Tara VanderValk

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

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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. 

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Adriana Martino

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

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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.

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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. 



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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



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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.



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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

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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.”


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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.”



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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.”

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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.



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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.



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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.”

Impacting Clients

For those that have been in the industry for years, you understand the skin care profession is one of the most rapidly changing professions out there. For new skin care professionals, I am sure you see it too – keeping up is not an easy task.

However, a few things remain the same, and unfortunately, it is the top three skin care concerns: aging, pigmentation, and acne. The beauty in these unchanging factors is that the industry is providing ever-changing tools to combat these concerns.

Of these three topics, the concern about acne has by far gained the most momentum over aging and pigmentation. What was once a worry of teenage skin, has now become a worry of both men and women at various ages of their adult lives. What was once linked primarily to hormonal changes in the progression of life is now strongly linked to factors such as the environment, food consumption, and stress. What was once a condition that had a handful of options for treatments, now requires multifaceted approaches to improvement.

But, all of this is okay because this is the skin care professional’s job. Improving acne conditions requires the skin care professional to reach down deep into their knowledge base and utilize all that they know about skin, its influencing lifestyle factors, ingredients, and treatment options. It requires them to be open and receptive to new tools of the trade for exfoliation, light therapy, and electricity. It requires them to think outside the box and take every aspect of their clients’ life into account. Above all, it will require that they closely monitor progress and change, then adapt to treatment protocols and homecare regimens to meet these changes.

In my 30-plus years in this profession, never has my knowledge and skills been so essential to the needs of my clients. Skin care professionals play an integral role in the way their clients look and feel, but now more than ever, skin care professionals have become more essential. The level of angst, instability, fear of the unknown, and the chaos that surrounds everyone on a daily basis has trickled into the needs of clients. We are not therapists – no, far from it. But the work that skin care professionals do with their knowledge and skillset can change a person’s life. Stay safe, healthy, happy, and be impactful.

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.

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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

Favorite Radio Frequency Device

Skin Classic by RN Faces

Favorite Spray Tanning System

SunFX Pro Mobile Tanning System by SunFX

Favorite Steamer

Vaporizer Blü Stream XV by Silhouet Tone

Favorite Spa Table

Elite Platinum by Silhouet Tone

Favorite Software Platform

Mind Body Business

Favorite Specialty Device

NanoFacial ‘WandPro’ System by Rezenerate

Favorite Supplies

Baby Face Facial Cloths by Dermaplane Pro

Favorite Face Shields

bt- i-shield™ - bt vision 2.0 face shield by Bio-Therapeutic

Favorite Sanitizer

Ready To Use Wipes by Rejuvenate Disinfectants

Favorite Makeup Brush

Eye Got This by Morphe Brushes

Favorite Makeup Primer

Perfect Radiance Make Up by Janssen Cosmetics

Favorite Powder Foundation

Teint lu­mineux - Vel­vety com­pact foun­da­tion by Sothys

Favorite Liquid Foundation

Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18 by Glo Skin Beauty

Favorite Airbrush Makeup

Perfect Canvas Airbrush Makeup by TEMPTU

Favorite Eyeshadow Palette

Eye Shadow Kit by jane iredale

Favorite Mascara

Eyelash Enhancing Mascara by HAWRYCH MD

Favorite Eyebrow Care

Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner & Serum by Revitabrow

Favorite Eyelash Enhancement

Eyelash Enhancing Serum by RapidLash

Favorite Eyelash Extension

O.G. Lashes Collection by Borboleta Beauty

Favorite Lip Cosmetics

Plumping Lip Jelly Sheer Mauve by Babe Lash

Favorite Injectable


Favorite Massage Professional: Arianna Casamiquela

To read our interview with Arianna, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Favorite Licensed Master Aesthetician: Ralph Cole

To read our interview with Ralph, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Favorite Licensed Aesthetician: Roxanne Drese

To read our interview with Roxanne, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Favorite Laser Technician: Dionne Holley

To read our interview with Dionne, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Favorite Injector: Thuy Doan

To read our interview with Thuy, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Favorite Contributing Writer: Terri Wojak

To read our interview with Terri, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Favorite Brand Educator: Heather Aguirre

To read our interview with Heather, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Favorite Aesthetic Influencer: Nayamka Roberts-Smith

To read our interview with Nayamka, flip through the digital version of the P&E Guide.

Skin Health Reflections

The health of the skin should be a primary priority for skin care professionals. How a skin care professional approach that priority can be multi-faceted. Clearly one of the first objectives is a thorough skin analysis to determine the best skin care treatments and homecare regimen, either for themselves or for clients.

Skin care professionals spend hours upon hours studying the physiology of the skin – how it functions and the influencing factors that determine its condition. Skin care professionals also spend hours analyzing and studying product ingredients to determine precisely how they impact skin cell activity, cell health, and cellular function.

In addition to professional treatments, always include and begin with a thorough consultation –at least you should be. It is here that I want to take a moment and focus. It is the consultation that determines the most influential impact on the overall health of the skin.

Skin health is a direct reflection of internal body health and lifestyle choices. Although, it is often sidelined in the bigger picture, what people see on the outside is a direct reflection of what is happening on the inside. This is all-inclusive. To determine a current skin condition and the steps to improve skin health, a full lifestyle analysis must be taken into account. These are factors that are all too often overlooked but are increasingly essential in skin health.

Consider a client’s eating habits and overall nutritional intake, sleeping habits, and exercise (or lack thereof.) Caffeine and alcohol consumption, smoking, water intake, and daily supplement consumption for a thorough consultation. Last, but not least stress levels are a critical aspect to talk with clients about. All the above factors impact the health of the skin by having a direct effect on free radical formation, inflammatory responses, cellular turnover, sebum production, skin sensitivity, lymphatic flow, and circulation.

Do your homework. Take the time to research these effects, so that you can be the skin health partner that clients have come to expect.

Mikkie Tiquir’a

Meet Mikkie Tiquir’a a celebrity, body contouring specialist, and licensed aesthetician whose dedication to her clients is unmatched. With a strong will to create and grow her business, Tiquir’a has created products and lasting treatments for clients of all sizes.


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?

At Dream Body Studio, we offer a skin lighting kit – it is a cream called Perfecta, and over time, it can lighten skin a couple of shades. It also can take skin from normal and dull to a bright, glowing complexion. We also have a shower gel that works perfectly with the cream. It moisturizes, lightens, and refreshes skin.

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

When I was younger before I went to aesthetician school, I always used a little skin lightener because I always loved my complexion; however, I have dark spots. I am brown in one area and dark in another, so I was always searching for something to even my skin out.


How do you stay educated with this brand?

Once I enrolled in school, I was learning and making my own products for myself and then my family. I loved the formula but I was not confident enough to sell it because it had to be perfect. I kept working at it, and six years later, I perfected it.


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

If you use the Perfecta cream and use it twice a day along with the kojic acid, it lightens skin. Many clients would like to lighten and even their skin complexion.


How do you promote yourself and the brand?

Instagram has helped greatly to promote my brand. I launched my business during the Instagram era, where people were starting to look up to influencers. So in 2015, I began working with influencers in order to push my brand.


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

I have become the best by offering a wide assortment of non-surgical treatments that both men and women can use. Aside from treatments and procedures, Dream Body Studio provides its clients with homecare-based products to further the work they received in-house. We want people to sculpt and perfect their bodies outside of the clinic or doctor’s office. Our products give results. One of the first influencers I partnered with still reaches out today for items.


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

I went to Florida College of Natural Health in Miami to be an aesthetician, and I have a medical assistant degree. The lessons came so naturally; I was able to begin working once my studies ended. I got real-life industry experience early on.

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

I have been practicing for about seven years. I chose this field because I have always been into beauty and skin care, so these industries come naturally to me.


How do you give back to the industry or community?

I feed the homeless and often give out food, sandwiches, and water. I also hire within my community and pay staff well.

Must-have products:

  • African black soap
  • Perfecta Cream
  • Fat Burner Pills

Why are these your top three must-haves?

The Perfecta and The African Black Soap work together. The African Black soap gets rid of acne, smooths skin, and prevents acne conditions. The Perfecta Skin Lightening Cream smooths skin for a lighter, youthful look. They work together through their ability to cleanser and then protect, all while creating glowing skin. The fat burner pills help clients maintain a healthy weight and curbs appetite.


Keep up with Mikkie Tiquira: @mikkietiquira @dreambodystudio

Skin Health

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


rosehip eminence

Natalie Pergar, L.E.

Lead Skin Care Trainer for Eminence Organic Skin Care

“This revolutionary super balm uses a natural repair complex to promote cell regeneration. Antioxidants derived from rosehip and rosemary oil support the skin’s defense against free radicals and prevent damage from environmental stressors.”


rescue osmosis

Ben Johnson, MD

CEO & Founder of Osmosis Beauty

“Rescue is a remarkable product for skin health because it serves two critical functions – detoxing the skin and repairing oxidative damage. While most skin products try to reduce free radical damage, Osmosis’ patented Rescue contains trioxolane, which can repair damage that has already happened creating permanent changes in texture, age spots, and calming inflamed skin in the process.”



epionce moisturizer

Carl Thornfeldt, MD, FAAD

Founder and CEO of Episciences, Inc.

“The first product developed with my platform technologies of barrier repair and anti-inflammatory properties was the clinically-proven Epionce Renewal Facial Cream. It continues to be an Epionce best-seller.”


herbal skin solutions moisturizer

Kaelin Jutras, L.E.

Founder of Herbal Skin Solutions

“Gently massage this tri-acid, enzyme plus bamboo fiber blend into the skin with steam as a weekly exfoliation ritual. Boost efficacy in the treatment room setting with microneedling nano-infusion.”



elina serum

Elina Fedotova

Founder & Formulator of Elina Organics

“Skin Recovery Protective Healing Cream calms and restores skin after microneedling, acid peels, and injectable treatments. Extracts of arnica and spongilla have been used for centuries to heal bruised and damaged skin, while colloidal copper adds to its antiseptic properties, regenerates collagen and elastin, and speeds up the skin’s natural healing process.”


 squalene saian

Dasha Saian, L.E.Dasha Saian,

L.E.Co-founder & CEO of SAIAN NaturalClinical Skincare

“Squalane is incredibly similar to the skin’sown sebum; it instantly soothes dehydratedand dry skin. Saian Pure Squalane quicklymoisturizes the skin and seals in hydrationwithout leaving behind a greasy residue. Itis perfect for a compromised barrier.”

Mandelic Acid

Clients are always on the hunt for acids that can correct dark spots, heal acne, fight wrinkles, and so on, but sometimes, these acids are too intense for certain skin types. As skin care professionals know, mandelic acid is a perfect go-to in these scenarios. Mandelic acid not only promotes collagen renewal but also accelerates cellular turnover and is a powerful exfoliant that is less likely to cause irritation in sensitive skin. Clients are always on the hunt for acids that can correct dark spots, heal acne, fight wrinkles, and so on, but sometimes, these acids are too intense for certain skin types. As skin care professionals know, mandelic acid is a perfect go-to in these scenarios. Mandelic acid not only promotes collagen renewal but also accelerates cellular turnover and is a powerful exfoliant that is less likely to cause irritation in sensitive skin types. With its ability to fight the many skin conditions clients face, mandelic acid should be a staple ingredient option in a skin care professional’s arsenal of tools.


With a blend of arginine, mandelic, and pyruvic acids, the Mandelic Arginine Serum is gentle enough to be worn daily while promoting potent re-youth activity, making it beneficial for photo-aged, sensitive, rosacea, and acne-prone skin. L-arginine is one of the 10 essential amino acids. It opens blood vessels, inhibits free-radical damage and lipid peroxidation, while also accelerating wound healing, collagen synthesis, and promoting skin elasticity. Mandelic acid, the other core ingredient, is extracted from almonds and provides non-irritating, re-youth, and antibacterial support to the skin without causing dryness. Phytic and pyruvic acid also promotes rejuvenation, cellular repair, and antioxidant activity. Try Mandelic Arginine Serum by RA Skin Cosmeceuticals.


mandelic serum


Face Reality Skincare’s mandelic serum is an alpha hydroxy acid serum with both l-mandelic acid and l-lactic acid, which diminishes skin discoloration, treats existing lesions, and prevents future breakouts from forming. Try Face Reality Skincare’s 5% Mandelic Serum.


5 mandelic acid


Perfect for normal and combination skin, this enzyme promotes deep hydration that protects from environmental damage, while relieving the surface signs of aging. Arbutin and kojic acid also provide extreme lightening capabilities. Try Skin Script Skincare’s Cherry Enzyme.


cherry enzyme

The Passing of A Legend

Peter Pugliese, M.D., a leader, luminary, and legend in the skincare industry passed away peacefully on Friday evening, January 15th, 2021 at his home in Bernville, Pennsylvania at the age of 94. The world-renowned skin physiologist, inventor of 13 patents, and author of hundreds of industry publications and presentations leveraged a lifelong curiosity to pioneer innovations that elevated and transformed the science and business of professional skin care. 

Wishing the courage, strength, and love to help the Pugliese family through their loss. Peter Pugliese, M.D. will stay ageless in the memories of those who loved him and through the pages of DERMASCOPE. With his support and contributions to the magazine for over 45 years, this is truly the passing of a legend.
 Dr. Pugliese authority, innovator, and entrepreneur in the fields of cosmetic chemistry, ingredient formulation, and precision skincare, Dr. Pugliese began his career as a physician in 1957. His passion for scientific discovery and humanitarian causes led to contributions well beyond the medical office. From inventing apparatus for measuring blood glucose concentrations to measuring moisture content of skin and enzyme activity, his efforts contributed to scientific advancements benefitting human and veterinary technologies.

As a humanitarian he self-funded and implemented the first successful methadone clinic, treating prison inmates addicted to heroin in the 1960s. A champion of the environment a half-century before sustainability became mainstream, he published reports about the toxic environmental offsets of the industrial economy. His published articles on topics such as the prevalence of berylliosis among factory workers were referenced by researchers around the world.

Beyond his medical practice, research, and scholarly publications, Dr. Pugliese was a pioneer in advanced aesthetics, which became the professional passion project of his life. Beginning in the late 1970s he became a fixture at the world’s leading gatherings of ingredients, formulation, and cosmetic science events, including the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, American Academy of Dermatologists, Society of Bioengineering and the Skin, Society of Investigative Dermatology, American Association Advancement of Science and more. In 1996, he was awarded the Mason G. deNavarre Medal Award, The American Society of Cosmetic Chemists highest honor.

Nearly 50 years after beginning his career as a physician Dr. Pugliese founded Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, a skincare system based on the circadian rhythms of the body and the science of chronobiology. Circadia became the first product manufacturer to introduce topical ingredients proven to work with the body’s natural circadian rhythms. Today, his grandson Michael Pugliese serves as CEO of Circadia.
Remarking on his grandfather’s legacy, Michael stated, “No one in the industry has not been influenced by his contributions and spirit of generosity. Whether someone requested a consult, a scientific review, or an honest opinion, my grandfather was always there to nurture, coach, and inspire. His humility, service, leadership and love epitomizes a life well lived.”

A craftsman who employed his head, heart, and hands to make the world more beautiful, Dr. Pugliese was a talented woodworker who enjoyed designing and crafting well into his tenth decade of life. As a patriot, Dr. Pugliese served his nation in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. Amid a life of service to industry, community, and country, Dr. Pugliese remained committed to his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.