Tina Abnoosi, founder, CEO, and president of TAMA Research and Ali Shambayati, founder and CTO of TAMA Research

Seeking solutions for healing unresponsive nerves, they combined their skills to develop game-changing technology.


Tina Abnoosi is founder, CEO, and president of TAMA Research. She is an electrical engineer with 37 years of experience in the design and manufacturing of electrical and electronic components. Tina is also a licensed aesthetician, with more than 15 years of experience with microcurrent equipment, treatments, and techniques.


Ali Shambayati is founder and CTO of TAMA Research and directs the research and development efforts at the company. He has 35 years of experience in the engineering field. His research in biomedical engineering lead to the development of Adaptive Stimulation Algorithm (ASA) and MetaWave (M2W) – the patented, proprietary mathematical and electronic engines at the heart of TAMA Smart Microcurrent Systems.


It was during her child’s lifelong battle with cerebral palsy that Tina’s journey to found and establish TAMA Research began. “Never able to walk or talk, my daughter was wheelchair-bound and her limbs would become so tight and spastic,” said Tina. “I found a small amount of electrotherapy to be resourceful in providing relief to her muscles, helping her gain balance, and helping her body heal.”


However, Tina found the existing equipment on the market to be outdated and cumbersome, as well as uncomfortable for her daughter to receive. She claimed, “I felt a lot of devices could not deliver sustainable results.”


As an electrical engineer, Tina was inspired to find a better solution. “After my daughter’s passing, I found the courage to pursue my vision of providing the world a device that would connect, heal, and rejuvenate the body through electrical current, as a tribute to her.”


Then, Tina met Ali Shambayati, who would become a key figure in bringing this vision to life. Inspired by his own experience with paralysis and the healing capabilities of electrical therapy, Ali set his own goal 25 years ago to design a piece of equipment to heal unresponsive nerves. Upon meeting Tina, Ali saw the right opportunity to bring his enduring mission to life.


Fueled by a common passion for holistic methods toward health and beauty, the two teamed their skills in nano and microcurrent to create a novel technology.


Together they founded TAMA Research and began their work in developing rejuvenating therapy options that focused on rebalancing cellular activity.


Then, Tina and Ali went a step further by bridging the gap between science, health, and beauty. They designed the first app-connected microcurrent device, synced through Bluetooth to a tablet running the TAMA app. Their design was inspired by their vision to make microcurrent more accessible, so all can benefit from the cell-balancing and health-inducing benefits, while also making the treatment efficient, effective, and enjoyable for medical and aesthetic professionals to provide.



“Ali and Tina began to speak with me in terms of science and not profitability for clients’ services. I was extremely impressed with this genuine interest. I have come to appreciate them as great colleagues and consider them my absolute friends in science.” Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., C.D.T., L.M.C, L.E.I., owner of DermaEducation TV

Danielle Munley and Emily Sindlinger, co-founders of Sorella Apothecary

With backgrounds in aesthetics and marketing, these sisters by marriage put their skills and passions together to create the company of their dreams.


Danielle Munley and Emily Sindlinger, co-founders of Sorella Apothecary, have completely different backgrounds, but have always shared a love for skin care and all things beauty. They had casually been in each other’s lives since kindergarten, but were reconnected when Emily dated and married Danielle’s brother, making them sisters and officially family.


Sorella Apothecary started as a dream that Danielle and Emily shared over family gatherings and everyday life. They were inspired to look to the old-world approach of natural ingredients coupled with innovation and science and dreamt of creating a line that was beautiful both on the inside and out. It would include clean yet effective ingredients and beautiful packaging and would bring balance and harmony to the skin while supporting the skin’s natural barrier.


Emily has a background in aesthetics, owning her own spa for 13 years. She specialized in finding balance for her clients’ skin, whether they struggled with acne or wanted to prevent aging. As she grew her own spa, her passion evolved into training her aestheticians and becoming an advocate for their success. Her ideal skin care line included a brand that would cater to the spa owner and aesthetician and work to improve their business, while supporting their business needs. She wanted to help those who partnered with Sorella and work to grow their businesses as much as she did her own.


Danielle has a background in marketing and has always been a self-proclaimed skin care junkie. She was inspired to create a professional line that was truly transparent, effective, and unique. Part of this uniqueness came in the form of beautiful packaging that inspired customers to indulge in the self-care their skin deserved – a line clients loved to leave out on their countertops and a line that spa owners enjoyed retailing because of how much clients were attracted to the packaging and beautiful product inside.


Starting a business and developing a line that met their dreams and expectations was no small task. Year after year, Danielle and Emily revised and honed Sorella. Every product became a part of them, and they were not willing to launch until they loved each one as much as the next. Some products had 60 revisions, while others were exactly what they dreamt of on the first try. Five years of blood, sweat, and tears went into the line. When it came time to name their company, “Sorella” stood out to Emily and Danielle for its beautiful sound and meaning, “sister” in Italian. “Apothecary” represented their back to basics, clean approach.


Today, the company is ever evolving and the two are working hard to meet their spa partners’ needs, and product launches are still handled with intense precision and care.



“Emily and Danielle are brilliant creatives and their partnership has brought an amazing product line into the beauty industry. Danielle’s expertise in marketing combined with Emily’s experience as a licensed aesthetician and spa owner genuinely supports an aesthetician’s mission to create beauty and success.” Lori Crete, L.E., founder of The Beauty Biz Club

Lisa VanBockern, owner and founder of Skin Script Skin Care

A personal touch and dedication to education helped make her business what it is today.


Lisa VanBockern, owner and founder of Skin Script Skin Care, floundered through careers looking for something that sparked her interest. At the age of 40, she became an aesthetician and started working in a medical spa. Her passion for skin and the changes possible sparked not only an interest, but an enthusiasm, to learn more and more about ingredients and the interaction of skin with ingredients, hormones, and nutrition. For Lisa, it went beyond skin – it was the personal touch of meeting each new client and learning about them and their habits that affected the skin.


Lisa struggled with companies that wanted to sell the line rather than allow her to cherry pick her favorites. In 2006, she called a chemist and spent the next year designing Skin Script. After a successful launch, she started marketing efforts to licensed aestheticians, spas, and salons. “There was a lot of spaghetti marketing where we threw a lot of ideas at the wall to see what would stick. There was a lot of time in the beginning to reflect on our purpose and we almost didn’t make it due to the 2009 recession.” She traveled the United States hosting trainings. Lisa learned early that hard sales tactics were not the answer. Building the relationship and understanding what creates success for the aesthetician worked. Monthly facial sets and marketing ideas worked, customer service worked, fast shipping worked, and quality education worked.


Lisa has a nice approach in training the basics. Her training classes emphasize the importance of exfoliants and making wise choices in treatments rather than relying on protocols. She sets the professional free to experiment with ingredient choices; she will tell you there is not one way to approach skin care and that it must be customized for each client.


If you ask Lisa what her formula for success is, she might say “give before you receive” and that is exactly what she does with her educational classes. She is not afraid to share her education and experiences (good and bad) so that others can succeed. Most training classes are complimentary or minimal cost. Lisa cares about aestheticians and their success. She has intentionally kept Skin Script off eBay and Amazon to allow aestheticians to make their profit. It goes back to that relationship with the customer and ensuring there is success all around in business and the effects of great skin care.


On a personal level, Lisa is a proud Arizona State University Sun Devil 100 member and believes in the power of education. Skin Script provides its employees with on-going education allowance.



“I truly admire Lisa’s hard work and dedication to the beauty industry – her passion is positively impacting the lives of hard-working beauty practitioners.” Lori Crete, L.E., founder of The Beauty Biz Club

Kathleen Carney, founder and formulator of Skin Blends LLC

Interested in skin care from a young age, life took her on a journey that eventually led to starting her own company.


Kathleen Carney, founder and formulator for Skin Blends LLC, a licensed aesthetician and aesthetic instructor, has a degree in education from Wayne State College in Nebraska and attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. 


 Kathleen grew up in a small farming town in Nebraska (not a hot spot for clinical skin care). She was the fifth of eight children (four older brothers and three younger sisters). Kathleen started babysitting and had her own AVON lady beginning in the fifth grade. She later became an AVON lady herself. After college, she loved teaching high school home economics, but when times got tough for Nebraska farmers, she had to look for a different job. Her brother helped her get hired on as a purchasing agent for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). She worked for the BOP for eight and a half years, moving seven times for promotions, and making it all the way up to business manager.


Kathleen decided she wanted to have her own business, so she went to beauty school to become an aesthetician. She found out that having a business is a lot more challenging than she thought and happily accepted a job as an educator for Prescription Plus Clinical Skin Care (now known as Only Yourx). She was with them for three and a half years and she loved it. She found it interesting that all the clients wanted the raspberry toner, even though it was formulated for oily skin, and the pineapple scrub, even though it was formulated for combination skin. That is how she came up with the concept for Skin Blends. What if clients could have a raspberry aroma in any of the toners? Or cucumber? or almond? The base product would be color- and fragrance- free and formulated for the client’s skin type. Then, aromas and colors could be added (client preference) and botanicals, cosmeceuticals, and lipids could be added (condition targeted).


Future plans for Kathleen and the Skin Blends crew include building a state-of-the-art training facility, as Kathleen’s passion has always been training other aestheticians and helping them achieve their goals.


Kathleen got married for the first time on December 28, 2018 to her college sweetheart Eddie Fleer. Eddie treats her like a queen and does everything he can to help lighten her load at Skin Blends. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys Bible study fellowship, volunteer teaching the children of the new families joining her church, getting together with her family, Bunco, and Dominoes.



 “Kathleen is one of those individuals that stands out in a crowd. She brings such a wonderful energy with her, whether it is personal or business related. She is always looking at ways to grow and improve her business.” Trish Ledford, Clever, Missouri

Dasha Saian, L.E., CEO and co-founder of Saian Natural Clinical Skincare

A testament that with true grit, determination, and perseverance, you can accomplish anything.


In 2007, Dasha Saian, L.E., CEO and co-founder of Saian Natural Clinical Skincare, and her mother Margarita started a skin care brand out of their kitchen with only $3,000. At that time, Dasha was finishing college, working at a spa as a receptionist, and going to beauty school for her aesthetics license. The first couple of years were tough – they were operating out of their two-bedroom apartment, which meant living with boxes everywhere. Their social life was virtually non-existent and it was impossible to have company over because the number of boxes was overwhelming. They used to sit and fill bottles with serums and creams all evening and stick labels on them, so that they could drive to San Diego at 5:00 A.M. to teach a class at a beauty school at 8:00 A.M. and hopefully sell something.


Fast forward to 2013, their business was thriving – new products, automation, staff, and an office. One April day, Margarita lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. A day later, she was diagnosed with grade four glioblastoma – a malignant tumor the size of a baseball in her brain. The business was put on the backburner for two and a half years, as Dasha stayed home to take care of her mother and 86-year-old grandmother. In the process of learning about her mother’s illness, Dasha became an expert on oncology care.


After her mother passed, Dasha found herself absolutely engulfed in work – it was her happy place. Surprisingly, as she relaxed about making more money and focused on providing a better value for the customers, everything fell into place and Saian Natural Clinical Skincare started picking up. Her mother’s legacy of integrity and commitment to clients was what kept the company culture and values alive after she passed. Anyone who has ever taken a class with Margarita would tell you she had a way of making one feel special, but most importantly, she shared all of her knowledge. Not only did she have incredible passion for the industry, but she also had a way of making everybody feel like they were somebody.


Today, Dasha continues to encourage women and men in the professional aesthetics industry to strive to excellence and hone their skillset. Outside of work, she leads a happy life surrounded by her beloved pets, daily yoga, and home-cooked meals with her new husband, Chase Marchese.



“Dasha is a shining light in our beauty industry. She has a passion for skin and education and loves helping fellow aestheticians grow and enhance their skills. Dasha cares about you and you can feel that the moment you meet her!” Maxine Drake, founder of the Beauty Biz Summit

Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage

Nicknamed the Queen of Seaweed, she seized an opportunity that would lead to recognition and success worldwide.


Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage, built her career on excellence, innovation, and dedication to raising the standards of aesthetic education. Creating excellence in all that she does, whether with new product formulations, professional treatments, or standards of education, Lydia has devoted her life to providing the very best in all aspects of her business. Her road to success was far from easy, but her story has inspired millions in the beauty industry, proving that you can achieve your goals if you hard work and persevere, even in the face of great adversity.


Originally from Legnica, Poland, Lydia came to the United States with her family as a teenager. Through hard work and tenacity, she built a skin care empire that now spans the globe, garnering the most prestigious titles and awards in the beauty industry.


Lydia has been called the “Queen of Seaweed” because of the importance of this ingredient in her skin care formulations. For Lydia, it became the keystone ingredient of her skin care empire, disrupting the industry with an organic source of potent, rich nutrients.


After traveling with her husband David in Israel in the late 1970s, Lydia was inspired by the nutrient-rich soil in the deserts, discovering that Israeli farmers used seaweed as a bio-stimulant. She immediately traveled to the source of seaweed on the Brittany Coast of France to negotiate the production of the first seaweed-based skin care line. In 1980, she launched Repêchage, the first company to bring seaweed-based skin care treatments and cosmetics to the United States market.


Lydia is the author of Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business,” has produced 18 step-by-step instructional videos, including a comprehensive facial massage video, and has published “The Repêchage Book of Skincare Science & Protocols,” a review of skin conditions, skin care, body treatments, and aesthetics. Lydia is also a contributing author to the Milady Standard Esthetics: Fundamentals, Twelfth Edition, (Cengage Learning, 2019).


Lydia has been inducted into the Academy of Legends by DERMASCOPE and has been a recipient of the prestigious Chevalerie Knight Award by Intercoiffure Mondial, the first and only skin care professional to be recognized by the organization for outstanding contributions to the industry.


With her greatest dedication to serving others in the industry, during her career, Lydia has made major contributions to the elevation of aesthetics, serving as the chairman of CIDESCO Section USA since 2005, promoting the world standard for beauty and spa therapy.


Today, together with her husband David Sarfati, co-founder and COO, and co-president Shiri Sarfati, Lydia oversees a 50,000-square-foot, ISO 9001:2015-certified, manufacturing, research, development, and training facility in Secaucus, New Jersey.



“Lydia Sarfati is a legend not only in the United States skin care industry, but worldwide. Her enthusiasm is infectious in encouraging others to seek their own successful destinies. I have witnessed firsthand at events around the world the enthusiasm and energy with which she embraces attendees and shares the possibilities this business affords anyone willing to work hard.” Paul Dykstra, CEO of Cosmetologists Chicago and CIDESCO USA

Renée Rouleau, founder of Renée Rouleau Skincare

From her grandmother’s salon to her own renowned company, her passion for the beauty industry has driven her success.


Renée Rouleau, an Austin-based, celebrity aesthetician, skin guru, and founder of Renée Rouleau Skincare, has been in the beauty and skin care industry for 30 years and is continuing to expand her expertise. Her first exposure to the beauty industry was growing up in her grandmother’s hair salon and playing with all of her beauty supplies. When Renée was 18 years old and trying to figure out what to do with her career, her mother recognized that she had a passion for all things beauty and for helping others. Her mother encouraged her to pursue the industry. Renée started out doing hair, but quickly transitioned to the world of aesthetics. She fell in love with all aspects of the industry, including being of service to others, helping people feel more confident in their skin, and loving cosmetic chemistry. This ultimately led her to start her own skin care line. 


As a teenager and young adult, Renée was always picking at her blemishes. During her early to mid-20s, she experienced cystic acne around her chin and jawline and would try to squeeze out the painful, sore infections. Since she did not have much experience studying cystic acne, she did not realize that the body reabsorbs the infection. She did realize that picking at her own skin was further damaging it. Understanding the lifecycle of a blemish through her own personal experiences really helped Renée’s career. Knowing when to touch a blemish, when not to, and the tools and treatment needed to make it go away fast without scarring was very important. Many of Renée’s young Hollywood clients rely on her expertise, particularly with breakouts. 


Eight years into her career, Renée determined there were nine different types of skin and created a product line to help each of those unique skin types.


Driven by her passion for skin care, Renée’s theory is that the road to improving skin is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires great patience, as there is not immediate gratification. Renée stresses that professionals should not be discouraged if clients are not able to resolve skin issues immediately. Many people try to figure it out themselves and end up spending money on products that ultimately are not giving them the desired results because they are confused about their skin type. With her expertise, she has transformed her career path and skin care company into a growing, successful business. It has made her one of the most renowned aestheticians and skin care experts in the world. Renée continues to create incredible skin care products that help others solve their skin care needs.



 “Renée Rouleau is someone I have deeply admired for years before ever meeting her. I do not know anyone more dedicated to excellence than her. She has an exact vision and is able to execute that vision down to the last detail.” Joanna Vargas, founder of Joanna Vargas Skincare

Normajean Fusco, president and founder of Equibal Labs

Originally an industrial designer, and a woman of many hats, she is determined to always find a better way.


Normajean Fusco, president and founder of Equibal Labs, is a true renaissance woman whose career in the beauty industry spans over four decades. Educated in the United States and Europe, Normajean has spent time as a teacher, aesthetician, and consultant to industry giants such as Revlon, Coty, and Germaine Monteil.


Norma was inspired during her childhood by her nature-loving grandfather, Dr. Zenon Anthon Einik, a homeopathic physician and herbalist, who formulated remedies and beauty creams in his lab using plants harvested in his own garden. He motivated her to develop products consistent with his thinking – safe, natural, and effective.


Norma’s background as an industrial designer taught her to always look for areas that need improvement and to find solutions. That led her to the hair removal industry. Traditional waxing had not changed for decades and, in 1971, she knew there had to be a better way. With that, she founded Equibal Labs (which stands for equal balance) in 1981 and created the Nufree soy-based (non-wax) hair removal process.


Norma’s humble beginnings began in a rented space with her wearing many hats – chemist, designer, marketer, and distributor. As a woman in business in those days, she spent an enormous amount of time, effort, and resolve to get noticed in the industry. But, with hard work and perseverance, demand for Nufree took off. To accommodate that demand, in 1999, she purchased a 40,000-square-foot former Nestlé factory that she then converted to meet her needs. Today, that renovated factory is home to Equibal Lab’s FDA-registered research laboratory, manufacturing plant, and distribution center.  


As chief chemist, Norma has formulated a wide range of skin care products, including Nufree and finipil. Her philosophy has always been that if you cannot make it better, do not make it at all. Norma believes it is important to commit to continual improvement. Her goal is to make products that genuinely improve people’s lives, not to simply develop a cheaper version of what already exists.


In terms of the future, Norma would like to develop a niche laboratory where she can develop products that deal with unique skin care problems. She deeply believes that investing time and money in research and development is the way to stay at the forefront of the industry. She also believes that spas need to be full service in every way. By offering products that can treat and manage all forms of skin conditions, they will become a valuable resource to their customers.


When she is not in the lab, Norma lives in upstate New York on a 75-acre horse farm that she loves sharing with her horses and dogs. As with the Equibal name, the peaceful serenity of the country provides an equal balance between her personal and professional lives.



 “It was nearly 18 years ago that I first had the pleasure of meeting Normajean. She is not only humble and knowledgeable, but also passionate about her clients and products. She has clearly put her whole heart into her business distributing worldwide.” Peter Cole, publisher of Spa Canada Magazine

Lyn Ross, L.M.E., founder of Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skin Care and the College of Advanced Aesthetics

Overcoming roadblocks in her youth and holding onto her sense of creativity, she chased her dreams and realized her greatest potential.


Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is the founder of Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skin Care and the College of Advanced Aesthetics. Her philosophy is that education is life long and knowledge is a powerful tool. Lyn did not always think that way! As a child growing up in the ‘60s, she had trouble with reading, writing, and other structured, academic-related tasks. Being a high creative processor, she did not make good grades in school – in those days there were no programs like those found today for learning through self-realization.


However, creativity works in mysterious ways and often includes tenacity and resilience as guiding forces. Because a future academic pathway was closed to Lyn at the time, she pursued a job instead. This led to her working in cosmetic sales where she soon excelled at connecting with clients and was highly praised for her makeup stylings. She also discovered that she loved helping women to look and feel their best and, as a result, her confidence soared.


Like most creative people, Lyn also thrived on pursuing new experiences. At age 24, when the opportunity presented itself for her to own an iNatural Cosmetics Boutique, she did not hesitate. This 500-square-foot shop is where her bigger dream of providing therapeutic, hands-on facial and body treatments evolved. Lyn’s strong desire to help clients solve problematic skin conditions would lead her to opening the very first medical spa in the southeast in 1989. Lyn was on her way to becoming a world renowned, professional beauty therapist.


Realizing that changing skin required more specialized product formulas, Lyn created and launched her first glycolic acid products in 1994. Now known as Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare, her line of cosmeceuticals expanded to target aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, and sensitive skin conditions with optimal results. This company growth would not be without many challenges and some failures, as Lyn sought to balance existing operations, as well as manage expansion into wholesale product distribution.


It was these very failures that brought Lyn to the realization that she knew everything about working in her business and little about working the business by the numbers. Not being one to take failure personally, she consulted with experts to help her recognize and move past where she was stuck. This drive to learn the art of business generated new ideas about human resources and building a team of talented operations, marketing, and sales staff.


A very successful entrepreneur and business owner now for over 40 years, Lyn believes that when one teaches, they learn more deeply. She founded the College of Advanced Aesthetics in 1995 to teach licensed aestheticians the advanced skin care protocols and technology treatments used in a clinical setting. Along with skills training, the Lyn Ross Business Mastermind courses offer a resource for spa owners experiencing the loneliness of owning a small business.



“As an Institut’ DERMed brand ambassador, I know I would not be the aesthetician I am today without the training and on-going support of Lyn Ross. Her dedication to education is second to none.” Christine Miller, L.E., Scott Miller Salon and Spa

Steven Q. Wang, M.D., co-founder of Dr. Wang Herbal Skincare

A clinical researcher and caregiver at heart, he teamed up with his father to bring a new twist to western skin care.


Dr. Steven Q. Wang, M.D., co-founder of Dr. Wang Herbal Skincare, is a dermatologist and surgeon, and currently serves as the director of dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Aside from patient care, he has an active research program and has published five books and more than 85 articles in peer-reviewed, scientific journals and academic textbooks. In recognition of his expertise, he lectures around the world and is frequently interviewed by media organizations such as Allure, Oprah Magazine, Reuter, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.


Steven’s interest in traditional Chinese medicine started in early 2012, after a dinner conversation with his father, Gui Wang, who was a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist for over 40 years. Over the next three years, Steven and his father set to work developing dermatologic products with healing properties, based on the idea of combining natural herbs and traditional Chinese medicine with modern science and western medicine.


Steven and his father presented their research and returned to their clinical and research work. Soon, they were besieged by requests from patients who were looking for more treatments. In 2016, the father-and-son team launched their first product, Herbal Rescue Balm, which was an instant hit.


After this accomplishment, Steven received more requests from customers, this time for antiaging products. He saw that many of his clients had sensitive skin and other skin conditions, such as rosacea and eczema, which inspired him to find solutions as he and his father continued to expand the line. To meet the challenge, the team abandoned conventional industrial manufacturing techniques. They explored and adopted innovative and patented technologies to create antiaging products that did not rely on using heat and harsh techniques that would destroy active ingredients, reducing effectiveness.


Today, Steven plans to continue caring for patients and performing research and is working to launch new products in 2019. His goal is to create a holistic and effective skin care line that combines the best of eastern herbology and western medicine. In addition, Steven and his team are working on creating educational content for aestheticians, with the goal of building a collaborative environment within the community.



“Dr. Wang is one of the most respected dermatologists and researchers in the country.” Maryam Moinfar, MD, dermatologist in California


“Dr. Wang is very accessible and knowledgeable. He is genuinely interested in learning from us.” Taryn Larsen, spa director at On the Side Spa

Drew Coleman, vice president of education and sales for DMK International

Asking questions and developing a rich mindset led him from the projects of Seattle to a successful career and leading role at a world-renowned skin care company.


From his early days delivering newspapers in the suburbs and projects of Seattle, Washington to his experiences with the Russian mafia in Moscow, Drew Coleman, vice president of education and sales for DMK International, has made it his life’s mission to challenge the status quo and deliver business owners from their poor ways of thinking.


Walt Disney, Warren Buffet, and Martin Luther King Jr. all started their first jobs as paperboys. “You can learn a lot about business from a paper-route: work ethic, punctuality, customer service, and sales.” One of the biggest lessons Drew has taken away from those early mornings in the rain is “Always look for ways to add value to your customers”– whether it be a dry newspaper or delivery at a specific time.


From an early age, Drew always asked the question, “Why are some people more financially successful than others?” He dove headfirst into the newspapers he was delivering to learn what separates the best from the rest.


His curiosity continued through college while studying international business and finance. While working at DMK Skin Revision in the warehouse, he still asked the question, “Why are these individuals or companies out-performing the competition?” Studying abroad in Europe and Russia gave Drew a global perspective of working with culturally diverse groups. After college, he began a 10-year career in commercial banking, which gave him access to thousands of companies, again analyzing “What are the consistent principles of success for top performing businesses?”


In 2014, Drew rejoined DMK Skin Revision, bringing over a decade of experience in sales, training, and management. He is the vice president of education and sales and is responsible for spearheading DMK’s growth in the United States. He attributes this success to consistently identifying ways to add value to DMK’s clients and team every day.


After eight years in the professional skin revision industry and decades of studying and working with business owners, Drew concluded that poorness has nothing to do with income or revenues but with attitudes and mindset. Poor attitudes, thinking, and execution lead to poor outcomes. On the other hand, deliberate, designed, thoughtful, richly executed plans lead to rich outcomes.


“We all choose to be rich or poor several times a day,” Drew says. “I hate poor mindsets and attitudes. There is nothing I love more than to see the poor ways of thinking fall like scales from the eyes of a hard-working professional, clearing the way for their full potential.”



“Drew Coleman has been instrumental in recognizing the importance of philanthropy in business. Through his work at DMK and the Harvey Milk Foundation, Drew has continually championed human rights through global commerce. We need more professionals like Drew to raise the bar for equality.” Stuart Milk, founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation

Rikki Kusy, founder and CEO of DermaplanePro

She took a leap of faith, quit her job, and pursued her dream of educating aestheticians on a new modality.


Rikki Kusy, founder and CEO of DermaplanePro, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with an honors degree in education. She is a certified yoga instructor and PSIA certified ski instructor with over 10 years’ experience teaching both. She has been an aesthetician since 2006, worked for several prominent plastic surgeons, and owned a medical spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. She founded her non-profit, Arizona Aesthetics Association in 2006 and DermaplanePro, Inc. in 2009.


In 2009, Rikki discovered a strong need in the marketplace for a professional training program on dermaplaning. At the time, she was the founder and president of the Arizona Esthetics Association and members were asking if she would train them and help them get dermaplaning blades. Her degree in education, experience working for plastic surgeons, and time owning a medical spa enabled her to create a comprehensive training program that included hands-on experience tailored to the working aesthetician – DermaplanePro.


Rikki decided to step away from her job with an ocular surgeon to commit to DermaplanePro full time, establishing herself as a leader in the industry from the start. The decision ultimately led to Rikki becoming a forefront veteran, not only in dermaplaning innovation, but also in training skin care professionals in the new methods and treatment forms.


When developing her training programs, Rikki focused on creating a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to student success. The idea was for all learning to be experiential, didactic, and provide for a real-world, hands-on approach that could be easily implemented post-training.


Rikki is continually inspired by her students and loves to see others succeed. She says, “Our students come in with a nervous excitement about learning to dermaplane. Seeing the success of aestheticians when they get it at each step of the process is the ultimate joy. We hear so many stories of how dermaplaning has taken an aesthetician’s business to a new level.”


Today, Rikki holds over 25 years of aesthetic and education experience. She continues to foster an education-centric experience that empowers aestheticians through top-tier products and training.


Looking forward, Rikki hopes that more state boards will continue to see the benefits of dermaplaning and that courses can continue to be taught for skin care professionals who want to learn. Her goal is to enhance dermaplaning treatments and tools and bring the business into the future.


In her free-time, Rikki has the beautiful mountains and rivers of the Sierras and breathtaking Lake Tahoe as a backdrop to immerse herself in nature. She also enjoys working with artists on large scale art pieces and spending time with her friends.



 “When I think of outstanding educators in the professional beauty industry, Rikki Kusy always comes to mind. I have witnessed first-hand that she embodies the qualities that great educators possess. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching are both truly superior.” Dave Waggoner, director of education for Skin Script Skin Care

Shauna Blanch, COO, co-owner, and co-founder of Color Up Therapeutics

Inspired to live a compassionate, natural lifestyle, she set out to share the benefits of CBD with the world.


Shauna Blanch has dedicated her life to service, education, and being a positive impact on this planet. Growing up an ethical herbivore and conscious consumer, Shauna’s entrepreneurial spirit was fueled by her parents as they built their family business. Denver-based Shauna is the COO, co-owner, and co-founder of Color Up Therapeutics, a cruelty-free, all-natural CBD company. With seven years in the cannabis industry, Shauna is also a licensed massage therapist, certified reiki master, and yoga teacher.


Prior to co-creating Color Up, Shauna spent over a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, where she focused on dermatology and internal medicine. Eventually, the New Jersey native moved to the west coast and left the pharmaceutical industry on a mission to share a more natural, compassionate lifestyle.


Shauna settled in Colorado to become more intimately involved with hemp, herbalism, and plant spirit medicine. She consulted for several cannabis companies, grew her own medicine, and worked with local schools to bring knowledge to the students and their communities.


Shauna, along with Color Up co-founders Will Parker and Bryce Conley, had a mutual vision when creating the brand. That vision was to make clean, natural CBD infusions more accessible to everyone.


When it came to formulating products, Shauna and her co-founders knew they were going in the right direction when they were able to extend their dog’s life by using CBD. The team started making CBD products in their basement when their dog Kali was diagnosed with stage four cancer. The experience with extending Kali’s life, combined with success stories from those who were trying the products for animals, led the team to growing the brand into internal and body care products, followed by skin care.


In addition to Color Up’s Cannabis Master Program, Shauna’s commitment to education also extends to the Color Up team. She believes in arming them with all the tools necessary to be a force in the cannabis industry. Shauna follows a leadership mantra of, “Lift them up, support them, and build a team that wants to be there and wants to give their best to every one of your consumers.”



“Shauna Blanch is a visionary, healer, and change-maker. I chose to work with Shauna and Color Up because she’s extremely passionate about CBD and its ability to heal, balance, and beautify; because her heart guides her above all else; and because she is ethical and honest.” Hillary Olsen Hilliard, LMT, founder and president of Denver Integrative Massage School and The School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics

Kimber Jaynes, founder of Borboleta Beauty

Her journey to empower other women empowered her with self-love and acceptance in the process.


Standing in the parking lot of O’Reilly Auto Parts, she looked around, wondering if she could possibly be in the right place. A bright young woman in her early 20s approached her asking, “Are you here for lashes?”, waving her hand to the trunk of her car. “What can I grab for you?” 


For Kim Jaynes, founder of Borboleta Beauty, little moments like these were the early steps toward changing the eyelash game. “I fell into creating a product line because I was desperate to give premium products and service to my clientele.” But, it was always about more than providing high quality eyelashes that would make her clients look and feel amazing. It was about elevating a new industry and women in general. Kim envisioned a brand that would embrace the beauty of diversity by giving artists a new standard in education and premium tools to fully express their artistry and empower them to achieve their life goals. 


“In the beginning, I was working 80 to 100 hours a week. I would hire my friends and my friends would hire their friends.” While they were admittedly lost at times, they were having fun. And, in the midst of the ups and the downs that come with building a business from nothing, Kim never lost sight of her determination to raise the standard in a new industry, while helping other women build their careers and find their passion.


The company moved out of Kim’s three-bedroom condo and, over the next few years, Borboleta built a new team and developed a distinct culture, while Kim rode her vision to become a student of her own company, listening to and learning from everyone around her. 


“I became a different Kim. The way I looked at myself changed. Everything I hated about myself, I started to accept and love.” 


Now, one of the leading eyelash extension brands in the world, Borboleta is known and loved by artists all over the globe. In addition to developing cutting-edge eyelashes and tools, Borboleta runs the industry’s largest education program, training artists around the world.


Kim’s story illustrates that you cannot force success, but you can hold tight to your vision, build a dream team, and empower them to take everybody to new heights. It starts with a leap of faith and hustle, but as Kim Jaynes has shown, if you lead with your heart, even something as small as an eyelash can fuel the inspiration, education, and success of thousands of women across the globe. The world calls this the butterfly effect, but for Kim and her team, it is simply the Borboleta way.



“Kim is the most unique founder I have ever worked with. She is tenacious, driven, focused, open, eager to learn, and aware of others. I am at times caught off guard by these little moments where I realize she is making moves aimed far beyond the scope of herself.” Brooke Dearth, vice president of product for Borboleta Beauty

Bella Schneider, founder and CEO of LaBelle Day Spas and Salons and Bella Schneider Beauty LLC

Once a 14-year-old working for a local spa, today she’s running a thriving business in Silicon Valley.


Bella Schneider is the founder and CEO of LaBelle Day Spas and Salons and Bella Schneider Beauty LLC. From an early age, Bella was fascinated with skin care and positive vanity. As a teenager growing up in eastern Europe and Israel, Bella suffered from acne and pleaded with her mother to take her to an aesthetician for help. Her mother took her to a local spa where the aestheticians created formulations in front of Bella’s eyes that healed her skin. From that experience, she was hooked and asked to apprentice at the spa – she was 14 at the time.


The wealth of knowledge Bella absorbed working at the spa throughout her teenage years carried over with her when she attended business school at UC Berkeley. She worked as an aesthetician to pay for school and never dreamt that this was the business she would then create years later. However, that is exactly what happened. Having grown up around European beauty standards, she immediately noticed the lack of aesthetic care in the Bay Area of California.


Once she graduated, she decided to combine her management skills with her true passion and established a European-style beauty center in the heart of San Francisco. Her mission to empower women by making them feel and look their most beautiful was thus born. Her spa was instantly booked, so much so that her clients asked her to create not only one more location, but two additional salons in the heart of Silicon Valley.


As time and the clients’ needs changed, Bella brought on full-body spa services, as well as hair salons to meet all her clients’ needs under one roof. As the Silicon Valley boomed, her clients were hungry for an oasis where they could get all of their beauty services done together with professionalism and precision.


For 40 years, her spas have been the go-to location amongst the affluent community in the Bay Area (politicians, Silicon Valley executives, celebrities who visit and reside in the area, and so forth). From Audrey Hepburn to Arriana Huffington, they have passed through the doors of LaBelle Day Spas and Salons.


Bella’s success is owed to her hands-on approach. To this day, she still performs services and market tests her formulations. Within the spirit of customization, her Bella Schneider Beauty product line of retail and professional products customizes to the varied needs of diverse clientele with unique skin requirements, busy lives, and varied backgrounds. Her second inspiration is to never stop innovating and expanding.


In addition, Bella is the recipient of the prestigious Crystal Award and publishes regularly on aesthetic topics in DERMASCOPE Magazine, as well as other industry publications.



“What Bella has single handedly built, right in the heart of Silicon Valley, is something I cannot begin to express how much pride I felt to be a small part of. Working for Bella and alongside some of the most talented aestheticians in the Bay Area and in the industry inspired me every single day.” Mona Hurst, aesthetician and owner of Once Upon a Makeover

Cecily Braden, founder of CJB Beauty Secrets

Following the road less traveled, she proved going against the grain can open unseen doors.

Cecily Braden is a licensed aesthetician, founder of CJB Beauty Secrets, an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider, and international educator.


With a degree in journalism, skin care was not Cecily’s first career choice, but it is definitely her last. Celebrating her 25th year in business now, she continues to innovate the spa industry through development of cutting-edge training programs and protocols for wellness professionals.


Cecily likens her story to the game of Chutes and Ladders, and draws inspiration from her favorite poem, “The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost, that she keeps with her at all times and uses to guide her when she comes to a crossroad. It led her to make a conscious decision during a successful early phase of her career – to give up everything and start again from the bottom – and it continues to lead her on a path less traveled.


Her “ah-ha” moment came during a tradeshow in 1998, when she looked around and could not distinguish between any of the booths. “Everything looked so medical, with salespeople in suits and white lab coats selling nearly identical products. I thought, ‘There has to be something different.’” Years later, she attended the same tradeshow, with a 20-foot booth made out of teakwood, a tall gazebo, sheer curtains, and her team wearing sarongs, selling batik kimonos and tropical spa products. “We were the busiest booth. From that moment on, I knew it was okay to be different.”


Cecily’s mission is to share her global spa experiences with those who are unable to make the journey on their own. That desire to share is the driving force behind her dedication to maintain the integrity of ancient healing traditions through training and the promotion of cross-cultural practices.


Cecily’s core belief is that an educated client is a good client and she has always focused on education first, with products and tools that support her training.


“Always plan for the unexpected.” Cecily read these words while writing her business plan, so she braced herself for the unknown. But, no one could have prepared her for the 9/11 terrorist attacks just months after moving to New York and starting her own business. “I was suddenly trying to maintain a business that was not yet a business, without enough core customers to keep it afloat, but I never gave up and the aftermath ultimately led to decisions that are at the core of my success today,” she said. Forging and navigating the path of the unknown remains Cecily’s specialty.


 Cecily is not afraid to be a square peg in a round hole, to go against the grain and do something in a way no one else is doing it and, then, to seek others to train, grow, and form a solid foundation built on a new idea.



“Cecily’s example inspires practitioners to be bold and creative. She is, quite literally, a force of nature. She is selfless in her drive to share the wisdom of other cultures with as many students as possible.” Rebecca Johnston, executive spa director at Garden of the Gods Club

Eminence Organic Skin Care Inc. Linden Calendula Treatment

Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Linden Calendula Treatment can be used as a mask or night treatment. The extracts derived from fresh linden and calendula plants deeply nourish and refresh the skin’s appearance, while fine herbal oils restore the look of youthfulness and elasticity.

Editorial Submission Guidelines

Our subscribers have come to depend on DERMASCOPE as their source of clear, educational information. All articles submitted for consideration must meet the following criteria.



Articles should be written from an aesthetic educator’s point-of-view and geared towards the professional, not consumer. Articles must be educational, comprehensive, and positive in nature. They should read as post-graduate education and with the assumption that readers possess an understanding of skin anatomy and physiology.


Whenever practical, alternative options and techniques should be mentioned. Articles must not be slanted against a particular segment of the trade. Hypotheses should be supported based on documented facts about the subject; theory must be able to stand on its own merits, without referring negatively to other industry services, procedures, or products. References should be included to support any claims.


Overall, the content must remain generic in nature. Articles cannot promote specific products, procedures, or people. Any submission will be rejected if it is purely branded content. Instead, press releases, industry profiles, and news items can be submitted for consideration via our online press submission platform.



Generally, articles are assigned word counts, due dates, and placement in advance. Articles may be submitted without request but will only be considered for placement as space is available. Articles range in word count from 200 to 2,500 words, depending on the placement.


All articles should be submitted electronically via e-mail as a Microsoft Word document. Images, graphs, or charts may be submitted to accompany the article. Images should be high resolution (300 dpi), CMYK, and JPG, TIF, PSD, or EPS format. Photo credits, model releases, and identification of subjects or techniques shown in photographs are required. Images should be generic and should not include any logos or brand-specific items.



The following items should accompany every article submission:

  • 100-word author’s biography (may include contact information for readers). Submissions exceeding 100 words will be edited with the editor’s discretion. The author’s biography will be kept on file and will only be used with articles exceeding 500 words in length. For shorter articles, only a byline is included.
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All article submissions must be the original works of the author. Simultaneous submissions will not be considered. Reprints are NOT accepted. DERMASCOPE acquires all rights and the signed copyright agreement form is required.


We publish manuscripts on an average of two to four months after acceptance. We reserve the right to final edit all materials and to cancel an article or reschedule its publication date according to our discretion. Scheduled content is subject to change at the discretion of the editorial department. We reserve the right to use material for print or online, according to our discretion, on the condition that the content meets our editorial guidelines.


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Publisher, Managing Editor


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Coffee, Butter, and Sugar: A Body Care Recipe for Success

Coffee: Antioxidant-rich, coffee helps to fight free radicals and improve skin tone. Caffeine is said to help stimulate blood flow and increase circulation, creating a tightening effect and reducing the appearance of cellulite.


Shea Butter: From the shea tree, native to Central Africa, shea butter is deeply moisturizing and helps to boost collagen production. It is best known for its hydrating, healing, and antiaging properties.


Sugar: A natural humectant, sugar also helps with hydration and moisture. Used in many scrubs for its exfoliating properties and a natural source of glycolic acid, sugar is known to leave the skin glowing, smooth, and younger-looking.

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Eminence Organic Skin Care

Reduce the appearance of cellulite with the luxurious new contouring cream, Stone Crop Contouring Body Cream by Eminence Organic Skin Care. This blend of coffee and clinically proven microalgae extract smooths skin by targeting fat cells. 888-747-6342 or 


Ke Kō Sugaring Professionals

Organic Coconut Lotion by Ke Kō Sugaring Professionals is a calming and hydrating full-body lotion. This organic coconut and honey lotion is light, made for the most sensitive skin of all ages, and calming post-hair removal. Ingredients include organic aloe, shea butter, coconut fruit powder, jojoba oil, and green tea. 858-371-2444 or


Midwest Body Sugaring Supply

Express Sugar Paste by Midwest Body Sugaring Supply is ideal for warmer body parts, such as the bikini line, underarms, and face, as well as beginner users. Easy to use, main ingredients include water, sugar, and lemon. 833-784-2787 or

The Parlor New York City

The Parlor NYC is a curated community of premier beauty and wellness experts in the heart of the NoMad Design District at 33rd Street and Madison Avenue. The Parlor NYC is the first and only luxury, state-of-the-art space that allows each member to have their own private suite with all the benefits of a high-end practice, including extensive amenities such as full-time concierge, lounge-worthy common areas, 24/7 salon access, coffee and wine bar, professional assistants, onsite laundry services, social media management, personalized website, marketing services, and more – all without the headache and financial stressors of opening a retail space in New York City.


Together with the best-in-class services that members will offer, these class-A amenities will provide clients with a comfortable and luxurious experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. Only The Parlor NYC offers a full spectrum of beauty and wellness options, from the latest, most cutting-edge procedures and treatments to traditional styling and grooming services, creating a unique, integrated environment. Offering a diverse range of trusted services, networking opportunities, and customized support, The Parlor NYC team helps guide members through their personal journey to success in the beauty and wellness world.


Pam Wolf is a serial entrepreneur and retail real estate expert with a notable portfolio and impressive track record of building successful New York-based businesses. She is the founder and former CEO of New York Kids Club, the premier children’s enrichment club with almost 20 United States locations and 70 in China. With a love for the beauty industry and a desire to help others, Wolf came up with the idea for The Parlor NYC in 2018 to disrupt and improve how the beauty and wellness industry works. Her goal is to help members every step of the way, with transparency and support, as they make the transition from employee to successful business owner or grow their already established business. Wolf offers members the unique benefits of her business experience and entrepreneurial expertise.


The Parlor NYC feels more like a retreat than a salon, facilitating the sharing of talent, ideas, knowledge, and services in a sleek, modern, luxurious, and well-appointed environment. The Parlor NYC is a 13,000-square-foot haven filled with professional, private suites that offer a wide range of beauty-wellness services. The space includes a spacious reception with concierge, lounge, private meeting areas, and beverage bars. Onsite, there is a full-time concierge, high speed internet, laundry services, and discounted parking.


The Parlor NYC offers: skin care and aesthetic services, hair, nails, makeup, permanent makeup, master barbering, microdermabrasion, hair removal, massage, acupuncture, body work, stem cell beauty treatments, compression therapy, cosmetic dentistry, cryotherapy, energy healing, fitness trainers, life coaching, infrared sauna, IV drip therapy, integrative medicine, nutritional counseling, psychology, recovery biohacking, and more.


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The Elaine Sterling Institute Announces Relocation to Lenox Square

The Elaine Sterling Institute is pleased to announce the school and spa will relocate to an expanded location at Lenox Square in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. Offering a variety of massage therapy, nail care, and aesthetic programs, the beauty academy will increase its footprint at the new campus by nearly 10,000 square feet and will also offer a variety of affordable, cutting-edge services for the Atlanta community and visitors.


“After 11 wonderful years in our current location, we are humbled to have the opportunity to expand our campus to the iconic Buckhead business district,” said Elaine Sterling, founder of The Elaine Sterling Institute. “This new location will further elevate The Elaine Sterling Institute as the premier aesthetics, wellness, and nail care school in an environment that mimics the elite spas in which they aspire to work – ensuring even more success stories.”


The new Lenox Square location will be 25,768-square-feet with easy access to the Lenox MARTA station and entrances from outside Lenox Square and near the center’s dining pavilion. Students can expect a standard of educational excellence at The Elaine Sterling Institute with a modern, spa-like environment, offering a real-world experience with state-of-the art technology to provide a seamless transition from school to the workplace.


At the Buckhead campus, there will be 19 classrooms and clinic floors and 45 massage and aesthetics tables. The dynamic classroom environment includes lectures, guest speakers, hands-on client experience, and instruction from licensed educators with diverse backgrounds.


The Elaine Sterling Institute also offers cutting-edge spa services, including hydrofacials, body treatments, massage therapy, nail care, European facials, chemical peels, microcurrent, LED, microdermabrasion, and more – all at competitive pricing. The Buckhead location will also offer chair massages throughout the day in the spa’s reception area.


In addition to owning and operating The Elaine Sterling Institute, the internationally renowned and award-winning aesthetician and educator has her own skin care and makeup line – Elaine Sterling Skincare and Dazzle by Elaine Sterling, as well as a new spa in Sandy Springs, Esthétique by Elaine Sterling.

GlossGenius Partners with Leading Educators to Ignite Change to Client Conversations

GlossGenius has partnered with Josh Rainville, Jade Tang, Leysa Carrillo, and other leading educators for their launch of Dear Clients – a movement to help beauty professionals bring transparency and visibility to their clients.


Dear Clients is a content movement empowering beauty professional to shed light on topics that every client should know about, but can be difficult to discuss in person. The growing series showcases letters written to clients and inspires beauty professionals to understand how to bring visibility to clients about important topics.


As beauty professionals and business owners, there are so many hats to wear. “Clients are the life of your business and that is why it is awkward and tricky to share the truth to clients on so many topics, whether it is telling a client that their inspiration look cannot be achieved or making sure they know how to care for it after they leave your salon,” explains Danielle Cohen-Shohet, co-founder and CEO of GlossGenius. “That is why we are supporting the Dear Clients initiative and cannot wait to continue growing and furthering our incredible community of creators.”


To join the Dear Clients movement and learn more please follow the link

The MyFaceMyBody Awards Goes Digital

The MyFaceMyBody Global Aesthetic Awards are the leading industry awards dedicated to the aesthetic industry. In a ground-breaking first and using trailblazing technology, this year’s awards are going virtual. This highly recognized awards program has opened its doors even further to allow entries from any country across the globe, enabling the awards program to be truly global.


The Global Aesthetic Awards events are currently held in Los Angeles, California, London, England, Sydney, Australia, and China. But from November this year, the MyFaceMyBody Global Aesthetic Awards will be going digital, opening up these respected industry awards to the rest of the world, including clinics from remote regions, such as Antarctica, South America, and Africa.


In its eighth year, the MyFaceMyBody Awards honors the achievements of those at the pinnacle of the aesthetic beauty industry. The awards are the most highly recognized and largest global aesthetic awards program in the world. Over 2,500 industry professionals are involved each year and over 100 media outlets promote the event, earning the awards the title of the “Oscars of the Aesthetic Industry.”


The virtual 2019 MyFaceMyBody Awards will be held as part of the Global Virtual Aesthetics Summit on November 10 and 11, 2019. Global Virtual Aesthetics Summit is an innovative and pioneering two-day event, incorporating both the awards and clinical and business programs presented by some of the world’s leading industry speakers in a virtual space.


“We have been overwhelmed with the growth of the MyFaceMyBody awards programs across the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, and China. In addition, each year we receive hundreds of inquiries from practices to run the MyFaceMyBody awards in their respective countries. As a result of these inquires and the awards’ success and growth, we have decided to open the program to the rest of the world,” said Stephen Handisides, CEO and founder of MyFaceMyBody and Global Virtual Aesthetics Summit.


Submissions are open for an extensive 54 categories, including best practice, best plastic surgeon, and medical spa of the year, as well as new dental practice categories. The esteemed panel of judges are soon to be announced and will include some of the worlds most respected plastic surgeons. There will be more award categories for individuals, practices, and brands. Submissions will be completed digitally and judged by the MyFaceMyBody global judging panel. Finalists will have the opportunity to win local awards and potentially be recognized on the global stage and featured in the Ultimate 100 Global Aesthetic Leaders Publication that is distributed to consumers and industry peers across the world.


The winners of the local MyFaceMyBody Awards will be presented using the latest in live-video streaming technology. MyFaceMyBody will run one global red-carpet event in a different city each year and winners from each participating country will be invited to celebrate in this night of luxury and recognition. In addition, each local winner will be submitted for a chance to win a global award during the ceremony and be recognized as an overall award winner.


The awards will also align with the MyFaceMyBody sister company, The Medical Business Academy, where businesses, individuals, and employees can win additional awards based on their customer excellence. As an e-learning platform, suppliers will have the opportunity to host their own award categories through the MyFaceMyBody Awards, rewarding their customers for their ongoing training and education.


The MyFaceMyBody Virtual Awards are brought forth by brand partners: The Medical Business Academy, Merz Institute of Advanced Aesthetics, Wigmore Medical, MSF Companies, déesee Pro, iS Clinical, Venus Concept USA, SmartGraft, Thermi, HydroPeptide, Aesthetic Experts Lab, Advanced Skin Technology, evolus, and CosmoFrance.

Horst M. Rechelbacher Oncology Skincare Scholarship Winners Announced

Four licensed aestheticians are bringing a new level of comfort and compassion to their careers, courtesy of the Horst M. Rechelbacher Oncology Skincare Advanced Scholarship. Each winner receives a $2,000 scholarship for the Oncology Spa Solution Skincare program, including tuition, travel, and accommodations. Inspired by the Oncology Esthetics-USA Spa training, the scholarship includes a three-day immersive course. The program provides an overview of how cancer affects hair, skin, and nails and how aestheticians can confidently and safely ask the right questions to customize a spa treatment for individuals affected by cancer.


The scholarship honors the legacy of Horst M. Rechelbacher. As founder of the Aveda Corporation and later Intelligent Nutrients, Horst was a pioneer in developing safe, non-toxic, and organic skin care ingredients. His passion for natural ingredients was complemented by a focus on the role aestheticians play in delivering compassionate care to their guests. Each winner submitted a video demonstrating an aesthetic treatment, sharing why they chose a career in skin care, and describing how advanced education will enhance their career. The inaugural scholarship winners are as follows.


An aesthetician for 18 years, Erin Clancy of Milwaukee Area Technical College and About Face Salon and Boutique in Saukville, Wisconsin began working with clients affected by cancer more than 15 years ago at a day spa. “While I didn’t set out to work with cancer patients, I think the universe was trying to tell me that I was supposed to help cancer patients by delivering compassionate aesthetic spa services,” she said in her scholarship video. Clancy applies reiki therapy to provide a sense of peaceful healing to the guests she serves in the spa. She looks forward to applying what she learns at the Oncology Spa Solution program to help not only her guests, but her aesthetic students, as well.


Studying for a master’s degree as a substance abuse counselor, Lora Condon of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, worked in the admissions department of a cosmetology school where she offered to model for an aesthetics facial treatment. “That was my first facial and my Oprah a-ha moment!” said Condon in her application video. Since becoming an aesthetician, she has shared her passion on media platforms including The New York Times and Dr. Oz. “Finding aesthetics is the last piece of the puzzle for my career,” says the self-employed entrepreneur and founder of an organic skin care line. Condon often works in hospice and health care environments and says the reiki treatments and modalities she teaches benefit not only clients, but their caregivers, as well.


Deborah Fink of Paris Beauty College in Concord, California oversees spa services at two senior living facilities, where many residents are living with cancer or are cancer survivors. In her application video, Fink shared that her son’s skin condition first introduced her to the role aestheticians can play in supporting skin health, regardless of age. Regardless of a client’s age, Fink says that any aesthetic service is made even more powerful through the therapeutic benefits of validating, listening, and encouraging her clients.


An aesthetician for 10 years, Danielle Spohr from Renew Day Spa in Garner, North Carolina matches therapeutic techniques and modalities with each client’s unique skin care challenges. Depending on the client’s situation, she may use aromatherapy, hot stones, or slow-motion techniques. Prior to becoming an aesthetician, Spohr worked for a large retail brand and was involved in testing the company’s skin care lines. In her application video, she noted that oncology skin care will bring another valuable skillset to the skin care services she offers clients.


The Horst M. Rechelbacher Oncology Skincare Advanced Scholarship is generously funded by the Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation.

Herbal Obsessions Help clients’ skin feel as light as a feather with these CBD-based products.

Herbal Obsessions
Help clients’ skin feel as light as a feather with these CBD-based products

Cannatera Inc.
Refresh Cleansing Gel, Revive Facial Serum, and Renew Moisturizer by Cannatera Inc. are perfect for anyone wanting to have a complete skin care routine. Each active ingredient is chosen to leave skin beautifully hydrated with a balanced glow. With ingredients featuring cannabinoid-rich hemp extract, lavender, shea butter, and antioxidants, this collection is essential for keeping skin looking radiant and youthful during the summertime.

Circadia’s Calm Me Down from Head to Toe CBD Duo is a full-body experience that contains innovative ingredients, including high-quality CBD, to reduce inflammation, decrease discomfort, hydrate, and provide full-body balance.

Color Up Therapeutics
Skin Firming Serum by Color Up Therapeutics combines the cell supportive properties of CBD along with sophisticated, firming, and regenerative peptides. Additionally, the powerhouse coupling of sustainably harvested vegan squalane (from sugar cane) and hyalauronic acid encourage the skin to reach maximum hydration while working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Complete Body Daily
Premium, CBD-infused Indulge Massage Oil by Complete Body Daily is made with all-natural essential oils and organically grown hemp extract to provide the ultimate in relaxation.

Hempfield Botanicals
Defy the effects of aging with Fortify CBD Face Oil by Hempfield Botanicals, a vitamin C-rich, cannabidiol (CBD) oil blend. Made with borage and hemp seed oil, ylang ylang, lime, and cedarwood oil, this oil fights free radicals and rejuvenates skin.

Lacuna Botanicals
Lacuna Botanicals’ Deep Tissue Pain Relief Massage Cream was created in 2015 as the world’s first purpose-built CBD massage cream for luxury spas. Its soothing scent, remarkable results, and elegant packaging make it the massage tool of choice for top spas.

Nature Pure Labs
Nature Pure Labs’ Luminous Glow CBD Face Oil is an invigorating, handcrafted, exotic oil that restores skin’s radiance and beauty. It is formulated for easy absorption and immediate results with a plethora of antioxidants, omegas, and over 120 milligrams of CBD.

NF Skin
NF Skin’s CBD SPF 30 Moisturizer helps keep skin hydrated and safe from harmful ultraviolet rays. Each blend is formulated with CBD, plenty of natural tea and leaf extracts, and emollient vitamins that work to repair skin tissue while enhancing its tone to match this radiant season.

Where does CBD Come From?

With so many CBD distributors in the marketplace, having a basic understanding of CBD extraction and hemp sourcing can be critical in order to make an informed decision when comparing products.

The CBD used in skin care is primarily extracted from the stalks and stems of low THC-content, industrial hemp plants. Hemp farms are found all over the globe and the hemp used to produce CBD can be sourced in the United States or internationally.

Hemp grown in the United States is considered highly reliable because of the high cultivation standards here. Many prefer CBD products from companies that own and oversee their own hemp farms, as this means they are involved in the entire manufacturing process, for better quality control. Whether a company has its own farms or outsources its hemp, quality hemp should be properly safety tested and grown in soil that is nutrient-rich, pH-balanced, pesticide-free, and non-GMO.

To obtain CBD from hemp, there are various methods of extraction, with CO2 extraction considered one of the cleanest, safest, and most environmentally conscious extraction processes. It involves using pressurized carbon dioxide to extract the desired cannabinoids from the hemp plant. The extracted CBD can be a CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, or broad-spectrum CBD. A CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD extract. It is extracted from the hemp plant and isolated from all other compounds in the plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, waxes, oils, and so forth. Full-spectrum CBD is extracted from the hemp plant along with the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, THC, and other compounds present in the plant. Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD but with zero THC.

In summary, CBD is extracted from low-THC content hemp, which can be grown in the United States or abroad. To ensure a top quality CBD source, professionals should inquire about a company’s quality control standards and extraction methods.

3 Superstar Serum Ingredients for Seriously Smooth Skin

Coenzyme Q10: An antioxidant naturally produced by the body, coenzyme Q10 helps to fight free radicals. As the body ages, production of coenzyme Q10 slows down. Used in skin care, it can help to minimize oxidative damage, as well as boost collagen production. 


Hyaluronic Acid: Another naturally-occurring ingredient, hyaluronic acid helps to keep skin looking young by improving moisture retention, strengthening and protecting the skin’s lipid barrier, and aiding elasticity, texture, and pigmentation.

Peptides: Building blocks of collagen, peptides are strings of amino acids and are an important part of skin firmness, function, and texture. Applied topically in a serum, they help boost collagen production and slow collagen breakdown.


3 Superstar Serum Ingredients for Seriously Smooth Skin

Candela Announces Results of Study Using Vbeam Laser System

Candela Corporation, a leading global medical aesthetic device company, announced the publication
of the largest study of infants and babies treated with a laser for birthmarks, port wine stains, and other vascular related skin conditions on the face and body. Roy Geronemus, M.D., a world authority on the treatment of laser-based vascular anomalies at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, treated a total of 197 infants and babies with the Vbeam laser in an office setting without
the need for anesthesia or surgery. The results of these Vbeam treatments include 26% of the patients experiencing complete clearing and 41% having greater than 75% improvement, with no cases of scarring or pigmentary change.
Candela recently introduced the Vbeam Prima laser system to the market, representing the latest innovation in 30 years of clinical leadership for the Vbeam franchise.

FDA Proposes New Sunscreen Regulations

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the United States. The proposal addresses sunscreen active ingredient safety, dosage forms, sun protection factor (SPF), and broad-spectrum requirements. It also proposes updates to how products are labeled to make it easier for consumers to identify key product information.
The Skin Cancer Foundation applauded the FDA for working to elevate standards for effective sun protection. As science and technology have advanced over the past several years to dramatically improve the efficacy of sunscreens, continued evaluation of the regulations associated with them is necessary.

New Visitor Record Set at BEAUTY Düsseldorf 2019

New Visitor Record Set at BEAUTY Düsseldorf 2019With 58,000 trade visitors from 76 countries, BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF 2019 recently closed as the best-attended event in its history and confirmed its status as the leading trade fair for the cosmetics sector. Michael Degen, executive director of Messe Düsseldorf, stated, “With very satisfied exhibitors and around 58,000 visitors, the leading industry meeting for cosmetics, nail, foot, wellness, and spa exceeded our expectations. BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF is the central international forum for service cosmetics, where visitors can get a comprehensive overview of the complete range of new products, care concepts, scientific findings, and trend themes.” 
Over three days, 1,500 exhibitors and brands were presented in five halls at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center in Germany. The products and demonstrations at the stands were supported by a high-quality continuous education program with a combination of workshops and scientific lectures.

Spa at Monteverdi Tuscany

Monteverdi Tuscany is a luxury boutique hotel centrally located between Rome and Florence, Italy, offering stunning panoramic views of the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. This unique, luxury hotel is not confined within a single building, but, instead, is infused throughout an idyllic, medieval village, with rooms and suites tucked in among authentic and fastidiously maintained properties. With its authentic and painstaking restoration complete, the hotel now comprises 18 individual rooms and suites plus three elegantly appointed villas, all perfect for individuals, couples, families, and groups of traveling friends.

Strikingly renovated this past year, the Spa at Monteverdi includes an underground heated pool evocative of ancient Roman baths, as well as a sensory shower and cold plunge pool. Monteverdi is excited to debut a heated room, custom-made for Hammam treatments. There is also a relaxation lounge with views of the Tuscan hills, an herbal tea bar, and Monteverdi’s signature, outdoor, matching travertine soaking tubs, allowing guests to immerse themselves in an intoxicating blend of sights, smells, and sounds. Surrounded by natural greenery, this idyllic sanctuary offers views stretching as far as Montalcino and Siena, as well as a wide range of organic facial and body treatments featuring luxurious spa products from Santa Maria Novella in Florence and Charme d’Orient in Paris.

Before the common era, the ancient Romans used thermal baths to stimulate and refresh the vascular system. In homage, the new underground Monteverdi pools invite guests to rejuvenate the body and relax the mind in the spa’s Salus Per Aquam – the Water Circuit treatment. The process begins with a sensory shower designed to stimulate and energize the body with three different temperatures and water pressures. Guests then proceed to the warm pool with hydro-massaging jets and a waterfall shower, complete with views of the Tuscan hills. The third step in the ritual is the frigidarium, or cold plunge pool, to invigorate the vascular system. The therapy concludes in the relaxation room with a cup of herbal tea in hand. $100 for 90 minutes.

Eminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Revitalizing Body Scrub

Polish skin with the hydrating qualities of sugar and the invigorating benefits of salt with the new Stone Crop Revitalizing Body Scrub. This resurfacing exfoliant lathers into a creamy foam and is infused with healing stone crop and antioxidant-rich lemon peel to brighten and smooth while revitalizing.

Protocols and Plans: The Need-to-Know for a Successful Spa Business

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Get It Together: Combining Treatments with Devices for Improved Results

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Growing a Skin Care Practice: Fact Versus Fiction

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In it Alone: Marketing Yourself as a “Solo” Aesthetician

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Plant Essential Oils Versus Plant Extracts

Plant essential oils result from distillation – a process in which the aromatic parts of plants, like the leaves, roots, flowers, and so forth, are placed inside of a steam chamber to release the oils from the plant elements. Essential oils tend to be used for their healing, therapeutic, and medicinal properties.


Plant extracts are often derived from infusion, through methods like cold pressing or soaking the plant materials (leaves, roots, flowers, and so forth) in a liquid, like water or alcohol. Extracts are often used in perfumes or in cooking for their aromas and flavors.

Nature’s Balm: 3 Key Ingredients to Look for in a Moisturizer

Turmeric: With a variety of skin benefits – from exfoliation to antiaging to improving skin tone – turmeric is a popular ingredient in skin care. Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, turmeric is known to help with dry skin. 

Kakadu Plum: Native to Australia, the Kakadu plum is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and full of vitamin C, antioxidants, and nutrients for the skin. It also helps fight inflammation and soothe irritation.

Blueberries: Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They aid with collagen production, improving skin tone, preventing acne, and combatting free radicals, inflammation, and sun damage.3 Key Ingredients to Look for in a Moisturizer

Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer

This new lightweight illuminating primer powerfully defends your skin from blue light and the sun. Subtle illuminating properties give the skin a healthy, ‘lit-from-within’ effect, resulting in the appearance of a glowing, radiant complexion. Layer the primer after your moisturizer or use it
as a protective base before you apply foundation or tinted moisturizer.


The Spa at Cliff House

The rugged, natural beauty of coastal Maine inspires The Spa at Cliff House, a sanctuary that invites spa goers to connect with their own raw essence. Using only the finest natural products to soothe the body and mind, The Spa at Cliff House’s intuitive professionals take inspiration from the pure power of the elements. Their body treatments, facials, and hand and foot therapies penetrate layers of stress and strain, revealing an organic placidity awaiting below the surface. Spa goers can anchor their spa experience in a reflective retreat to the Ocean View Sanctuary, which hovers high above seaside cliffs, crashing waves, and the infinite horizon.

With each season, The Spa at Cliff House adapts their treatments to align with shifts in nature. Their seasonal series is inspired by the five element theory of wellness, which states that good health comes from balance among earthly elements. In these seasonal services, which change five times per year, they adjust their massage oils and customize techniques that cater to dynamic physical, emotional, and mental needs. Available in 50- or 80-minute appointments, costing $170 and $235 respectively, their spring services incorporate Saltability’s heated Himalayan salt stones and organic blends of essential oils that channel the rebirth and awakening inherent to spring.smudging

BioPhotas Announces New Developments

BioPhotas, a market leader in therapeutic LED light therapy devices, announced earlier this year a major product line extension to the company’s Celluma series of light therapy devices. In addition, the company is now offering a two year manufacturer’s warranty on all new product sales.

Commenting on these developments, BioPhotas’ President and CEO Patrick Johnson said, “We understand that our customers are sometimes very focused in their practices, wanting products that are specifically tailored to a particular clinical specialty or condition. This product line expansion is intended to address this desire for condition-specific device applications.”

For 2019, four new versions of the Celluma are being added to the company’s product offering. This includes devices intended for professionals and consumers who are only interested in aesthetic treatment, professionals and consumers who are interested in pain management, and, finally, anyone who wants to manage acne breakouts, whether they be teenagers or adults suffering from the condition. Johnson continued, “Based on our commitment to continually improve the design and manufacture of the Celluma series of products, we are adding an additional year to our standard manufacturer’s warranty.”

The company also announced the opening of sales offices in London, England and the launch of a new website.

Tyler Peters

Tyler Peters oversees both the global education for iS CLINICAL and the content and outreach through iS UNIVERSITY. Coming from outside the industry gave Peters a unique outlook on learning as much as possible from different perspectives within the industry and throughout the company. Without the preconceived notions that can be formed as an industry insider, his approach helped to break the molds of industry education and outreach, gaining the praise of industry professionals globally. 

Why aesthetics?

Fate! I spent most of my early life with my goals and efforts focused on professional athletics. However, following an injury, I found myself looking for a new career path. Wanting to move back to Los Angeles, I interviewed and accepted a job with iS CLINICAL. I expected this to be a short-term experience. Now, after being here eight years, I cannot imagine switching industries. Beginning with the people we can help, making their lives better than they would be otherwise, and extending to those we are fortunate to work with, the aesthetic industry is remarkable.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?

My father. Kids are so impressionable and having a strong leader as a parent meant the world to me. Many of my early memories are of my father taking the time to understand me and, then, lead me in a direction consistent with my personality. My father’s patience – with me and his employees – is something I aspire to develop.  He also owned and operated a local business and would bring us into work with him. To see how he managed his team and led by example was very influential to me at that time in my life.

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

With hopes of ultimately becoming a professional hockey player, I decided to leave home while still in high school to become a part of a national team.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

I believe the word leader is often associated with a position, but there are incredible leaders in all levels of companies. I am fascinated with learning from others; I dedicate time each day to reading books and listening to podcasts from all types of leaders. These are of a wide variety and include company or industry founders, those who lead in their communities, science nerds, sports figures, and motivational leaders. My work allows me opportunities to interact and learn from the management styles and technical knowledge of others. Another part of growing as a leader is spending time getting to know people; each person is unique and learning how to support and motivate people is an important part of leadership.

What motivates you each day?

The truth is I love what I do and this is my prime motivation. I am very fortunate in all aspects of my life and I truly love everything I do. I love both my personal and professional life and the qualities each of those brings me.

I believe that my personal life experiences have allowed me to live with gratitude. I believe in always looking forward and learning from past experiences. I hope that keeping my perspective this way will enable me to assist someone in overcoming similar experiences and difficulties.

How do you approach change/the unknown?

Change and the unknown bring any individual a multitude of feelings – from discomfort to the excitement of a new challenge. I look at change and the unknown as an opportunity to experience something new. It can be easier to enjoy the feeling of what is comfortable, but the truth is that we are at our best when we are uncomfortable and stretching our abilities towards higher ground.

How do you keep yourself grounded?

It is imperative for me to feel good physically. Daily cardio and exercise are important. I am also a sports fanatic, so, when I can, spending a Sunday watching golf or a weekday watching one of my favorite sports team is a nice way for me to unwind.

What is your favorite spa treatment?

I appreciate many spa treatments, but a deep tissue massage is my favorite.

If you could go back in time to when you first were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

Be patient. Ask a lot of questions and do not be afraid to fail. Often we impair our ability to learn and succeed by the fear of failure. If our intentions are in the right place and we remove this fear, we are bound to be successful.


What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

I would advise my 18-year-old self to diversify my knowledge and experiences. A lot of my contributions personally and professionally originate from experiences (positive and negative) that taught me lessons. As I reflect on my teenage years, I was one-track minded and a more diverse approach might have been helpful. 

What’s your most irrational fear?

I have had an extreme fear of rollercoasters since I was very young. My wife and son are thrill seekers, so I have been forced on a few rides over the past year. I certainly closed my eyes during the duration of the ride.

What’s something you wish you’d written?

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris.

How do you stand for what you believe in?

Standing for what you believe in is important, although it is certainly not always easy. I try to live my beliefs with each day’s challenges.

What do you love most about your job?

I get to work with many unique and specialized people that I learn from, including the founders of our company and the physicians, experts, and industry professionals I work with daily. Our industry has great diversity in people and knowledge. If you take the time to understand and learn from those around you, it is truly incredible.

If you could ask another leader any question, what would it be?

What is one developed skill you feel has proven invaluable for your success?

How do you measure success?

I measure my success by the goals I have set for myself with a clear understanding of my capabilities. I think it is important to set goals, but it is equally important to set them with an understanding of your abilities. A common fault is measuring our success against others with different abilities or against those on social platforms. This is a quick way to feel defeated.

Early bird or night owl?

I am a believer in the proverb “The early bird catches the worm.” I get up by 5:00 am every day to work out and get ahead of the day. Not only does this allow me to jumpstart my day, it also allows me the time I need to better myself so I can adequately give to my kids and others later in the day.

Sweet or salty?

I have a salt problem; I add salt to everything.

Laundry or dishes?

Laundry – it is the easiest way to locate my lost items.

Camping or glamping?

Glamping – I love the outdoors for activities, but when it is time for sleep, I am all for a shower and comfortable bed.


What is your proudest accomplishment in the industry? 

I have been fortunate to work closely with the founders of iS CLINICAL. Their belief in education has enabled our company to provide education to tens of thousands of people. Through our development of iS UNIVERSITY and the iS CLINICAL advanced seminars, we are committed to providing unbiased, ongoing education to aesthetic professionals globally.

What’s the biggest myth in the industry?

The aesthetic industry can sometimes be looked at as shallow and superficial. Coming into the industry as an outsider, I was uneducated about its role. After eight years of industry experience, I understand the true purpose and importance of our industry. 

What hurdles have you had to overcome?

Coming into a new industry without prior knowledge was certainly a hurdle.

Where is the brand headed over the next 5 years?

On a continued upward trajectory!

Where is the entire industry headed?

The industry continues to evolve each year. With support from science and technology, the industry will continue to advance and meet the needs of our very savvy consumers. Consumers – in increasingly larger numbers – are researching and educating themselves on products and treatment offerings. Their growing sophistication will require the entire industry to meet and exceed consumer expectations.


What distinguishes your company from others in the industry?

We are privately held, so quality never needs to be compromised in the interest of profit. We have a commitment to education and elevating industry standards.

What are your current goals?

To develop my leadership and public speaking skills. Both skills require study and practice, however, these skills will benefit both me and our organization. 

How would you define your company’s culture?

iS CLINICAL is a very special place to work. Because of our tremendous and rapid growth, it seems the culture is always changing. We are an international company. There is an unerring commitment to quality. Right now we are further expanding staff and responsibilities to bring even greater depth and breadth to the company.

What has been the hardest lesson learned in business?

That a company is composed of many different types of people and not all goals, aspirations, talents, and motivations are the same.

How do you motivate your employees/team?

I emphasize the importance of teamwork – that we all depend on each other to bring a project to a successful conclusion.

Gut instinct versus expertise: which is more important and why?

Both are important. But, in an industry becoming increasingly technical and diverse, expertise is essential.


How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?

I listen to new ideas from those on my team and encourage them to continue to contribute.

Where do the great ideas come from in your organization?

From everywhere! And, there is great direction from the founders.

What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?

Which projects to emphasize and help grow and which projects to prioritize less.

How do you stay relevant/current?

I stay involved in all aspects of the industry. I work extensively within the company environment but also in the field. Being involved with continuing education helps me stay current and exposes me to new concepts from industry leaders.

What is the hardest thing about being a leader?

Time management.

MyFaceMyBody Holds Global Virtual Aesthetic Summit

In a groundbreaking, first of its kind event, MyFaceMyBody will host the inaugural Global Virtual Aesthetics Summit (GVAS) on November 10 and 11 2019. GVAS is an innovative and pioneering two-day event incorporating both clinical and business programs presented by some of the world’s most leading industry speakers in a virtual space.

MyFaceMyBody is known for innovating in the education, training, and awards recognition arenas. GVAS offers aesthetic professionals from all over the world a tailored experience to education in the comfort of their own home or work space. Attendees for the first time will receive a personalized itinerary of educational workshops that are suited to their own experience level, qualification, and interests. This enables attendees to save time and money in attending a conference and, at the same time, have a focused learning experience. Not only this, owners of aesthetic businesses can afford to invite their entire team to experience, learn, and develop their skills from as little as $60.

The conference program has been designed to cover content from the fundamentals right up to advanced techniques and groundbreaking innovations. Professionals can achieve credits and be rewarded when attending workshops over the two days. 

This continuous, 48-hour global aesthetics event will feature some of the world’s most prominent industry experts. The event will host over 100 leading speakers across a multi-specialty program with a business program showcasing successful practice owners from around the world.  

There are two programs including unique, live demonstrations and cutting-edge innovations by industry leaders. The Clinical Program Schedule will include topics such as skin enhancement techniques, new and emerging technology, tattoo and pigment, face lifting, minimally-invasive rejuvenation, fat transfer and stem cells, and much more. The Business Program Schedule will feature topics such as tracking and metrics, leadership in the workplace, social media, legal issues, dealing with difficult patients, and how to sell a practice.

Just like a traditional conference, speakers will engage with their audiences on a variety of subjects and case studies. Pre-recorded sessions and demonstrations will provide speakers with the rare opportunity to give live feedback to audiences globally, all from the comfort of their home, office, or local studio.

When entering the virtual lobby of GVAS, attendees will be given the opportunity to engage with local suppliers in their own country in specific regional exhibition halls. Attendees will gain insight into some of the latest technologies and industry advancements from around the world. Attendees will achieve virtual points the more they engage with brands in exciting gamification throughout the two days with numerous prizes up for grabs.

Companies are utilizing the cost benefits of GVAS to offer attendees show offers they would not normally receive anywhere else. “I believe GVAS makes everyone a winner when it comes to saving time and money. GVAS enables professionals to network from all over the world and gain new insights into how they can differentiate their offerings in their own local market,” says founder Stephen Handisides. Designated exhibition halls will represent the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, China, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and the Middle East.

CIDESCO Supports Ban on Glitter That Contains Micro-Plastics

CIDESCO, the world standard for beauty and spa therapy, calls on its global membership to help protect the environment and health of the planet by advising their schools, students, and makeup artists to only use glitter made from non-plastic alternatives during their makeup courses and general makeup artistry. With many students doing makeup skill training using the CIDESCO syllabus and examination, this is an important move to ensure change happens in the industry.

Standard glitter that is used for dramatic and costume makeup designs is made from etched aluminum that is bonded to a form of micro-plastic called polyethylene terephthalate. Micro-plastics such as these, when thrown away, are an ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans, causing harm to marine life and often ending up in the stomachs of fish and birds. It is not only marine life that is of concern, as studies have shown that fish consumption of micro-plastics results in toxins further up the food chain.

With the ban of microbeads taking shape, CIDESCO believes it is now time for authorities and brands in the beauty industry to take note of plastic-bonded glitters and act quickly to ban its use. Commenting on the issue, CIDESCO’s President, Anna-Cari Gund says, “As a worldwide organization with a large number of members and students, we know that we can make a difference to our environment. It is in our best interests to reduce plastic pollution as much as we can. Our appeal extends beyond our organization as we ask people to reconsider and reeducate themselves on the products that they are using.”

Liquid Paraffin Market to Reach $2.3 Billion by 2026

Increase in demand from the cosmetics industry is likely to fuel the growth of the liquid paraffin market. The liquid paraffin market is projected to grow at a rate of 1.2% by 2026, to reach $2.3 billion in 2026, an increase from $2.09 billion in 2018, according to a new report by Reports and Data. Short-term growth till 2022 is projected to grow at a healthy pace of 0.7%.

Turmoil in the physical commodity market price index along with surplus inventory stock for liquid paraffin is anticipated to decline the growth of this market during the period between 2023 and 2026. Moving forward to 2019 and the following years, vulnerability in raw material prices remains a concern for this industry, along with unpredictable trade policies adopted by major consumers’ and manufacturers’ countries. The cosmetics, food and beverages, detergents, and lubricant industries will continue to be significant demand drivers for the growth of the liquid paraffin market. Qatar continues to be a dominant player in the supply of liquid paraffin, however, the mentioned region will likely face stiff price competition from Chinese and Indian manufacturers, where prices will likely see a dip of 16%, owing to oversupply. Capacity utilization rates have aggressively gone up by 11% during the period between 2017 and 2018, as prices of liquid paraffin stabilized in this region post June 2017.

LAB continues to be the largest application segment in this market, valuing $1.5 billion in 2018 and reaching up to $1.74 billion, as demand for LAB has seen an overall increase of 6% during the past three years. The installed capacity has seen an increase of 26%, combing Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Sales of detergents, both industrial and domestic, are witnessing a rapid north rise, therefore, tangentially increasing the demand rate for liquid paraffin.

UK Beauty Brand Beuti Skincare Reveals New Look

Beuti Skincare reveals a new look offering a cleaner, modern, and eco-friendly aesthetic to reflect the brand’s approach to non-toxic, results-driven, and affordable skin care. From newly designed glass droppers to a sleek logo and updated website to offer a more user-friendly shopping experience, Beuti has set large goals for 2019 and beyond. 

“We wanted to create a look that truly evoked what Beuti Skincare is all about: transparency, authenticity, and healing. From our new packaging, glass jars, redesigned logo, and enhanced website we are excited to provide products that nourish your skin, but also your soul,” says founder Leila Aalam.

From a person’s genetic makeup to personalities and appearances, every individual has unique traits. At Beuti, they recognize and honor that individuality by providing products that address individuals’ distinctive needs. Their products harness potent and supercharged ingredients, omegas, minerals, and actives to deliver results. Beuti’s core principles are to provide natural, nutritional ingredients without toxic chemicals to target common skin concerns like rosacea, inflammation, eczema, and cystic acne. All of their ingredients are handpicked to target these specific concerns by reducing inflammation and, in turn, healing and protecting the skin from long-term damage.

Spa Partners to Create CBD Massage and Tea Service

The Spa at The Estate Yountville launched a CBD program with Mana Artisan Botanics, Hawaii’s premier wellness-driven hemp company. The spa will incorporate Mana Artisan Botanics’ massage concentrate into an upgraded CBD massage, as well as offer guests tea with Mana’s hemp honey. Visionary hospitality professional Terry Prager, executive director of spa and wellness at The Estate Yountville, Hotel Villagio and Vintage House, chose the line for the clean and effective products featuring full-spectrum organic CBD.

 “We are thrilled to be working with Mana Artisan Botanics to be one of the first resorts in the area to offer CBD in the spa. Both our staff and guests alike have immediately embraced the products – they are flying off the shelves!” says Prager. “CBD has been proven to provide multiple benefits such as reducing stress, inflammation, and pain. Our therapists now have another powerful tool to help our guests improve performance and recovery.”

CBD from federally-legal hemp has become a staple of wellness. According to cannabis industry research firm The Brightfield Group, the market for CBD-based hemp products is expected to reach $22 billion by 2022. 

“Terry Prager and her team at The Spa at The Estate are extremely knowledgeable – we are honored that they chose Mana Artisan Botanics among many alternatives. Our sustainable practices, synergistic formulations, and artisan crafted products made with local ingredients have really resonated with the spa’s luxury discriminating guests,” says Steve Sakala, CEO and co-founder of Mana Artisan Botanics. “The number of CBD products coming on the market is overwhelming. My hope is that more spas start demanding organic, sustainably-grown cannabis products. We want our farm and company to serve as a force for good and to be that example of the high potential the cannabis industry can reach.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation Hosts Annual Member Reception in Washington, D.C.

The Skin Cancer Foundation hosted its annual member reception on March 1 at the Eaton Hotel in Washington, D.C., during the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting. As part of the reception, the Foundation announced the winners of its annual research grant awards.

In honor of the Foundation’s 40th birthday, the event’s theme was 1979. A DJ played hits from the 1970s, while guests chatted among disco balls and enjoyed birthday cupcakes. Skin Cancer Foundation President, Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, thanked the Foundation’s members for their commitment and encouraged them to share their passion for the Foundation’s work with others. “As physicians, we all enter our field to help people,” said Dr. Sarnoff. “We are drawn to the science and the personalities we meet along the way. We all wish we had the time to do more for our patients, but we have bills to pay and regulations to follow. Practicing medicine has become complicated, but The Skin Cancer Foundation makes it easy to stay focused on people, by providing valuable information to help educate your patients.”

David Polsky, MD, chair of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Research Grants Committee, led the research grant awards presentation. “My fellow committee members and I are honored to award $125,000 among three worthy research projects,” said Dr. Polsky. “We have high hopes that the Foundation’s funding may give these young investigators the kickstart they need to accomplish great things. We wish them the best of success in moving skin cancer research ahead, improving and lengthening patients’ lives.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s grants program provides research funding to support dermatology department research and clinical studies related to skin cancer. The 2019 grant recipients are: Stephanie Savory, MD, Shruti Naik, PhD, and Rie Takahashi, MD, PhD.

Shin-Etsu Silicones Hires New Regional Sales Manager

 A pioneer in the field of silicones for personal care products, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc. recently announced the hiring of Marie Capozzi as a regional sales manager to expand the company’s presence at key accounts and accelerate growth in the personal care and cosmetics market.

Capozzi received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has since cultivated a reputation as a tenacious business development leader with a broad background in cosmetic sales. Notably, she has developed key relationships with major accounts, while representing industry leaders such as Sensient Technologies Corp., Dow Corning Corp., and, most recently, EES Cosmetic Solutions. Capozzi will utilize Shin-Etsu’s extensive tool kit of innovative sensory solutions to enhance specialty products targeting the personal care, cosmetics, and hair care consumer.

Capozzi joins the SESA cosmetics team at their 14,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art cosmetic application laboratory – strategically located in Paramus, New Jersey, which will allow her to be closer to many of its strategic customers based in New York and New Jersey. She will augment the sales team of Ginny Powell, An-li Quo, and Mike Gerlock to deliver innovative solutions to strategic customers in the personal care and cosmetics industry.

According to Capozzi, “My goal is to further advance SESA’s ability to go beyond basic cosmetic silicone solutions to offer formulators more innovative sensorial benefits across a wide variety of product applications for our key personal and hair care market accounts.”

Repêchage Launches New Triple Action Peptide Serum and Reveals New Logo and Look at IECSC New York

Repêchage, the pioneers in seaweed-based skin care, launched the new Repêchage Triple Action Peptide Serum and revealed a new design and logo at this year’s International Esthetics, Cosmetics, & Spa Conference (IECSC) at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York.

The Repêchage Triple Action Peptide Serum is the latest in advanced skin care science and natural ingredients. Using powerful peptide and seaweed actives featured in the best-selling, award-winning, and professionally-inspired Repêchage Triple Action Peptide Mask, this new serum does it all by hydrating, brightening, and firming. Fans loved how the Triple Action Peptide Mask helped to revive their complexion and asked for a more intensive treatment.

Now, they can add the Repêchage Triple Action Peptide Serum, suitable for the face, neck, and décolleté, to their daily routine to see a youthful glow day and night. Repêchage also unveiled their new logo, launched in January 2019, and a brand new look for the seaweed-based skin care company.

In addition, show attendees gathered to experience seaweed-based facial treatments, including the Repêchage Peel and Glow Facial. This unique treatment features the Biolight Luminex Mask, a professional hybrid peel treatment with alpha hydroxy acids, Kaolin clay, and seaweed extracts to exfoliate, deep cleanse, and hydrate. Following this treatment is the Triple Action Peptide Mask, an easy-to-apply sheet mask based on age-defying peptides and pure laminaria digitata seaweed extracts for hydrating, firming, and brightening.

Show attendees also experienced signature treatments, such as the Repêchage Seaweed Facial based on pure, sustainably harvested laminaria digitata seaweed extract to provide a soothing and cooling treatment that leaves skin clean, hydrated, and glowing.

Irene Forte Appointed to Global Wellness Summit’s Advisory Board

 The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the 4 trillion global wellness economy, announced that Irene Forte, wellness director for Rocco Forte Hotels and daughter of Sir Rocco Forte, British hotelier and philanthropist, will join its advisory board. Forte oversees the wellness strategy and offerings for the 14 Rocco Forte Hotels, has just launched Irene Forte Skincare, and has won awards for her achievements as a rising young entrepreneur. Forte will be instrumental in helping the GWS address the powerhouse demographic in the wellness industry: millennials.

“It’s with great pleasure that I welcome Irene to our board,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “We’re a conference devoted to the business of wellness and she will bring invaluable expertise to help ensure that our organization reflects the very future of this industry – millennials and even younger generations. With millennials representing the first wellness generation and as the age demographic that will have the highest spending power by 2025, Irene will help us stay relevant and keep evolving toward the next-generation wellness consumer.”

Candela Announces Results of The Largest Published Study of Infants and Children Using Vbeam Laser System

Candela Corporation, a leading global medical aesthetic device company, announced the publication of the largest study of infants and babies treated with a laser for birthmarks, port wine stains, and other vascular related skin conditions on the face and body. Roy Geronemus, M.D., a world authority on the treatment of laser-based vascular anomalies at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, treated a total of 197 infants and babies with the Vbeam laser in an office setting without the need for anesthesia or surgery. The results of these Vbeam treatments are shared in Geronemus’ study publication titled “Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment of Port-Wine Stains in Infancy Without the Need for General Anesthesia.” Published in the April 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association-Dermatology, the study results include 26 percent of the patients experiencing complete clearing and 41% having greater than 75% improvement, with no cases of scarring or pigmentary change.


The ability to treat pediatric patients without invasive surgery or anesthesia presents a new therapeutic frontier, especially given FDA warnings around the potential adverse effects of using general anesthetic and sedation drugs on children younger than three years old.


“Because of the tolerability of the Vbeam laser, we are able to provide infants and children with treatment without having to put them under general anesthesia,” said Geronemus. Addressing the developmental impact of early therapy, Geronemus adds, “Treating these skin conditions early on avoids the physical and psychological impact of having a vascular birthmark on the face and body as children develop. In some cases, patients were treated within days of being born and, in many cases, we saw complete or near clearance.”


The 595 nanometer Vbeam laser’s dynamic cooling spray feature allows for maximum versatility and epidermal protection, allowing Geronemus to make this treatment safe for all pediatric patients treated. Data demonstrated that treating before the age of one leads to a more complete response rate and the highest rate of clearance among any age group.


“My son Brody started his Vbeam treatments with Dr. Geronemus at seven-weeks-old and, after just three treatments, the birthmark on his right cheek is almost completely gone,” said Brittany Schorr, mother of Brody Schorr. “People who knew he had the birthmark couldn’t believe it and those who didn’t know he had it will never know he did.”


“We have many families that are looking to improve their child’s life with these treatments that help address birthmarks or other vascular formations. My primary referral for these families is Dr. Geronemus,” said Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, president and founder of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation. “There are specific parameters around using lasers on infants and children and Dr. Geronemus not only follows the latest protocols available but also has seen the most clearance using the Vbeam laser system for these specific cases.”


The Vbeam pulsed dye laser (PDL) is considered the gold-standard for the treatment of port wine stains and vascular anomalies in infants and children, as well as adults. Candela recently introduced the Vbeam Prima laser system to the market, representing the latest innovation in 30 years of clinical leadership for the Vbeam franchise.


“The introduction of the Vbeam Prima laser and our partnership with Dr. Roy Geronemus demonstrates Candela’s commitment to helping change lives,” said Geoffrey Crouse, chief executive officer of Candela. “We are honored to have a partner like Dr. Geronemus who is utilizing Candela’s innovative solutions and breakthrough technologies to help improve the overall quality of life for infants and children. We are thrilled with the published outcomes of his recent study using the Vbeam laser system.”

Irena James, vice president of YG Laboratories

Irena James is vice president of YG Laboratories and instructor at the UCLA Extension Cosmetic Sciences Program. James brings a unique perspective to the world of skin care, merging her expertise as a prolific product developer, skin care therapist, former professor of aesthetics at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and director of business development for spa products and aesthetic devices in the EU. As a current member and a former board member of Beauty Industry West and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, James remains dedicated to increasing the awareness of advancements in the cosmetic sciences.

Christine Heathman, CEO of GlyMed Plus

Christine Heathman, founder and CEO of GlyMed Plus, is an aesthetic pioneer and was nominated as a Legend in American aesthetics. Her name is synonymous with age management. Heathman is a powerful speaker, world-wide lecturer, educator, author of several skin manuals, and has written hundreds of skin science editorials. She was selected to be on the editorial board of a leading skin journal, as well as the Utah licensing board. She is a pioneer in the research and development of the most innovative and progressive skin care products and protocols used in the most prestigious skin care and medical clinics all over the world.

Justin Dotterweich, CEO of ExPürtise

Justin Dotterweich is the CEO of ExPürtise® and has previously held many consultative roles in the spa and wellness industry. Justin is passionate about educating and empowering consumers to make smarter, healthier choices. 800-294-1154, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or

  1. Last movie you saw?

Batman Returns

  1. Go-to karaoke song?

My Favorite Things

  1. Favorite high school English book?

The Great Gatsby

  1. Favorite exercise move?


  1. Favorite restaurant?

Sukho Thai

  1. Favorite drink?


  1. Favorite travel destination?


  1. Favorite book?

The Ultimate Sales Machine, Chet Holmes

  1. Favorite social media site?


  1. Favorite sport?


  1. First concert you went to?

Eminem and 50 Cent

  1. Biggest phobia?


  1. Perfect pizza?

Hawaiian, but with regular bacon

  1. Favorite genre of music?


  1. Favorite thing to spend money on?

Experiences, vacations

  1. Favorite television show?


  1. Best news you’ve ever received?

Winning major beauty awards

Anna-Cari Gund, president of CIDESCO International

Anna-Cari Gund is the president of CIDESCO International, the world standard in beauty and spa therapy, and the managing director of global spa consultancy and wellness think tank, Raison d’Etre, which specializes in creating spa brands and designing world-class spas.

  1. Favorite summer activity?

Sports fishing

  1. Favorite winter activity?

Apres ski! Coming in from the cold makes you feel so well.

  1. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Any fruit sorbet would be my choice

  1. Who is your hero?

Stephen Hawking

  1. What motivates you?

Meeting passionate, positive and inspiring people. They make me want to work to my full potential.

  1. What do you do to relieve stress?

Spending time in nature. This reminds you of the peace and beauty of the world, and suddenly your problems don’t seem too worrying anymore.

  1. Proudest accomplishment?

Raising my two amazing sons

  1. Most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Para-gliding off a cliff at amazing Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

  1. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Grace Kelly

  1. What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

I´m very practical and boring so: a fishing net, fire striker, desalination equipment

  1. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would learn to tap dance – it’s such an impressive skill!

  1. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Balloon riding

  1. Online or in-person shopping?

A perfect 50/50 mix – the in-real-life shopping experience shouldn’t be underestimated, and I think we’re a long way off online shopping taking over completely.

Sara Fulton is the Co-Founder and President of Vivant Skin Care

Sara Fulton, president and co-founder of Vivant Skin Care, is among the most influential figures in the skin care industry. She was one of the first women to own and operate an FDA-approved manufacturing facility. She co-founded and managed some of the first acne clinics in the country. As a researcher and formulator, she worked alongside her husband, Dr. James Fulton, to develop a line of transformative skin care products and, in 1990, launched Vivant Skin Care with a mission to provide life-changing solutions for problem skin. It has since become a premier brand for dermatologists, aestheticians, and medical spas worldwide.