saviors, a featured special section showcasing our top honorable mentions of Cover Contest applicants. Read through their star quotes and learn why they captured our hearts this year.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.




A Piece of the Collective: Sharon Subdhan

The DERMASCOPE cover is an elusive goal for many skin care professionals. For decades, this notoriety was reserved for AIA Legends, but as the times change, so must the potential opportunities. The Cover Contest is a staff passion project that stemmed from the overwhelming need for conventional representation of the individuals who make up the beloved professional skin care industry. While there will always be the Danné Montague-Kings, Dr. Puglieses, and Dr. Mark Leeses of the world, the Cover Contest was created for aestheticians just like Sharon Subdhan.

Sharon Subdhan is the owner of Skin by Sharon located in Queens Village, New York. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 2018, graduating from the Christine Valmy School of Esthetics. She is also the reigning winner of 2021’s Cover Contest.

Sharon was first introduced to the magazine as February’s feature for The Monthly Follow. Having just started to take her Instagram web presence seriously, she phoned our editors as a ball of excitement. From there, the team of DERMASCOPE kept a watchful eye on her timeless New York style with a contemporary twist. When it came time to select the December cover after hours of deliberation, the team unanimously could not ignore our love for Sharon and her beautiful, authentic, and unique persona – and we know our readers will not be far behind.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.


Sharon Subdhan’s story may not be an identical match to the countless aesthetic practitioners within the industry, but she embodies a piece of the collective. This industry is made up of many colorful walks of life of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, and DERMASCOPE is lucky enough to showcase Sharon’s budding career that is sure to make bigger waves as she grows into the seasoned professional she is becoming.

Sweet Cheeks Waxing and Skincare

Sweet Cheeks Waxing and Skincare has lived in the heart of Salmon, Idaho since early 2012. In a small town surrounded by beautiful mountains, Sweet Cheeks prides itself on its beautiful curb appeal and pink door to catch the eye of residents, tourists, and passersby. 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.


Rebecca Pate

A well-trusted aesthetician and antiaging expert, Pate is the founder and CEO of Bare Bunny Aesthetics in Huntington Beach, California.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.





Queen City Beauty Group + Wellness

Queen City Beauty Group + Wellness is the product of Nichelle Mosley’s passion for corneotherapy. After having worked with plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and family practitioners in medical spas and physician’s offices, she has taken her knowledge from each of those settings and blended them to form her business. Her clients are pampered and cared for, but above all else, they receive ethical corneo-clinical results.

The spa knows that when a client’s skin is truly healthy, they will not only see dramatic changes in their skin’s appearance, but they will also see those changes rapidly. The entirety of the client is considered at Queen City Beauty Group + Wellness, as Mosley works with clients to develop a homecare routine that will work for her client’s skin and lifestyle choices.

Queen City Beauty Group is both a client-focused spa in the Charlotte, North Carolina area capable of amazing skin transformation and a great place to have some regular self-care “me time.” 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Information:



Ashley Hanlon

A face specialist and educator, Ashley Hanon is the owner of FACE by Ashley in Winter Park, Florida.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:

(941) 787-9784



D’Arcy Wellness Spa

D’Arcy Wellness Spa is redefining clean beauty and inspiring self-care. Female-owned and lead, this spa is a calm destination for holistic wellness needs. They proudly use and sell only the highest-quality nontoxic and cruelty-free products. Additionally, they retail female-owned brands with half of their shelf space dedicated to Black-owned brands. The convergence between the latest technology and ancient practices is what makes their services one-of-a-kind. D’Arcy Wellness Spa is located in downtown Natick, Massachusetts, a beautiful small town just outside of Boston Massachusetts, co-owned by sisters, Cailin and Alyssa D’Arcy.

Cailin D’Arcy is dually licensed in the states of Texas and Massachusetts, a two-time advanced certified volume eyelash artist, and holds specialized certifications in gua sha facial massage, facial reflexology, facial cupping, LED light therapy, and facial sculpting massage. Using her passion for clean, sustainable beauty and her experience with a wide range of modalities, she strives to give the city a modern spa experience.

Alyssa D’Arcy is nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s in kinesiology with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At the New England School of Acupuncture, D’Arcy pursued a dual track in Chinese herbal medicine and orthopedic acupuncture. Her specialties include women’s health, fertility, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cosmetic acupuncture.

DERMASCOPE spoke with Cailin D’Arcy to get to know this holistic Face Haven a little bit better.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Information:



Lauren Farmer

A DERMASCOPE in-house aesthetician, Farmer is the owner of Blush ’N Beauty Spa in Dallas, Texas.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:





Cynthia Sabo

A licensed aesthetician since 2005, Sabo is the owner of Sabo Skin Care and Massage, PLC in Spring Lake, Michigan.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:





Crown Jewel Esthetics

Crown Jewel Esthetics is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are comprised of a team of seven amazingly talented women who bring years of experience from different areas of the industry. They believe that in order to be the best in their field, they must have an endless desire for continuing education. Their eclectic personalities prompt clients to come back again and again, and their support for one another is what keeps them on the path to success.

While Crown Jewel Esthetics has participated in a few charitable efforts, they hope to add more to this list the coming year. They will be fundraising for two nonprofits ran by clients of the spa called One With Earth (OWE) whose mission is “to empower impoverished communities by providing them with the resources necessary to achieve sustainability and independence” and The Emerald Light House, an LGBTQ + organization.

The spa is committed to their clients and the causes that are important to them because of reciprocity. They want their clients to know they are not just a name in a database and that the spa’s care goes beyond the treatment room. DERMASCOPE caught up with Jewellee Williams, owner of Crown Jewel Esthetics, to get the inside scoop on this month’s Face Haven.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:

(267) 984-0969




Holly Tanella

Why is your primary aesthetics product brand your ultimate go-to, and how has it helped you become one of the best professionals in the industry?

Aesthetics Biomedical’s Vivace is the ultimate microneedling experience. Its proven reliability is related to the consistent clinical outcomes for skin tightening, wrinkle softening, texture improvement, acne scars, pigmentation, and stretch marks. This device has helped me become one of the best because of the unmatched results it provides to my clients.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Information:

Phone: 972-908-0903

IG: @bohomedspa



2022 ACA Nominations

DERMASCOPE's 2022 Aestheticians’ Choice Awards (ACAs) and Its Categories are Live for Nominations

The time has come to vote in your favorites of the industry. DERMASCOPE’s 2022 Aestheticians’ Choice Awards (ACAs) are live for nominations! We want to recognize the best of the best in the industry, so we need you to nominate your favorite brands, products, and people that cannot be left out of these prestigious awards. Once nominations have closed, our ACA panel will narrow down finalists for each of the nomination categories and you will be able to cast your final votes to help determine the winners. With all-new categories like Hydrating Cleanser, Deep Chemical Peel, CBD Serum, and Combination Equipment, this year's Aestheticians' Choice Awards is even better! So, make your voice heard and start nominating now through August 31st for your faves to be considered! 





Stephanie Betts

The owner of Serendipity Skin, Betts is also a licensed aesthetician, aesthetic instructor, and mentor.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Information:

Phone: 480.332.8619

Instagram: @BettsSkin




#FACE is a Black, woman-owned spa in the trendy neighborhood of uptown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The uptown area is a fun, hip destination filled with shopping, rooftop restaurants, and neighboring lakes. #FACE is the perfect addition to the community. In addition to its charm, the spa is one of the few aesthetic practices that understand and focus on all skin types, offering services like waxing, facials, and eyelash extensions.

 #FACE is known for their facial bar, offering quick, yet efficient “basic” to “so extra” facials in under an hour. All facials consist of a cleanse, extractions, and custom-blended Bioelements power mask. Depending on how basic or extra a client is, there are additional treatments included.

In addition to the facial bar, the spa specializes in Brazilian waxes with Starpil Wax. #FACE’s aestheticians value quality work over quantity of people, so they like to pride themselves on the 30-minute wax treatment, as there is no rushing perfection.

DERMASCOPE checked in with Matisse Gardner, owner of #FACE for the skinny on this Face Haven.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info


Instagram: faceoflelas

Tara VanderValk

A licensed aesthetician and owner of Beautiful Skin Spa, VanderValk is a DERMASCOPE 2020 Skin Savior.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.



Contact Info:




Wand & Willow Day Spa

Wand & Willow Day Spa was born out of Wendy Piedad’s love for all things magical and her desire to help clients feel confident, empowered, and important. Piedad’s philosophy is based on genuine client connections, providing quality services, and that there is a little magic inside of everyone. 

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.


Contact Info:

Instagram: wandandwillowdayspa



Adriana Martino

Founder of SKINNEY Medspa, licensed aesthetician, and laser skin specialist, Martino is a body sculpting specialist.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.




Glowbar is a skin care concept disrupting the spa industry with their first-to-market, 30-minute, customized, data-driven, and solution-oriented facial services. Their singular mission is to make people feel confident in their own skin and create a listening environment that drives skin care results for everybody.

This no-fluff approach includes a signature face-washing station that is meant to maximize a client’s time. At the start of the appointment, aestheticians sit down with clients to understand their skin care needs and concerns. From there, an aesthetician will customize and standardize treatments based on the client’s individual skin care needs through an algorithm. Our data-driven treatments eliminate consumer anxiety, overwhelming menus, and the need for expensive add-ons. The result – great skin.

Following an appointment, clients are provided product recommendations to aid in in skin health. This unique approach is designed so that clients can go to any Glowbar at any time and receive the same quality treatment, no matter which aesthetician they see. DERMASCOPE spoke with Glowbar’s co-founder and CEO, Rachel Liverman to get the inside scoop on this Face Haven.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to continue reading this article, plus gain access to all DERMASCOPE has to offer.




Read more on these peptide-based products that improve the skin barrier, eases inflammation, and promote collagen renewal.

Peptides are an essential part of skin care in their use for treating aging skin conditions, along with improving the function of the skin’s barrier. As a necessary part of a skin care professional’s arsenal of ingredients to utilize, peptides are becoming an increasingly important ingredient in treatments and clients’ at-home skin care routines. 



bion serum




Dark circles and puffiness around the eyes are dramatically reduced with BiON’s inclusion of soy-rice peptides in the Youthful Eyes Peptide Cream. Soy-rice peptides stimulate fibroblast proliferation and increase collagen and elastin synthesis.Try BiON Skincare’sYouthful Eyes Peptide



saian serum




Active Renewal Serum contains hyaluronic acid, mineral-rich seaweed extract, and six potent peptides to address the effects of aging. Try SAIAN Natural Clinical Skincare’s Active Renewal Serum.



viktoria deann




The Rejuvenator Series is a scientifically-formulated,bioactive RNF-1 restorative peptide. The synergistic combination of peptides, nutrients, and coenzymes are the essential components for optimal energy production at the cellular level. A targeted peptide focusing on reestablishing proper skin desquamation and turnover to reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. Try the Rejuvenator Series from Viktoria De’ Ann Peptide Cosmeceuticals.

Skin Rx Clinical Spa

SkinRX’s first clinical spa opened in 2015inside a salon suite. For two years,the spa searched for the perfect locationIn 2019, we opened our doors to a larger location with four treatment rooms in Southlake, Texas. SkinRX has an amazing dream team of award-winning aestheticians and a nurse practitioner cosmetic injector. We have created opportunities to travel all over the country for training to further our knowledge and expertise. The spa believes in investing in our team and helping them become their very best. SkinRX has been popular because we create an experience for every client from the moment they call or book online to the customized consultation and treatment plan. Our collection of customized treatments seamlessly integrates modern sciencewith a hint of zen

Giving back to the community has been important to us for years. Whether through events that support our favorite nonprofits, we try to support the community that took care of us during the shutdowns of COVID-19. We sold packages and retailwhich helped create an amazing website with a better online platform. Virtual consultations have become more popular than ever for the spa as well

What is your most popular treatment?

Our most popular treatment isthe SkinPenmicroneedling with LED light therapy. We treat the entire face and neck. Many times,we create a package including dermaplaning or peels pre-and post-treatments.Some prefer to add on anAnteAGEserum with their microneedling.We also use combination treatments, whether itis with anoxygen Circadia treatment prior to microneedlingdermaplaningEpioncerefresh peel, or DMK enzyme treatment. 

Long-term care with clients is our goal along with educating and assisting them on the most perfect regimen for their skin type

How long have you been a licensed aesthetician, and what made you join the industry?

I moved all over the country and could not wait to settle down and get my license. Texas finally became my home state in 2009, and I received my aesthetic license in 2012. I had a job at a medical spa before I took my state board examination. I wanted to join the industry for years, andas a young teenager, I would play with the microdermabrasion machine at my mother’sspa in Florida. Fast forward years later, I had painfulcystic acne after having my second daughter, and it really took a toll on my mental health. It took me years of finding the perfect solutionIt really pushed me to join the aesthetic world to help others. 

What pushed you to open your own spa, and at what point in your career did you open it?

As mentioned earlier, my mother owns a spa in Florida. As a child, I recall thinking I would never own my own placeI despised doing laundry from helpingall those years. I saw the stressors and sacrifices of owning a business. Never say never because here I am now. I get to see all the rewards now. I wanted the opportunity of being a mother and having a flexible schedule. Family is the utmost important factor in my life. Having my own company allowed me to fulfill that dream. 

What is your favorite treatment to receive?

Every skin care professional has their own strengths. I love just melting away on the treatment table and letting theaesthetician work their magic. I make sure to receive gentle chemical peels and microneedling throughout the yearI love to receive any and all treatments. 

What product do you try to retail to every client?

A physical-based sun protection factor likeElta MD or Epionceis tinted. If I could givmy younger self that chance, I probably would have avoided my own skin cancerI had melanoma in 2014, and I strive to teach all my clients the importance of this product. 

Bedside beauty essential?

I have a relatively simple regimen – triple cleanse, retinol, vitamin C serum, eye cream, and sun protection factor. The not-so-secret additional essentials I feature on my Instagram are my silk pillowcase and side-sleeper pillow, air purifier, and thehumidifier when the heater is on

Favorite skin concern to treat?

I love treating every skin type. I really enjoy helping those that have struggled for years with overly sensitive or acneic skin.

You can only take 3 products to an island…

Sun protection factorhydrating spray, and vitamin C serum 

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

I see my company flourishing with several more locations and ourown small skincare line.Having a team that picks up on each other’s strengths and weaknesses is key to a successful business. We take pride on educating our clients, so they can make the best decisions for themselves. 

Treatments offered:

  • Facials
  • Microcurrent Facials
  • Hydrafacial MD
  • Chemical Peels
  • SkinPenMicroneedling
  • BotoxXeomin, or Dysport
  • Filler

Top 3 Products: 

  • MicroExfoliating Honey Cleanser 
  • Vitamin C Reversal Serum 
  • DMK Beta Gel

 Contact Info:


Hair Removal Haptics

Trendsetters share insights on hair removal-based products they recommend for skin care and spa professionals.


Cirepil Tattoo Wax




Cali VanAelst, L.E.

Perron Rigot Training Director

I love the Tattoo Sublim system; it leaves skin smooth while reviving and brightening the ink design. Tattoo Wax is easy and effortless – a three-step system for a true tattoo wax service.”


LYCON Pink wax




Lindsay Miller

President of LYCON USA

“LYCOdream Hybrid Wax is super pliable and gentle on the skin. It is made with argan oil, arnica, and aloe vera which soothes the skin and reduces redness. It is excellent for facial area waxing and perfect for a Brazilian wax service.”



kiss AP




Debra Bonds

Alexandria Professional Educator

The Alexandria Professional Sugar Paste Adjuster is a lifesaver when sugar needs to be softened in the middle of a service. It makes the whole process easier for professionals, and clientshave no discomfortIt also helps professionals save money on sugar in the long run.”

Esty Exclusive E-Newsletter Sign-Up Form

Get access to the latest articles, webinars, giveaways, announcements, and more!

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input


Susanne Kaufmann Advances Commitment to Sustainability with Innovative Refill Program

In the latest extension of the 17-year-old brand’s deep commitment to sustainability, pioneering clean beauty leader, SUSANNE KAUFMANN announces it will launch a pilot refill program for 3 top-selling products in February 2021. SUSANNE KAUFMANN, an early leader in both clean beauty and corporate sustainability, is the first beauty brand in the world to use The Simple One, a new, lightweight plastic refill bottle developed by ALPLA. Based in Vorarlberg, Austria, proximate to SUSANNE KAUFMANN’s own Bezau, Austria production facility, and headquarters, ALPLA is a leader in the development and manufacturing of sustainable plastic packaging solutions. The new, 250 ml refills will debut with 3 of SUSANNE KAUFMANN’s top-selling products: Cleansing Gel, Hand Soap, and Shower Shampoo.

As of February 2021, in time for Earth Month, consumers will have the option to purchase the 3 individual products in a refill pack comprised of 75% recycled high-density polyethylene (RHDPE.) Both the RHDPE pack as well as the FSC certified paper sleeve that wraps the pack is fully recyclable. Produced locally, and consistent with all other SUSANNE KAUFMANN paper packaging the FSC certified sleeve is fully recyclable. The new SUSANNE KAUFMANN refill bottle will provide a more sustainable alternative for consumers who previously purchased the Cleansing Gel, Hand Soap, and Shower Shampoo in the simple, yet iconic glass bottles for which the SUSANNE KAUFMANN brand is known. Notably, the majority of SUSANNE KAUFMANN products are packaged in glass bottles that are easily recycled.

While relatively clean to produce, glass bottles are notoriously heavy to transport. The new SUSANNE KAUFMANN refill pack is up to 60% lighter than standard HDPE bottles and offers a reduction in CO2 emissions during production, transport, and the post-consumer recycling process. As the SUSANNE KAUFMANN brand continues to increase its international distribution - most notably in the US and Asian markets, the carbon footprint generated by both air and ground freight is considerable. Not only will the lightweight new refill provide a substantial reduction in carbon footprint it will also extend the life of the glass bottle far beyond its original single-use design.

“The Bregenzerwald region of Austria has been home to my family for over 5 generations and it’s where I launched the SUSANNE KAUFMANN brand 17 years ago. Having grown up surrounded by such incredible natural beauty, environmental sustainability, and protecting the earth’s precious resources have always been a passion of mine. Sustainability has been a central focus of the SUSANNE KAUFMANN brand since its inception.

“The refill project has been a labor of love for the past few years. I’m excited for SUSANNE KAUFMANN to be the first brand to offer this innovative new packaging solution by APLA. The refills will extend the life cycle of our iconic glass bottles and assist our customers in making more sustainable choices while supporting our own sustainability journey.“

Meet Dr. Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga of Apex Skin

Dr. Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga is the Founder and President of Apex Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center. With 10 Northeast Ohio offices known for specializing in medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatology, the talented Apex team is driven by one common purpose: to empower patients through healthy skin. Whether making a patient cancer-free, clearing a patient of psoriasis, or improving the acne of a teenage patient, Dr. Garcia-Zuazaga and his team give people the ability to take control of their lives by helping them maintain healthy and vibrant skin. Same-day appointments are available at Apex Dermatology. Apex’s offices are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a modern, safe, and thoughtfully designed Mohs lab. Their dermatologists are supported by well-trained clinical staff, which allows them to focus on their work and thoroughly care for their patients. Patients leave feeling great and equipped with a full game plan. The Apex commitment delivers comforting and impactful patient experiences making Apex the best Northeast Ohio has to offer in dermatology.

Additionally, Dr. Garcia-Zuazaga is a Veteran. To combine his two passions of dermatology and military service, he created The Purple Heart Project, which offers free laser scar revisions to Veterans injured in active duty. He understands that this can help heal more than just the skin, and can go a long way to improving confidence and happiness for deserving Veterans.



dr jorge 1

Visit to learn more!

New Proposed Hawaii Sunscreen Ban

The new proposed Hawaii state bill seeks to ban the only FDA-approved sunscreen ingredient that protects from cancerogenic UVA and works well for people with darker skin tones. Skincare consumer website What’s In My Jar warns that, if passed, the bill will jeopardize the skin health of people of color in Hawaii, but is not likely to bring any environmental benefits. 

According to the skincare consumer website What’s In My Jar, 56% of the US sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection (that is can protect both from the UVB and UVA rays) contain either of the two ingredients (avobenzone and octocrylene) suggested for the new Hawaii ban. Avobenzone is especially critical for skin cancer prevention as it is one of the only two FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients that offer protection in the UVA spectrum. The other UVA-protective ingredient, zinc oxide, has an opaque white color and can leave an unsightly greyish cast on dark skin. Octocrylene is often used together with avobenzone to increase its stability and offer longer-term sun protection. 

“If the ban for avobenzone and octocrylene will be implemented in Hawaii, it will put especially people of color living in or visiting Hawaii at higher risk of skin cancer, pigmentation disorders, and premature skin aging. The scientific evidence available at the moment is not sufficient to conclude that avobenzone and octocrylene are harmful to coral reefs in real-life conditions. The health risks for people from the proposed sunscreen ingredient ban clearly outweigh the uncertain and unlikely benefits for the environment. Passing this regulation might seriously set

President Biden Prioritizes PPP Relief for Beauty Industry in The Next Two Weeks

President Joseph Biden just announced that he would direct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to only accept PPP applications from self-employed/sole proprietors and companies with fewer than 20 employees for 14 days beginning today, Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021.  This prioritizes the beauty industry financial relief applicants more than any other economic sector. This second round of $284 billion of PPP payments allows the independent stylist, booth/suite renters, and salon owners with less than 20 employees to receive 100% forgivable loans.

To take advantage of this much-needed government assistance to the beauty, barbering, and spa industry, the PBFC established relationships with SBA-approved lenders to create an unprecedented online portal in which beauty and barbering professionals can submit their entire application.  The lead lender, Adesso Capital, also established a call center that is available to assist applicants to successfully submit their required paperwork across all 50 states. Beauty professionals can begin an application or gather more information at

As of this posting, over 12,000 industry professionals and shop owners have accessed the online portal, with over $25M in SBA-approved loans going out to the industry in real-time with another $25 million in the process of full submission. Everyone who isn’t a W-2 employee should be applying, especially in the next two weeks, when the beauty industry applications will be among the only ones being processed in priority by the SBA.

“Personal Care professionals in the beauty, barbering and spa industry were the sacrificial lambs to the Covid gods,” stated PBFC Legal Counsel and Advocate, Fred Jones.  “We were marginalized because we weren’t understood, respected, or feared by our elected officials.  The PBFC’s coordinated #OpenSalonsNow grassroots campaign, two successive federal lawsuits, and now this unprecedented focus on PPP funding for our struggling professionals has raised our public esteem and political impact.  We will no longer be unjustifiably sacrificed without a fight”

Powerhouse Acne Products

Trendsetters share insights on acne-based products they recommend for skin care and spa professionals.



Untitled design 56

Danné Montague-King

President of DMK- Danné Montague-King Co.

“With its wetting agents, ACU MIST carries all of the acne actives immediately into the pores. The botichem compound destroys the c. acne bacterium.”




Kaelin Jutras

Creator of Herbal Skin Solutions

“For a fresh, glowing complexion, this toner effectively balances skin. Blended with alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C, and organic white willow bark extract, this toner will have skin glowing in no time”




Shauna Blanch, LMT, RYT

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of Color Up

“ELEMENTAL Zinc Moisturizer is amazing for acne care and prevention. The combined powers of CBD to prevent and heal breakouts and zin oxide’s tissue-regenerating properties naturally manage acne.”




Elyse Blakey, L.E.

Lead Corporate Educator for IMAGE Skincare

“This power packed, brightening booster features tranexamic acid, vitamin C, and an antioxidant peptide to reduce the appearance of stubborn post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and dark spots often left behind from acne breakouts.”




Mark Viktoria

President of Viktoria De’Ann Peptide Cosmeceuticals

“Pepti-A.C.N.E. is an antimicrobial like peptide (AMP) formulated to provide a unique quorum signaling suppression against bacteria. This serum supports the skin’s natural defense mechanisms to clear blemish-prone skin. The targeted blend of amino acid complexes boost the skin’s natural defense systems to calm breakouts, reduce the appearance of redness, and inflammation, while promoting a healthier skin barrier.”




Alex Hernandez, L.E.

Lead Educator for Face Reality Skincare

“L-Mandelic Acid addresses existing lesions and prevents future breakouts by exfoliating dead skin build-up. The larger molecular weight provides slower epidermal penetration, resulting in a more even exfoliation with less irritation.”

Shani Darden Spa

Shani Darden Spa

What makes your spa popular or unique?

I originally started out working in a few different spas in Los Angeles, California before I decided to go out on my own. Once I made that leap, I ended up working out of the guesthouse of my former rental house, and then the house itself. After a few years, I began to outgrow the house and knew that I wanted to find something that was private and a bigger space to grow into. The location was one of the most important things when I searched for the perfect property. I wanted it to be central to most of my clients, yet private. Finding a space in Beverly Hills, California was a challenge. After a very long search, I was able to find something that had great bones located on a very quiet yet accessible street.

When it came time to design the studio, the main goal was to create a space that evoked a sense of calm and serenity while maintaining the feel of a high-end spa. We used a lot of natural, raw materials along with polished finishes, bringing in elements that reflect my personality.

The walls are coated in a lime wash texture which gives it a natural, organic base. After ripping up the old flooring, we found these amazing wood floors. We bleached them several times to create this stunning light color.

Shani Darden spa specializes in facials, peels, LED, microcurrent, vibration therapy, and oxygen therapy.

The spa’s top 3 professional products retailed are:

  • Retinol Reform by Shani Darden Skincare
  • Cleansing Serum by Shan Darden Skincare
  • iS Clinical Active Serum

The most popular treatment offered:

Our in-house signature facial is designed to deliver a radiant and healthy glow. Specifically created to address each client’s individual concerns and needs, this facial tightens, lifts and boosts collagen, and hydrates skin. The signature facial includes skin analysis, herbal steam, deep pore cleansing, extractions, and professional exfoliation. It also features LED light, oxygen therapy, and vibration therapy. We also offer a 90-minute facial that includes microcurrent in addition to the treatment.

How long have you been a licensed aesthetician, and what made you join the industry?

I have been an aesthetician for almost 16 years. I did not always know that I wanted to be an aesthetician, but I grew up with a passion for skin care. I had some skin issues as a kid, such as rashes and acne. The journey of figuring out how to treat my own skin and understanding how much it can affect one’s confidence made me want to help others with their skin as well.

What pushed you to open your own spa, and at what point in your career did you open it?

After working at a handful of spas throughout the years and the birth of my second daughter, I decided to go out on my own and work out of my guesthouse. Eventually, I began to outgrow that and knew I wanted to open my own place – officially. I opened my spa in Beverly Hills, California after about 14 years as an aesthetician.

What is your favorite treatment to receive?

I always love a brightening lactic acid peel, but my favorite lately is vibration therapy. It helps stimulate the muscles to target wrinkles at their source. It transmits acoustic sound waves below the skin’s surface to provide deep muscle stimulation that targets crow’s feet, eyebrow furrows, and nasolabial lines under the surface at the source, rather than on a superficial level. The vibrations also boost circulation to increase the skin’s oxygen uptake, resulting in more glowing, youthful skin. Overall, it helps skin appear firmer, more contoured, and radiant with regular use. I made my new Facial Sculpting Wand to get these same benefits at home. It is my favorite treatment to start the day with.

What product do you try to retail to every client?

Retinol Reform is the number one product I recommend to all of my clients to keep their skin glowing between facials. It has a stable encapsulated retinol along with lactic acid to boost collagen, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, reduce dark spots, and smooth the texture of skin. It is a great formula that does not cause any of the dryness or irritation often associated with prescription retinol.

Favorite skin concern to treat?

I love treating all skin types; however, there is nothing like helping someone struggling with their skin achieve their best skin through targeted professional treatments and homecare. Seeing how confident they become after getting their skin to the right place is incredible and the reason I wanted to become an aesthetician.

You can only take 3 products to an island… which products do you bring?

  • Cleansing Serum
  • Sunscreen
  • Lipgloss

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

I just want to see it restored to where we were before the pandemic. I want to see the studio busy and get back to helping people with their skin.


Contact Information

Instagram @shanidarden


Lana Ivanov

A medical aesthetician and registered nurse, Ivanov created an industry-based brand that is revolutionizing skin care.

Why is your primary skin care brand your ultimate go-to, and how has it helped you become one of the best professionals in the industry?

We use medical-grade ingredients that are free of parabens, hormone disruptors, toxins, and harsh chemicals. My passion for healthy skin led me to search the world for the best skin care product. Skin is the largest immune organ of the body. It needs to be nourished with healthy and high-quality ingredients. Vonavi products are bioengineered for the highest-quality, thoroughly researched, and tested ingredients.

Formulated with the polypore technology for advanced efficiency, they enhance all skin types. My passion for finding the best skin care for my clients led me to study thousands of products on the market. And ultimately, I saw the need to develop a unique skin care product that could treat various skin issues.

Why did you choose the brand and how did you find out about them?

As a medical professional, I have spent many years in the medical spa setting. The delicacy of the skin has always been of special interest to me, and finding safe, healthy skin care has been a huge challenge for me for many years.

It was at that point that I realized that I owe it to my community to leverage my expertise as a trained medical professional and years of serving medical spa clients to develop a skin care line.

I developed Vonavi Pro to treat various skin issues. They are clinical-grade products and are carefully sourced. They also work well for clients with sensitive skin.

How do you stay educated with this brand?

As a medical professional with over a decade of experience in clinical work, as well as cosmetic procedure, I have been fortunate to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

I attend regular seminars and training events throughout the year to always stay on the cutting edge of the newest trends and latest technology in the industry. The learning never ends, but it is a lot of fun.

What benefits do clients see from using the retail of the brand?

My clients see massive improvements in the health and clarity of their skin, often within just a few short weeks. They come to me with all types of skin problems, ranging from signs of aging, sensitivity, clogged pores, skin breakouts, dark spots, and even rosacea. Many of them have been suffering from skin problems for many years and have tried every product on the market.

Often, they come with a broken heart and have lost faith in never having healthy skin again. They are pleasantly surprised how using clinical skin care products and having a prescribed skin care regimen can reduce wrinkles, clear up pores, stop breakouts, and even clear rosacea. All this is achieved by reducing inflammation, hydrating, and nourishing the skin with potent ingredients. It is not a miracle – it is just science.

How do you promote yourself and the brand?

We leverage a combination of organic branding and modern direct response marketing to reach the right audience at the right time. I use the Vagaro booking system to promote to my medical spa clients through e-mails and text messaging.

I also use social media and traditional magazines and newspapers for news blasts and feature articles.

Besides working with the brand, what else has helped you become one of the best?

I am very passionate about skin care. Beyond working on my skin care line, I have been undergoing special training and certifications. These include microblading, permanent makeup, microdermabrasion, resurfacing laser treatment, chemical peels, microcurrent, and radio frequency skin lifting. These certifications helped me gain knowledge and experience over the years, build my client base, and fuel clients’ trust in my skills. In my medical spa, my team and I are booked three months in advance.

What is your educational background and how do you continue your education in the industry?

As a medical professional, I have spent many years in the spa, and I hold a master certification as a medical professional. I am also a trained registered nurse with many years in the field.

My interest in the medical field led me to earn a paramedical license in aesthetics, allowing me to utilize advanced skin care techniques and provide pre- and post-surgical skin care treatments.

Over the years, I received special training and certifications in many specialties, including skin rejuvenation, microblading, permanent makeup, laser treatment, chemical peels, and microcurrent.

After completing my aesthetics licensure, I sought to improve and advance my knowledge and skills. I became certified by the American Board of Dermatology, earned a certification in oncology skin care, received a certification in laser technology, and became a certified master aesthetician.

How long have you been practicing and why did you choose this field?

I have been a clinical nurse for over a decade working in the hospital. I also had the pleasure to work at the BayState Medical Center and with plastic surgeons that gave me hands-on experience providing treatments and cutting-edge services to clients.

I have always been fascinated by the skin. It is the most versatile organ we possess, and seeing what massive changes it goes through in the countless clients I have met over the years instills the desire to study skin conditions and age management.

How do you give back to the industry or community?

I am a skin transformation specialist and skin health educator. I help people overcome unhealthy skin habits and live healthier lives. Also, I am an oncology skin care specialist and microblader. I developed my own charity program where I treat oncology patients for free and give them free products or microblading.

Lastly, I support the Christina House Non-Profit Organization that helps women suffering from abuse and domestic violence.

Must-Have Products

  • Super Serum by Vonavi Pro
  • Hydra Lift Stem Cell Moisturizer by Vonavi Pro
  • Super Luminous Polish by Vonavi Pro

Why are these your top three must-haves?

Skin care is an art that blends the forces of nature and science together. Harnessing natural, purified botanical ingredients allows for innovative formulations, free of overly harsh chemicals that irritate skin or cause breakouts. With radiant skin, clients can develop a new level of self-confidence.

Contact info:

@vonavipro on Instagram



Much can and has been said about dimethicone. It has been grouped with the less than attractive ingredients many skin care products boast about being free of. However, natural does not always equal safer or superior. In fact, pure synthetics like dimethicone have a lower chance of potential allergens compared to plant oils or butter. For this reason, it has been widely used in skin care and beauty to achieve that desired velvety, smooth effect most skin care lovers have come to expect from their favorite products. While it generally does not directly hydrate skin, it can act as a seal for those who want to prevent dry, rough, or scaly skin. Dimethicone or polydimethylsiloxane is an emollient and increases the soft texture of skin by sealing the spaces between the dead cells found on the top layer of the skin or the stratum corneum.

So where do the negative connotations come into play? Dimethicone is non-biodegradable, and for this reason, there is a concern of where it ends up after it is washed down the drain, particularly for oceanic wildlife. However, the European Union Chemicals Agency database citesthat they have found no negative effects of dimethicone in aquatic life

  In addition to its environmental concerns, because dimethicone can act as a seal, there is the question of whether it is comedogenic and if it keeps other products and ingredients from getting absorbed. While dimethicone does perform as an occlusive, it works similarly to the way a moisturizer does. Despite this debate, there are little to no safety concerns as it has proven to be a non-irritating, non-toxic, and non-comedogenic ingredient. 

Dimethicone may not be for everyone, but it is relatively safe to use on all skin types, including sensitivity. It cannot be used alone, and like any complex, cosmetic ingredient, it should be spot treated before it is used all over a client’s face. It is important to read beyond greenwashing and to choose products and ingredients that are backed by scientific claims.  


Vitamin C

Read more on these vitamin C-based products that accelerate cellular turnover and promote collagen renewal for completing a glowing, healthy look.

Vitamin C has become a staple within the skin care community, as its benefits and viability make it a clear choice for many skin care professionals. From its ability to be used in cleansers, masks, serums, peels, and more, vitamin C offers range for treatment options. With its many uses, a few top benefits stand out. Whether through its ability to clear acne, protect the skin barrier, reduce hyperpigmentation, or its ability to promote new collagen, vitamin C is for any skin care professional wanting to keep their ingredients-based products at top shelf levels. 



Harness the natural power of vitamins C and E with a boost of nourishing nutrients for the skin. A cocktail of citrus, rhubarb extract, leafy greens, and avocado oil reduces the appearance of sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles.Try Eminence Organic Skincare’s Citrus & Kale Potent C +E Masque.



Like its name entails, this pH balancing toner is infused with antioxidant-rich vitamins, alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C, organic white willow bark extract, and other organic botanical ingredients to deliver the exact dose of what skin needs to maintain an optimal pH.The results are a fresh, glowing complexion. Try Herbal Skin Solutions’s pH Balance.



Collagen promoting,vitamin C micronized peel reduces wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and improves skin color. Try Pure C Glow Peel Set by DermAware Bio-Targeted Skincare.

Favorite Firming Serum

Vitamin C+ Enhancement Serum by Herbal Skin Solutions

Favorite Eye Serum

OptiCrystal by COSMEDIX

Favorite Probiotic Serum

Probiotic Concentrate by Columbia Skincare

Favorite Peptide Serum

Power Serum by HydroPeptide

Favorite Retinol Serum

Retinol Skin Brightener .25% by ZO Skin Health

Favorite Vitamin C Serum

Dermelect Self-Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum by Dermelect

Favorite Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum by Sorella Apothecary

Favorite Medical-grade Serum

Derma A Gel by Vivant Skincare

Favorite Stem Cell Serum

Grape Stem Cell Solutions Serum by ilike organics

Favorite Acne Toner

Sal-C Toner by Face Reality

Favorite Brightening Toner

Frankincense & Rose Hydrosol & Toner by KM Herbals

Favorite Hydrating Toner

Herb & Mineral Mist by DMK

Favorite Soothing Toner

MIST ME by Hale & Hush

Favorite pH Balancing Toner

RoROSÉE VISAGE Toning Cleansing Lotion by Phytomer

Favorite Hard Wax

Cirepil Blue Wax by Perron Rigot Inc.

Favorite Soft Wax

Turmerika Cream Wax by Ezee Cosmetics

Favorite Sugar

Medium Sugar Paste by Sweet & True Sugaring

Favorite Natural Hair Removal Product

Nufree for Men by Equibal Labs

Favorite Sensitive Wax

Brilliance Wax by Caronlab

Favorite Pre-Hair Removal Product

No Scream Cream by Relax n Wax

Favorite Post-Hair Removal Product

Tea Tree Soothe Lotion by LYCON Wax

Favorite Wax Pot

Big Double Basin Warmer by Berodin

Favorite Body Scrub

Guava Coconut Sugar Rub by Pure Fiji

Favorite Body Lotion

Renewal Body Lotion by Epionce

Favorite Body Contouring

Cell-U-Ride by M’lis

Favorite Body Mud Mask

Mud Puddle by Alexandria Professional

Favorite Aromatherapy Oil

Essential Oil Blends by Skin Blends LLC

Favorite Massage Product

Therapist’s Choice 15 for Himalayan Salt Stone Massage by Saltability

Favorite Massage Supplies

thermabliss by Spa Revolutions

Favorite CBD Tincture Oil

Comfort Oral Oil by Hempfield Botanicals

Favorite LED Panel

Celluma Pro by Celluma LED Light Therapy

Favorite Handheld LED


Favorite Full Body

LED Celluma DELUX by Celluma LED Light Therapy

Favorite Fractional Plasma Device

Plasma Pen by Plasma Pen

Favorite Diagnostic Tool

VISIA Skin Analysis by Canfield

Favorite Microneedling Device

Skin Pen by Crown Aesthetics

Favorite Ultrasonic Tool

Professional Strength Ultrasonic Spatula by SAIAN Natural Clinical Skincare

Favorite Cryotherapy Device

Cryoskin by Lamksin

Favorite Sculpting Device

Emsculpt by BTL

Favorite Microcurrent Machine

BlueOnyxTM Smart Microcurrent System by TAMA Research

Favorite Microdermabrasion Machine

DiamondTome Microdermabrasion System by Altair Instruments

Favorite Laser

Neo-Elite by Aerolase