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Meet The Founder: Lydia Sarfati, "The Queen of Seaweed"
Founder and CEO of the first company to bring seaweed-based skincare treatments and cosmetics to fruition in the U.S. market, Lydia Sarfati is an international industry leader. She is the developer of the world-renowned Repêchage® Four Layer Facial®, offered in 30 countries, and today, she presides over a 50,000 square foot manufacturing, research and development and training facility in Secaucus, NJ. Sarfati opened the first day spa in Manhattan in 1977. Her Spa de Beauté Concept is now established at salons worldwide, and she is a spa consultant for top destinations worldwide.
Sarfati pioneered the field of esthetics in the U.S. setting the standard for the industry. Her skincare method is practiced by top estheticians around the world and is taught at the Lydia Sarfati Post Graduate School of Esthetics located in Secaucus, NJ. She appears nationally and internationally at esthetic trade shows, and her overseas conferences include Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and South Africa. She has produced 12 step-by-step instructional videos as well as published The Repechage Professional Skin Care Methods and Protocols and The Lydia Sarfati Book of Skin Science, comprehensive works of skin conditions, skincare and body treatments, and medical esthetics including pre and post operative care protocols. She is a prolific writer, a contributing editor for Les Nouvelles Esthetique and Skin Inc. Magazine and author of "Success at Your Fingertips" published by Allured. She also launched the Lydia Sarfati Signature Collection Spa Furnishings by Belvedere.
Mrs. Sarfati was a founding President of the EMDA (Esthetics Manufacturer and Distributor Alliance), a member of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women), FGI (Fashion Group International), ICMAD (Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors), NCA (National Cosmetology Association), Director of the Skin Care Council of Intercoiffure America and Canada and is the honorary chairman of Esthetics America/ CIDESCO USA.
Mrs. Sarfati was also the recipient of both LNE's Crystal Award and Dermascope's Legend Award. Lydia Sarfati was granted the ICMAD's Cosmetic Entrepreneur Award for Leadershop and the NCA Pillar Award for Education Leadership. She was the first honoree from a skincare company to be recognized at the 19th Annual Beauty Ball and Charity Gala benefitting The Make A Wish Foundation. Lydia was honored at 2009's Seventh Annual "Top Women in Business" Networking Awards Dinner presented by the Queens Courier, Queens Business Today and American Airlines. In September 2009, Lydia was presented with the prestigious Chevalerie "Knight Award" by Intercoiffure Mondial as the first and only skin care professional to be recognized for outstanding services.