Alexandra J. Zani is an international educator, researcher, and author with a background in cell biology and medical. Her passion for education resulted in receiving numerous advanced certifications, both in the United States and abroad. Zani earned an instructor license for aesthetics/cosmetology, is National Catholic Educational Society (NCEA) Nationally Certified, certified in Oncology Esthetics®, and the Pastiche Method® of Skin Analysis. She is a member of the International Association for Applied Corneotherapy (IAC). Zani presents education for advanced aesthetic technology, including microcurrents, LED, and non-ablative laser. She is a specialist in the anti-aging sciences, including the effects of nutrition, lifestyle, and the mind/body connection.
What do you love most about your job?
Having amazing, interesting clients in my practice. When teaching, I enjoy watching the “aha” moments come to life.
What is your favorite spa treatment and why?
Body wrap and massage – relaxing inside and out.
Do you have any unusual skills?
I can take the complexity out of a subject and explain it in people terms.
What would you name your boat if you had one?
What is something on your desk that you couldn’t live without?
Stapler and 3-hole punch.
If you opened a day spa, what would you name it?
Wellness and More.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
A dancer and singer.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Beware of the eyes on the back of my head!
What skill would you like to master?
What are some small things that make your day better?
Smiling at a stranger in the grocery store, offering inspiration to someone, or feeling grateful for what I have versus dwelling on the negative when things may be not going so well.
What is your spirit animal?
Which superhero do you secretly want to be?
What’s the best invention of all time?
I get to work with many unique and specialized people that I learn from; I love that about my job.
As a former athlete, my body represents that history, so massage is always my go-to.
I have been told I make excellent grill cheese and top ramen. I won’t reveal my secrets.
Paid in Full
My black sharpie pens
A professional athlete or an animal trainer; neither worked out.
Beware of dog.
Meditation or a second language
A coffee bean is quite small, but always seem to make my day better.
A dolphin, they are thoughtful, playful and sense of calmness.
He may not be a superhero, but I would say “The Rock.”
I would have to say plumbing; it increased lifespan as well as many other benefits.
Wallace Vigo Nelson, N.D. is a holistic health expert and the foremost authority in the field of beauty nutrition. A second-generation naturopathic doctor, Nelson has followed in the footsteps of his mother as leader of the movement to change the world with holistic nutrition and skin care. Recognized with dozens of accolades from the wellness and beauty field for his work as an author, product formulator, and top business leader under 40, Nelson is truly a dynamic force in the industry today.
I LOVE to lead people to a breakthrough in their wellness or business - both situations can be life-changing.
Any treatment I've had performed by an expert in their craft has left me feeling enriched.
I've got a near-photographic memory for facts and figures, though I often forget where I left my keys.
I'd for certain name a boat after my incredible wife Ashlan.
My mobile microphone and lighting setup for recording videos.
Something Italian in origin – in travels there I am always impressed with the history, elegance, and attention to detail they exhibit.
I wanted the exact job that I have! I always looked up to and admired my mother and wanted to follow in her footsteps.
WARNING! Excessively verbose with a tendency to use big words
I want to learn to fly a plane expertly. I've done it a bit and love it, I just want to be better.
I am energized by both sending and receiving notes of gratitude and appreciation - those never fail to brighten my day.
A lion. They way that a lion pride watches over and cares for their own is awe inspiring.
Just myself, but with my ability to reach and teach people who need me turned up to a superhero level.
Absolutely the internet. The way that it connects the world and allows communication and collaboration is unprecedented in human history.
DMK founder, Danné Montague-King, is a pioneer in his industry. He has seen the depths of depression associated with poorly functioning skin. In fact, his everlasting passion was born from his dissatisfaction with his own acne as a teenager. From not understanding the condition completely, to failed attempts from top United States dermatologists to cure his acne, Montague-King had to take things into his own hands and, desperate for a cure, became his own guinea pig. A string of breakthroughs, trials, tribulations, and many travels would follow, until he found his first true breakthrough in the 1960s, involving vitamin C therapy. Thats all it took to spark what would be decades of developing successful treatments and products that would combine to form the iconic brand that is DMK – sold throughout 30 countries.
Seeing people’s lives change by elevating their self-worth
DMK Body Sculpting. It not only improves circulation but tightens the loose and crepey skin that comes with ageing and gets rid of descended adipose fat such as “muffin top” waistlines.
I can realistically become another person
What I am now—secondary dreams were concert pianist
Patch test for reactive skin
A peaceful morning at my estate
An idea whose time has come
Ben Johnson, M.D. is the current founder and formulator of Osmosis Skincare. Dr. Johnson began his career starting one of the first medical spa chains in the country, along with founding/formulating Cosmedix. He is an established speaker, educator, and formulator who is well known for his unique approach to skin conditions by thinking outside of the box. Dr. Johnson's passion is creating tremendous change in the skin without constantly exfoliating away the protective benefits of the epidermis.
What do you love most about your job?
Changing the health, skin, and lives of our patrons.
What is your favorite spa treatment and why?
Massage, because it feels so good.
Do you have any unusual skills?
I can talk like Yoda.
What would you name your boat if you had one?
Tesla – because I want a fully solar powered catamaran.
What is something on your desk that you couldn’t live without?
If you opened a day spa, what would you name it?
Skinned Alive (just kidding).
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Warning: Potential bouts of batshit crazy.
What skill would you like to master?
What are some small things that make your day better?
Breve lattes, multi-wave oscillator treatments, and sunny skies.
What is your spirit animal?
Which superhero do you secretly want to be?
What’s the best invention of all time?
Michelle D'Allaird-Brenner is a licensed aesthetician, cosmetologist, CIDESCO diplomat, and the owner of Aesthetic Science Institute (ASI), based in Latham, N.Y. She has over 25 years of experience in the skin care and beauty industries, including teaching, curriculum and test development, speaking, and writing. D'Allaird-Brenner is also the director of education for Aesthetics International Association and a member of Professional Beauty Association and American Association of Cosmetology Schools. Her experience, expertise, and motivation has positioned her as a world-renowned skin care expert, providing education and training in over 30 countries.
Providing others with the opportunity for growth, success and independence.
Body scrubs…nothing better than a body of soft, smooth skin!
No idea…but I knew I wanted to be “something” and make a difference.
CAUTION…I will tell you how I feel.
My husband, my kids, my staff and a glass of wine.
No idea…my shitzu.
Batman…he’s super cool.
Karen Asquith is the national director of education for G.M. Collin Skin Care, developing innovative skin care training programs to elevate the aesthetician’s professional expertise. For the past two decades, Asquith has consistently been featured as a guest lecturer at skin care industry forums, presenting cutting-edge skin care protocols and career development workshops throughout North America. She has been the lead aesthetician every year since 2005 at the pre-Oscar suite, performing selected G.M. Collin skin care treatments on the celebrities. She frequently contributes editorials in professional skin care publications and consumer magazines and makes guest appearances on Web M.D. and the Life and Leisure Network.
I enjoy developing new educational seminars, motivating aestheticians, and giving them the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.
G.M.Collin Collagen 90 II combined with Derm Renewal Peel. It diminishes lines and wrinkles, plumps, resurfaces and makes my skin glow!
I am both artistic and mechanically inclined however I don’t think this would qualify as unusual, so perhaps just being unusual…
My letter opener, I like everything to be neat and orderly, including the edges of opened envelopes.
Get to the point, don’t exaggerate or brag. Relating to food and sports, try everything once, no excuses.
I would like to master different languages.
Sunshine, morning coffee, exercising, and a hug.
I had to look it up, Zodiac is a bull, Chinese Zodiac is a pig, and another site claimed it was a monkey.
Emma Frost aka The White Queen
Light and Lipstick!
Aloe Barbadensis: From the leaves of the aloe plant, aloe barbadensis extract is anti-inflammatory and healing in Aloe Barbadensis: From the leaves of the aloe plant, aloe barbadensis extract is anti-inflammatory and healing in nature. It provides protection from ultraviolet damage and is rich in vitamins.
Lilikoi Seed Oil: Lilikoi, or passion fruit, is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C. The nutrients in lilikoi seed oil help protect the skin from oxidative stress, free radicals, dryness, and other environmental stressors.
Zinc Oxide: An FDA-approved active ingredient for sunscreens, zinc oxide provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Synthetic makeup brushes have bristles made up of man-made materials, like nylon or taklon, and are typically machine-made. These types of brushes have a sleek finish that pairs well with cream products and they often become rigid and stiff with use.
Makeup brushes with natural bristles are made from natural sources, like goat, squirrel, sable, and fox hair or fur. They are usually hand-made, have a more porous finish, soften with use, and pair well with powder products.
In the past, spa treatments have been aimed primarily at physical aesthetics, focusing solely on the body, with the mind as an afterthought. However, now, more than ever, placing mental wellness at the forefront of spa services is a hot trend in the industry.
Today, many spas are incorporating treatments specifically designed for the mind and spirit into their menus. Meditation and mindfulness are particular areas of interest that spas are emphasizing in traditional treatments like massage and facials. Newer meditation-oriented services are also appearing on the scene, with increasingly more spas offering bathing, soaking, and even sleep therapy. Alternative wellness therapies – like energy, sound, light, flotation, vibration, music, and color therapy – are also becoming more mainstream.
Many spas are even promoting mind wellness through their spa policies, encouraging clients to surrender their phones upon arrival for a digital detoxification during their treatments. Some are beginning to offer help for mind-body balance through stress management mentoring.
Treatments that borrow from ancient healing methods have long been used in the spa industry, but are seeing an increase in popularity, as well. Many spas are adding reiki, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, Gua sha, and other holistic healing approaches to their menus.
Spa treatments aimed specifically at mental wellness are ever more popular and the opportunities are diverse. Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers therapies that include animal interactions with chickens and puppies!1
Clients have long enjoyed the mind-spirit benefits of spa services, such as relaxation and time for self, but, today, clients are specifically seeking a one-stop approach to wellness that prioritizes their aesthetic, mental, and spiritual needs.
1 “Mental Wellness.” spabusiness.com. http://www.spabusiness.com/detail.cfm?pagetype=featuresonline&featureid=32080&mag=Spa%20Business&linktype=story&source=none&ref=n
New technologies and sustainability are causing disruption in the cosmetic and personal care industry. Cosmetic brands and ingredient firms are investing in a raft of green initiatives, while technology is influencing raw materials, production processes, and distribution. Such developments will be featured in the next Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. The tenth North American edition of the executive summit will be hosted in New York May 8 through 10. Packaging pollution has become a major environmental issue for cosmetic and consumer goods industries, with about 300 million tons of plastic waste generated each year.
Andrew Dent, executive vice president of Material Connexion will host a workshop on reducing packaging impacts. Highlighting industry best practices, he will guide cosmetic and personal care brands on how to make their packaging more sustainable. Shane Wolf, general manager of Seed Phytonutrients, will show how the brand is using novel packaging made from post-consumer paper. Launched on Earth Day 2018, Seed Phytonutrients are marketed as farm-to-bottle beauty products, as the company is sourcing organic ingredients directly from American farmers. Aveda has been implementing green initiatives since its formation in 1978. Melissa Chelminiak will give some insights into how it is addressing its environmental and social impacts. The company has won many awards (including Sustainability Leadership at 2017 Sustainable Beauty Awards) in recognition for programs involving ethical sourcing, renewable energy, product design, and responsible packaging. Other topics covered in the opening sessions includes, regenerative agriculture, methodologies to measure impacts, social risks in supply chains, and retailing case study.
New technologies are having a disruptive influence on production, processing, and traceability of ingredients, as well as marketing of finished products. An update will be given on how plant cell technology is creating novel actives, as well as sustainable processing methods. Philip Prather from Down Under Enterprises will use Australian sandalwood as an example on how technology is being used to provide traceability for raw materials. Another speaker will discuss the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence; other topics include mobile apps for sustainable cosmetics, social media marketing success stories, and marketing implications of new technologies.
Green materials continue to make headway into cosmetic and personal care products, however, there are some concerns about the long-term implications. Serena Pozza from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will discuss the role of such materials in a circular economy. How can existing personal care ingredients be adapted for repeat use? How can truly sustainable chemicals be created? Dr. Ellen Kamhi will give an update on the growing array of natural ingredients used in functional skin care products. Other speakers will discuss new materials from food side streams, natural ingredients for hair care products, and innovating with green materials.
Wallace Vigo Nelson is a natural health fanatic who is obsessed with getting the absolute most out of life through nutrition and self care. He and his beautiful wife raise eight kids and love to travel. He is recognized nationally for his unique approach to holistic health and is a highly anticipated speaker at events nationwide. Nelson is the creator of the Vitavore diet, author of many featured articles, and appears as an expert guest on television and radio, as well as host of the Vitavore podcast.
What motivates you each day?
For me, it is all about serving. At M’lis we are passionate about changing lives with holistic nutrition and skin care. That purpose makes all the difference on those days when things get hard. I have a quote written on the wall of my office that says, “Who out there needs the absolute best that you can give today?” Be all about serving others and motivation is easy.
What are you doing to ensure that you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I invest time every day to learn more about running a business and being a leader. I make certain to share the information that I learn each day with at least one other person. Continual learning is the cure for stagnation and sharing what you have learned is the best way to retain it for life.
How do you approach change/the unknown?
We have a set of core values, one of which is that “we see the opportunity.” What this means is that, in any change or uncertainty, there is both some scary stuff and some opportunity for growth. We choose to see the opportunity because change is constant in business and in life. You cannot avoid it and it is usually the very thing that is bringing your chance to grow, so lean in and find the opportunity and pursue it hard.
What is your favorite spa treatment?
I don’t know if I ought to admit this publicly, but as a kid I used to sit in the bathtub and read the encyclopedia. Yeah, I’m a nerd. That love for a hot soak has remained in my life, so any time a spa has some type of special mineral bath or soak, that is my go to.
If you could go back in time to when you were first starting, what advice would you give yourself?
I have learned that most of us overestimate what we can do in a month, but far underestimate what we can do in a year. This leads many to set overly ambitious, short-term goals that are doomed to fail and to not aim near high enough over the year. Dream big, plan big – just give yourself the grace and time to make it happen and do not ever quit.
How do I stand for what I believe in?
It is all about taking action. It is not by our beliefs that our lives are actually formed, but by our actions. So, gather up all the positive beliefs you have got and start being the biggest living embodiment of those beliefs that you can.
Early bird or night owl?
Unfortunately, I really want to be both. As busy as my days get with family and career, I need to start out pretty early to get to the gym at 5:00 a.m. – which means I have to go to bed much earlier than I would prefer.
Sweet or salty?
This is a completely unfair question! Life needs both the salty and the sweet in equal amounts. One only makes you appreciate the other more deeply.
Where is M’lis headed over the next five years?
Showing the world that what you put into your mouth plays as big a role as what you put on your skin when it comes to next-level aesthetic results.
What has been the hardest lesson learned in business?
That my business is broken and it always will be. I had always thought that I would grow to a place where everything ran smoothly and business got easy. I finally learned that this is a fantasy and not even a good one at that. As one area of a business improves, it breaks something else. Over and over again. It is by the process of fixing these breaks one after another that we grow bigger, stronger, and better.
What are the most important decisions that you make as the leader of your organization?
There are really just two major things to get right: where it is we are going and who needs to be part of the team to get us there. If you get those two right, you can get a whole lot else wrong and still come out on top.
What is the hardest thing about being a leader?
Loneliness. It is a very isolated position to stand at the front, to have your finger on the pulse of every problem and need, and to feel the weight and responsibility for every one of the millions of things that will go wrong. This is why I believe that self care for leaders is one of the most valuable things we can do. Eat well, sleep, exercise, meditate, and release stress, because every day someone will need the absolute best that you can give. The calling of the leader is to always be ready when their need arises.
Myriad Genetics Inc., a global leader in personalized medicine, announced that the Medicare administrative contractor Palmetto GBA MolDx has issued a final local coverage determination (LCD) for the myPath Melanoma test to help physicians provide a definitive diagnosis when a suspicious skin lesion is equivocal based upon histopathology.
“We are excited that Palmetto has reviewed the extensive clinical dossier for the myPath Melanoma test and decided to cover the test for Medicare patients,” said Vicki Fish, vice president of dermatology at Myriad Genetics. “We look forward to making the myPath Melanoma test accessible to more patients so that they can obtain a definitive diagnosis and receive appropriate treatment and better health outcomes.”
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and can strike people of all ages, races, and skin types. More than one million skin biopsies are performed annually and approximately 15 percent of patients have an equivocal skin lesion. The myPath Melanoma test analyzes 23 genes and has proven to be highly accurate in multiple studies at distinguishing melanoma from benign moles.
“There is strong demand among physicians for an objective genetic test to be used as an adjunct to historical approaches for diagnosis,” said Loren Clarke, M.D., board-certified dermatopathologist and medical director of dermatology at Myriad Genetics. “The myPath Melanoma test has enormous potential to help patients because an appropriate treatment plan begins with an accurate and definitive diagnosis.”
Sierra Sage Herbs, the parent company of the all-natural brand, Green Goo, is proud to announce the launch of a new, plant-based, full-spectrum hemp body care brand called Good Goo. Derived from the same ideals that define Green Goo products – a time-honored infusion process, high-quality ingredients, and purposeful formulations – Good Goo full-spectrum hemp products are created by mindfully selecting only plant-based ingredients and slowly infusing the whole plants in enriching oils.
“Green Goo and Good Goo are definitely complementary brands and our commitment to quality manufacturing, ingredients, and processes remains the same,” said Green Goo and Good Goo CEO and co-owner, Jodi Scott. “Whereas Green Goo products are perhaps more aligned with an active, on-the-go, portable lifestyle, with Good Goo we really wanted to create a product line that was more focused on restorative, balancing, reflective self-care.”
The organic, full-spectrum hemp oil used in Good Goo products undergoes several levels of testing, from soil to final product, to ensure a high standard of purity, legality, and reliable CBD content. Good Goo uses patented methods and truly full-spectrum hemp oil that is not dependent on the use of alcohol, carbon dioxide, or other solvents for extraction. The organic CBD used in Good Goo products is grown and produced in the United States.
Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award-winning songstress Cyndi Lauper is well known for her work on Broadway and chart-topping hits including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time after Time,” but what you may not know is that she also lives with plaque psoriasis, an immune-mediated disease which causes skin cells to grow at an abnormally fast rate resulting in raised, dry plaques usually covered by silvery or white scales.
Lauper’s plaque psoriasis first appeared on her scalp and eventually spread to her arms, legs, and torso. She sought treatment from various physicians and tried home remedies that worked at first, but did not provide the long-term results she wanted. In 2015, when her psoriasis was at its worst, Lauper was scheduled to appear on television to promote the United Kingdom premier of her Broadway show, Kinky Boots. On the day of the interview, her disease was flaring so severely she had to airbrush her skin to hide her psoriasis. This was the moment Lauper realized she needed to seek treatment.
Lauper made an appointment with a dermatologist specializing in psoriasis who helped her find a treatment that has been working for her. Since starting treatment, her psoriasis symptoms have improved and she is comfortable showing her skin and performing on stage again.
Lauper’s personal experience with psoriasis taught her how important it is for clients to advocate for themselves, especially if their current treatment is not working, which is why she partnered with Novartis on the SEE ME campaign. Through the campaign, Lauper has become an advocate for the psoriasis community and encourages those struggling with the disease to speak to a skin care professional about a treatment plan that works for them. Her song “Hope,” released in 2017, was inspired by the perseverance of the psoriasis community and was written to give a voice to those struggling with the condition.
Visit seemetoknow.com to learn more about treatment, hear Lauper’s story, watch the music video, and learn about other inspiring people living with psoriasis.
The International SPA Association (ISPA) is teaming up with Beauty Changes Lives to introduce the ISPA Scholarship. Generously sponsored by ISPA, the scholarship will fund eight $1,000 tuition awards to students enrolled in an aesthetics, makeup, special effects makeup, or massage therapy program at an accredited school. Beauty Changes Lives will be accepting applications from March 1 through April 30, 2019.
The ISPA Scholarship raises awareness of spa employers’ soaring demand for qualified professionals. The 2018 ISPA Spa Workforce Study commissioned by ISPA Foundation and conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found nearly 33,000 job openings in the spa industry. The study findings helped inspire the Get Your Dream Job campaign, a national coalition of spas, salons, and associations led by ISPA and Beauty Changes Lives. “With over 30,000 open positions within the spa industry, attracting new professionals to the industry is a top priority for the International SPA Association. We are delighted to offer the ISPA Scholarship and further our partnership with the Get Your Dream Job campaign,” said Lynne McNees, president of ISPA.
The ISPA Scholarship application consists of two steps. First, students must upload a three- to five-minute video showing the applicant applying an aesthetics treatment, massage therapy technique, or makeup application. In addition, applicants are required to describe why they love aesthetics, massage therapy, or makeup, why they chose a spa career, and how working in the spa industry will fulfill their passion.
“The addition of the ISPA Scholarship extends Beauty Changes Lives’ scholarship offerings into the spa sector,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “We are honored to offer this scholarship to aspiring spa professionals.”
The Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation is introducing two Beauty Changes Lives scholarships honoring the late Horst Rechelbacher’s legacy of consciousness, care, and compassion for beauty professionals, clients, and the planet. The Sustainable Success advanced cosmetology scholarship and Oncology Skincare scholarship for licensed aestheticians will collectively offer $50,000 in scholarship awards. Administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in spring, summer, and fall of 2019. Applications for the spring Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships will be accepted March 1 to April 30, 2019.
Offered to licensed cosmetologists enrolled in an accredited cosmetology program, the Sustainable Success scholarship will award $22,000 in tuition awards. Two tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,200 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and eight additional awards of $2,200 will be awarded in summer (four) and fall (four) competitions. Applicants must submit an online application and prepare a three- to five-minute video sharing why they selected a career in cosmetology and their personal perspective on success.
Offered to licensed aestheticians seeking to better serve individuals affected by cancer, the Oncology Skincare scholarship will award $28,000 in tuition awards. Four tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and 10 additional awards will be awarded in summer (five) and fall (five) competitions. The scholarship was inspired by the Oncology Esthetics-USA Spa training which has changed the lives of thousands of aestheticians and their clients.
The scholarship includes a three-day immersive Oncology Spa Solutions Essentials course. The course 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. “The training includes the mind, body, and spirit elements that accompany a cancer diagnoses,” says Becky Kuehn, founder and director of Oncology Spa Solutions and a cancer survivor for nearly 40 years. “Cancer patients often say that no one listens to them, but those in the spa industry know if you can listen, you have a client for life,” Kuehn says.
Scholarship applicants must submit an online application, provide proof of licensure, and submit a three- to five-minute video describing why they chose an aesthetics career and how advanced aesthetic education will benefit their career. Videos must show application of an aesthetics treatment and communicate the applicant’s passion for esthetics.
As founder of Aveda Corporation and Intelligent Nutrients, the late Horst Rechelbacher pioneered an entrepreneurial philosophy that celebrated beauty professionals as part of a sustainable evolution using products that care for professionals, their clients, and the planet. Rechelbacher was posthumously awarded the Beauty Changes Lives Legacy award in 2019.
“Horst was passionate about educating beauty professionals about the role products play in protecting both people and the planet,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of Beauty Changes Lives. The Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships are generously paying his passion and success forward to a new generation of hairstylists and aestheticians.”
Almirall, S.A. announced that a key milestone under the collaboration with Nuevolution has been achieved. The strategic collaboration was entered on December 12, 2016 with the aim to develop innovative RORγt inhibitors with best-in-class potential for the oral and topical treatment of dermatology diseases and psoriatic arthritis. A significant part of the collaboration work has been to evaluate pre-clinical safety parameters of RORγt inhibition and to comprehensively de-risk the program prior to any human testing. The milestone data achieved supports a program with a Candidate Drug (CD) having best-in-class potential.
The program continues its progression towards clinical development. The positive result triggered a contractual milestone to Nuevolution.
Bhushan Hardas, M.D., MBA, chief scientific officer of Almirall, commented, “We are very pleased with the progress achieved in our strategic collaboration with Nuevolution, which reflects Almirall’s commitment to becoming a leader in medical dermatology by reinforcing our pipeline with true innovative best in class solutions.”
Alex H. Gouliaev, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Nuevolution, commented, “This underscores the positive opportunities for this unique program. The program development has benefitted significantly from much synergy between and dedication by the teams.”
Almirall had one of the highest levels of research and development investments in the Spanish pharmaceutical industry in 2018, representing over 12 percent of net sales. In addition, Almirall invests in assets, strategic partnerships, and collaborations in research.
Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced positive topline results from its pivotal trial of SNA-001 in conjunction with an 810 nanometers diode laser, involving 65 patients. SNA-001, a topical pre-treatment to standard laser hair removal, was studied in women and men with white, gray, blonde, light red, and light brown hair. The data showed SNA-001 met the primary endpoint of non-inferiority in hair reduction (-17.5 percent with SNA-001 plus laser, compared to -1.1 percent with vehicle plus laser following six treatment sessions). In additional analyses, SNA-001 was statistically superior compared to vehicle plus laser, demonstrating up to a 31 percent reduction of light hair from baseline.
“SNA-001 represents an exciting growth opportunity for the aesthetics market and a potential solution for consumers with light hair who are well aware of the ineffectiveness of laser hair removal,” said Frederick C. Beddingfield III, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals. “We are pleased with these results and will seek a strategic partner who can rapidly maximize the value of SNA-001. This will allow us to remain focused on our phase three development of SNA-120, our TrkA inhibitor for psoriasis and pruritus, and to unlock the full potential of our Topical by Design platform, from which we are creating a pipeline of drug candidates that target select pathways in specific tissues to treat a variety of chronic inflammatory and immunologic conditions.”
Available for nearly 25 years, laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the world. With more than 12 million procedures performed annually in the United States, countless patients have benefitted from the lasting results, except for those with light hair. Of the 53 million people who use laser treatments, waxing, and other methods to remove unwanted hair, one in three are light haired. People with white, gray, blonde, and red hair – for whom lasers are ineffective – have been limited to using waxing and razors to remove their unwanted light hair, which yield temporary results and, in the case of waxing, can be costly to maintain. Market data indicate that a safe and effective treatment for people with light hair could increase the number of laser hair removal procedures by 27 percent in the United States.
“This represents the first breakthrough in laser hair removal in over a decade,” said Mathew Avram, M.D., J.D., director at Massachusetts General Hospital Laser and cosmetics and dermatologic surgery associate professor at Harvard Medical School. “Sienna’s silver photo particle technology, combined with the lasers we already have in our offices, showed a meaningful reduction in light hair – something we have never achieved before. If cleared by FDA, SNA-001 would allow physicians and aesthetic centers to expand their current practices by bringing in new patients with blonde, gray, white, light brown, or light red hair who have resorted to waxing and shaving. Once available, I would anticipate rapid and widespread adoption of SNA-001.”
SNA-001 was also evaluated in conjunction with a 1064 Nd:YAG and 755 nm Alexandrite laser for the reduction of light hair, showing a significant reduction from baseline and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance. These results, however, were less differentiated from the vehicle plus laser group compared to the 810 nanometer diode laser study results.
A third and final pivotal trial of SNA-001 in acne was also completed, demonstrating SNA-001 was non-inferior to laser therapy and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance.
March 4, 2019, Bill TX HB 1705, a bill regarding “abolishing the regulation of the practices of barbering and cosmetology,” was presented to the Texas House Committee, who approved the bill and passed it on to the Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee for review.1
Initially introduced on February 12, 2019 by Texas House representative Matthew Shaheen, the bill proposes four main points:
The main reason for Bill TX HB 1705 appears to be to make entry into these professions easier, with the hopes of increasing competition and decreasing consumer cost. However, deregulation would come with a multitude of repercussions for the industry – primarily consumer safety. No standards for education or training means putting consumers at high risk of communicable diseases and injury. Regulations ensure knowledge and practice of proper safety and sanitation protocols, as well as requirements for education on anatomy and physiology of the hair, skin, nails, and so forth. Codes and disciplinary boards keep consumers safe by enforcing such standards and issuing penalties when malpractice occurs.
1 “TX HB1705 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature.” LEGISCAN. https://legiscan.com/TX/bill/HB1705/2019.
2 “TX HB1705 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced.” LEGISCAN. https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1705/2019
3 “Say No To HB 1705 - Texas Barber and Cosmetology Abolishment :Signature Goal 100K.” change.org.
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The winning streak continues for natural product manufacturer, Body Bliss. For the past five years, Body Bliss has been the recipient of multiple Spa & Wellness Mexi-Caribe Product Awards. This year their new facial line, Vibrant Beauty, was honored with two awards for their Active Charcoal Face Mask, which won for best deep cleansing mask and their Illuminating Serum, which won for best brightening serum. They have formulated a skin care line that synergistically works with the intelligence of skin’s healing properties to naturally encourage a beautiful complexion. Vibrant Beauty blends the best of Body Bliss signature botanicals like prickly pear, pomegranate, and sea buckthorn with the latest cosmetic ingredients, such as niacinamide, DMAE, teprenone, argireline, and collageneer. The ingredients in the Vibrant Beauty facial line are naturally-derived and eco-friendly.
“The Body Bliss team is thrilled that Vibrant Beauty was recognized with these awards,” says Pam Sculthorp, CEO of Body Bliss. “This facial line is the first initiative we have launched since I took the helm in 2016. Our clients have been asking for skin care products for years. Vibrant Beauty balances the best in science with the most carefully-curated, botanical ingredients. The products not only make you look and feel good, but are also good for you.”
While few would drink a glass of expired milk or eat that container of unidentifiable leftovers lurking at the back of the refrigerator, many individuals – professionals and clients alike – use skin care and beauty products far past their prime. Whether this is caused by penny pinching or ignorance, using products beyond their shelf life can lead to less efficacy and potential for bacteria growth. And, in some cases, using expired products could even be dangerous, as in the case of expired sunscreen, which leaves the skin vulnerable to ultraviolet damage. To stay safe and get the most out of products purchased, professionals should always follow expiration dates on product labels and teach clients to do the same. For quick reference, below are some pointers for best practices when it comes to shelf life.
OPENED VS. UNOPENED
Products that are unopened typically last longer than opened products which have been exposed to light, air, bacteria, and so forth. Once opened, follow the directions on the label, throwing the product away once it has reached its Period After Opening (PAO) date, which usually looks like a jar symbol with a number followed by an “M.” For example, 12M means the product should be used within 12 months of being opened.
THROW IT AWAY
Discard a product immediately if:
STORAGE AND USE
To reduce contamination and potential for bacteria growth:
SHELF LIFE QUICK GUIDE
Because of lack of regulations, many products do not list expiration dates. In general, use the following as a guide for maximum shelf life.
Three to Six Months
Six Months to One Year
One to Two Years
Two to Three Years
Tea Tree Oil: Known for its antiandrogenic properties, tea tree oil is common in hair removal products and also has many benefits for the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, which helps with skin rejuvenation, cleansing, and brightening.
Chamomile: This powerhouse ingredient is rich in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial. Chamomile is also an excellent soother and healer and helps to increase skin repair.
Beeswax: Great for sensitive areas because it is anti-allergenic, soothing, and anti-inflammatory, beeswax is also beneficial in moisturizing the skin. With vitamin A and strong antiseptic properties, it helps keep the skin free from bacteria.
Throughout her immersion in the beauty industry, Victoria Tabak has whole-heartedly shared her passion and love for skin wellness and the importance of truly making a difference in people’s lives. She has written countless articles for leading beauty industry publications, sharing her knowledge and expertise. Tabak has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, has inspired many, supported women in business like herself, and influenced the growth and success of spa owners across the country.
I love the field of aesthetics. What can be more exciting and positive energy-driving than to be in the business of making people look and feel good about themselves?
What have you learned about yourself through running a business?
To begin, running a business is a full-time, around-the-clock rollercoaster that never stops, similar to being a parent. Honestly, sometimes I think that the business requires more attention than my three boys require because they at least go to sleep at night – most of the time, that is – whereas, a business never sleeps.
I come from such a powerful place of gratitude for everything in my life, including the reason that my business even came into existence and that energy drives me to continue to discover my unlimited potential and strength and to never give up.
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?
I was always close with my dad, definitely a daddy’s girl. He is someone who has had one of the greatest influences on me growing up, which certainly shaped a part of who I am today. He always pushed me to demand only the very best of myself, to work relentlessly hard, and to practice what I preach. He is one of the smartest human beings I know and growing up I wanted to be a scientist just like him. He was the original reason I joined the industry early in life.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Taking over the company, especially when I had a baby on the way – it was definitely risky.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
To continue to grow, I believe it is essential to never stop educating myself and to surround myself with people who are hungry for growth and self-actualization, as well.
What motivates you each day?
Gratitude is a huge motivator for me. I am so appreciative for all that I have been blessed with and that pushes me to work harder each day and to realize my purpose to make a difference on a bigger scale.
How do you approach change/the unknown?
Change is important, although the unknown can be horrifying and sometimes paralyzing. I always remind myself that if you want to achieve something different from what you have or where you are now, you must be ready and willing to change and try things that you have never done before.
How do you keep yourself grounded? What do you do to unwind?
I exercise to keep myself sane and grounded. To unwind, I love watching movies.
What is your favorite spa treatment?
It is hard to pick a single treatment, but one of my favorites is the Nature Pure Fire & Ice Express Facial. I am guilty of not finding enough time for myself and it is a treatment that only takes 30 minutes to completely transform my skin.
If you could go back in time to when you first starting out, what advice would you give yourself?
My advice would be to completely, 100 percent, right from the start, get out of my comfort zone and not play it safe – have an all in or nothing attitude.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
The biggest advice would be, “Don’t be afraid to fail or succeed. You do not have to be perfect.”
What’s your most irrational fear?
Road kill – at the mere sight. First, I want to scream in horror and, then, I ache for the poor helpless thing for days.
What’s something you wish you’d written?
I wish I wrote a memoire about my experience with pregnancy and starting a family. It was something that deeply affected me. I felt very alone and helpless and as though I was the only one in the world dealing with my emotions. I understand now that it was not the case but, at the time, I believed I had nowhere to turn when I was filled with sadness and uncertainty. If I could help at least one person through similar difficult times it would be so worthwhile.
How do you stand for what you believe in?
I practice what I preach. I believe in love and kindness as a way of being and much of what I do encompasses that energy.
What do you love most about your job?
First of all, it is kind of hard to call what I do a job. It would be more appropriate to call it a career of passion. What I love most are the people. I meet so many amazing people all with their own stories that I love to learn about.
If you could ask another leader any question, what would it be?
My favorite question to ask a leader or a brilliant mind is, “What questions should I be asking you?” Every leader’s journey and lessons vary and there is no better way to tap into someone’s knowledge and expertise than by simply and directly asking them what you can learn from them.
How do you measure success?
By asking myself three questions, “am I happy,” “am I growing,” and “do I feel fulfilled?”
Sweet or salty?
Depends on the mood.
Laundry or dishes?
Laundry: it does not mess with my skin.
Camping or glamping?
Once upon a time, it was definitely camping, but given that I have so little time available now, I prefer the glamping.
What is your proudest accomplishment in the industry?
I am so proud to have been a main stage speaker at the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa on two different occasions. I felt so honored and humbled to be able to share my knowledge with a large group of aesthetic peers and colleagues.
What’s the biggest myth in the industry?
The biggest myth probably is that you cannot make a lucrative career being an aesthetician. Of course, there are many elements involved in growing and becoming financially successfully but, ultimately, a great deal has to do with how ambitious, hardworking, and gritty you are and continuously following through on clearly defined goals.
What hurdles have you had to overcome?
In business there are always challenges. Certainly being a business owner means constantly perfecting the art of problem solving because, just as you solve one issue, another one typically arises. I actually believe it is the same process with raising children. The greater the business, the greater the required problem solving skills we develop with experience. Some of the hurdles have included time management, delegating responsibilities effectively, budget chokeholds, and staff changes.
Where is the brand headed over the next 5 years?
We plan to continue expanding our education and training offerings to help skin care professionals build a strong knowledge base and expertise in ingredients and hands on holistic skin therapies.
Where is the entire industry headed?
The industry continues to move toward the natural wellness lifestyle movement. More and more people are embracing the fact that the skin is the vessel for supporting and promoting wellness from the outside in.
What distinguishes your company from others in the industry?
We started as a local family business over 23 years ago chasing the American dream, when my father formulated the first skin care product on the market with hippophae (sea buckthorn) berries. It was our original concept and a skin care ingredient breakthrough we introduced to the professional beauty industry, which is still in about 75 percent of our formulations. Since then, we have always challenged ourselves to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to ingredient innovations, including our patented Soy Beauty and Soy Doctor collections that offer a natural alternative to hormone imbalanced skin concerns. The resveratrol-enriched, longevity-increasing collection is another original among so many of our other product gems brought to market over the years.
Our primary goal is to achieve transformative skin results while supporting overall wellness.
Besides creating our products with so much love, we wholeheartedly approach each and every person we work with as part of the Nature Pure family. We genuinely look for opportunities to be able to help and support business owners in reaching their greatest potential and self-confidence to continue to grow and succeed.
What are your current goals?
My current goals are to continue to build a team that represents the values and passion that has shaped the company thus far and to bring more value to professionals by providing more continued education.
How would you define your company’s culture?
The company’s culture is very much centered around positivity and generosity.
What has been the hardest lesson learned in business?
When you mess up, in most cases, you do not get a second chance; but, on the bright side, you can always create new opportunities for yourself by working harder, smarter, and more resourcefully.
How do you motivate your team?
I practice what I preach about having a positive and generous energy and way of being. I give my staff space and freedom once they know what is expected of them to get the final job done and I make sure that they feel a strong foundation of support.
Gut instinct versus expertise: which is more important and why?
It takes both to make hard decisions in business. It really depends on the circumstance. Certainly, expertise can be developed, but gut instinct is much more abstract and innate. Luckily, we learn from our experiences.
How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?
I throw out ideas during meetings and let them run with it and, then, they get back to me with what they came up with and we go from there.
Where do the great ideas come from in your organization?
I believe that great ideas can come from anywhere and you do not have to be – and should not be – the only one to come up with the great ideas. This is why I maintain an open channel of communication with my staff. I also deeply value the feedback of spa partners and customers who have inspired some of our ideas throughout the years. Of course, there is also my dad, who is our company’s original creative mastermind, scientist, and formulator.
What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?
One of the most important decisions is whom to hire. People who work for you are the face and representation of what your company and business is about and it is critical that your staff is happy, so they in turn want to perform at their highest level for you. Another critical decision surrounds how and where to reinvest the company’s working capital to support the growth of the business.
How do you stay relevant and current?
To stay relevant, I am always reading and learning – and not just about what is trending, but anticipating and conceiving the next big idea, while finding the perfect synergy between ancient remedies.
What is the hardest thing about being a leader?
The hardest part is remembering that it is okay to make mistakes. Having failures along the way is part of the journey. This is what actually makes us stronger and better and pushes us toward being our best self at any given time and that, too, cultivates over time.
Global spa consultancy Raison d’Etre is celebrating its 20th birthday and two successful decades since its first spa opened in 1999. Shaping the spa industry throughout the turn of the century, Raison d’Etre has spent the last 20 years becoming a global leader in spa design, wellness, and spa education. This includes creating some of the most iconic spa brands including Aman Spas, Shiva for Taj Hotels, Kempinski Spa, and LivNordic, as well as its spa training academy, Spa Business Education.
Discussing Raison d’Etre’s 20 year journey, Anna Bjurstam, founding member of the Global Wellness Summit, adds, “The journey we have been on as Raison d’Etre has been thrilling. We have spent 20 years designing, educating, and advising, making great connections and forming our own brands along the way. We have led the spa industry in new, exciting ways and responded to changing demands for spa guests and spa businesses alike. These continue to change year [to] year, so we cannot wait to see what the next two decades bring!”
Raison d’Etre, led by Bjurstam, has been developing, opening, managing, and creating spa brands internationally since 1998 and has developed a team rich in knowledge and passion for well-being. Steps ahead of most and keeping abreast of the latest trends and industry movements, the Raison d’Etre team is made up of members based in Sweden, London, Greece, Spain, New Zealand, and France, with connections and resources in the United States, Russia, Asia, and the Middle East.
Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year. Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year.
Recently, Anderson took time away from a busy 2019 pre-season training schedule to host his inaugural charity event in South Florida, Kevin Anderson’s Grand Slam Cause for the Paws at Boca Grove Plantation Tennis Center. The event raised more than $100,000 for local dog rescue Dezzy’s Second Chance and Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance.
Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers. Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers. “David’s vast experience leveraging business and technology to achieve organizational goals is extremely timely for Sentient Lasers,” said Chris Cella, CEO of Sentient Lasers. “Heading into 2019, our sights are set on achieving notable growth in the market and we are confident that David brings the right skillset and industry tenure to help us achieve our goals.”
Salt + Sweat is Westchester, New York’s high end wellness lounge that offers infrared saunas, infrared sauna wraps, salt therapy, massage, NuCalm meditation, and Lightstim.
Whether an athlete, a parent desperately trying to keep up the juggling act, or a busy professional who is on the grind, self-care is essential to meet goals.
Salt + Sweat offers innovative treatments and technologies for not only aesthetic benefits, such as glowing skin, but long-term health benefits, as well, with regular use. Their infrared heat therapies offer comfort in many painful conditions such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Salt + Sweat’s salt room therapy produces negative ions that are beneficial for those who suffer with anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. The lounge also offers a selection of well-curated products that align with the experience provided. Whether they are visiting to get salty or sweaty, clients will leave recovered and renewed.
The S+S Quickie is a unique service that provides a salt and infrared heat treatment simultaneously. While enjoying a private sauna, pharmaceutical-grade Himalayan salt will land on exposed skin. Salt is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. When the salt lands on exposed, irritated skin, it reduces redness and irritation, making it a great natural remedy for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, or recovery from plastic surgery. It is also a terrific alternative for busy, on the go clients. 30 minutes for $50
Since its conception, the Hotel Milano Scala project has focused on environmental quality. Situated in the heart of the prestigious Brera district in Italy, a short walk from Via Montenapoleone, the Duomo, and Piazza della Scala, the hotel occupies a historic, late 19th-century palazzo. It exemplifies how contemporary hospitality, a passion for music, the elegant charm of a boutique hotel, and concern for the environment can all join into one harmonious whole. This flair for combining warm hospitality with a green outlook has won it a place in the 2018 edition of the renowned guide, “The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 weekends in Europe.”
Since it opened in September 2010, the hotel has been committed to reducing energy consumption and wastage wherever possible. This eco-friendly vision has led to noteworthy achievements, including zero CO2 emissions to the external environment for the past nine years, equivalent to a reduction of 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually and energy savings of 35 percent with respect to a traditional natural-gas system. This year, indoor air pollutants will be reduced by approximately 80 percent.
Hotel Milano Scala has recently installed a new Mitsubishi electric filtration system that ensures excellent indoor air quality. Fresh air entering the interior spaces is treated in four air handling units.
“I consider this to be a further important milestone in the push for eco-sustainability that the hotel undertook in 2010,” says Vittorio Modena, founder of Hotel Milano Scala. “Our vision is producing noteworthy results. In nine years, we have succeeded in zeroing our emissions of fine particulates to the external air and greatly improving the quality of indoor air. We do this for our guests and for the city.”
Hotel Milano Scala has long represented a success story in these efforts and now complements its zero emissions status with pure indoor air.
Each year, the executives of NovaLash scour the globe searching for the world’s brightest, top-notch eyelash professionals to join its elite brand ambassador team. The 18 talented “lashionistas” selected to represent NovaLash in 2019 are the very definition of crème de la crème!
With stiff competition from leading eyelash extension professionals around the world, the road to becoming a brand ambassador is not an easy one. These exceptional, highly skilled eyelash artists who made the arduous cut have proven that they are indisputably the best of the best in their field by consistently demonstrating excellent technique, flawless application, and drop-dead gorgeous eyelashes.
NovaLash’s 2019 brand ambassadors will have the exciting opportunity to travel the world, mentor students, and represent the brand by sharing their techniques and tips in magazines, social media, online, and at educational events.
“We are so proud of this talented group of certified professionals,” said Sophy Merszei, founder and CEO of NovaLash. “Their knowledge and technique in the application of eyelash extensions is outstanding. We are thrilled to have this devoted team of beautiful women representing NovaLash.”
This year’s class features a few familiar faces, along with many new ones. Without a doubt, these lashionistas are the best in the world.
Founded in 2004 by biologist and cosmetic chemist, Sophy Merszei, NovaLash quickly became the world’s first global distributor of eyelash extension products. A recognized leader in the field, NovaLash is committed to providing safe, beautiful, flawless eyelash extensions to enhance any woman’s natural beauty. NovaLash Eyelash Extensions are available in thousands of salons and spas across the United States and in more than 40 other countries worldwide.
Oklahoma native Raylene Cravens was named 2019 Lash Artist of the Year at NovaLash’s eighth annual LASHoff Gala. Attended by top industry professionals and media, the glamorous award ceremony at The Bell Tower in Houston, Texas feted the top four competition finalists, brand ambassadors and professionals from across the globe who have served the company for over 10 years, with a Quinceañera theme to celebrate the global eyelash extension brand’s 15th anniversary.
NovaLash Founder and CEO Sophy Merszei said, “As always, selecting a winner from among so many dazzling submissions by leading, global lash stylists was extremely difficult for our judging panel. In the end, Raylene Cravens stood out, not only as a brilliant lash artist with impeccable skills and technique, but as someone who always goes above and beyond to help other lash artists. She has proven herself to be a true NovaLash supporter and we are delighted to have her representing our company this year.”
As Lash Artist of the Year, Cravens will receive over $25,000 in cash and prizes, along with travel and business-building opportunities. She will also be featured in a national trade magazine spread with a professional photo shoot. Like all the LASHoff finalists and category winners,
she has been named a NovaLash Brand Ambassador for 2019 and will make appearances on behalf of NovaLash throughout the year in locations like London and New York.
“This is amazing and beyond describable,” said Cravens, owner of Lash by Lash in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. “The past eight years with NovaLash have changed my life. I went from working in a small salon to owning my own luxury lash studio and, now, am the Lash Artist of the Year and a brand ambassador. I know this is my calling – inspiring others as others have inspired me. It is really a dream come true.”
The four finalists were selected from many applicants after submitting a collection of videos and photographs that showcased their NovaLash technique, artistic skill, and fashion talent. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges, including, Sophy Merszei, NovaLash Vice President of Global Education Sophia Navarro, the 2018 brand ambassador team, and members of the beauty press.
In addition to the top honor taken home by Cravens, the other three finalists,
all named 2019 Lash Squad NovaLash brand ambassadors, received much-deserved recognition. The Fans’ Choice of the Year was Jessica Gadzalinski of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Classic Winner was Nikki Melillo of West Palm Beach, Florida, and the Volume Winner was Marte Fjeldberg of Trondheim, Norway.
For the past 15 years, NovaLash has been dedicated to creating the safest techniques and highest quality products, for both professionals and clients. With detailed multi-leveled education for certified eyelash stylists and extensive testing of products for safety and use, NovaLash is the most awarded global eyelash extension brand. For more information, visit novalash.com.
January 2019, DERMASCOPE Magazine announced a new editorial advisory board to include 15 of the aesthetic industry’s top leading professionals from around the world. DERMASCOPE is thrilled to welcome many new members to the editorial advisory board and to welcome back several returning members from last year’s board. The 2019 editorial advisory board includes:
And the results for the fifth annual Aestheticians’ Choice Awards (ACAs) are in! The ACAs are given to honor the best brands, products, and people in the industry. Winners are chosen from 12 main categories: cleansers, masks, exfoliants, moisturizers, sun care, serums, body care, hair removal, equipment, supplies, makeup, and aesthetic ambassadors.
Each year, subcategories are chosen for each of the main categories. Skin care professionals submit nominations for the top four semi-finalists for each category. Fans then cast the final vote determining category winners on DERMASCOPE.com. This involvement ensures that every nomination that was submitted is aesthetician-approved!
DERMASCOPE is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Aestheticians’ Choice Awards!
GetPayroll offers online payroll software to the spa industry. After running a commission or payroll report from scheduling software, easily import .CSV into this software, review, and submit. That is it! This payroll software is 100 percent online and is available to enter payroll anywhere, anytime, from any device. GetPayroll also authored “The Little Black Book of the Beauty Biz, Volume 1: the secrets of business critical to a salon’s success.”
Comphy Co. Linens
Soft as a cloud with a touch that is as light as air, the high-performance fabric used in Comphy sheets took years to develop. There are imitators, but there simply is nothing else that feels and lasts like Comphy. In addition to being famously and luxuriously soft, these sheets are wrinkle-free, quick-drying, treated for stain release, recyclable, and protective against allergens.
Bella Schneider Beauty
Beauty BB Plus Sunscreen
Broad-spectrum SPF 35, this universal beauty balm conceals, hydrates, and protects normal and dry skin. Amino acids proline and palm oil boost penetration of active ingredients and smooth away visible wrinkles. Moisturizing oils soften fine lines and enhance skin’s glow, while advanced concealing formulas and a light tint provide natural-looking, all-over coverage for discoloration even around the undereye area. Vitamin E eliminates damaging free radicals, supporting broad-spectrum ultraviolet protection. Ideal for travel and daily touch-ups, it is gentle enough to be used after any peel or procedure.
Sunscreen Mist High Protection SPF 30
Saian gentle sunscreen is perfect for all skin types and is especially formulated for acne and sensitive skin.This light and non-comedogenic sunscreen is made especially for the face. It comes in a beautiful and convenient spray bottle for easy and mess-free application. The two ounce bottle is the perfect size for men and women and fits easily in a lady’s purse or a gentleman’s pocket. Simply mist on sun exposed areas as necessary. Perfect to use after laser, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and plastic surgery, this sunscreen has an SPF of 30 and no fragrance or parabens.
Lip C.P.R. Sunburst Pink
Color, protect, and revive lips with Suntegrity LIP C.P.R. sunscreen lipstick. Infused with lip repair lipids and konjac root wrinkle-filling spheres, it visibly reduces the look of fine lines. It contains zinc oxide for broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection without harsh chemicals and a hint of stevia for a touch of sweetness. It nourishes lips in rich, creamy color with a sun-kissed shimmering finish. The slim tube slips easily into a purse or pocket.
Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50
Powered by EnviroScreen Technology, this hydrating, antioxidant-rich mineral formula provides complete protection from environmental aggressors in a weightless texture that blends invisibly into all skin tones. EnviroScreen Technology is an exclusive blend of specialty ingredients and patented sunscreen actives that create a protective barrier on the skin, preventing free radical formation and oxidative stress. This lightweight, invisible coverage in a universal shade is hydrating, antioxidant-rich, oil-free, and hypoallergenic. With a 100 percent chemical-free active ingredient and broad-spectrum SPF 50 coverage, it is water and sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes and dermatologist recommended.
Environ RAD Sunscreen SPF 30
Environ RAD Sunscreen SPF 30 contains micronized titanium dioxide and antioxidants to help protect skin from harsh ultraviolet rays. When skin is overexposed to sun, it results in signs of aging. The use of SPF will help replenish vitamins in the skin and help protect from sun damage. For optimum results, apply 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours. Suitable for all skin types.
Eve Taylor North America
No. 1 Serum
No. 1 Serum is a top selling essential oil blend for correction of skin. It is recommended for skin that is sensitive due to problems relating to allergies, hay fever, smoking, long distance travel, poor air quality, and so forth. A soothing blend of essential oils containing geranium, lavender, eucalyptus, cypress, and sandalwood cool and reduce redness while improving oxygenation in the skin. Vitamins A and D gently nourish the skin and provide antioxidant protection. The blend reduces sensitivity and itching on the skin that can occur from dehydration.
Vivant Skin Care
Exfol-A Level II
Level two of Vivant’s patented vitamin A therapies, Exfol-A is an advanced formula for repair, retexturing, and rejuvenation. Clear acne impactions, reduce acne scarring, fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles with this synergistic blend of vitamin A, lactic, kojic, and glycolic acids, and hydrating and anti-inflammatory niacinamide for radiance and resilience.
Amino Lift Peptide Complex Serum
This serum is an ultimate wrinkle-minimizing complex with the latest scientific discoveries for smoother, firmer, healthier-looking skin. The unique combination of four advanced matrikines and a plant-derived neuropeptide help to minimize the look of facial expression lines, especially crow’s feet, forehead lines, and lines around the mouth. The addition of oat kernel extract provides an immediate improvement in the appearance of skin firmness, while peptides work to produce long-term visible wrinkle reduction.
ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care
DNA Repair Serum
A powerful cocktail of active remedies restores elasticity and tightens pores for radiant, hydrated, wrinkle free skin. This serum helps repair scars and sun damage for radiant, youthful skin. This flagship product, the one that launched the brand and the company, contains ATZEN’s proprietary ingredient INTACT DNA, effective in removing lines and wrinkles with fast results, while preventing premature aging for years to come.
Patent-5 Peptide Booster Deep Wrinkle Serum
Patent-5 Peptide Booster Deep Wrinkle Serum contains all active ingredients with no fillers, waxes, parabens, or oils. With its advanced bioactive and biogenic ingredients, this product is compounded at cold temperatures to preserve optimum potencies. Patent-5 Peptide Boosters Serum has 70 percent peptides in it using six unique peptides. This combination of peptides helps to firm, tone, and thicken the skin while stimulating microcirculation to brighten and improve color and texture.
Tensage Antioxidant Defense Serum
Biopelle’s Tensage Antioxidant Defense Serum is loaded with antioxidants and growth factors to help protect skin from free radical damage caused by pollution and other environmental stressors that accelerate signs of aging. This light-weight, oil-free serum features SCA Biorepair Technology for growth factor benefits, EDAFENCE for environmental defense, vitamin C, and ferulic acid. The result is a powerful daily-use product to help safeguard skin and promote a brighter complexion.
Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum
Thirsty skin gets an enriching, smoothing boost through this ultra-hydrating, ultra-lightweight serum. Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum is infused with snow mushroom extract and peptides for immediate, super-increased, plumping hydration in just one application.
Face Reality SkinCare LLC
8% Mandelic Serum
Face Reality’s 8% Mandelic Serum is an ultra-premium alpha hydroxy acid serum that contains the chirally correct versions of both L-mandelic acid and L-lactic acid. This revolutionary serum has a larger molecular weight than other alpha hydroxy acids, resulting in more even exfoliation with less irritation. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties work to improve the overall appearance of skin tone and texture making it ideal for those with acne, fungal folliculitis, and hyperpigmentation.
Hale and Hush
Hush Hydrate Gel
Hush Hydrate Gel is a delicate, moisturizing formula rich in botanical extracts that are not only highly antioxidant but also skilled inflammation fighters. The most remarkable extract is that of black rice, which studies have shown is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic compound. Hush Hydrate brings peace to aggravated skin.
Cell Protection & Repair (C.P.R.) Gel
Cell Protection & Repair (C.P.R.) Gel is absolutely wonderful for dry and mature skin because it has immediate and long-term hydration benefits. This gel has powerful antioxidants, including green tea superoxide dismutase and wild plum harvest, to help keep skin healthy. Papain, willow bark, and bromelain encourage cell renewal. Aloe vera, chamomile, and cucumber soothe skin, while moisture-rich phospholipids, sodium PCA and panthenol, treat skin. Contains niaciamide (vitamin B3), which has been shown to increase circulation and lighten discoloration. The natural color comes from grapeskin.
Solar Defense Non Tinted Moisturizer
Solar Defense Tinted is a smooth, matte sunscreen that self-adjusts to the color of skin tone offering flawless coverage. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide offer ultraviolet and infrared protection without feeling heavy.
Circadia by Dr. Pugliese
Full Circle Eye Moisturizer
Optimize skin’s Circadian rhythms with this powerful eye duo. The daytime formulation utilizes advanced peptide technology to reduce puffiness and erase fine lines and wrinkles. The night-time formulation is designed to decrease dark circles, enhance hydration, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in total eye perfection.
Peptide Sheet Mask
Peptide Sheet Mask is designed for use after treatments such as microdermabrasion and microneedling. Enriched with moisture regulators that channel moisture on a cellular level, this mask contains anti-irritants and flower extracts that modulate the sensations of stinging and burning by deactivating the TRPV1 channels, resulting in a soothing and cooling effect on the skin. Results will be seen 15 minutes after application. Wrinkles are dramatically reduced in appearance.
Enzyme Masque #1
Danné Montague-King Enzyme Masque #1 triggers activity in the basal cells and energizes transferase enzymes to kick start cellular activity in the epidermis. DMK is the only company in the world to utilize the beneficial effects of transfer messenger enzymes. Enzymes are living substances that regulate health and work with certain minerals in the body to form a natural system of antioxidants that fight corrosive free radicals. Properly formulated, they can remove dead protein, toxins, and other effluvia from the epidermis using a process called reverse osmosis.
Bio France Lab
MEDI-COLD CRYO HEALING Peel Off Mask
Medi-Cold Cryo Healing Peel Off Mask is made with collagen alginate, spirulina cryogenic complex with menthol, arnica, and edelweiss flowers. Being of the marine world, this mask has a refreshing cooling effect after an invasive facial procedure. The spirulina, rich in vitamins E, C, and A (retinol), tightens and firms the skin, is a strong antioxidant, and has a noticeable, revitalizing, and cooling effect.
BIO Hydrating Mineral Masque
This ultra-hydrating gel mask nourishes skin back to health with advanced mineral technology, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and green tea. The effective mineral combination of gold, silver, magnesium, and copper replenishes and restores skin glow. Formulated to help soothe and calm inflammation, perfect for dry, dehydrated, hypersensitive skin, and rosacea, it pairs well with post device assisted facials like LED and microdermabrasion. Micorcurrent treatments are also boosted with the powerful mineral conductivity.
Le Mieux Cosmetics
Bio Cell + Mask
Bio Cell + Mask is a serum-saturated sheet mask that showcases freeze-dried marine collagen, vitamin C, and potent peptides in an advanced microencapsulation delivery system to firm, brighten, and smooth away fine lines.
Ice Water EYES
Ice Water EYES by ToGoSpa collagen gel masks are micro-infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and add nutrients to the delicate undereye zone, creating a more relaxed and refreshed appearance. ToGoSpa is perfect for anyone with a face.
Dr. Jeff Skin Care
Dr. Jeff BioMVP Brightening Masque
Dr. Jeff BioMVP Brightening Masque is a smooth, creamy mask formulated with licorice root, meristematic cell extract, niacinamide, soothing botanicals, and moisturizing agents of sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. Regular application will help to improve the appearance of dull and rough skin, brighten, and balance the overall skin tone, while maintaining a supple, firm, and radiant appearance. Rinse-free, it is ideal for hyperpigmentated skin.
Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals
Perfection Clay Mask
A detox mask that tightens and tones while supporting blemished skin, balancing excess oil, smoothing coarse texture and refining pores in addition to helping the appearance of pebbled congestion on the skin. Great for very oily, blemish-prone, impure skin, this unique mask delivers sheer perfection to the skin. May have a mild stinging sensation when first applied to skin.
Glo Skin Beauty
Delivering on the promise of healthy, beautiful skin, Pressed Base provides unsurpassed coverage that nourishes, corrects, and protects. Made with over 80 percent triple milled minerals and packed with other skin beneficial ingredients, including an exclusive antioxidant blend of vitamins A, C, and E and green tea extract, Pressed Base not only helps skin look incredible, professionals can feel confident knowing the formula is talc-, paraben-, and cruelty-free.
Colore Me Perfect
Custom Blend Complexion Colore
Colore Me perfect Custom Complexion Colore is formulated for the perfect shade match and to include the skin nourishing and balancing ingredients for any unique complexion. It allows less foundation application and better coverage with superior performance, custom blended Complexion Colores. It is unique blend of pigment refractor with nourishing and hydrating ingredients keeps the skin looking healthy, fresh, and glowing. Choose formulas from oil-free to hydrating and coverage ranging from sheer to full. It is custom blended for each client to guarantee the perfect match, the optimum formula, and the ideal texture for perfect complexion color.
A favorite of master eyelash artists worldwide, Borboleta’s most popular curl, the C-Curl, is the go-to curl for any eyelash client’s eye shape. With a true black color and soft, synthetic, faux mink material, these eyelash extensions were designed to closely resemble the weight and feel of a natural eyelash. Available in a variety of diameters and lengths, professionals are sure to find the C-Curl that works best for their artistry.
GrandeLash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum
Infused with a proprietary blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids, GrandeLASH-MD promotes naturally longer, thicker-looking eyelashes in just four to six weeks, with full results in three months. It is a favorite for helping to enhance short or thinning eyelashes and is also ideal for restoring the appearance of brittle or damaged eyelashes. The water-based formula is ophthalmologist tested and approved and safe to use with contacts and eyelash extensions.
RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum helps condition, moisturize, and nourish eyebrows to give the appearance of a thicker, darker, and more voluminous brow line in just 60 days. RapidBrow is formulated with Hexatein 2 Complex consisting of potent peptides, biotin, panthenol, amino acids, keratin, apple fruit cell extract, and sweet almond extract that specifically target the health of eyebrow hair. It is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, paraben- and fragrance-free, and never tested on animals.
Favorite Eye Cosmetic
For the makeup lover and the beauty geek alike, it is categorized as a performance cosmetic. The Nourishing Mascara is peptide-fueled, water resistant, and safe for sensitive eyes. It boasts similar ingredients to the Babe Lash peptide enhancing conditioner and touts a uniquely curved brush that delivers a smooth, non-clumping application with a classic formula that conditions and protects delicate lashes.
Cristal Océan strip wax represents quality with its ultra-thin application, hypoallergenic rosin, and fragrance-free formula. Designed for gentle hair removal, Cristal Océan works on even the shortest, coarsest hair leaving smooth skin behind.
Caronlab Australia’s Brilliance is the number one sensitive hard wax for professionals in the beauty industry – its quality is truly unrivaled. Brilliance stays pliable and sets without going brittle. Using only the best ingredients, like hydrogenated resin and titanium dioxide, this wax will help give clients the best result with the least possible discomfort. Brilliance does not cause bleeding, bruising, skin-lifting, or excessive redness, leaving clients’ skin smooth and perfectly hair-free.