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:
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.
Originally developed by professional skin care pioneer and founder of Eva’s Esthetics, Eva Friederichs, and modernized by her daughters, Lisa and Lori Nestore, Tuel is a clean, vegan skin care and aesthetics company that is more than just essential oils and firming facials.
Honoring their mother’s legacy, Tuel (which stands for “two L’s,” the first initial of each co-president’s name) continues to provide cruelty-free, botanical skin care solutions for all skin types. Most recently, the brand debuted a new look with sleek yet simplistic packaging and a major website redesign. And, while their skin savvy runs deep, including their tried and true pore analysis used to determine skin type, the sisters are equally passionate about female entrepreneurship and empowering other women to become better business leaders.
Together, and as an extension of the Tuel brand, Lisa and Lori have created the Pore Star Club, a community of over 300 women nationwide, including spa owners and practicing aestheticians, seeking the education and resources needed to run a successful spa practice. After years of watching individual spa owners and aestheticians struggle, getting lost in the business logistics and losing profit, Lori, who spearheads the sales side of the brand, began providing individual guidance to Tuel aestheticians. As those individuals began to experience financial success, she realized the value in offering a service that would help foster professional development and important business skills not taught through traditional aesthetics trainings. As a result, the Pore Star Club was born with a mission to help businesses operate more efficiently.
The Pore Star Club provides expert training, curriculum, and protocols designed to teach spa owners and aestheticians how to successfully run their businesses. It goes far beyond the basics, covering everything from best business practices to specific treatment techniques to client conversation starters and the art of upselling. Members are taught how to better market themselves, their practices, and more. Curriculum also focuses on finance management and back office logistics, including organization of client filing systems, insight on how to manage a database, ways to identify business vendors, and billing and budget management.
“Tuel has helped me grow in so many ways,” said Tamara Amaral, founder of Dazzling Skin LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I’ve become more confident and organized. Not only have I learned about the product line, but I’ve learned how to sell it and how to grow my client base and increase profit. As a direct result of Tuel’s Pore Star Club training program, my business has improved by 100% in two years.”
Sentient Lasers, the leading solutions company for the aesthetic market, which specializes in service, sales, procurement, leasing, and warranty, announced the addition of Philip Mostow as solutions specialist. In his new role, Mostow is responsible for customer support, developing and implementing new service offerings, and driving new business acquisition. Additionally, Mostow is spearheading a neighborly outreach campaign directed to the local aesthetics community, extending an invitation to take advantage of what is right in their backyard.
Mostow has spent the past 15 years in the real estate industry, with a focus on residential development and new construction sales, as well as investing and commercial leasing. Previously, he worked in the environmental graphics business, supporting companies on graphic design projects, signage systems, real estate, and hands-on remodeling.
“I’ve known about Sentient Lasers for a long time through my childhood friend, who lived next door to Van, the chairman of the company,” said Mostow. “About a year ago, Sentient enlisted me in helping them find a new office building to move into, which is when I first met Chris. I was drawn to the dynamic leadership team and, after working solo for many years, I knew I wanted to work with and learn from an inspiring group of people.”
“Philip’s drive, determination, and strong leadership skills make him a perfect fit for his new role at Sentient,” said Chris Cella, CEO of Sentient Lasers. “We’ve set him up with some tall marching orders to begin with and have full confidence that he will deliver. We’re looking forward to working alongside Philip to grow and improve as a company.”
Mostow will be based in the company’s Park City, Utah headquarters.
As the 2019 recipient of the Sydell L. Miller Total Image Esthetics Student Scholarship, Shauntavia Ward’s passion for a holistic commitment to beauty and wellness echoes Matrix co-founder Sydell Miller’s integrated beauty philosophy. Ironically, both women hail from Cleveland, Ohio.
As a child and young woman, Ward had a passion for makeup and skin care and was always interested in helping others. The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic provided her first entry into helping people feel better. Her career evolved from secretary to registered nurse and she eventually became a nurse practitioner, aspiring to eventually work in various medical aesthetic roles, from medical spa settings to plastic surgery offices.
It was in her work in the medical realm that Ward began thinking about the integration of beauty and wellness. “Medical treatments seemed like a quick fix, but I wanted to help women cultivate a confidence that was born from within and helped a person look good from the inside out,” she said. Ward explored the intersection of diet, wellness, and a holistic approach. Inspired by findings from the Global Wellness Institute, she was convinced that earning an aesthetics license should be the next step in her career journey.
After relocating with her husband to Austin, Texas, Ward enrolled at Aveda Institute, where an instructor encouraged her to apply for a Beauty Changes Lives scholarship. Just two days before she planned to film her scholarship application, she broke her foot. Undeterred, she managed to pull off the video while concealing both her crutches – and pain!
Ward completed her aesthetics program on June 1, 2019. With no time to waste, she is moving forward with velocity, opening her spa Elemint on July 1. The spa will offer a menu of facial treatments, along with healthy beverages and dietary treatments, providing a comprehensive approach to feeling and looking one’s best.
Asked to share advice for the next generation of beauty professionals, Ward says, “Be able to accept fear and use it as a catalyst to overcome any obstacle. Believe and trust in yourself and know you can do whatever you dream. Replace fear with excitement and you can achieve anything!”
Ward’s spirit of confidence is also expressed in the application video that initiated her career change. In the video she states, “When people can’t put their best face forward, they usually don’t perform well.” As a medical professional, aesthetician, entrepreneur, and Beauty Changes Lives scholarship recipient, Ward is paying her success forward to help others in a healthy and beautiful way.
Daytona Beach, FL – June 5, 2019 – Pevonia Natural Skincare is proud to announce that its website dedicated to Spa Professionals has received a complete face lift…transformation! The newly launched PevoniaPro.com offers general information and valuable resources while presenting news and updates on the latest Pevonia innovations, service and retail offerings, and cost-saving promotions.
Features of the updated website include a new chic look with easier navigation for a pleasurable customer journey. The site’s more streamlined menu, modernized model and product imagery, and new video content ensures that industry professionals are visually engaged and inspired by its valuable content!
Additionally, Pevonia Global Distributors and Valued Spa Partners will continue to be provided 24/7 access to the new and improved Resource Centers for Education, Marketing, and Sales featuring exclusive Marketing, PR, Social Media, Product Assets, Pevonia Image Libraries, Educational Webinars, Business Building Resources, and much more!
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Pevonia believes the most powerful ingredients in skincare come from the safest source – nature. For nearly three decades, Pevonia uses highly sustainable processes in line with the company’s stance on environmental conservation, tests only on humans, and has been the leader in delivering natural skincare solutions to the finest spas and professional aestheticians. Pevonia continues to lead by delivering outstanding multicultural solutions to nearly 130 countries by restoring, de-aging and revitalizing our largest and most visible organ…our skin! As a multi-award winning brand, Pevonia is coveted by celebrities and beauty/wellness influencers and often featured in leading press worldwide praising our natural solutions for the outstanding instant and long term results they deliver.
Danielle Sargeant, Senior Corporate Events & Trade Public Relations Manager
Pevonia International, LLC
Global Headquarters: 300 Fentress Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Aestheia Imaging, a hologram content management, and advertising subscription company introduced its disruptive technology at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery last week at The Aesthetic Meeting in New Orleans. The company breaks the mold of in-practice marketing with the unveiling of XTHEIA; an interactive hologram display toting a Virtual Consult Assistant for medical office waiting rooms. Aestheia's launch poses a resolution to poor patient awareness; an underserved focal point of product education in the aesthetics industry.
The company is led by Austin JM Podowski, CEO and accomplished Dallas Healthcare Business Tech executives Mike McDonald, President and Paul Herchman, Advisory Board Member. Well known Plastic Surgeon and photographer Dr. Barry DiBernardo of New Jersey Plastic Surgery leads the companies Medical Advisory Board and will continue to work to enhance upon the application. The company offers a connected holographic media platform to story map the patient journey to brand and product education. Through the research and development of Aestheia's Medical Advisory Group, the company will offer holographic before and afters to patients so they can see pre-operative and post-operative procedure outcomes in true 3D, not previously available in the space.
"We are dedicated to providing novel and ground breaking product innovation for the entire Aesthetic Community," comments McDonald. The company today offers a fully-automated and comprehensive holographic playlist for physician waiting rooms tethered to a cloud-based solution developed by the management team.
"We are changing the way medical companies and physicians communicate with their customers and patients. The ALEXA of Aesthetics is now in the room," states Podowski. The team has also designed a customer facing iPad Pro application that allows a physician to remote control the device offering an in-app camera for patient photos. Mr. Podowski later comments, "The response received at ASAPS The Aesthetic Meeting affirms that our vision and product meet a need and resuscitate a lost connection with the consumer."
The management team is dedicated to further pioneering advancements in hologram, AI, and AR in the evolving medical practice of the 21st century. The company is finalizing a third-round capital raise and will begin placement of their technology throughout Plastic Surgery Offices in North America in July 2019. The technology will also be on display in direct to consumer retail kiosks throughout the United States later this year. To get a sneak peak of Aestheia, follow the team's development, or learn more about the technology, follow @aestheiaimaging or visit www.aestheiaimaging.com.
Kerecis, the company pioneering the use of fish skin in tissue regeneration, announced the results of a new prospective case study of Kerecis Omega3 Burn. The study, announced at the American Burn Association annual meeting, found that patients with partial-thickness burn and donor-site wounds healed quickly, with no infection, after treatment with the fish-skin graft. The study was conducted at the burn center of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, one of the major burn centers in England.
Kerecis develops fish skin products to heal human tissue damage such as burn wounds. Because no disease transfer risk exists between cold water fish and humans, Kerecis’ gently processed fish skin can be used as a substitute for human skin. Mammalian-sourced skin needs to be harshly processed to eliminate disease transfer risk, which makes it more dissimilar to human skin and less able to heal human wounds and tissue damage. Fish skin also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which enhance wound healing.
Ten patients with split-thickness skin grafting for burn injuries were treated with Kerecis Omega3 Burn and two other patients were treated for deep, partial-thickness burns.
In summary, major results with deep, partial-thickness burn wounds included that the burn wounds were completely epithelialized at two weeks, the patients found the fish skin to be comfortable and to immediately reduce their pain, and the results were aesthetically pleasing with minimal scarring.
The donor-site wounds took an average of 8.5 days to be 90% epithelialized and 11.5 days to be 100% epithelialized. The quality of donor-site healing was judged to be good in all cases. No patient experienced any adverse reactions to the fish skin or had any incidences of infection of the wounds.
The study was conducted by Doctors Khurshid Alam, of the North Middlesex University Hospital in London, and Lt. Colonel Steven LA Jeffery, a senior military officer with the United Kingdom Army Medical Corps who has served as a combat surgeon in Afghanistan multiple times.
The global jojoba oil market is estimated to reach $272.4 million by 2026, according to a new report by Reports and Data. This can be mainly associated with the growth in cosmetic manufacturing, development of alternative bio-lubricant feedstock demand – particularly in developed markets of Europe and North America – and the high nutritional value of jojoba oil. Rising concern regarding the side effects of synthetic and chemical additives used in cosmetics and food and beverages is boosting demand for natural alternatives, like jojoba oil, in the market. However, long-term jojoba oil production diversifies on the regular supply of resources and capabilities to replace industrial oil with several applications at a relative price. The production yield of the crop profoundly varies on the farming process. Jojoba oil is a form of vegetable oil that can be obtained from simmondsia chinensis, which is the crushed beans of the jojoba shrub. By composition, it is close to sebum and is a form of polyunsaturated liquid wax. Due to this reason, it can be easily absorbed by the skin, without any allergic reactions, and diminishing the growth of any fungal and bacterial microbes that can attack the skin. It regulates and re-balances oil production in oily skin and also provides nourishment to dry skin. Various skin care brands have replaced animal fats and adopted the use of jojoba oil for manufacturing creams and skin lotions.
North America accounts for the largest share of 22.30% in 2018 – encouraged by the development of the male grooming industry, especially in developing economies of the region – is anticipated to spur the market demand during the forecast period. Further key findings from the report suggest that long-term jojoba oil production depends on the steady supply of sources and potentials to substitute industrial oil with various applications at a relative price. The production output of the crop profoundly depends on the cultivation process. The seeds can be accessible only after five years of cultivating. This can act as a notable restraining factor for the market. However, companies have expanded research and development spending to innovate and develop affordable new technologies to overcome the challenges, which are expected to create enough opportunities for the existing, as well as new, market players. It needs low maintenance costs, which is further expected to create profitable opportunities for the market players. The pharmaceutical industry accounts for the largest market share of 39.30% in 2018. Jojoba oil is used as an appetite depressant, antibiotics stabilizer, and carrier for medicine formulae in the pharmaceutical industry.
Skin care professionals rejoice! Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare will be in Santa Cruz, California for a two-day advanced treatments training and business building seminar event.
The Institut’ DERMed Advanced Treatments and Business Building Seminar will take place in early June. This is an extraordinary skin care seminar in two distinct sessions. The first session, on day one, is dedicated to understanding the five most familiar skin conditions and how to treat them by combining high science intensive skin repair products with a program of enzyme, acid, and chemical peels. Day two will be dedicated to building a skin care business to make more money while having fun doing it.
The event is exclusively for professionals and will be hosted by Institut’ DERMed founder, Lyn Ross. This event is a one of a kind experience in which skin care professionals can learn about the demands that define the beauty business. Register today and save a seat!
The global carotenoids market is expected to reach $2.19 billion by 2026, according to a new report by Reports and Data. Carotenoids are the type of phytonutrients found in the cells of a wide variety of plants, algae, and bacteria. These phytonutrients help plants absorb light energy for use in photosynthesis. Carotenoids are essential antioxidants that play a significant role in animal health and reproduction. Carotenoid-containing foods are generally red, yellow, or orange.
Carotenoids are extensively used as coloring agents in the food and beverages industry. Nevertheless, with biotechnological advancements coupled with innovations in recombinant DNA technology, the extraction of carotenoids is now commercially feasible. Owing to this, there is an increase in the production of carotenoid-based products. The rise in consumer awareness regarding the health benefits of carotenoid-based supplements and fortified foods has led to the use of such products as a preventive measure against various health conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, obesity, cancer, macular degeneration, and skin damage, among others.
The growth in the market demand for functional foods is also estimated to propel the market demand for carotenoids. The carotenoid market is projected to rise significantly in the forecast period owing to high demand in end-use applications comprising food and beverages, animal feed, dietary supplements, personal care, and pharmaceuticals.
Eating carotenoid-rich foods can protect healthy cells in the eye and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. One of the principal reasons for blindness is macular degeneration. Presence of the long system of alternating double and single bonds in carotenoids allows them to absorb light rays in the visible range of the spectrum. This characteristic is particularly beneficial to eyes, where lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin efficiently absorb blue light. Based on the density of the carotenoid pigment present in the macula, about 90% of blue light can be absorbed by these pigments. Reduction in the amount of short wavelength that reaches the vital parts of the eye may protect them from oxidative damage caused by light.
Studies show that including at least six milligrams of lutein in a diet regularly can reduce the risk associated with the macular degeneration by 43%. Increasing the amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in a diet can also assist in preventing current eye damage.
The Skin Cancer Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization for public and professional skin cancer education, has launched Carcinomas & Keratoses. This new digital publication sheds light on the most recent and important developments in keratinocyte cancers and pre-cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), and actinic keratosis (AK). Featuring content written by expert dermatologists and The Skin Cancer Foundation’s editorial team, coverage includes new strategies for early detection and diagnosis to breakthrough treatments for advanced basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
“I see this publication as a golden opportunity to help a broad range of professionals provide the best care possible to patients who have or are at risk for skin cancer,” says Désirée Ratner, MD, editor-in-chief of Carcinomas & Keratoses and a clinical professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Health. “We want to provide current, relevant, accessible information to medical professionals on key issues related to the keratinocyte cancers and precancers, from epidemiology, pathogenesis, and prevention to detection, diagnosis, and treatment.”
The publication will live on its own platform, carcinomasandkeratoses.org, where professionals are encouraged to sign up to regularly receive new issues. In the inaugural issue, Mark Teich, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s scientific director, and Kishwer Nehal, MD, discuss what keratinocyte carcinomas are and why they deserve to be taken more seriously. According to the latest figures, in 2019, more than twice as many people (over 15,000) will die from cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the United States than from melanoma (7,230). Nonmelanoma skin cancers make up the vast majority of skin cancer incidence but seem to receive the least attention. At last count, compared with 96,480 cases of invasive melanoma each year in the United States, there are over 5.4 million cases of basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma each year, occurring in more than 3.3 million people.
“We recognized a gap in knowledge that needed to be filled,” says Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “For many years, our Melanoma Letter has offered physicians the latest research and treatment techniques for melanoma. With C&K, we’re drastically expanding the topics we can cover. Our goal is to present this information in a way that appeals not only to dermatologists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who treat skin cancer, but also to internists and specialty practitioners who are often on the periphery of skin cancer detection and treatment. This is also a wonderful resource for medical students and dermatology residents.”
North Dakota became the latest state to untangle natural hair braiders and eyebrow threaders from a thicket of licensing red tape thanks to a bill signed earlier this year. Before the law was signed, threaders could only work in North Dakota if they became a licensed aesthetician, a credential that requires a minimum of 600 hours of coursework. The requirements for braiders were even more burdensome, requiring a cosmetology license, which needs at least 1,800 hours of classes or 420 days.
Under HB 1345, braiders and threaders are completely exempt from licensing and are now free to work without a government permission slip. With the governor’s signature, North Dakota is now the 26th state to end licensing for hair braiders. Among those states, 15 (including South Dakota) enacted their reforms in just the past five years. Bills to repeal licenses for braiders are currently pending in Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
In Sooke, British Columbia, Seaflora’s new skin brightening formula is the result of four years of development working with the National Research Council of Canada. Seabright Moisturizing Brightener has a potent combination of unique, kelp bioactives to decrease melanin and target hyperpigmentation. These potent marine bioactives create the most powerful skin brightening solution to date. Seaflora has strategically combined the unique skin brightening capability of their kelp complex with effective natural brightening ingredients to work on different cellular mechanisms that cause hyperpigmentation. The Seabright kelp complex is scientifically shown to be faster and more effective at inhibiting the key enzyme, tyrosinase, at lower concentrations than arbutin and kojic acid. It works in two ways, directly inhibiting tyrosinase and toning down melanocyte activity.
Oxy-Resveratrol exhibits greater inhibitory effect on the tyrosinase enzyme than ordinary resveratrol, kojic acid, and arbutin. In vivo study carried out on 16 volunteers for four weeks of treatments recorded: 71 percent reduction in melanin, 28 percent reduction in dark spots, and 25 percent reduction in yellow pigment.
Weleda, the European personal care and beauty brand, has partnered with international recycling leader TerraCycle to offer consumers an easy way to recycle packaging waste from their entire Skin Food line of products.
“Preserving the balance between what we take from nature with what we give back is our core value,” says Rob Keen, CEO of Weleda North America. “This respect for nature is in our DNA and it guides everything we do – from our innovative biodynamic farming practices that actually pull carbon out of the atmosphere to our manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, and Switzerland that use energy from 100% renewable sources. We also employ thoughtful ingredient sourcing and ethical partnerships that protect the life, energy, and potency of our products. Now, we are teaming up with TerraCycle to ensure that our recently launched Skin Food packaging has every opportunity to be recycled.”
Through the Weleda Recycling Program, consumers can now send in their empty packaging from the entire Skin Food line of products to be recycled for free. Participation is easy and requires users to sign up on the TerraCycle program page and mail in the packaging waste using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the packaging is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. Additionally, collectors can earn one dollar per pound of waste sent to TerraCycle to donate to a non-profit, school, or charitable organization of their choice.
“We are pleased to be working with Weleda to offer consumers a free recycling program to complement their new Skin Food line of products,” said TerraCycle CEO and Founder, Tom Szaky. “By participating in the Weleda Recycling Program, consumers have a unique opportunity to demonstrate their respect for the environment by diverting their packaging waste from landfills, as well as through the products that they choose to include in their beauty regimen.”
Among Weleda’s many different sustainability efforts, packaging improvements are a continual focus area for the brand. In fact, through their efforts, four tons of material were saved in 2017 by optimizing the weight of the screw caps used for Weleda’s aluminum tubes. Weleda looks to increase the amount of recycled material used in its packaging, with some newer launches using up to 70% recycled plastic for packaging material.