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Gayle Brinkenhoff Second Annual Breast Cancer Symposium

RevitaLash joins City of Hope to support breast cancer research and educational initiatives at the Gayle Brinkenhoff Breast Cancer Symposium

Since its inception nine years ago, RevitaLash Cosmetics has supported breast cancer research. This October RevitaLash joined City of Hope, a leading cancer research and treatment center, to hold the second annual Gayle Brinkenhoff Breast Cancer Symposium. On October 8, 2015, the symposium brought together research scientists and clinicians at the world-renowned City of Hope campus in Duarte, California. The event covered educational initiatives and topics including advanced breast cancer genetics, early detection and prevention strategies, new demographic and risk evaluation methods, innovative diagnostic and treatment modalities, recent advances in immunologic concepts, and potential future therapeutic regimes. 

A committed supporter of philanthropic efforts related to breast cancer research and education, founder and CEO of RevitaLash Cosmetics, Michael Brinkenhoff, M.D., introduced the symposium. “It is my sincere hope that bringing together outstanding scientists and physicians will help shed light on this complex disease. My family’s greatest hope is that this symposium will be a valuable tool to better understand and treat this disease, and will serve as a memorial to someone who exemplified courage, compassion and grace throughout her life.”  Gayle Brinkenhoff, co-founder of RevitaLash Cosmetics, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 32. At last year’s symposium, Dr. Brinkenhoff announced that RevitaLash Cosmetics was committed to continuing this series of symposia at City of Hope for several years to come. 

“This year’s symposium was both synergistic and energizing. Scientist and clinicians representing multiple disciplines came together to speak on leading-edge research and ideas for preventing, detecting and treating breast cancer,” said Linda Malkas, Ph.D., deputy director for research at City of  Hope and the M.T. & B.A. Ahmadinia Professor in Molecular Oncology. “I came away from the symposium marveling at how differently we think about breast cancer today when compared to how we thought of it 20 years ago. The concepts and technology now being brought to bear on the disease are rapidly moving the field. For me, participating in this symposium is like watching breast cancer research and management movement in real-time.”

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Skin Authority Announces New Website and App

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The skincare brand recently unveiled a revamped website and app designed with the user in mind.

In an effort to continue its commitment to the spa industry, Skin Authority recently announced a new, redesigned website ( and My Skin Authority App.

The revamped website has a bold new look and simplified navigation to bring skin care to the mobile world. "We saw the vision of the future shopper and designed the site to best fit their needs for a convenient, seamless experience. The new responsive design works across all digital platforms - desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone," says Skin Authority CMO and Co-founder Maurice Voce. Voce adds that more than 70% of the company's website visitors access the site from a mobile device.

Key features of the the new website:

  • Bold, new, responsive design that works across all platforms — desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone
  • Simple menus, easy to find products and information
  • Transparent access to all ingredients through search
  • Stores & Spas locator feature, fully integrated with Google maps and Google earth
  • "All Access" to Skin Authority's skin coaches, brought front and center on every page
  • All new photography, copy, videos, and reviews with a real-time correlated product suggestion feature

Meanwhile, the My Skin Authority smartphone app extends personalized care beyond the spa to keep guests coming back, and is a game-changer in how employees sell skincare. My Skin Authority is the first free, interactive mobile app that connects people with a certified skincare coach to give them personalized recommendations and guidance when and where they need it - at the point of sale, in a treatment room, at home, or while on the go. Says Skin Authority CEO and Co-founder Celeste Hilling, "My Skin Authority is all about connecting the consumer with the spa professional, not disconnecting them. The app facilitates an ongoing, spa-branded, customer service experience from Skin Authority when the guest is not at the spa."

Completely unique, the app is a tool for spas to boost sales, build clientele, reduce the need for stocking a lot of inventory, and remove the paper trail for keeping track of customers. Accessible 24/7 and from anywhere, My Skin Authority is a free download at the Apple App Store and on Google play.

Lydia Sarfati Hosts 2015 Repêchage Master Class

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The Repêchage CEO and Founder hosted the 4-day Master Class for estheticians from around the United States.

From October 5th - 8th, Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati hosted an educational, 4-day Master Class for estheticians, students and spa owners. The Master Class provided attendees with the skills they need to achieve skin care excellence and spa success.

The 2015 Repêchage Master Class covered an array of topics and insights from Sarfati. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training, this year’s attendees learned how to offer clients customized Clinical Facials, treat sensitive skin conditions, such as rosacea, enhance waxing services, and what anti-aging solutions they can offer their clients for the face and body. In addition, attendees learned about the latest spa trends for 2015, as well as up and coming trends for 2016, and how they can capitalize on these trends at their spa business.

Upon completion of the advanced 4-day course, Master Class attendees were awarded the Diplôme D’ Honneur, the most prestigious diploma offered at Repêchage.

“Master Class is an event that I look forward to each year. It is extremely rewarding to work with others who are passionate about skin care, and provide them with an outlet for education. I am a firm believer that a combination of passion, hard work, and education creates a thriving career. This is why we host Master Class each year, along with various courses throughout the year at the Lydia Sarfati Post-Graduate Skin Care Academy. We want to provide educational opportunities for skin care professionals and help them acquire the tools and knowledge needed for a successful career.”

For more information on Repêchage, please visit or call 1-800-248-SKIN (7546).

Pevonia Unveils 2015 Holiday Collection at Exclusive Hollywood Event

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The skincare brand unveiled its latest collection during the 2015 Hollywood Holiday Event in Daytona Beach, FL.

On Monday, October 5th, natural skincare brand Pevonia debuted its 2015 Holiday Collection during the Hollywood Holiday Event at Pevonia International headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. Guests arrived dressed to impress, walking the red carpet and enjoying live entertainment, endless champagne, and delicious hors' devours.

The festivities were kicked off with a meet-and-greet with Pevonia executives, including a surprise appearance by co-founder and Executive Vice President, Sylvie Hennessy, who expressed her appreciation for the overwhelming loyalty and support of the Pevonia brand. Maritza Rodriguez, Global Vice President of Marketing, opened with an official executive welcome, followed by the unveiling of the exciting new holiday collection. Vice President of US Sales for Pevonia International, Shawn Morgan said, “This year’s holiday launch party was a smashing success with accounts traveling from as far as Ohio to be a part of the unveiling of our Holiday Collections! We strive to continue to be the leader in innovation including new product development and marketing initiatives.”

Attendees received a Pevonia Swag Bag consisting of the new YouthRenew Tinted Cream SPF 30, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Intensive Cream, and a Pevonia-branded makeup bag and compact, all in a luxury tote.

Repêchage Launches New Pros-Only Website

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The skincare brand recently launched a professional website in conjunction with its revamped consumer site to allow for an easier shopping experience for industry pros and consumers alike.

Skincare brand Repêchage has announced the revamping of its website,, as well as the launch of its corresponding professional site, Beauty professionals and consumers can now shop for their favorite Repêchage products, discover the powers of seaweed, and get skincare tips from the professionals with greater ease than before.

Both new sites allow visitors to shop anytime, anywhere - from their mobile phone, tablet, or desktop - and are fully responsive. To create an easy shopping experience, all users can now find products by category, skin concern, and collection, and have access to full information and videos about Repêchage products and professional treatments. Visitors can also learn the entire story of the Repêchage brand in the “Our Story” tab, which details the story of Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati, what makes Repêchage different from other skincare brands, and the science behind seaweed, the number one ingredient in Repêchage skincare. To cater to professionals, all information about skin care education offered by Repêchage is available on both sites.

To also benefit Repêchage salons/spas, as well as consumers, an updated "Locate a Spa” page is featured on, allowing users to find a salon/spa near them that carries Repêchage, and get instantly directed via Google Maps.

Other new features include:

  • Newly designed homepage that highlights the newest products and treatments from Repêchage, as well as best sellers, and award winners.
  • Step-by-step usage directions give visitors a thorough explanation of how the product should be used.
  • Access to Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati’s blog which includes tips on skincare, business, and education from the spa guru herself.
  • Access to the Repêchage “Insider Beauty SEAcrets” blog which includes information and videos on skincare and beauty tips, tricks, and trends.

New features of the pros-only site:

  • Full videos, protocols, and step-by-step images of Repêchage Signature Treatments.
  • Shop for professional treatment by client concerns.
  • Access to education materials and marketing materials.
  • Complete calendar and easy-sign-up of the award winning Lydia Sarfati Post-Graduate Skincare Academy Classes.
  • Outline of the support spas/salons will get from Repêchage, including information about the Repêchage Pro Club, Tool Box, and Business Support team, with videos to introduce you to each member for our team.
  • Online form to open an account.
  • SDS (Safety Data) sheets for products can be downloaded and reviewed.

To check out the new websites, please visit or

Canyon Ranch Announces Opening of First International Resort

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Canyon Ranch is set to open the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya on the Turkish Riviera next year.

Canyon Ranch, a luxury spa and resort leader, recently announced that it will be opening its first-ever international resort, the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya, on the Turkish Riviera near Bodrum in July 2016. With stunning views of the Aegean Sea, the 107,500 square-foot space will boast 40 treatment rooms, along with 141 hotel guest rooms and 2 gourmet restaurants.

Set in a location that has long served as a center for healing and wellness, the highly modern Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya will seek to honor the natural and ancient beauty of its surrounding environment.

“Canyon Ranch is launching onto the global stage with Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya in Turkey,” said Susan Docherty, Chief Executive Officer, Canyon Ranch. “With its breathtakingly beautiful natural landscape and ancient, healing lands, it is the idyllic location for our first international immersion destination and will redefine the concept of a luxury wellness experience.”

Canyon Ranch has health resorts in Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA, as well as two SpaClubs in Las Vegas, NV and SpaClubs at Sea onboard various cruise ships. For more information, please visit

Green Spa Network Announces 2015 Spa Sustainability Award Winners

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The 2015 winners were awarded for showing outstanding sustainability in six different categories, including healthy spa cuisine, innovative green products, and dedicated spa and supply brands.

The Green Spa Network (GSN) recently announced the winners of its 2015 Spa Sustainability Awards, presented at GSN's Annual Congress in Yosemite, CA. The winners, including Miraval Resort and Spa, Living Earth Crafts, Two Bunch Palms and Spa Blue at Del Mar, were judged on various criteria, including: achieving the highest level of sustainability compared to their peers; continuous improvement; setting an example of best practice for the industry to follow; making sustainable practices inviting and desirable to consumers and employees. The Judging Panel included: Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief American Spa Magazine; Mary Bemis, Editorial Director, Insider’s Guide to Spas; Debrianna Berlin, Kiss The Sky; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group.

“It's rewarding to see so many businesses striving for sustainability because of their values and conscious leadership," said Founder of Vios Spa Group, Shelley Lotz. “The Green Spa Network Awards program is important in recognizing the tireless efforts of those who work hard day after day in making the spa industry even more sustainable. It is truly a labor of love and the nominees are always inspiring and impressive!”

The 2015 Winners:

  • Healthy Spa Cuisine Award- Miraval Resort and Spa
  • Corporate Brand Committed to Sustainability- Two Bunch Palms
  • Green Supplier / Manufacturer of the Year – Living Earth Crafts
  • Innovative Green Product of Year- Pedicure Bowls by Victoria’s Essentials Australia
  • Green Skin Care Company of the Year- Szép Elet
  • Sustainable Spa of the Year- Spa Blue at Del Mar
  • Green Spa Network Visionary Award- Robert Zimmer, Zimmer Associates

Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award Recipients

  • Rona Berg - Organic Spa Magazine
  • Tessa Kienow – Ready Care Industries
  • Lisa Sykes – Universal Companies
  • Shelley Lotz – Vios Spa Group

“It is our privilege and honor as a non-profit voice for sustainability to recognize the work of these dedicated companies whose examples have raised the green standard for the spa industry around the planet," said Executive Director of the Green Spa Network Paul Schmidt.

In addition to these industry awards, the GSN Board of Directors recognized Robert Zimmer of Zimmer Associates as this year’s Visionary Award recipient and further acknowledged outstanding contributions from the organization’s volunteer roster with a new award. Named in honor of one of GSN’s Founders, the inaugural Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award recipients are Rona Berg, Organic Spa Magazine; Tessa Kienow, Ready Care Industries; Lisa Sykes, Universal Companies; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by an organization I've grown so passionate about over the last 8 years," said Lisa Sykes, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Manager for Universal Companies and Co-Chair of the GSN Personal Care Committee. "If your passions are spreading the mission of wellness and preserving the environment, volunteering for Green Spa Network will be one of the most exhilarating, rewarding opportunities you’ll ever experience.”

For more information about the GSN Sustainability Awards, please visit

Global Wellness Summit Announces 9th Annual Conference Highlights

Dr. Deepak Chopra will lead the roster of experts who will tackle the future of spa, medicine, fitness, education, investment and workplace wellness.

The Global Wellness Summit, an annual event that brings together international leaders to positively shape the future of the wellness industry,announced key elements of its 9th annual conference agenda. Considered the world’s most prestigious gathering of business, government and academic leaders who value wellness, the Summit takes place November 13-15 at The St. Regis Mexico City and is expected to host a record number of delegates from myriad industries, including spa, education and tourism, as well as beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.

Keynote speaker Dr. Deepak Chopra heads up a list of high-profile presenters which includes executives from companies as diverse as Cirque du Soleil and Zappos; Mexico City’s Ministers of Tourism and Health; and panelists from renowned organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, the Mayo Clinic, Duke Integrative Medicine and Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

In addition, top findings from the Global Wellness Institute’s major research report on the “The Future of Wellness at Work” will be presented.

This year’s inclusive theme, “Building a Well World,” will attract attendees from over 40 countries and provide a comprehensive look at how the dramatic growth of the $3.4 trillion wellness sector is transforming peoples’ personal and professional lives - and what the outlook is for the future.  

Focus on Mexico: Both the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Miquel Torruco Marqués, and Minister of Health, Dr. José Armando Ahued Ortega, will share their unique perspectives on achieving wellness in an increasingly urbanized world; along with special presentations on wellness modalities unique to Mexico, including the indigenous temazcal treatment, and how these treatments can galvanize wellness tourism. In addition, Jeanene Bluhm, co-founder and creator of Mexico’s Thomas Jefferson Institute, will present on putting wellness at the center of education.

Student Competition: The 7th annual Student Challenge, a competition between international universities to create a spa resort/wellness concept of the future, will see two schools competing: Universidad Anáhuac México Norte (Mexico) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA).

Networking and Gala Events:
The Summit is known for its networking and themed gala events. This year, delegates will have a chance to experience the brand new Design and Film School, CENTRO, as well as the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes.

The event’s full agenda and list of speakers can be found here.


In Memoriam: Margarita Saian

Margarita Saian

Margarita Saian, well-known esthetics veteran and founder and president of SAIAN LLC Natural Clinical Skincare, passed away on September 29 after a lengthy illness. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, the warm and vivacious Saian became well known throughout the spa world for her vast knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, quality skin care.

As an esthetician, CMA/Cardiac Technician, National Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified ECG, and Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Saian’s unique expertise and body of knowledge enabled her to train countless skincare professionals, nurses and doctors throughout the world. She was known, however, not only for her professional assets, but for her advocacy for natural living and her infectious positive attitude. Together with her daughter—company co-founder and skincare specialist Dasha Saian—Saian built an advanced skincare line business, along with a large and loyal following of clients and colleagues.

Saian’s devotion to the skincare world was evident to everyone who met her, and she was only too happy to impart her wisdom on others, advising them to seek a career in the field only if they had a passion to help people. As she put it, “I wake up in the morning and can’t think of anywhere I would rather go than to my office!”

Saian never stopped soaking up information about the industry, and continually sought to share her knowledge with others. The sheer number of people she met who were eager to learn more never failed to surprise her, she once remarked.

When once asked if she would change anything about her life, Saian reflected, “I wouldn’t change a thing… I came to America in 1992 with only $30, and have accomplished everything on my own. I am grateful for everything.”

“Margarita Saian has been a bright, shining light in our lives,” says Claudio DiFiore and Marc Rosengarten of Bio France Lab. “She was kind and generous in spirit. Unselfishly, she spent time advising us on building our company. She was also beautiful, elegant and full of joie de vivre. With her voice, dance and skincare knowledge, she was incredibly captivating, charismatic and precise. She will be missed in our lives.”

Celluma Nominated for OC Business Journal's Innovator of the Year Award

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The specialized LED device from BioPhotas, Inc. was honored to be among those nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's prestigious "Innovator of the Year" award.

BioPhotas, Inc., a company that utilizes low-level-light therapy to treat and restore compromised cells to their full function, recently announced that the brand's Celluma series was honored as a nominee for the Orange County Business Journal's "Innovator of the Year" awards during the inaugural ceremony on September 24, 2015. The prestigious awards are designed to recognize Orange County, CA's most influential leaders, as well as highly innovative products, services and ideas.

Celluma from BioPhotas, Inc. is a specialized LED device that can be used to treat arthritis, muscle and joint pain and stiffness, muscle spasms, muscle tissue tension, and diminished local blood circulation, as well as symptoms of inflammatory acne vulgaris, including redness, pimples and lesions. The FDA-cleared device is ideal for professional use, and can be up-sold for home and travel use.

In addition, company president and CEO, Patrick Johnson, will be speaking at the AdvaMed 2015 MedTech Conference in San Diego on October 5-7, 2015 and the OCTANe 10th Annual Medical Device & Investor Forum on November 2-3, 2015.

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