Spa Revolutions Faces Up to Skin Care Concerns with New Cowrie Lava Shell Facial

Spa Revolutions announces the expansion of their natural Lava Shell massage line to include facial enhancement services. Utilizing the newest, most versatile cowrie shell, with two specifically engineered mineral blends that deliver the dual efficacy of electricity-free warm and cold treatments, Spa Revolutions will take its facial treatments to a whole new level.
“The luxurious technique of shell massage combined with the spa’s go-to choice for serums, masks, and moisturizers, creates a tranquil and truly integrated sensory experience with immediate, visible results,” says Glenn Hogle, president and CMO.
In addition to facials, the unique shape, size, and thickness of the cowrie shell allow therapists to enhance any massage treatment. The shell design allows consistent heat during use when using the rocking movement and this technique is highly recommended with the trigger point blend for reflexology, spot therapy, and fusion body massage. To support therapists and ensure success, Spa Revolutions has developed a robust education program that provides certification of all lava and glacial shell blends.

Bellus Academy Launches CIDESCO Certificate in Skin Care

While he was no authority on skin care, a statement attributed to scientist Albert Einstein is prescient for the skin care community. “The problems we have today cannot be solved at the same level we were at when we created them.”
While the United States has had access to the CIDESCO diploma incorporating massage, skin care, and nails for many years, there was no single standards specifically focused on an aesthetician’s skin care knowledge and proficiency with various protocols and modalities. Yet, at the same time, new technologies, advanced protocols, and an improved understanding of the chemistry and science underlying skin care has amplified spa employers’ need for a higher level of skin care knowledge among aestheticians. As employers strive to find aestheticians with the skills and knowledge to provide advanced services, Einstein’s quote makes it clear – a new solution for demonstrating skin care proficiency is needed. That standard is CIDESO and Bellus Academy is honored to be the first United States school to offer the CIDESCO certificate in skin care.
Bellus Academy 2In spring 2018, spas throughout the United States applauded an announcement at America’s Beauty Show that the CIDESO skin care certificate and diplomas would be available in the United States. In an increasingly global world, CIDESO is recognized by leading spas and salons around the globe as the elite standard for skin care education. However, no standard focused exclusively on aesthetics existed. Undaunted, Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repechage, advocated for 12 years to bring the CIDESO skin care certificate to schools and spas in the United States.
Sarfati traveled from New York City to visit Bellus Academy’s Poway, California campus in January as the school launched the new curriculum. In addition to meeting with educators, Sarfati also met with Bellus Academy staff, students, alumni, and top spas in San Diego, to explain the CIDESCO skin care certificate and what it means to spas, aestheticians, and consumers around the globe. “U.S. salons and spas are pioneering exciting and inspiring new treatments,” said Sarfati. “The CIDESCO certificate in skin care complements advances in treatments with the most important ingredient to support long-term client growth and retention: knowledgeable skin care professionals.”
Summarizing the curriculum for the CIDESCO certificate in skin care, the curriculum includes advanced education on facials, facial electrical treatments, and full-day, night, and bridal makeup, with a minimum 730 hours required for completion. Bellus Academy is bundling the CIDESCO certificate into the advanced education program because it is viewed as a powerful differentiator for graduates entering the workforce and a portable, globally-recognized standard of excellence that allows students to pursue opportunities at the world’s most prestigious spas. Bellus educators are being trained as proctors to administer the exam.
As aspiring and licensed aestheticians, as well as spa employers, consider professional education, Einstein’s quote comes to mind again. New solutions are necessary to equip today’s spa employers to meet growing market demand. Employers’ demand for aesthetics professionals is projected to reach 200,000 in the next 10 years and the lines between beauty and wellness continue to blur. Bellus Academy is adapting technology to address these trends. For example, we have integrated eyelash extensions into the advanced aesthetic education program. And, from a wellness vantage point, in 2015 Bellus became the first school in America to offer wellness for cancer training. This program equips aesthetic students to provide facials to clients living with or recovering from cancer. Most recently, we have aligned with one of Bellus Academy’s top plastic facial surgeons to serve as a medical director.
Beyond innovations in technology and new modalities, this is an increasingly global world. The CIDESCO brand is represented across five continents providing certificate holders with portability and, ultimately, a recognized standard that speaks to their knowledge and skin care proficiency.

As 2019 heads underway, CIDESCO is excited to introduce new solutions that will address United States and international spa employers’ needs for a certificate focused on skin care excellence, as well as consumers’ demand for knowledgeable skin care professionals. The CIDESCO certificate in skin care is an important solution to solve this challenge.

SENTÉ Announces New Collaborations with Galderma Laboratories, L.P. and The HydraFacial™ Company

SENTÉ, an innovative specialty aesthetics company, broadens reach with strategic collaborations to further expand their professional-grade skin care product portfolio. Both collaborations will offer consumers the opportunity to experience SENTÉ’s patented Sulfated Glycosaminoglycan (SuGAG) analog technology. 
“As a first for SENTÉ, these relationships will contribute to our overall strategy to further education on the brand’s advanced sulfated glycosaminoglycan analog technology. By partnering with leading skin care companies like Galderma and HydraFacial, we are able to bring our unparalleled product formulations to a wider range of skin care users across the country,” states Laurent Combredet, president and chief executive officer of SENTÉ.

Spa Adolphus Appoints New Spa Director

The Adolphus, in Dallas, Texas, proudly welcomes a new spa director, Amy Bell, to oversee operations for its destination spa. Bell brings more than a decade of industry experience, working with luxury brands, such as The Ritz-Carlton, and high-end skin care lines, such as Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.
“I am thrilled to partner with the team at this iconic property to propel our wellness offerings to the next level for luxury clientele,” said Bell. “With a focus on high-quality skin care, expert-level massages, and five-star service, I look forward to establishing a tranquil oasis for repeat guests in the neighborhood and new visitors alike in downtown Dallas.”
The 5,000-square-foot spa, open as of October 2016, boasts plant-based products and organic fragrances, as well as a curated retail selection designed to promote beauty inside and out.
In her role, Bell will introduce fresh signature treatments, new bridal packages, and new seasonal services to keep spa guests excited to visit again and again. New signature treatments include “The 1912,” a special body treatment that will coincide with the 1912 signature cocktail, and the gua sha facial, which is a method of facial massage to relive tension in muscles and boost circulation.
“Wellness is a key pillar for our business and leisure guests, and Amy’s leadership and expertise in her field will launch an exciting new chapter for our destination spa,” said Brett Orlando, senior vice president of operations at Makeready, the company who has led the repositioning for The Adolphus and Spa Adolphus. “We’re happy to have her on the team to contribute to the stellar experience our guests recognize The Adolphus for.”

Ten Thousand Waves Spa

Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico and a short drive from Santa Fe’s downtown is Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa and Resort. A luxury mountain spa that feels like a Japanese onsen, this coming year the spa will celebrate its 38th year.
“The Waves,” as the locals call it, is a unique phenomenon in the spa world. The emphasis at most Japanese spas is on providing a variety of indoor and outdoor bathing in beautiful surroundings. North American spas focus on massage and spa treatments – bathing is almost an afterthought. Ten Thousand Waves combines the best of both worlds through onsen bathing with a variety of massage, spa treatments, and facials.
The spa offers two facials – its Japanese Organic Massage Facial and its Oxygen facial. The Japanese Organic Massage Facial utilizes traditional Japanese massage techniques. During this deeply relaxing experience, a neck and shoulder massage releases tension as cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, massage, mask, and moisturizer tend to the skin. Japanese facial massage uses light stroking, kneading, and percussive techniques to increase circulation, muscle tone, hydration and lymphatic drainage for the neck and face.

The spa’s Oxygen facial infuses customized serums into the skin via pressurized oxygen. This works for all skin types and provides instant luminous results; it is also recommended for those who use injectables.

Hutchinson Consulting Expands with Launch of New Massage Therapy Division

For 25 years, Hutchinson Consulting has been the hospitality industry’s most trusted executive search and recruiting firm, matching the best candidates with the finest four- and five-star resorts. December 1, 2018, following a year of unprecedented growth, the company announced the launch of a new division, Spa Pro Connect, created to further support client needs by sourcing top massage therapists for placement in the finest destination resort and hotel spas in the country.
“The importance of highly trained, experienced massage therapists has never been higher,” said Michael G. Tompkins, a partner at Hutchinson Consulting. “World class spas and their clients expect a level of professionalism unique to the resort environment where talented, licensed therapists are valued for their specialized skillset. The time has come for a professional search firm and hospitality clients to regard massage therapists as a brand differentiator in spa.”
Spa Pro Connect will be led by wellness industry veteran Diane Trieste. With a diverse background that includes all aspects of spa operations, Trieste excels in working with business owners and management to capitalize on the integration of education, culture, professionalism, and people in order to deliver an experience that exceeds expectations for both clients and therapists. A licensed massage therapist herself, Trieste has held leadership roles at Shankara Spa, Canyon Ranch, and Bellus Academy. Trieste was part of the executive team that started Cortiva Education and is a noted speaker and author.
“Joining the team at Hutchinson Consulting means I can expand my service to the spa industry in an innovative new way,” said Trieste. “Spa Pro Connect addresses the shortage of highly-talented practitioners and creates a way for top spas to have confidence that they can meet guest demand.”
Through a proprietary interview, education and vetting process, Spa Pro Connect will assure hospitality clients that massage therapists presented for employment have the skills required for four- and five-star spas. Licensed therapists will discover professional environments where their skills are honored, and their employment needs are met by the finest hospitality establishments in the industry.
“Hutchinson Consulting has a long-standing executive placement relationship with the world’s best spas,” adds Tompkins. “Expanding services to include licensed massage therapists is a natural progression.”

SiSpa Appoints New Spa Director

In October 2018, Nancy Rodriguez-Falero was named spa director of the award-winning SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Florida. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to her role at the world-class seaside sanctuary.
Rodriguez-Falero, a Florida native, has enjoyed a successful career in spa and wellness, having previously worked at renowned hotels and resorts, including Tideline Resort and Spa in Palm Beach, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, and the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. She is also a licensed aesthetician and advanced skin care specialist with extensive certifications ranging from reflexology to body wrapping and contouring.
Rodriguez-Falero previously served as spa manager for the Tideline Resort & Spa in Palm Beach. There, she developed training protocol and programming for all spa services, developed spa marketing strategy, including service packages and procedures, and implemented a product retail program.

Mother Earth Rx: Studies Show How Grounding Can Relieve Massage Therapist Pain and Energy Drain

A new study indicates that the earth’s healing energy may relieve common pain issues and energy drain that often lead to premature burnout among massage therapists.
The study was conducted with 16 massage therapists at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California and revealed a sharp difference in how the therapists felt and functioned when they were grounded for four weeks compared to not being grounded the first and last week of the study. When grounded, they reported significantly less pain, more energy, and improved physical function and mood. 
Grounding, also known as earthing, refers to the discovery that connecting with the earth’s natural and subtle electric charge stabilizes the physiology at the deepest level, draining the body of inflammation, chronic pain, and stress. A person can ground themselves by spending time barefoot outdoors on natural conductive surfaces, like grass, soil, gravel, stone, or sand. It is as simple as that. Grounding indoors, in contact with grounding mats, body bands, or patches, while sitting or sleeping, is also productive. Such devices are either plugged into the grounding system of a house or building or connected to a ground rod planted into the soil outside.
During the study, the Chopra Center therapists utilized grounded mats at work (placed on the floor and under the massage table sheet) and grounded body bands or mats at home when sleeping.
Overall feedback suggests key benefits for massage therapists that may contribute not only to improved quality of life but also to keeping them in their professions longer. Because of the physical demands of their work, chronic pain problems and energy deficits are common among massage therapists. They are prone to tendonitis, painful fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a host of other occupational injuries. These problems produce inflammation-related pain and energy drain and, without relief, prompt many massage therapists to prematurely abandon their profession.

Spa Mirbeau to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary with Launch of Mirbeau Exclusives Body Care and Gift Collections

Spa Mirbeau, a day resort conveniently located at Crossgates Mall by The Mirbeau Companies, celebrated a year of bringing balance to its clients in the Capital Region of Albany, New York. On November 15, 2018, Spa Mirbeau hosted an anniversary celebration where it officially launched Mirbeau Exclusives body care and gift collections while giving thanks to those who have supported the spa since its opening. “We’re very pleased to launch Mirbeau Exclusives as we celebrate our one year anniversary with the Capital Region. What better way to show our appreciation to those who have supported us this past year,” said Michael Dal Pos, CEO of Mirbeau hospitality services. “Our guests now have the opportunity to take a little piece of the Mirbeau experience home with them, as the Mirbeau Exclusives line uses only the highest quality ingredients and are the actual products used in our award-winning Mirbeau signature spa treatments.”

Make My Day Beautiful! Turns 35

December 2018 marked the 35th anniversary of Make My Day Beautiful! Founded by professional media makeup artist, Linda Litzinger Beck, Make My Day Beautiful! began as the first documented on-location makeup design company in northern California. The company resided in a bustling makeup studio in Silicon Valley for many years. The online Bringing Beauty to Benefit boutique and classroom was established in 2010. Since then, the business has become a key sponsor in support of several national annual celebrity charity events. Due to exposure in these circles, Make My Day Beautiful!’s It’s Good to Be Green professional media makeup and cosmeceutical skin care products have become regular invitees of the Hollywood entertainment industry’s most prestigious, celebrity red carpet awards event gifting suites. These products with universal usability and appeal are featured in the company’s Red Carpet Products Collection. Beck is proud to have had her products requested for use on the sets of major network television programs for use in the clubhouse of Major League Baseball athletes and to represent the United States Professional Beauty Federation in Washington, DC.

Eli Jones Receives Esthetics International Humanitarian Award

On November 11, 2018, The DermaNerd social media creator, Eli Jones, received the Donn Kerr Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa and Salon Conference in Hickory, North Carolina. The honor is given annually to professionals who are nominated for their service and contributions to the spa and salon community. This year’s award was presented by executive director, Jamie Treadaway, before the recipient’s course on recognizing signs of domestic violence in the treatment room. Jones received the distinction for his longtime commitment to client skin health, aesthetics education, and industry growth.

Control Corrective Adds Dawn Campbell as Vice President of Sales

On November 14, 2018, professional skin care company Control Corrective Skincare Systems welcomed Dawn Campbell as vice president of sales for North America. In her new role, Campbell is in charge of achieving corporate sales goals, talent development, sharing the brand’s message, and enriching both Control Corrective and its sister brand Global Beauty Private Label.
“Our company has been transforming the lives of aestheticians and their clients by offering comprehensive, collection-based skin care for over 21 years and Campbell’s contributions will help take our company to the next level,” said Ellen Clark, CEO and founder. “With her extensive background in building professional skin care business and sales teams, we expect to see rapid expansion among the North American market.”
For over 13 years, Campbell has been working in the aesthetic industry and she now takes on this role at Control Corrective as the company transforms its business by offering a full-service, outside sales team and a luxury customer service experience.
Campbell has held steadfast to her belief that “diverse, inclusive teams who put the customer first will deliver impressive results by leading with integrity. This can be effectively achieved through a company culture that is rich in leadership and a passion to serve the customer.” Campbell’s brings many years of sales leadership and success in professional skin care, serving physicians, aestheticians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
As vice president of sales for North America, Campbell will strengthen Control Corrective’s presence in the marketplace and open new markets by both creating a collaborative partnership with the marketing and education teams and increasing nationwide brand awareness.

Biotin: The Beauty Vitamin

Biotin, also known as vitamin H or B-7, has numerous benefits for the body. From the nails to the nervous system, just small, daily amounts of this complex B vitamin will leave any one looking and feeling better.
A main function of biotin is to break down protein and fat in the body. Because the nails, hair, and skin are all made up of keratin, a fibrous protein, the health of all three can be boosted by biotin. The vitamin may also help with acne scarring. Although rare, a biotin deficiency can manifest through dry skin, brittle nails and hair, and hair loss.
Biotin helps the body convert food to fuel, promoting a healthy nervous system and liver. Biotin is said to regulate blood sugar, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, help thyroid and adrenal function, and aid in repairing and building muscles and tissues. It also plays an essential role in health during pregnancy.
Because it is water-soluble, the body cannot store backup reserves of biotin, making daily absorption of the vitamin important. Only a small amount is necessary in order to maintain a healthy biotin level, and this can be obtained through eating foods such as legumes, mushrooms, avocado, eggs, cauliflower, berries, fish, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Biotin can also be taken as a daily supplement. Studies indicate, however, that biotin is best absorbed through ingestion, rather than topically through the skin.

Spa Halekulani

Award-winning Forbes Travel Guide Four Star SpaHalekulani in Hawaii features authentic and traditional Polynesian therapeutic rituals, along with a new Embracing the East menu. SpaHalekulani is committed to health and well-being with monthly Living Well Lectures conducted by a resident lifestyle coach. Topics range from eating well to aromatherapy to living mindfully. SpaHalekulani is also committed to sustainability, reducing its carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly salon practices, and is the first and only spa in Hawaii to be recognized by Green Circle Salons as one of the greenest salons in the world.
One of SpaHalekulani’s signature treatments is acupuncture – the 2000-year practice of oriental medicine – which is a part of the spa’s Embracing the East menu. It is believed that the body is based on nature and that imbalances are caused by being out of alignment with nature’s cycles and the natural meridians in the body. A licensed acupuncturist can help stimulate the body’s ability to heal, enhancing the client’s day and helping them experience a more balanced way of being. Acupuncture can also address detoxification, digestion, jetlag, sleep enhancement, stress, and pain. $195 for 50 minutes



This or That Organic Versus Plant-Based

While the FDA does not regulate the use of the term “organic” on cosmetic or personal care products, the terms “100% Organic” and “Certified-Organic” are regulated by a number of different certification entities around the world, each with its own standards for certification. For example, in order for a product to qualify to feature a USDA organic seal on its package, at least 95 percent of the product’s contents must be organically produced.

The term “plant-based” is not regulated in its use on cosmetic and personal care products. It is generally used to mean that the product’s ingredients are derived from plant sources, like vegetables and fruits.

Tips for Getting Along Better With Others

Whether it is an overbearing coworker or a frustrating client, dealing with difficult people from time to time is a fact of life. Here are a couple of tips for getting along better with others.

Slow Down
There is great value in being contemplative and reflective. Take time to pause and think about people, situations, and events that cause stress or frustration. Often this simple step can prevent rash commentary, impulsive responses, and unnecessary conflict. When faced with a person or scenario that evokes irritation, stop, take a few slow, deep breaths, evaluate what it is about the situation that is upsetting, and then, if possible, talk it out. Others seldom intend to cause ill-feelings. Pausing to think is often all it takes to clear things up.

Be Positive
Positivity is powerful. People who exude flexibility, kindness, and optimism naturally come across as more attractive and approachable. Simple acts like giving and accepting compliments, being understanding, and smiling contribute greatly to a positive demeanor. Besides just gaining favor from others, being a positive person will also have a ripple effect, contributing to the overall environment. Start by working on just one element of being positive a little each day and it will quickly become second-nature.

Bright, Clear, Clean: 3 Ingredients to Look for in an Effective Cleanser

Tartaric acid: This naturally-occurring alpha hydroxy acid is found in foods like fermented grapes and apricots. It helps stabilize a product’s pH level and it also boosts the sloughing effects of glycolic and lactic acid. Tartaric acid: This naturally-occurring alpha hydroxy acid is found in foods like fermented grapes and apricots. It helps stabilize a product’s pH level and it also boosts the sloughing effects of glycolic and lactic acid. Radish root ferment filtrate: Also known as leuconostoc, this natural preservative is used as an alternative to more harmful preservatives in skin care. It moisturizes and conditions skin and is antifungal, antimicrobial, and water-soluble. Buddleja davidii (butterfly bush): Long been used in Chinese medicine to treat the skin, it is known for its soothing and antioxidant-boosting properties, as well as its ability to bolster collagen.

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BABOR Cosmetics Poised for Expansion

With a rapid growth strategy in place, BABOR Americas has created several new appointments. Precision skin care brand, BABOR, is pleased to announce its expansion into Latin America to accommodate the brands growing demand in this market. As the entity embarks on this launch into Latin America, making it now 70 countries the global brand has entered- BABOR has created several new appointments to manage its rapid growth strategy. Tim Waller, president and CFO at BABOR North America, has been appointed as CEO of BABOR Americas. Waller joined the global BABOR team in May 2016 and has led BARBOR North America’s marketing, retail, and online business growth. Waller has been instrumental in nurturing partner relationships within spa distribution, while tapping into new distribution channels.

“As we leverage our current brand momentum, retail distribution within North America and new markets such as Latin America, will be an instrumental piece of our growth strategy” said Waller. “To further support this growth, BABOR Americas will offer strategic sales and logistics support to any skin care brands owned and produced by the BABOR group.”

The growing BABOR leadership team includes the appointment of Lisa Heinemann to director of sales BABOR Americas. Heinemann brings over 20 years of experience within the cosmeceutical beauty space as former national director of sales and marketing at Sothys and, most recently, as director of sales at Elemis. Additionally, BABOR appointed Brian Betchel, a seasoned sales and business development executive with a track record of leadership, to senior business development director. As BABOR continues to show growth in the United States, Canada, and now, Latin America, this high-profile leadership team will work together to further accelerate BARBOR’s growth, purpose-driven mission, and consumer affinity with BABOR Americas.

USA My Face My Body Award Winners 2018

On November 9th  2018, leaders of America’s aesthetics industry lit up the red carpet at the MyFaceMyBody Awards USA 2018 the Oscars of the aesthetics industry. Held at the iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, leaders in aesthetics, press, and celebrities gathered from across the United States for this night of nights. The global aesthetic awards celebrated and honored those at the pinnacle of the beauty business. MyFaceMyBody awards USA 2018 winners were selected from hundreds of applicants from across America. The lucky few now hold the prestigious title of a MyFaceMyBody global aesthetic award winner.

The gala ceremony was attended by 350 of the industry’s leading professionals, top plastic surgeons, brands, journalists, celebrities, and beauty bloggers. The awards were presided over by MyFaceMyBody director and awards founder Mr. Stephen Handisides.

“Winning a MyFaceMyBody award is a huge accolade. The evening was fantastic networking opportunity, with chances to mingle with the who’s who of the industry, not to mention a very glamorous and fantastic night,” said Mr. Stephen Handisides.


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Want to increase your revenue and build your reputation as a skin care expert? It might be time to consider combination treatments in the spa – like partnering professional handheld facial devices with specific skin treatments to help boost clients’ results. March 25, 2019, join Beatrice Van, master aesthetics educator at Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics, in this webinar on combining treatments and modalities that pair well together to help clients reach their skin goals more quickly and take your menu offerings to the next level.

Beatrice VanBeatrice Van is a master aesthetics educator at Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics. She is an advanced trainer certified in both aesthetics and advanced aesthetics, as well as a Elleebana-certified keratin eyelash lift trainer and certified nail specialist. Van was voted Favorite School Instructor in DERMASCOPE’s 2019 Aestheticians’ Choice Awards and has been in the industry for over 17 years. In 2019, she will be traveling across the country with Fearless Beauty founded by Skintelligent Resources, where she will share the importance of understanding and treating ethnic, multiethnic, and multicultural skin to the aesthetics community.

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Struggling with treating hyperpigmentation and looking for powerful, new, and natural solutions that target this ever-frustrating ailment? Hyperpigmentation is one of the most complex, challenging skin conditions to treat due its many potential triggers. In this webinar, dive deep into advanced knowledge on the multiple causes of hyperpigmentation, including often overlooked influences, and discover new and exciting, natural solutions that lighten and suppress hyperpigmentation safely – all without potentially harmful, chemically-derived ingredients!

Brian Goodwin 2019Brian Goodwin is an international educator for Eminence Organic Skin Care. As a master medical aesthetician, master herbalist, and consultant with over 10 years of experience in the spa industry, Goodwin brings his love and enthusiasm for skin care to the masses with his passionate, fun, and educational trainings. Goodwin has had the honor of educating and consulting over 2,000 distinguished spas and has also been a keynote speaker most notably in New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Vancouver, guiding spas towards finding success in both educational and business growth.

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Growing a Skin Care Practice: Fact Versus Fiction
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1Growing a Skin Care Practice Fact Versus Fiction38-year aesthetics professional Douglas Preston shares his time-tested knowledge about the realities of creating a successful skin care practice. This presentation separates business facts from common fantasies that lead many aestheticians to unnecessary career mistakes and disappointment. Preston describes how to stay positive and productive during the tough early years of a new skin care practice. Watch this well-respected career mentor for a wealth of inspiration for both the new and established aesthetician.

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RETAIL REVOLUTION how to beat the internetJoin the retail revolution and learn how to beat the internet and sell more products. Learn everything your spa could and should be doing to win the modern consumer. Also, discover the skin care secret to increasing retail revenue. Learn how to amaze clients with results and keep them coming back for more!

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sugaring made simpleDiscover the secret to perfect hair removal – body sugaring! What is body sugaring? Is it similar to waxing? Join the global pioneer of sugaring, Lina Kennedy, as she shares her knowledge on the true benefits of professional body sugaring.

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True Causes of AcneThe skin industry pioneer Danné Montague-King shares his years of expertise and knowledge on one of the most common problematic skin conditions that has plagued individuals for years.

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Marketing Yourself as a “Solo” Aesthetician
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In it Alone Marketing Yourself as a Solo AestheticianThe reality is, we are all in it alone – it is simply a matter of how you look at it. With over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, educator, and aesthetician, I have seen and heard it all.

Southeastern Esthetics Institute Hosts Their Centennial Graduation

Southeastern Esthetics Institute is honored to have graduated its 100th class on October 22, 2018. They hosted this special celebration at City Art in Columbia, South Carolina. In attendance were family, friends, fellow students, and instructors. Paula Wessinger, an instructor over the elite campus, shared her experience in teaching these individuals throughout their 20 weeks. “There were many tears and lots of hugs shared. It was a meaningful event for all,” said Wessinger.

All graduations are one of a kind and are catered toward each graduating class and student. Not one graduation is the same. Each individual is different and Southeastern Esthetics Institute understands that and speaks to each student who is moving out of the program and into the real world.

Student body president, Jocelyn Perez, said, “I look forward to growing in our careers, just as we started, together. The knowledge and friendship we have coveted in this program has made us comfortable in entering into the field of aesthetics and knowing we will be successful.”

Southeastern Esthetics Institute holds a graduating licensure course approximately every five weeks, each time placing highly trained aestheticians into the heavily growing industry. The 600-hour aesthetics licensure course is the only accredited aesthetics course in the state of South Carolina. The program teaches theory, practical, and real-life aesthetics experience to create the most well-rounded individuals possible. They are pressed to be the best they can be and to participate in community service, working independently and in groups.

“We are incredibly proud of these soon-to-be aestheticians and are excited to see them grow and make this industry better, bringing new ideas and excellent knowledge into the field,” said Courtney Sykes, owner of Southeastern Esthetics Institute.


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LivNordic and Sauna From Finland Collaborate to Create the True Sauna Experience

LivNordic, the spa brand founded by Raison d’Etre to encourage the Nordic art of wellness, announced the launch of a new collaboration with Sauna From Finland, to help spas and consumers discover the importance of authentic sauna practice. Together, Sauna From Finland and LivNordic will share their knowledge about the many benefits of the Finnish sauna and offer spa clients all over the world an authentic Finnish sauna experience. Bringing together LivNordic’s wealth of global spa industry knowledge with Sauna From Finland’s expertise on the truly Finnish sauna experience, this collaboration aims to encourage a higher standard of sauna in the global industry and raise awareness of the benefits of the practice. A traditional Finnish sauna is a perfect place to rest, relax, and focus on health and well-being. Taking a sauna reduces stress and improves quality of sleep. In the sauna, the mind and body are cleansed and find harmony. Raison d’Etre has been shaping the world’s finest spas for over 20 years, leading wellness businesses into world-class status and developing Scandinavian-inspired spas with LivNordic. By collaborating with Sauna From Finland, the global spa consultancy hopes to encourage a more traditional Finnish experience that will be taken on board by new and well-established spas. Sauna From Finland’s website shares the rating of saunas and services, with the Authentic Finnish Sauna Experience Quality Certificate marking the highest standard of sauna. The company also assists spas and businesses to design and implement the highest-quality sauna experience.

Press Release Atopic Acne

GlobalSkin Launches International Movement for Eczema Sufferers on First Ever Awareness Day

Today, the global eczema community unites to observe the first-ever Atopic Eczema Day to raise awareness and understanding of eczema and atopic dermatitis. Atopic Eczema Day brings together those affected by eczema or atopic dermatitis to share experiences and future aspirations and drive actions that improve lives all over the world.
To deliver that action, the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO), also known as GlobalSkin, is unveiling AltogetherEczema, a new movement to elevate the urgent and unmet needs of the global eczema and atopic dermatitis community. will serve as the central hub for people affected by eczema or atopic dermatitis, as well as patient leaders – providing resources, gathering insights, and seeking to empower collective advocacy.
“The inaugural World Atopic Eczema Day is a long-awaited chance to honor and empower those affected by eczema or atopic dermatitis and, finally, puts their needs in the spotlight,” said Christine Janus, CEO of GlobalSkin. “This community faces a huge range of challenges, whether physical or emotional, every single day. We hope by launching AltogetherEczema, we can kickstart a conversation within the community about what matters most. A clearer understanding of issues and priorities for those living with the condition will ensure that, together, we can work towards meaningful and relevant change.”
Globally, eczema affects up to 20 percent of children and 10 percent of adults. Atopic dermatitis is the most common – and chronic – form of eczema, which, typically, causes patches of dry, itchy skin that may worsen and can erupt into a rash when scratched. But, people also, often, experience a significant, negative impact on their emotional wellbeing – from an inability to sleep to associated feelings of social exclusion and depression or anxiety. It is this hidden, multidimensional burden that needs urgent attention.
AltogetherEczema urges the eczema and atopic dermatitis community to share their story and experiences of life with the condition, as well as their aspirations for the future.  By doing so, the key issues faced globally can be investigated, utilizing shared knowledge and insight to inspire advocacy and  a campaign for change.

Aesthetic Ambassadors

In 2019, we want to recognize an aesthetician who is unparalleled at what they do. Does this describe you? Here’s how to nominate yourself:

  1. Create a short video (1 minute max) including the following:
    • Your name
    • Spa/brand you represent
    • How long you have been in the industry
    • How you are contributing to the industry as a whole 
    • Why you deserve to win the award of Favorite Aesthetician
  2. Go to Facebook and upload your video as your status, tagging DERMASCOPE Magazine. Make sure you have your privacy settings to public so we can see!

If you know someone else who deserves to win this award, share these instructions with them so they can nominate themselves, too!



In 2019, we want to recognize a spa director who is going above and beyond in their field. Does this describe you? Here’s how to nominate yourself:

  1. Create a short video (1 minute max) including the following:
    • Your name
    • Spa/brand you represent
    • How long you have been in the industry
    • How you are contributing to the industry as a whole  
    • Why you deserve to win the award of Favorite Spa Director
  2. Go to Facebook and upload your video as your status, tagging DERMASCOPE Magazine. Make sure you have your privacy settings to public so we can see!

If you know someone else who deserves to win this award, share these instructions with them so they can nominate themselves, too!




In 2019, we want to recognize a master aesthetician who excels in their craft. Does this describe you? Here’s how to nominate yourself:

  1. Create a short video (1 minute max) including the following:
    • Your name
    • Spa/brand you represent
    • How long you have been in the industry
    • How you are contributing to the industry as a whole 
    • Why you deserve to win the award of Favorite Master Aesthetician
  2. Go to Facebook and upload your video as your status, tagging DERMASCOPE Magazine. Make sure you have your privacy settings to public so we can see!

If you know someone else who deserves to win this award, share these instructions with them so they can nominate themselves, too!




In 2019, we want to recognize a school director who has taken their passion for education to the next level. Does this describe you? Here’s how to nominate yourself:

  1. Create a short video (1 minute max) including the following:
    • Your name
    • School/brand you represent
    • How long you have been in the industry
    • How you are contributing to the industry as a whole 
    • Why you deserve to win the award of Favorite School Instructor
  2. Go to Facebook and upload your video as your status, tagging DERMASCOPE Magazine. Make sure you have your privacy settings to public so we can see!

If you know someone else who deserves to win this award, share these instructions with them so they can nominate themselves, too!



In 2019, we want to recognize a brand educator who is ahead of the game. Does this describe you? Here’s how to nominate yourself:

  1. Create a short video (1 minute max) including the following:
    • Your name
    • Spa/brand you represent
    • How long you have been in the industry
    • How you are contributing to the industry as a whole 
    • Why you deserve to win the award of Favorite Brand Educator
  2. Go to Facebook and upload your video as your status, tagging DERMASCOPE Magazine. Make sure you have your privacy settings to public so we can see!

If you know someone else who deserves to win this award, share these instructions with them so they can nominate themselves, too!

On the Bright Side: 3 Key Brightening Ingredients

It is no secret that most clients seek radiant skin. From eliminating dark spots to reversing ultraviolet damage, brighteners are formulated with ingredients that target the root of complexion issues. However, not all brightening products are created equally and mainstream ingredients used in some brightening products may even be harmful. Below, discover three natural, powerhouse brightening ingredients that are sure to produce that highly sought-after glow without putting clients at risk.

Trish Green President of Eve Taylor North America

Agraduate of Victoria University of Manchester England, Trish  Green has been an educator in the aesthetics and alternative health care industry for 25 years. She is an advocate for raising standards in education, with special interest in aromatherapy. Her career in the field of natural health and aesthetics is wide and varied. She is a CIDESCO diplomat in aesthetics, certified Bach Flower remedy practitioner, internationally-trained aromatherapist, and homeopathic practitioner.  Agraduate of Victoria University of Manchester England, Trish  Green has been an educator in the aesthetics and alternative health care industry for 25 years. She is an advocate for raising standards in education, with special interest in aromatherapy. Her career in the field of natural health and aesthetics is wide and varied. She is a CIDESCO diplomat in aesthetics, certified Bach Flower remedy practitioner, internationally-trained aromatherapist, and homeopathic practitioner.  

DiamondTome President Wins Entrepreneur of the Year

On June 26, the Los Angeles Business Journal hosted the Women’s Council and Awards – a half-day event of inspiration, education, and recognition. The top business leaders in Los Angeles, California gathered to share their wisdom through a series of keynote speeches, dynamic panels, and workshops. The annual event honored the achievements made by powerful women who make a difference throughout Los Angeles. President of Altair Instruments, Brenda Acosta, won the prestigious “Entrepreneur Founder/Owner of the Year” award. With over 300 nominees, including Gillian Zucker of the LA Clippers, Christine Simmons from the LA Sparks, and Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber, Acosta humbly accepted the impressive award. “It’s an honor to be among the most accomplished and distinguished female leaders,” Acosta said. Some could say this prestigious accolade could not have happened at a better time. DiamondTome will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary next year. Acosta has been working on the year-long marketing campaign to celebrate this anniversary.

RevitaLash Revamps Branding

RevitaLash® Cosmetics, a leader in the eyelash and eyebrow category, announced the launch of its new website, including added features for customer convenience, updated model and product imagery, new video content, and, for the first time, a look at the brand’s refreshed logo. Now offering consumers a more engaging brand experience, the new website is designed to authentically represent the brand’s iconic, luxury products and heritage.  “We are thrilled to unveil this first phase of our new site, boasting more exciting features to engage and educate consumers,” said Lori Jacobus, chief marketing officer for RevitaLash Cosmetics. “This fresh look mirrors our revitalized vision for the brand moving forward. With our physician-led line of expert-developed, luxury cosmetics, this new website is reflective of our role as a leader in the beauty industry. As part of the overall new company branding, RevitaLash Cosmetics has revamped its logo; the new logo is elegant and eye-catching. We’ve incorporated the signature eyelash curve from our previous logo, now serving as the leg of the ‘R’.”

Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners Announces Annual Conference

The Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners (AHSCP) will hold its 11th annual conference on Nov. 4 and 5 at Chicago’s Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel. It will feature extensive, hands-on learning opportunities and demonstrations, so registration will be limited this year. The AHSCP offers the latest protocols and trends in organic, non-invasive skin care, as well as continuing education for aestheticians and holistic skin care certification. Workshops and conferences sponsored by the AHSCP provide education on natural ingredients, demonstrations of European and Eastern methods for individualized skin care protocols, and networking opportunities.

Eminence Organics Announces Annual Business Conference

Eminence Organics celebrated their largest annual business conference in July. This dynamic, yearly event united over 200 Eminence team-members from around the world for three days of education, knowledge sharing, and celebration. Held in Vancouver, British Columbia, the conference was designed to celebrate company wins and galvanize growth for the next 12 months.

Paving the future

After 30 years in the skin care business, I can honestly say I think I’ve seen everything! When you tack on 16 years as a school owner – my goodness – I could write a book!    I’ve watched the ebb and flow of an amazing industry that has grown leaps and bounds in products, ingredients, technology, services, sales, and business strategies.


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Aleks Vranicic, Vice President of Sales and Technical Training at Vitelle Labs


Aleks Vranicic is a product development principal, master trainer, and vice president of sales and technical training at Vitelle Labs. Originally from Croatia, he is a third-generation, licensed aesthetician who holds a B.A. in business from PLNU in San Diego, California. Vranicic started his skin care career over 16 years ago working with his mother at her spa in Los Altos, California. It was there he witnessed, firsthand, the revenue opportunities attainable through private branding of skin care. Seeing the profound impact the increase in profit had on his mother’s life, it became his mission to help others become more profitable by creating their own skin care line. He has helped hundreds of clients who, like his mother, have their own vision for their company. Vranicic has traveled the world sharing his experience and knowledge, mentoring and training skin care professionals. He is a popular speaker at skin care symposiums and industry trade events and a regular contributor to industry publications.

Louis Silberman, CEO of National Laser Institute


Louis Silberman, CEO of National Laser Institute, pioneered the cosmetic laser training industry. He launched out of his garage in 1998, which became the sixth most visited pharmacy website, with 500,000 visitors per month - beating out CVS and Walgreens. Silberman is a contributing writer for leading aesthetic trade journals and has authored the book "Make it Happen Online." Silberman has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Fortune Small Business.

David Suzuki, President of Bio-Therapeutic


David Suzuki, president of Bio-Therapeutic, has been an active and licensed member of the medical aesthetic industry for over 30 years. He is a leading authority and expert on medical and aesthetic device manufacturing and regulatory issues, including FDA, CE, and ISO 13485. He serves as an advisor to many skin care manufacturers, publications, state boards, and institutions. His vast knowledge and expertise of engineering, printed circuit board design, injection molds, inventory, and quality controls, along with a keen sense of market trends, forecasting, and successful domestic and international relationships, enable Bio-Therapeutic the ability to bring new technology, products, and concepts to the market quickly and efficaciously.

Bella Schneider, CEO of Bella Schneider Beauty and La Belle Day Spas & Salons


Bella Schneider leads more than 150 aesthetic professionals in her Silicon Valley spas. She travels globally to bring the best in aesthetic science to her formulas and protocols. She is a successful retailer and respected educator that helps aestheticians enhance their practices by offering top-of-the-line protocols, retail products, and advanced training. She is a laureate of the esteemed LNE lifetime achievement Crystal Award for her contributions to beauty science. Because she trains her staff and clients, she is able to export her multi-faceted experience to professionals across the spa industry.

Lyn Ross, L.M.E. Founder and CEO of Institut’ DERMed


Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is the founder and CEO of the Institut’ DERMed family of companies. Working closely with Atlanta, Georgia’s top cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons, Ross built her clinical skin care practice into one of the first medical spas in the country, making her a true pioneer in the industry. Today, the spa’s client list includes the who’s who of Atlanta celebrities. Ross’ passion for results became the fuel that inspired her to develop her own skin and body care product line and launch the Institut’ DERMed College of Advanced Aesthetics in 1995. The line targets five skin conditions with products that are interchangeable to successfully treat even the most problematic skin conditions. Ross launched her wholesale, distribution, consulting, and licensing companies. Soon after, many of the skin care professionals she trained wanted to know how to become a part of the Institut’ DERMed family and offer the company’s unique skin health care concepts in their area.

Michael Pugliese, B.S., L.E. CEO of Circadia by Dr. Pugliese


Michael Q. Pugliese, B.S., L.E., is an informed educator, writer, and asset to the skin care industry. He became the third-generation CEO of Circadia by Dr. Pugliese in 2006. His dedication and leadership to the brand has grown to achieve international recognition and distribution worldwide. This global expansion has created a skin care regime for every skin type in the world. Pugliese’s compelling lectures honor the tenets of modern skin science discovered originally by his grandfather. By following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Pugliese has been driven to deliver a clear message on skin health to all of his clients. Circadia is formulated to work in harmony with the body’s natural Circadian rhythms, which protect from environmental damage during the day, while focusing on skin repair during evening rest.

Austin Podowski, CEO of Synergy MedSales


Austin Podowski is an elite marketing specialist, serving as an A-to-Z business development executive since his youth, with several successful launches in his portfolio, spanning from digital marketing and advertising to dental, cosmetic, and surgical device companies. With nearly two decades of work-life experience under various mentors, Podowski acts as a bridge between enterprise and the changing ideals of coming generations, as well as a zip line of efficacious technology to the commercial industry. Podowski’s most recent ventures have provided him the opportunity to gain an objective view of the aesthetic marketplace and granted him to see open market segmentations within the space.

Manon Pilon, Founder of DERME&CO


Manon Pilon has conducted seminars internationally, educating medical specialists, aestheticians, dermatologists, nurses, plastic surgeons, and professionals spanning several other medical fields. She is an author, spa consultant, internationally recognized educator, researcher, and medical aesthetician. She has written “Anti-Aging: The Cure Based on your Body Type” and hosted a popular radio show. Specializing in marketing and management, Pilon has acquired several awards for achievements in the spa and medical spa field. In fact, she was the recipient of the “Business Woman of the Year” award – by the RAFQ- Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec (The Network of Business Women in Quebec) – twice. She was also a Who’s Who in New York nominee.

Wallace Vigo Nelson, ND, President 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.

Janel Luu, CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics


Janel Luu has enjoyed over 35 years of experience int he global cosmetics industry as an international educator, outward-looking researcher, and master skin care formulator. Her extensive background and expertise in anti-aging cellular technology and global beauty have created a solid foundation for her leading-edge skin care brands, including Le Mieux Cosmetics, Le Mieux Clinical, PurErb, and MD-GEN. Dynamic and relevant, Luu has educated and inspired over 37,000 skin care professionals and physicians, sharing her passion for skin-remodeling treatments and fascia-sculpting techniques that redefine the best skin care imaginable. 

Pat Lam, CEO and Co-Founder of Lamskin


Pat Lam is a board-certified, anti-aging health practitioner, CIDESCO International Examiner, CIDESCO Gold Medal winner and diplomat, and co-founder and past president of CIDESCO Canada. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Lamskin™, a dedicated educator, an international speaker, and a prolific author of numerous industry articles, educational textbooks, and instructional videos. Lamskin, the company that Pat Lam co-founded with her late visionary husband, Hubert Lam, is a respected, pioneering, industry leader serving the aesthetics industry for over 40 years. Today, Lamskin is known for its highly advanced skin care technologies for the rapid and effective recognition and treatment of minor skin irregularities supported by specialized training and support.

Rikki Kusy, Founder and CEO of DermaplanePro


Rikki Kusy is an ASU College of Education and Barrett Honor’s College graduate with over 25 years of experience in training and education. She holds aesthetics licenses in Arizona and California. She founded Arizona Aesthetics Association in 2006 in order to provide monthly networking and continuing education events to aesthetics professionals and students in Arizona. She has gained experience working with several prominent plastic surgeons and was owner of a medical spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a PSIA-certified ski instructor and registered yoga teacher. Her training programs are one of a kind and are truly comprehensive in their multi-faceted approach to student success. All learning is experiential, as well as didactic, and provides for a real world, hands-on approach that is easily implemented post-training.

Becky Kuehn, Founder and Director of Oncology Spa Solutions


Becky Kuehn, the leading educator for oncology training in the United States had cancer when she was 18-years-old. It shaped the course of her life and defined her life’s mission. She realized, then, (and even now) there was a huge gap in aesthetic care for those going through cancer. Oncology-trained spa professionals can profoundly improve the quality of life for someone going through cancer treatments. Her goal, passion, and dream is to have an oncology-trained spa professional in every cancer center in the United States. She and her team of 12 Aesthetic-Angel trainers travel several times every month to train and add more helping hands somewhere in the United States. Together, they facilitate about 40 to 60 trainings a year.

Attila Koronczay, General Manager at Eminence Organic Skin Care


Attila Koronczay grew up in Budapest, Hungary until he and his brother moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1996 to pursue their dreams and bring natural, organic, and Biodynamic® skin care to North America. With a degree in engineering, Koronczay plays a key role in the vision of Eminence’s ongoing commitment to the environment, by ensuring all office and warehouses are dedicated to green practices, while also remaining directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, traveling to tradeshows, and participating in charitable events. He has since led Eminence to become the first professional skin care company in the world to become a Certified B Corporation®.

Lina Kennedy, President and CEO of Alexandria Professional®


Lina Kennedy is the president and CEO of Alexandria Professional, a worldwide leader in body sugaring epilation. Kennedy is the pioneer of professional body sugaring and a master trainer of practitioners and distributors in more than 25 countries. As a beauty industry innovator, Kennedy has developed a full line of all-natural skin care products and treatments that are safe and effective for all hair and skin types. She is a motivational speaker, the author of numerous articles in beauty trade magazines, and is a multi-patent holder. With a passion for excellence and a gift to inspire others, Kennedy has become a leader in the beauty industry with Alexandria Professional.

Patrick Johnson, CEO of BioPhotas


Patrick Johnson is the CEO of BioPhotas and the inventor of the award-winning Celluma Series of light therapy devices. He is a seasoned executive with profit and loss leadership in turnarounds, startups, emerging companies, as well as companies challenged with mature product lifecycles. With a history of repeatedly growing sales and gross margins at double-digit growth rates, he has provided leadership in strategic planning, sales, marketing, corporate branding, product positioning, and operations. Johnson is a senior executive with 25 years of experience leading manufacturing companies in diverse industries including medical, dental, aerospace, and motorsports.

Christine Heathman, Founder and CEO of GlyMed Plus


Christine Heathman 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.

Sara Fulton, Co-Founder and CEO 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. 


“If you can take a patient with grade 4 acne and clear them without antibiotics or Accutane, that’s a success.”




Formulations and family.


I see claims made that aren’t real. It’s bad for consumers and bad for the industry because it undermines trust.


In 1975, Dr. Fulton and I Ieft the clinic we’d established at the University of Miami to open our own acne clinic. Within a few years, we had 12.


I am all about science because that’s where the results are.


My late husband, Dr. Fulton, of course.


Vitamin A Propionate – it does it all.



After more than 40 years in the industry, I still love what I do. And here’s something few people know about me: I once made gumbo with chef Paul Prudhomme.



  • Bachelor’s degree in pre-medical studies from Drexel University
  • Formulator, researcher, and educator
  • Board member at St. Thomas University
  • Grandmother and world traveler




Miami Lakes, Florida






We believe a deep understanding of skin modalities and treatments is essential for success. We’ve recently launched Vivant University – an online advanced aesthetics certification program – and will continue to look for ways to support aestheticians in achieving the best results for their clients.



Vitamin A Therapies


Vivant Skin Care

Vivant’s patented Vitamin A Propionate is molecularly-advantaged for quick absorption without irritation to reach the critical dermal layers where cellular renewal begins. It is the superstar of Vivant’s corrective serum formulations including DERMASCOPE’s 2018 Aestheticians’ Choice award-winner, Derm-A-Gel.





“You can’t talk about skin care pioneers without talking about Vivant. From therapeutic modalities to innovative ingredients and formulations to aesthetic practices, Vivant has led the way. When we started, our goal was to create the best skin care in the world. And that hasn’t changed.” Sara Fulton, President and Co-Founder of Vivant Skin Care

Elina Fedotova, Founder and Formulator of Elina Organics


Elina Fedotova is the founder and formulator of Elina Organics. An award-winning aesthetician and cosmetic chemist, she combines the intelligence of nature with modern science to help her clients achieve beautiful skin with Elina Organics’ skin care products and protocols. Her spa on the Magnificent Mile is recognized by CHICAGO magazine as offering the Windy City’s “Best Facial.” An educator, she heads up the Association of Holistic Skin Care practitioners and regularly shares DIY skin care tips on Elina Skin Cuisine TV segments. Elina frequently contributes to professional skin care magazines.

Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner, Owner of Aesthetic Science Institute


Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner is a licensed aesthetician, cosmetologist, CIDESCO diplomat, and the owner of the Aesthetic Science Institute. She has over 30 years of experience in the skin care and beauty industry including teaching, curriculum development, speaking, test development, and writing. D’Allaird-Brenner is also the chair person for the Appearance Enhancement Advisory Board in New York state and president of Aesthetics International Association. Her experience, expertise, and motivation has positioned her as a world-renowned skin care expert and consultant, providing education and training in over 30 countries around the world.

Patricia Boland, Vice President of Research and Development at Colorescience


Patricia Boland has nearly two decades of experience in the beauty and cosmetic industry. She is currently exhibiting that expertise within the Colorescience team as the vice president of research and development. Her vast experience in product development focuses primarily on the relationship between scientifically-proven ingredients and the aesthetic elegance of the final formulation. Prior to joining the Colorescience team, Boland spent much of her career at Laura Mercier Cosmetics, most recently serving as chief beauty director, where she worked closely with Mercier to develop iconic products that helped accelerate the brand growth and lead to its first acquisition.

Karen Asquith, National Director of Education for 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.

Kathleen Angiolet, President of PHYT’S-USA


Kathleen Angiolet began working in cosmetics behind a counter in 1986. A positive can-do attitude helped her to move up through the ranks and rise to an executive position for a world-renowned luxury brand. In spite of her success, she dreamed of owning her own skin care business. After extensive research, she discovered a natural skin care created specifically for aestheticians – PHYT’S Naturo-Esthetique. In August 2000, she traveled to France to meet with Jean-Paul Llopart and Rosanne Verlé, the creators of the brand and true pioneers in the natural cosmetic industry. Inspired by their revolutionary approach – that beauty, health, and ecology were inseparable – Angiolet knew that she had found an exceptional brand. It was then that she began distributing PHYT’S products and its philosophy to the United States.

Rhonda Allison, Founder of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals

The Queen of Peels

Rhonda Allison is the founder of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals and RED Method. She is highly respected worldwide for her innovative work with acids and chemical peels and is known in the professional aesthetics world as a pioneering formulator, educator, speaker, and author. Having worked behind the aesthetic chair for more than 35 years, she researched and observed firsthand what produced real results in the skin and formulated a professional product line using only pure, fresh ingredients that combined science and nature. Nicknamed the “aesthetician’s aesthetician,” Allison has spent decades empowering other professionals to advance their careers and achieve success.

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Shunly Skincare

Shunly Skincare's HA + Firming Moisturizer is a  concentrated cream with FUSION FORMULA® featuring hyaluronic acid and squalene.  It features highly effective, biogenic ingredients to soothe, nurture, and  restore the skin's moisture. Shunly Skincare's HA + Firming Moisturizer is a  concentrated cream with FUSION FORMULA® featuring hyaluronic acid and squalene.  It features highly effective, biogenic ingredients to soothe, nurture, and  restore the skin's moisture. 
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Image Skincare

Image Skincare's Ageless  Hyaluronic Filler pure serum plumps and fills lines with concentrated,  botanical-derived hyaluronic acid infused with an apricot essential oil,  vitamin B5, and potent, antioxidant vitamin E. Image Skincare's Ageless  Hyaluronic Filler pure serum plumps and fills lines with concentrated,  botanical-derived hyaluronic acid infused with an apricot essential oil,  vitamin B5, and potent, antioxidant vitamin E.
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ilike organic skin care

ilike organic skin care’s new Tomato Face & Body Moisturizer for Exposed Skin is loaded with the powerful antioxidant Lycopene, to protect skin from harmful UV rays, and a blend of nourishing botanicals including aloe, shea butter, calendula and lavender oils, and vegetable oil to moisturize and soothe skin pre- and post-sun exposure.
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SPF 30+ Day Moisturizer with MHCsc™ Technology by KERACELL® is a lightweight, daily sunscreen that nourishes and protects skin from the harmful effects of UVA rays, UVB rays, and other harmful effects of the environment. Ideal for wear under makeup, this product is broad spectrum, water resistant, and anti-pollution.
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Abrioné® by VB Cosmetics

Abrioné® Anti-Aging Moisturizer is refreshingly lightweight, non-greasy, and richly bio-organic. This concentrated, anti-aging formula keeps skin youthfully supple and hydrated all day long. It infuses hyaluronic acid which, when naturally produced in the body, helps skin to retain collagen, moisture, elasticity, and flexibility.
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Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts

Changes in the look and feel of skin are common problems with menopausal women. Moisturizers and antioxidants may have favorable impacts on the skin but may not be enough. Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts’ Youthful You is formulated with progesterone USP to target hormonally-dry and crepey-looking skin by helping to improve moisture retention and soften delicate skin.
800-689-0499 or


More than an ordinary broad-spectrum sunscreen, Bioelements’ advanced SPF 50 FaceScreen decreases the risk of early skin aging as it improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and the feel of firmness.
800-433-6650 or


The Epionce line of Renewal Facial products are formulated with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and are clinically proven to reduce visible signs of aging, as well as prescription retinoids.
866-374-6623 or

Circadia by Dr. Pugliese

Circadia’s Light Day Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 37 provides optimal ultraviolet and environmental protection. This light lotion is packed with antioxidants, humectants, and soothing ingredients to moisturize and prevent irritation.
800-630-4710 or


The Celluma HOME LED is the newest addition to the award-winning Celluma series of light therapy devices. The new Celluma HOME is a two-mode device designed to treat wrinkles and pain. With the same professional strength and efficacy as the Celluma ELITE, PRO, and LITE, the Celluma HOME is ideal for both clinical and home use. The competitively-priced Celluma HOME has a large treatment area measuring 14 inches by 6 inches and is perfect for addressing anti-aging and pain issues.
714-978-0080 or

Thera Genesis

This collection includes Thera Genesis’ Revitaderm Complex, Brightening Complex, Luminosity, and Brightening Booster. The collection boasts perfectly paired, organic botanicals with scientific ingredients such as stem cells, growth factors, and peptides to provide a well-balanced collection that supports the physiological changes that accompany aging. This collection is designed to meet the needs of all women – from prejuvenation in their 30s to rejuvenation in their 50s and 60s. These target specific formulations, compliment and enhance all medical spa treatments, and offer highly active formulations for ongoing daily use.
800-461-3745 or

Institut Esthederm

No Sun – 100% Mineral Care SPF 50by Institut Esthederm was developed especially for sun-intolerant skin with cutaneous reactions, including skin allergic to cheminal filters or skin with sun eviction (scars, medication, or post-aesthetic procedures). No Sun allows all skin types to enjoy the sun in total safety.
514-270-3763 or 

GlyMed Plus

Protect and moisturize skin with GlyMed Plus’Photo-Age Environmental Protection Gel SPF 15 This ultra-light, water-based UVA and UVB broad spectrum lotion is available in both SPF 15 and SPF 30. It integrates the power of professional-grade ingredients to immediately deliver antioxidants providing anti-aging benefits to protect skin from free radical damage. Apply to the face and décolleté and any other areas exposed to UV Rays. Reapply every two hours as needed for maximum protection.
800-676-9667 or 

BiON Research Skincare Products

BiON Research Skincare Products’Tinted Mineral SPF 35 Suncream with Antioxidants protects, moisturizes, and provides a sheer coverage to maintain skin’s youth and beauty. It includes titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for excellent physical protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also provides antioxidants and can be used as a daily moisturizer by all skin types. Acneic skin and sensitive skin respond well to this product and it is excellent for the finishing touch at the end of a facial. The minerals used for coloring contain additional titanium dioxide with a blend of four FDA-approved mineral pigments to provide superior purity of color and saturation. The creamy consistency goes on smoothly and is non-irritating to the eyes. Summer moisture, color, and protection are achieved in one quick step! This cream is available in three shades: light, medium, and dark. 
402-438-5929 or 

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February 2018

February 2018

January 2018

DERMASCOPE Interview: Patch MD Exclusive

From surgery to noninvasive procedures like CoolSculpting, there are tons of procedures aiming to deliver dramatic body sculpting results. Dr. Ray Kahn discussed his partnership with Patch MD and how their technology is impacting this space.

Alicia Grande CEO of Grande Cosmetics

After 25 years in the anti-aging, skin care and beauty industries interviewing doctors and scientists about new innovative products, I truly believed I had seen it all! As I got older and became a wife and mother, my interest in anti-aging products grew more personal. I looked for products that would restore or slow down my own aging process. In 2009, I discovered the secret to naturally beautiful eyelashes, an eyelash-enhancing conditioner I called GrandeLASH-MD. I finally found a powerful product that offered me such outstanding results it inspired me to create Grande Cosmetics, my own results-driven line of innovative cosmetics, serums, and conditioners. Armed with the secret to restoring and maintaining my natural eyelashes, hair, lips, and eyebrows, I wanted to share it with as many women as possible!

January 2018

Sentient Lasers and MedPro Collaborate to Provide Customers with Blue Dot Certified Aesthetic Lasers

Sentient Lasers, one of the leading pre-owned aesthetic laser companies that buys, sells, warranties, and provides service contracts for aesthetic lasers and devices, announced its partnership with the longest running seller of pre-owned lasers, MedPro. The company adopted Sentient Lasers’ Blue Dot Certification in March 2017 to ensure quality, longevity, safety, and complete transparency for aesthetic lasers and provide customers with equipment that they can trust.

Repêchage Founder and CEO, Lydia Sarfati, shares her ‘American Dream’

Repêchage CEO and founder, Lydia Sarfati, served as an honorary speaker at the first anniversary of American Dreams Beauty Center, a full service wellness center located in the heart of Zakopane, Poland – a popular tourist destination.
Since opening in October of 2016, Repêchage Professional Skin Care has helped contribute to the success of American Dreams.
“Repechage was the first brand we introduced,” said American Dreams Beauty Center owner Patrycja Furczon.

Kate Sornson Named Associate Manager, Marketing, and Communications for GWS and GWI

Kate Sornson, former social media manager for Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and Global Wellness Institute (GWI), has been promoted to associate manager of marketing and communications. Prior to this appointment, Sornson worked for the Green Spa Network, a community of people focused on transforming the spa industry to be more efficient, sustainable, and earth-friendly, as community manager and membership coordinator.

Conair Corporation Announces the Passing of Leandro P. Rizzuto, Chairman and Co-Founder

On Dec. 5, Conair Corporation announced the passing of Leandro P. Rizzuto, co-founder and chairman of the board. After battling a long fight with pancreatic cancer, Rizzuto passed on Dec. 3, surrounded by his family.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our leader,” said Ronald T. Diamond, President of Conair Corporation. “Rizzuto was a man who loved life and people and deeply loved our company. He was our leader, mentor, and teacher, encouraging those around him to always strive to do more than we thought we could do, and be greater than we thought we could be.”

BiON Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

After 20 years in the professional skin care business, BiON Skincare continues on the path established by Glen Lockhart in 1997.  In 2007, Larry and Barbara Lockhart became the new owners and have continued the vision with personal customer service and the development of effective products that contain natural ingredients, are science-based, and priced affordably.  A few of the keys to BiON’s continued success are that they only sell to aestheticians and physicians, and offer online and in-depth personal education.  In celebration of this landmark occasion BiON is introducing new packaging and several new products to continue the tradition into the future. 

Cutera Announces Appointment of Sandra Gardiner as CFO

Cutera, Inc., a leading provider of laser and energy-based aesthetic systems for practitioners worldwide, announced the appointment of Sandra Gardiner to the position of executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Gardiner has been serving in this role on a consulting basis since July 12, 2017. 


DERMASCOPE Interview: One-on-One with Michael Pugliese

When asked if he had any mentors throughout his professional journey: “I’ve had several mentors in the industry. Obviously, my grandfather, Dr. Pugliese, has been a mentor for many people in the industry. Some of those people include Christine Heathman, Mark Lees, Rebecca Gadberry... A lot of those people have helped to mentor me, as well, and helped to develop my individual career. But, absolutely, I would have to say my grandfather, Dr. Pugliese, has been an incredible mentor for me in the industry.” Michael Pugliese 

DERMASCOPE Interview: One-on-One with Skinade

“Skinade is a great professional treatment partner because we work well with all of your current professional treatments that your offering, whether it be surgical or non-surgical, ablative or non-ablative. Many of our surgeons include this in their pre- or post-packaging. That way, they’re prepping their clients. They are increasing that collagen before they are kind of wounding the skin. They have a better result.” Lainie Gunderson


November 2017