Aesthetic Science Institute CIDESCO graduate Lauren Sankey gets hired by Norwegian Cruise lines!

Of thirty applicants Lauren was one of two hired by the International Cruise ship company.  Her new place of work will be on Norwegian's Pride of America circling the Hawaiian Islands!

Congratulations Lauren, so proud of our ASI CIDESCO graduate! 

Unlike oily skin, dry skin can be prevented. Learn to reinforce the trans epidermal barrier, add hydration and nutrients, normalize exfoliation, and protect the skin from drying environmental factors. Tina Marie Zillmann demonstrates: skin analysis with a scope; cleansing with a mild pumpkin-enzyme cleanser; lactic peel; ultrasonic deep clean and nutrition treatment to penetrate hyaluronic, anti-inflammatory, and amino-peptide products; Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment for hypo- and hyperpigmentation; moisturizer with epidermal growth factor; and application of sun block with zinc and titanium oxide. She also addresses Fitzpatrick type 1, sensitive skin, acne scarring, rosacea, discoloration, broken capillaries, and fine lines.

Eve Taylor London has joined with Trees for the Future, which is revitalising degraded land supporting impoverished families in Africa by planting new trees.


Planting new trees regenerates the land, supports the ecosystem of wildlife and insects, and combats climate change by offsetting carbon emissions to the equivalent of 26,000 miles of car driving and producing approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods, and food crops in a systematic manner over a four-year period, families can positively change their lives forever and support the environment. For more information visit

VEGAMOUR, a vegan hair wellness company that uses powerful, plant-derived actives with proven clinical and visible results, announced the launch of a full line of scientifically-created CBD serums and nutraceuticals to promote healthy hair growth for the scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows.


The topical products in the company’s new CBD line of hair, eyelash, and eyebrow serums are formulated with full-spectrum, micro-encapsulated CBD. This proprietary process decreases the size of the CBD molecules by over 1,000%, so that the CBD particles can penetrate the skin and hair roots more deeply and deliver increased efficacy.


“Our research has shown that CBD has inherent, clinically-proven actives that naturally work in tandem to stimulate healthy hair growth,” said VEGAMOUR CEO Dan Hodgdon.


The company, which has always had strict ingredient guidelines and has always stayed away from the harmful chemical ingredients found in most pharmaceutical hair growth products, will be extending their CBD line from topicals to ingestibles and supplements to create a full CBD hair health line, resulting in stronger, thicker, and healthier hair. 


“Our line of full-spectrum CBD hair wellness supplements work in tandem with our topical CBD serums by providing additional synergistic health benefits, such as balancing the endocannabinoid system for overall peace, stress reduction, and improved sleep,” adds Hodgdon.

Dr. Jason Emer, Los Angeles, California’s top board-certified dermatologist, unveils a stratosphere of cosmetic innovation inside his new comprehensive medical and surgical facility, Emerage Medical, in West Hollywood, California.


With design concepts impeccably executed by EXOD-ARCH in collaboration with Ben Ballantine Architects Studios, the futuristic facility boasts 8,000-square-feet of modern luxury, including two fully-automated aesthetician rooms, two procedure suites, five spacious laser and cosmetic treatment rooms, and numerous private workspaces with magnificent views of the city. A state-of-the-art operating center is currently under construction, which will accommodate surgical procedures, as well as in-house aftercare. Exclusively equipped with the most sophisticated technologies in the fields of cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery, Emerage Medical houses over 80 cutting-edge lasers and minimally-invasive devices for aging, scarring, pigmentation, burns, and lifelong preventative rejuvenation.


In the Liquid Lounge, patients can enjoy a wide array of exclusive amenities and spa treatments, including IV hydration therapy, massage, customized facials and masks, dermal infusion, micro-ampule infusion treatments, and more.


Respected worldwide for their impeccable precision and bold techniques, Dr. Jason Emer, Dr. Robert Cohen, and Dr. Farhad Ardeshirpour have pioneered some of Hollywood’s most sought-after procedures and cater to an elite clientele. Dr. Emer’s specialties include high-definition liposuction and body contouring, facial sculpting, and feature enhancement with fillers and Botox and laser dermatology for scarring, pigmentation, rejuvenation, and antiaging, wrinkle, or sun damage. Dr. Cohen’s specialties include aesthetic breast surgery of every type, complex revision procedures, mommy makeovers, abdominoplasty surgery, male chest defining surgery, arm and thigh contouring procedures, and labia reductions. Dr. Ardesh’s specialties include facial rejuvenation such as face lifts, neck lifts, brow lifts, and eyelid surgeries, as well as rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), ear reconstructions, and chin and jawline augmentations with customized implants.

In May, the Professional Beauty Federation of California’s (PBFC) Welcome to Our World (W.O.W.) lobbying event took place at the Capitol Events Center, next door to the capitol building in Sacramento, California. Dozens of volunteer beauty professionals performed hundreds of services on more than 125 policymakers, regulators, and staffers throughout the afternoon.


PBFC’s members and industry sponsors used this opportunity to focus on the many opportunities, issues, and challenges facing the industry in California, particularly policy and regulatory issues that need to be addressed by California’s elected and appointed leaders. With most of the laws and regulations that govern salons and industry professionals created at the state level, providing these state officials with a direct connection to knowledgeable industry subject matter experts has been a proven success over the past 19 years.


This legislative session gave rise to a dozen bills that could have a direct impact on beauty students, colleges, salons, and behind-the-chair professionals. This year’s event was of particular importance to the mission of the PBFC to protect its industry by redirecting well-intentioned, but misguided, legislation to more positive ends or simply kill bad bills whose authors are not willing to compromise.


PBFC was pleased that senior officials from the state board participated in this year’s W.O.W. to help educate policymakers in support of a well-regulated, licensed profession. The PBFC and state board joined forces last month to kill one bill that would have chipped away at the licensed scope of practice, leaving more beauty consumers unprotected and exacerbating unlicensed activities that place legitimate salons at a competitive disadvantage.

Noted beauty industry executive, Rochelle Weitzner, former CEO of Erno Laszlo and former CFO at Laura Mercier Cosmetics and RéVive Skincare, announced the launch of Pause, a first-of-its-kind, science-based skin care line focused on supporting skin during the three stages of menopause.


The Pause story began when Weitzner experienced her first hot flash. Naturally, she looked to her industry for products that could support her through menopause. What she found – or, actually, what she did not find – shocked her.


“Not only were there no products targeting the particular effects of menopause on skin,” reflects Weitzner, “but no one was even talking about it. For all the noise we make about aging and all the products aimed at antiaging, it was as if the whole topic of menopause was forbidden.”


After a career in the C-suite, Weitzner found that not just surprising but unacceptable. “Menopause is or will be a fact of life for millions of women,” says Weitzner. “From peri-menopause, which can start in a woman’s thirties, and for the rest of her life, she will deal with a combination of hot flashes, dryness, sagging, and loss of elasticity.”


She decided to change all that, redirecting her extensive experience in beauty to fill this gaping void. Weitzner teamed up with Grace Beauty Capital to establish Pause Well-Aging skin care.


“Menopause is a huge transition for women and a huge underserved market,” says Grace’s Founder and Partner, Frank Fazzinga III, “and I couldn’t understand why nobody had the courage to tackle it.”


Pause is a first-of-its-kind skin care line focused on the three stages of menopause, turning traditional antiaging thinking on its head with an unabashed well-aging approach to menopause and its effects on skin. Weitzner notes, “We’ve done our homework, developing products that scientifically target this stage of skin health from both the inside and the outside.”


Pause launches in June with three products created to address the unique physiology of menopausal skin. The next round of products will launch in the fall.


While products are the core of Pause, Weitzner emphasizes that Pause is about more than skin care. “Pause is both science for your skin and a community for your soul,” Weitzner offers. She explains that it is about giving women resources and space to share their stories as they adapt to the new normal that is menopause. The Connect the Dots blog is packed with articles, stories, science, lifestyle features, humor, and more – reflecting the company tagline “Pause. Learn. Laugh.”


Weitzner sums up the company’s mission, “We want to view menopause, not as an ending, but as a time to Pause, reflect, and look ahead. Pause is beauty for what’s next.”

With decades of hands-on work and experience under their belts and a firm commitment to education as their mission, the Color Up Therapeutics team is launching the Cannabis Master Program for the spa professional. Releasing now, this first-of-its-kind online course for massage therapists and aestheticians is more than 15 years in the making. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certification from Color Up Therapeutics as a Cannabis Master.


“Set to become the gold standard for therapists everywhere, Color Up’s Cannabis Master Program for the spa professional is the most comprehensive, in-depth cannabis education program available today,” says Color Up Therapeutics’ co-owner and COO Shauna Blanch. Blanch is also a licensed massage therapist, certified reiki master, and yoga teacher. “Our team of aestheticians, massage therapists, chemists, and cannabis business professionals have been studying skin care and cannabis for more than 15 years,” says Blanch. “The Cannabis Master Program is a compilation of that research and learning.”


The Cannabis Master Program kicks off with two tracks, one for massage therapists and body workers, and one for aestheticians. There are eight lectures for aestheticians and seven for massage therapists. Topics include: The Endocannabinoid System: An In-Depth Look, The Magic of Cannabinoids, Healing from the Inside Out, The Science of the Skin, and Give Yourself a Raise: Retail Selling.


The team’s intention is for the Cannabis Master Program to become a full university for the at-home user and the spa professional. “Bringing CBD skin care and body care into a spa practice is much more than a trend. It’s a comprehensive approach to functional healing for body, mind, and spirit,” explains Vice President of Education Emily Davis, LE. “CBD is more dynamic than many ingredients that are generally used in skin care and massage products because it is communicating with our body’s main regulatory system – our endocannabinoid system. For this reason, education is very important for the provider.”


Over the past year, Color Up Therapeutics has brought on more than 1,500 professional accounts, including spas, aestheticians, and massage therapists. To educate partners, Color Up Therapeutics created a comprehensive training program and is currently working with aesthetics and massage schools as they incorporate cannabis education and products into their curriculum, as well.


“If we can educate our professionals, they can broaden the community more than we ever could alone,” says Blanch. “The Cannabis Master Program provides the information needed to not only offer CBD in a professional setting, but to become a cannabis expert.”

With a mission to expand holistic beauty globally, Osmosis has exciting company news to share. As of June 1, 2019, Osmosis will formally be under a new brand name, fully transitioning into and merging under the Osmosis +Beauty umbrella. Now, as Osmosis +Beauty, several key changes will distinguish the core of the brand moving forward. This includes new prestige, rose gold packaging, a new online identity, and a new combination of product collections, including Osmosis +Skincare, Osmosis +Colour, Osmosis +Wellness, and Osmosis MD.


Upholding the brand philosophy started over 10 years ago, Osmosis +Beauty will continue to create skin care products and treatments founded on medically developed, clinically validated, and consumer-proven results that are patented, tested, and trusted. Each innovative offering will remain doctor-developed and medical-grade, formulated with patented actives and proprietary nutrients that deliver transformative results without harming the skin. Meanwhile, the line’s makeup will feature gentle, non-toxic ingredients, botanicals, and natural pigments, while the wellness supplements and rejuvenating elixirs will remain inspired by the skin-body connection for inner health that radiates outer beauty.


“In a world where we can be anything, at the new Osmosis, we choose to be kind – to ourselves, to one another, to our skin,” says Robin Silber McGee, CEO of Osmosis +Beauty. “As the most trusted professional skin care brand for the past 10 years, Osmosis has led the way in cutting-edge innovation and impactful results, but we won’t stop there as we continue to transform and evolve our brand.”


In this transition, the current Osmosis Skincare and MD collections will become one professional offering, Osmosis MD. With a modern look and secondary packaging with dual languages, this collection will be exclusively devoted to the professional. Osmosis +Colour and Osmosis +Wellness will encapsulate the new look and feature innovative products and enhanced formulas.


Osmosis +Skincare will be a selection of skin care products inspired by the professional collection. With distinct packaging, new product names, and tailored formulations, this curated collection will be sold exclusively to non-professional, e-commerce partners, Amazon, and retail-based businesses. Osmosis +Colour and Osmosis +Wellness will remain available to this market.


All products will be in prestige packaging featuring metallic copper accents with beautiful white and rum foiled boxes. New branding will be reflected throughout social media and a new website.


“In 2019, we are taking our unique message to the next level with curated collections that support our professional partners, while also making many products available to consumers across the United States,” said Silber McGee. “I want to thank everyone who has supported us so far, and we are so excited to share our new vision with the world. Welcome to our innovative state of transparent, healthy beauty.”

Hempfield Botanicals, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based cannabidiol (CBD) product manufacturer, became a Certified B Corporation on May 2, 2019. After a rigorous assessment process, the company has achieved a distinction that only approximately 2,200 companies worldwide can claim.


B Corporation Certification is far more than a stamp of approval on a business’ products and services. It involves an in-depth assessment (and verification by the non-profit organization B Lab) to determine if a company meets “the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.”


Some of Hempfield Botanicals’ business certifications, practices, processes, and protocols that have enabled it to achieve B Corporations status include:

  • a supplier diversity policy, buying from preferred, local, minority and women-owned suppliers within a 200-mile radius
  • paying team members for monthly community volunteer involvement
  • charitable giving practices, such as donating to local non-profit organizations
  • tracking use of water and electricity to determine ways to lessen the company’s impact on the environment
  • taking steps to become a zero-waste manufacturing facility
  • chemical reduction methods: use of non-toxic cleaners and unbleached paper products
  • increase in fair trade purchases
  • regular monitoring of key performance indicators to assess if the company is meeting its social and environmental objectives
  • providing advanced skills and life skills training, quality assurance methodology, and other development opportunities for full-time team members
  • a board of directors that has formally agreed to balance profit and purpose


Hempfield Botanicals, along with its sister-brand, Makes Scents Natural Spa Line, attained a score of 81.2 on its B Impact Assessment by B Lab, which will be updated and verified every three years to maintain certification.

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