DERMASCOPE Magazine

DERMASCOPE Magazine

Dallas Based Entrepreneurs Launch Medical Hologram B+A and Marketing Assistant Serving the Aesthetic Community

Aestheia Imaging, a hologram content management, and advertising subscription company introduced its disruptive technology at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery last week at The Aesthetic Meeting in New Orleans. The company breaks the mold of in-practice marketing with the unveiling of XTHEIA; an interactive hologram display toting a Virtual Consult Assistant for medical office waiting rooms. Aestheia's launch poses a resolution to poor patient awareness; an underserved focal point of product education in the aesthetics industry.
The company is led by Austin JM Podowski, CEO and accomplished Dallas Healthcare Business Tech executives Mike McDonald, President and Paul Herchman, Advisory Board Member. Well known Plastic Surgeon and photographer Dr. Barry DiBernardo of New Jersey Plastic Surgery leads the companies Medical Advisory Board and will continue to work to enhance upon the application. The company offers a connected holographic media platform to story map the patient journey to brand and product education. Through the research and development of Aestheia's Medical Advisory Group, the company will offer holographic before and afters to patients so they can see pre-operative and post-operative procedure outcomes in true 3D, not previously available in the space.


"We are dedicated to providing novel and ground breaking product innovation for the entire Aesthetic Community," comments McDonald. The company today offers a fully-automated and comprehensive holographic playlist for physician waiting rooms tethered to a cloud-based solution developed by the management team.
"We are changing the way medical companies and physicians communicate with their customers and patients. The ALEXA of Aesthetics is now in the room," states Podowski. The team has also designed a customer facing iPad Pro application that allows a physician to remote control the device offering an in-app camera for patient photos. Mr. Podowski later comments, "The response received at ASAPS The Aesthetic Meeting affirms that our vision and product meet a need and resuscitate a lost connection with the consumer."
The management team is dedicated to further pioneering advancements in hologram, AI, and AR in the evolving medical practice of the 21st century. The company is finalizing a third-round capital raise and will begin placement of their technology throughout Plastic Surgery Offices in North America in July 2019. The technology will also be on display in direct to consumer retail kiosks throughout the United States later this year. To get a sneak peak of Aestheia, follow the team's development, or learn more about the technology, follow @aestheiaimaging or visit www.aestheiaimaging.com.
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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. cannatera.com

Circadia
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. circadia.com

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. colorupwholesale.com

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. completebodydaily.com

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. hempfieldbotanicals.com

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. lacunabotanicals.com

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. pro.naturepure.com

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. nfskin.com

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.
1-888-747-6342  www.eminenceorganics.com

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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Get It Together: Combining Treatments with Devices for Improved Results

Growing a Skin Care Practice: Fact Versus Fiction

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Sugaring Made Simple

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True Causes of Acne

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True Causes of Acne

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

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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 OILSPLANT ESSENTIAL OILS
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.

 

EXTRACTS EXTRACTS
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.

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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 expurtise.com

  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?

Squats

  1. Favorite restaurant?

Sukho Thai

  1. Favorite drink?

Water

  1. Favorite travel destination?

Ireland

  1. Favorite book?

The Ultimate Sales Machine, Chet Holmes

  1. Favorite social media site?

Instagram

  1. Favorite sport?

Football

  1. First concert you went to?

Eminem and 50 Cent

  1. Biggest phobia?

Spiders

  1. Perfect pizza?

Hawaiian, but with regular bacon

  1. Favorite genre of music?

Anything

  1. Favorite thing to spend money on?

Experiences, vacations

  1. Favorite television show?

Seinfeld

  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.

Alexandra J. Zani, L.E.I., owner of Aesthani Skincare Institute

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?

Born Free.

 

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?

Being assertive.

 

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?

Eagle.

 

Which superhero do you secretly want to be?

Superwoman.

 

What’s the best invention of all time?

A refrigerator.

Tyler Peters is the Education Manager at iS CLINICAL and iS UNIVERSITY

  1. What do you love most about your job?

I get to work with many unique and specialized people that I learn from; I love that about my job.

  1. What is your favorite spa treatment and why?

As a former athlete, my body represents that history, so massage is always my go-to.

  1. Do you have any unusual skills?

I have been told I make excellent grill cheese and top ramen.  I won’t reveal my secrets.

  1. What would you name your boat if you had one?

Paid in Full         

  1. What is one office supply/something on your desk that you couldn’t live without?

My black sharpie pens

  1. If you opened a day spa, what would you name it?

Face It

  1. What did you want to be when you were younger?

A professional athlete or an animal trainer; neither worked out.

  1. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Beware of dog.

  1. What skill would you like to master?

Meditation or a second language 

  1. What are some small things that make your day better?

A coffee bean is quite small, but always seem to make my day better.

  1. What is your spirit animal?

A dolphin, they are thoughtful, playful and sense of calmness.

  1. Which superhero do you secretly want to be?

He may not be a superhero, but I would say “The Rock.”

  1. What’s the best invention of all time?

I would have to say plumbing; it increased lifespan as well as many other benefits.

Wallace Vigo Nelson, N.D., C.N.H.P., CEO of M’lis

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.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

I LOVE to lead people to a breakthrough in their wellness or business - both situations can be life-changing.

  1. What is your favorite spa treatment and why?

Any treatment I've had performed by an expert in their craft has left me feeling enriched.

  1. Do you have any unusual skill?

I've got a near-photographic memory for facts and figures, though I often forget where I left my keys.

  1. What would you name your boat if you had one?

I'd for certain name a boat after my incredible wife Ashlan.

  1. What is one office supply/something on your desk that you couldn't live without?

My mobile microphone and lighting setup for recording videos.

  1. If you opened a day spa, what would you name it?

Something Italian in origin – in travels there I am always impressed with the history, elegance, and attention to detail they exhibit.

  1. What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted the exact job that I have! I always looked up to and admired my mother and wanted to follow in her footsteps.

  1. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

WARNING! Excessively verbose with a tendency to use big words

  1. What skill would you like to master?

I want to learn to fly a plane expertly. I've done it a bit and love it, I just want to be better.

  1. What are some small things that make your day better?

I am energized by both sending and receiving notes of gratitude and appreciation - those never fail to brighten my day.

  1. What is your spirit animal?

A lion. They way that a lion pride watches over and cares for their own is awe inspiring.

  1. Which superhero do you secretly want to be?

Just myself, but with my ability to reach and teach people who need me turned up to a superhero level.

  1. What's the best invention of all time?

Absolutely the internet. The way that it connects the world and allows communication and collaboration is unprecedented in human history.

Danné Montague-King, founder of DMK-Danné Montague-King Co.

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.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

Seeing people’s lives change by elevating their self-worth

  1. What is your favorite spa treatment and why?

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.

  1. Do you have any unusual skills?

I can realistically become another person

  1. What would you name your boat if you had one?

Peter Pan

  1. What is one office supply/something on your desk that you couldn’t live without?

Computer

  1. If you opened a day spa, what would you name it?

SECRETS

  1. What did you want to be when you were younger?

What I am now—secondary dreams were concert pianist

  1. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Patch test for reactive skin

  1. What skill would you like to master?

Piano

  1. What are some small things that make your day better?

A peaceful morning at my estate

  1. What is your spirit animal?

Dragon

  1. Which superhero do you secretly want to be?

Dr. Strange

  1. What’s the best invention of all time?

An idea whose time has come

Ben Johnson, M.D., CEO of Osmosis Skin Care

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?

My latte.

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?

Cooking.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Breve lattes, multi-wave oscillator treatments, and sunny skies.

What is your spirit animal?

Owl.

Which superhero do you secretly want to be?

Wonderwoman’s husband.

What’s the best invention of all time?

Pizza.

Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner, L.E., owner of Aesthetics Science Institute

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.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

Providing others with the opportunity for growth, success and independence.

  1. What is your favorite spa treatment and why?

Body scrubs…nothing better than a body of soft, smooth skin!

  1. What would you name your boat if you had one?

“Babygirl”

  1. If you opened a day spa, what would you name it?

YOU

  1. What did you want to be when you were younger?

No idea…but I knew I wanted to be “something” and make a difference.

  1. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

CAUTION…I will tell you how I feel.

  1. What skill would you like to master?

Yoga

  1. What are some small things that make your day better?

My husband, my kids, my staff and a glass of wine.

  1. What is your spirit animal?

No idea…my shitzu.

  1. Which superhero do you secretly want to be?

Batman…he’s super cool.

  1. What’s the best invention of all time?

On-line shopping.

Karen Asquith, national director of education at G.M. Collin

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.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

 I enjoy developing new educational seminars, motivating aestheticians, and giving them the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.

  1. What is your favorite spa treatment and why?

G.M.Collin Collagen 90 II combined with Derm Renewal Peel. It diminishes lines and wrinkles, plumps, resurfaces and makes my skin glow!

  1. Do you have any unusual skills?

 I am both artistic and mechanically inclined however I don’t think this would qualify as unusual, so perhaps just being unusual…

  1. What would you name your boat if you had one?

Possibilities

  1. What is one office supply/something on your desk that you couldn’t live without?

My letter opener, I like everything to be neat and orderly, including the edges of opened envelopes.

  1. If you opened a day spa, what would you name it?

Repose Spa

  1. What did you want to be when you were younger?

A lawyer.

  1. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Get to the point, don’t exaggerate or brag. Relating to food and sports, try everything once, no excuses.

  1. What skill would you like to master?

I would like to master different languages.

  1. What are some small things that make your day better?

Sunshine, morning coffee, exercising, and a hug.

  1. What is your spirit animal?

I had to look it up, Zodiac is a bull, Chinese Zodiac is a pig, and another site claimed it was a monkey.

  1. Which superhero do you secretly want to be?

Emma Frost aka The White Queen

  1. What’s the best invention of all time?

Light and Lipstick!

Sun Care Fundamentals: 3 Ingredients for Effective Protection

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.

Sun Care Fundamentals

THIS OR THAT: Synthetic Versus Natural Bristle Makeup Brushes

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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.

 

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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.

Beyond the Body: Spa Treatments for Mental Wellness

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.


Reference

1 “Mental Wellness.” spabusiness.com. http://www.spabusiness.com/detail.cfm?pagetype=featuresonline&featureid=32080&mag=Spa%20Business&linktype=story&source=none&ref=n

2019 Sustainability Summit for Cosmetics to be Held in New York

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, ND, CNHP Wallace Vigo Nelson, ND, CNHP CEO of M’lis, beauty nutrition expert, entrepreneur, and father of eight

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’s myPath Melanoma Test Receives Medicare Coverage

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.”

Makers of Green Goo Launch Hemp Product Line

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.

Cyndi Lauper Advocates for Psoriasis Community in SEE ME Campaign

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.

International SPA Association Introduces Beauty Changes Lives ISPA Scholarship

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.”

Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation Announces New Scholarships for Next Generation Hairstylists and Aestheticians

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-Nuevolution Partnership Achieves First Collaboration Milestone for Dermatology Diseases

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’ Technology Successfully Removes Light Hair When Used with Common Laser System

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.

SNA-001 represents an advancement in medical aesthetic procedures, using silver particles applied to the skin to harness light energy from a medical laser to thermally target the hair follicle inside the pilosebaceous unit, resulting in reduction of light- and non-pigmented hair. SNA-001 is a topical, ready-to-use suspension applied to the treatment area on the skin and delivered into the pores. The silver particles are then activated by a laser to thermally target the hair follicle while sparing the surrounding tissue, a process called selective photo-thermolysis. The silver particles in SNA-001 are designed to work with the most common lasers already utilized in aesthetic clinics and laser centers today.

Texas Representative Pushing to Abolish Aesthetic Licensing Regulations

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:

  • First, it proposes to repeal the Title 9 Occupations Code, which mandates the regulations of cosmetology, barbering, and related occupations, including aesthetics. Currently under this code, businesses that hold a license, certificate, or permit to practice cosmetology, barbering, aesthetics, and so forth are subject to inspection at least once every two years. The code also outlines the handling of complaints by consumers, requirements for licensure, sterilization requirements, disciplinary procedures for malpractice, and much more.
  • Second, the bill proposes that, once effective, any existing licenses, permits, or certificates will be invalid.
  • Third, any pending “complaint investigation, disciplinary action, and administrative penalty proceeding” regarding malpractice will be dropped.2
  • And fourth, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will return a “prorated portion” of the fee paid for issuance or renewal of any license, permit, or certificate that “existed immediately before the effective date” of the act.2 If passed, the effective date would be September 1, 2019.

 

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.

 

As the bill is gaining traction and making progress, for those who wish to speak out, now is the time. Signing petitions, like this one: http://bit.ly/2C43o6Q, is a great place to start.3 However, making phone calls and sending e-mails can have a more profound impact. Individuals can have the most profound impact by calling and e-mailing their district representatives – the people with the power to vote no on the bill – which they can look up here: http://bit.ly/2EQBBIK.4 They can also call and e-mail Matt Shaheen, the representative who wrote the bill, to voice their concerns directly. 512-463-0594, 469-642-8708, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..5 

 

References
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.
https://www.change.org/p/say-no-to-hb-1705-texas-barber-and-cosmetology-abolishment-signature-goal-100k?utm_medium=pet_copylink_3&fbclid=IwAR2uzOtM5zJwVcS6ybFFsB_h3_HLz6V41GyhVXcaKa7Vjx5ZoXUvTAo7_AI.
4 “Find Your Representative.” United States House of Representatives. https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative?fbclid=IwAR3-EIYb4d25Y dV94vnY5C57rBJfXf-JdoqXZZW-yIJZe8_lEhqGNbFD5cg.
5 “Texas House Member.” Texas House of Representatives. https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=66&fbclid=IwAR3MMxkayQcDsoGz5AcYpXeEcJiVmaJTUzvZHDA4_BegyO6sqm_c7JX0Ghk.

Body Bliss’s New Facial Line Wins Big at Mexicaribe Product Awards

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.”

Unique Kelp Bio-Actives Effectively Reduce Hyperpigmentation

In Sooke, British Columbia, Seaflora’s new skin brightening formula is the result of four years of development working with the National Research Council of Canada. Seabright Moisturizing Brightener has a potent combination of unique, kelp bioactives to decrease melanin and target hyperpigmentation. These potent marine bioactives create the most powerful skin brightening solution to date. Seaflora has strategically combined the unique skin brightening capability of their kelp complex with effective natural brightening ingredients to work on different cellular mechanisms that cause hyperpigmentation. The Seabright kelp complex is scientifically shown to be faster and more effective at inhibiting the key enzyme, tyrosinase, at lower concentrations than arbutin and kojic acid. It works in two ways, directly inhibiting tyrosinase and toning down melanocyte activity. Oxy-Resveratrol exhibits greater inhibitory effect on the tyrosinase enzyme than ordinary resveratrol, kojic acid, and arbutin. In vivo study carried out on 16 volunteers for four weeks of treatments recorded: 71 percent reduction in melanin, 28 percent reduction in dark spots, and 25 percent reduction in yellow pigment.

Expiration Education

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:

  • it appears discolored
  • smells unusual
  • becomes runny, lumpy, or otherwise changes consistency

STORAGE AND USE

To reduce contamination and potential for bacteria growth:

  • use applicators, spatulas, or products with pumps when possible
  • wash hands before use
  • keep products away from sunlight, air, humidity, and heat
  • use a permanent marker to write the date the product was opened
  • do not share products with others
  • do not add water to a product to change its consistency or texture
  • do not store products in the refrigerator (they are made to withstand average temperature fluctuations, not long-term heat or cold)

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

  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner

Six Months to One Year

  • Moisturizers
  • Serums
  • Toners
  • Liquid, stick, or cream concealers and foundations

One Year

  • Lip balm
  • Cleansers
  • Alpha and beta hydroxy acid exfoliants
  • Eye and skin creams
  • Antiaging and antiacne products

One to Two Years

  • Sunscreen

Two to Three Years

  • Powder-based makeup (blush, bronzer, eye shadow)
  • Lipstick, lip gloss, and lip pencils (six to 12 months, if used daily)

Herbal Infusions: 3 Nature-Inspired Hair Removal Ingredients

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.

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Victoria Tabak, L.E. President of Nature Pure Clinical Skin Care

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. 

Why aesthetics?

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.

Raison d’Etre Celebrates 20th Birthday

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 Collaborates with Star Tennis Player

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 Appoints New Controller

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

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

The Hotel Milano Scala Enhances Services with High-Quality Indoor Air

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.

NovaLash Announces 2019 Lash Squad

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. 

NovaLash Crowns New Lash Artist of the Year at LASHoff Gala

NovaLashOklahoma 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.

FAVORITE SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR

Beatrice Van

FAVORITE LICENSED MASTER AESTHETICIAN

Jessica Slorah

FAVORITE LICENSED AESTHETICIAN

Darcy Debernarde

FAVORITE BRAND EDUCATOR

Brian Goodwin

DERMASCOPE Debuts 2019 Editorial Advisory Board

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:

DERMASCOPE’s 2019 Aestheticians’ Choice Awards Winners

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!

 

Favorite Retinol Serum

in Serums

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.

Favorite Retinol Serum

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.

Favorite Body Contouring Product

M’lis
Contour Body Wrap Cream
Permanently slim and trim 4 to 14 inches with this 60-minute detoxifying treatment. Proven safe and effective for over 35 years, M’lis’ award-winning formulation has won best contour product for seven years running. So, take a leap and see how this cellulite-busting, circulation-inducing, and deeply-nourishing contour cream will give clients nothing but confidence-building results – no matter the angle.

Favorite Body Contouring Product

M’lis
Contour Body Wrap Cream
Permanently slim and trim 4 to 14 inches with this 60-minute detoxifying treatment. Proven safe and effective for over 35 years, M’lis’ award-winning formulation has won best contour product for seven years running. So, take a leap and see how this cellulite-busting, circulation-inducing, and deeply-nourishing contour cream will give clients nothing but confidence-building results – no matter the angle.

Favorite Acne Cleanser

Antibacterial Cleanser is a very effective cleanser for acne, with normal to oily skin types. It provides maximum control against P-acnes and inhibits the action of 5 alpha-reductase and cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2). 

Favorite Acne Cleanser

Antibacterial Cleanser is a very effective cleanser for acne, with normal to oily skin types. It provides maximum control against P-acnes and inhibits the action of 5 alpha-reductase and cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2). 

Favorite Natural Hair Removal Product

Equibal Labs
Nufree Nudesse
Nufree Nudesse is a non-wax hair removal process that will remove hair from almost any part of the body, virtually pain-free. Because Nufree is not a wax, clients will not experience the pain, redness, or swelling that often happens with wax-based products. Scientifically tested, Nufree is a self-preserving antibacterial and antimicrobial, ensuring that it is both safe and effective. Finipil, Equibal Labs’ patented and FDA-registered antiseptic lotion, kills 99.999 percent of germs, while it cools, soothes, moisturizes, and protects the skin from ingrown hairs and irritation.

Favorite Natural Hair Removal Product

Equibal Labs
Nufree Nudesse
Nufree Nudesse is a non-wax hair removal process that will remove hair from almost any part of the body, virtually pain-free. Because Nufree is not a wax, clients will not experience the pain, redness, or swelling that often happens with wax-based products. Scientifically tested, Nufree is a self-preserving antibacterial and antimicrobial, ensuring that it is both safe and effective. Finipil, Equibal Labs’ patented and FDA-registered antiseptic lotion, kills 99.999 percent of germs, while it cools, soothes, moisturizes, and protects the skin from ingrown hairs and irritation.

Favorite Acne Mask

in Masks

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.

Favorite Acne Mask

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.

Favorite Permanent Makeup Machine

Nouveau Contour
IQ
The minimalistic design of the IQ is striking. The stainless steel cover and smooth touchscreen are modern, hygienic, and efficient. The IQ combines proven technology with a state-of-the-art look. With 70 to 150 needle insertions per second, IQ is ultraprecise. This makes IQ suitable for micropigmentation and medical applications, such as scar camouflage, areola reconstruction, skin repigmentation, and other procedures.

Favorite Permanent Makeup Machine

Nouveau Contour
IQ
The minimalistic design of the IQ is striking. The stainless steel cover and smooth touchscreen are modern, hygienic, and efficient. The IQ combines proven technology with a state-of-the-art look. With 70 to 150 needle insertions per second, IQ is ultraprecise. This makes IQ suitable for micropigmentation and medical applications, such as scar camouflage, areola reconstruction, skin repigmentation, and other procedures.

Favorite Sugar Paste

Sugar Paste by Alexandria Professional

Favorite Sugar Paste

Sugar Paste by Alexandria Professional

Favorite Paraffin Wax

ALOE VERA PARAFFIN WAX WITH VITAMIN E by Satin Smooth

Favorite Paraffin Wax

ALOE VERA PARAFFIN WAX WITH VITAMIN E by Satin Smooth

Favorite Antiaging Moisturizer

 Ambra Lift Elixir by Elina Organics

Favorite Antiaging Moisturizer

 Ambra Lift Elixir by Elina Organics

Favorite Body Sunscreen

Environ
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.

Favorite Body Sunscreen

Environ
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.

Favorite Spa Table

Multi Purpose Facial Table by Living Earth Crafts

Favorite Spa Software

GetPayroll
GetPayroll Software
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.”

Favorite Spa Linens

Comphy Co.
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.

Favorite Spa Apparel

Dolce Tunic by Noel Asmar

Favorite Spa Accessory

MS1152c-p I Shawl Microfiber Robe by Boca Terry

Favorite Tinted Sunscreen

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.

Favorite Sunscreen Spray

Saian

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.

Favorite Lip Care Product with SPF

Suntegrity
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.