The Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation is introducing two Beauty Changes Lives scholarships honoring the late Horst Rechelbacher’s legacy of consciousness, care, and compassion for beauty professionals, clients, and the planet. The Sustainable Success advanced cosmetology scholarship and Oncology Skincare scholarship for licensed aestheticians will collectively offer $50,000 in scholarship awards. Administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in spring, summer, and fall of 2019. Applications for the spring Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships will be accepted March 1 to April 30, 2019.

Offered to licensed cosmetologists enrolled in an accredited cosmetology program, the Sustainable Success scholarship will award $22,000 in tuition awards. Two tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,200 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and eight additional awards of $2,200 will be awarded in summer (four) and fall (four) competitions. Applicants must submit an online application and prepare a three- to five-minute video sharing why they selected a career in cosmetology and their personal perspective on success.

Offered to licensed aestheticians seeking to better serve individuals affected by cancer, the Oncology Skincare scholarship will award $28,000 in tuition awards. Four tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and 10 additional awards will be awarded in summer (five) and fall (five) competitions. The scholarship was inspired by the Oncology Esthetics-USA Spa training which has changed the lives of thousands of aestheticians and their clients.

The scholarship includes a three-day immersive Oncology Spa Solutions Essentials course. The course provides an overview of how cancer affects hair, skin, and nails and how aestheticians can confidently and safely ask the right questions to customize a spa treatment. “The training includes the mind, body, and spirit elements that accompany a cancer diagnoses,” says Becky Kuehn, founder and director of Oncology Spa Solutions and a cancer survivor for nearly 40 years. “Cancer patients often say that no one listens to them, but those in the spa industry know if you can listen, you have a client for life,” Kuehn says.

Scholarship applicants must submit an online application, provide proof of licensure, and submit a three- to five-minute video describing why they chose an aesthetics career and how advanced aesthetic education will benefit their career. Videos must show application of an aesthetics treatment and communicate the applicant’s passion for esthetics.

As founder of Aveda Corporation and Intelligent Nutrients, the late Horst Rechelbacher pioneered an entrepreneurial philosophy that celebrated beauty professionals as part of a sustainable evolution using products that care for professionals, their clients, and the planet. Rechelbacher was posthumously awarded the Beauty Changes Lives Legacy award in 2019.

“Horst was passionate about educating beauty professionals about the role products play in protecting both people and the planet,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of Beauty Changes Lives. The Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships are generously paying his passion and success forward to a new generation of hairstylists and aestheticians.”

Almirall, S.A. announced that a key milestone under the collaboration with Nuevolution has been achieved. The strategic collaboration was entered on December 12, 2016 with the aim to develop innovative RORγt inhibitors with best-in-class potential for the oral and topical treatment of dermatology diseases and psoriatic arthritis. A significant part of the collaboration work has been to evaluate pre-clinical safety parameters of RORγt inhibition and to comprehensively de-risk the program prior to any human testing. The milestone data achieved supports a program with a Candidate Drug (CD) having best-in-class potential.

The program continues its progression towards clinical development. The positive result triggered a contractual milestone to Nuevolution.

Bhushan Hardas, M.D., MBA, chief scientific officer of Almirall, commented, “We are very pleased with the progress achieved in our strategic collaboration with Nuevolution, which reflects Almirall’s commitment to becoming a leader in medical dermatology by reinforcing our pipeline with true innovative best in class solutions.”

Alex H. Gouliaev, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Nuevolution, commented, “This underscores the positive opportunities for this unique program. The program development has benefitted significantly from much synergy between and dedication by the teams.”

Almirall had one of the highest levels of research and development investments in the Spanish pharmaceutical industry in 2018, representing over 12 percent of net sales. In addition, Almirall invests in assets, strategic partnerships, and collaborations in research.

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced positive topline results from its pivotal trial of SNA-001 in conjunction with an 810 nanometers diode laser, involving 65 patients. SNA-001, a topical pre-treatment to standard laser hair removal, was studied in women and men with white, gray, blonde, light red, and light brown hair. The data showed SNA-001 met the primary endpoint of non-inferiority in hair reduction (-17.5 percent with SNA-001 plus laser, compared to -1.1 percent with vehicle plus laser following six treatment sessions). In additional analyses, SNA-001 was statistically superior compared to vehicle plus laser, demonstrating up to a 31 percent reduction of light hair from baseline.
“SNA-001 represents an exciting growth opportunity for the aesthetics market and a potential solution for consumers with light hair who are well aware of the ineffectiveness of laser hair removal,” said Frederick C. Beddingfield III, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals. “We are pleased with these results and will seek a strategic partner who can rapidly maximize the value of SNA-001. This will allow us to remain focused on our phase three development of SNA-120, our TrkA inhibitor for psoriasis and pruritus, and to unlock the full potential of our Topical by Design platform, from which we are creating a pipeline of drug candidates that target select pathways in specific tissues to treat a variety of chronic inflammatory and immunologic conditions.”
Available for nearly 25 years, laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the world. With more than 12 million procedures performed annually in the United States, countless patients have benefitted from the lasting results, except for those with light hair. Of the 53 million people who use laser treatments, waxing, and other methods to remove unwanted hair, one in three are light haired. People with white, gray, blonde, and red hair – for whom lasers are ineffective – have been limited to using waxing and razors to remove their unwanted light hair, which yield temporary results and, in the case of waxing, can be costly to maintain. Market data indicate that a safe and effective treatment for people with light hair could increase the number of laser hair removal procedures by 27 percent in the United States.
“This represents the first breakthrough in laser hair removal in over a decade,” said Mathew Avram, M.D., J.D., director at Massachusetts General Hospital Laser and cosmetics and dermatologic surgery associate professor at Harvard Medical School. “Sienna’s silver photo particle technology, combined with the lasers we already have in our offices, showed a meaningful reduction in light hair – something we have never achieved before. If cleared by FDA, SNA-001 would allow physicians and aesthetic centers to expand their current practices by bringing in new patients with blonde, gray, white, light brown, or light red hair who have resorted to waxing and shaving. Once available, I would anticipate rapid and widespread adoption of SNA-001.”
SNA-001 was also evaluated in conjunction with a 1064 Nd:YAG and 755 nm Alexandrite laser for the reduction of light hair, showing a significant reduction from baseline and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance. These results, however, were less differentiated from the vehicle plus laser group compared to the 810 nanometer diode laser study results.
A third and final pivotal trial of SNA-001 in acne was also completed, demonstrating SNA-001 was non-inferior to laser therapy and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance.

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

March 4, 2019, Bill TX HB 1705, a bill regarding “abolishing the regulation of the practices of barbering and cosmetology,” was presented to the Texas House Committee, who approved the bill and passed it on to the Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee for review.1


Initially introduced on February 12, 2019 by Texas House representative Matthew Shaheen, the bill proposes four main points:

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


The main reason for Bill TX HB 1705 appears to be to make entry into these professions easier, with the hopes of increasing competition and decreasing consumer cost. However, deregulation would come with a multitude of repercussions for the industry – primarily consumer safety. No standards for education or training means putting consumers at high risk of communicable diseases and injury. Regulations ensure knowledge and practice of proper safety and sanitation protocols, as well as requirements for education on anatomy and physiology of the hair, skin, nails, and so forth. Codes and disciplinary boards keep consumers safe by enforcing such standards and issuing penalties when malpractice occurs.


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


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The winning streak continues for natural product manufacturer, Body Bliss. For the past five years, Body Bliss has been the recipient of multiple Spa & Wellness Mexi-Caribe Product Awards. This year their new facial line, Vibrant Beauty, was honored with two awards for their Active Charcoal Face Mask, which won for best deep cleansing mask and their Illuminating Serum, which won for best brightening serum. They have formulated a skin care line that synergistically works with the intelligence of skin’s healing properties to naturally encourage a beautiful complexion. Vibrant Beauty blends the best of Body Bliss signature botanicals like prickly pear, pomegranate, and sea buckthorn with the latest cosmetic ingredients, such as niacinamide, DMAE, teprenone, argireline, and collageneer. The ingredients in the Vibrant Beauty facial line are naturally-derived and eco-friendly.

“The Body Bliss team is thrilled that Vibrant Beauty was recognized with these awards,” says Pam Sculthorp, CEO of Body Bliss. “This facial line is the first initiative we have launched since I took the helm in 2016. Our clients have been asking for skin care products for years. Vibrant Beauty balances the best in science with the most carefully-curated, botanical ingredients. The products not only make you look and feel good, but are also good for you.”

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.
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:27

Raison d’Etre Celebrates 20th Birthday

Global spa consultancy Raison d’Etre is celebrating its 20th birthday and two successful decades since its first spa opened in 1999. Shaping the spa industry throughout the turn of the century, Raison d’Etre has spent the last 20 years becoming a global leader in spa design, wellness, and spa education. This includes creating some of the most iconic spa brands including Aman Spas, Shiva for Taj Hotels, Kempinski Spa, and LivNordic, as well as its spa training academy, Spa Business Education.

Discussing Raison d’Etre’s 20 year journey, Anna Bjurstam, founding member of the Global Wellness Summit, adds, “The journey we have been on as Raison d’Etre has been thrilling. We have spent 20 years designing, educating, and advising, making great connections and forming our own brands along the way. We have led the spa industry in new, exciting ways and responded to changing demands for spa guests and spa businesses alike. These continue to change year [to] year, so we cannot wait to see what the next two decades bring!”

Raison d’Etre, led by Bjurstam, has been developing, opening, managing, and creating spa brands internationally since 1998 and has developed a team rich in knowledge and passion for well-being. Steps ahead of most and keeping abreast of the latest trends and industry movements, the Raison d’Etre team is made up of members based in Sweden, London, Greece, Spain, New Zealand, and France, with connections and resources in the United States, Russia, Asia, and the Middle East.

Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year. Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year.
Recently, Anderson took time away from a busy 2019 pre-season training schedule to host his inaugural charity event in South Florida, Kevin Anderson’s Grand Slam Cause for the Paws at Boca Grove Plantation Tennis Center. The event raised more than $100,000 for local dog rescue Dezzy’s Second Chance and Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance.

Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers.  Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers.  “David’s vast experience leveraging business and technology to achieve organizational goals is extremely timely for Sentient Lasers,” said Chris Cella, CEO of Sentient Lasers. “Heading into 2019, our sights are set on achieving notable growth in the market and we are confident that David brings the right skillset and industry tenure to help us achieve our goals.”

Since its conception, the Hotel Milano Scala project has focused on environmental quality. Situated in the heart of the prestigious Brera district in Italy, a short walk from Via Montenapoleone, the Duomo, and Piazza della Scala, the hotel occupies a historic, late 19th-century palazzo. It exemplifies how contemporary hospitality, a passion for music, the elegant charm of a boutique hotel, and concern for the environment can all join into one harmonious whole. This flair for combining warm hospitality with a green outlook has won it a place in the 2018 edition of the renowned guide, “The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 weekends in Europe.”
Since it opened in September 2010, the hotel has been committed to reducing energy consumption and wastage wherever possible. This eco-friendly vision has led to noteworthy achievements, including zero CO2 emissions to the external environment for the past nine years, equivalent to a reduction of 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually and energy savings of 35 percent with respect to a traditional natural-gas system. This year, indoor air pollutants will be reduced by approximately 80 percent.
Hotel Milano Scala has recently installed a new Mitsubishi electric filtration system that ensures excellent indoor air quality. Fresh air entering the interior spaces is treated in four air handling units.
“I consider this to be a further important milestone in the push for eco-sustainability that the hotel undertook in 2010,” says Vittorio Modena, founder of Hotel Milano Scala. “Our vision is producing noteworthy results. In nine years, we have succeeded in zeroing our emissions of fine particulates to the external air and greatly improving the quality of indoor air. We do this for our guests and for the city.”
Hotel Milano Scala has long represented a success story in these efforts and now complements its zero emissions status with pure indoor air.

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