Pictured: Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati, and Repêchage Chief Operating Officer, David Sarfati, together with the Repêchage team.

Manhattan, NYRepêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati welcomed over 150 skincare and spa professionals from across the U.S., Canada, The Dominican Republic, The Grand Cayman Islands, Poland and Trinidad to a full-day launch event and awards luncheon in NYC. Prominent beauty editors were also in attendance, along with Intercoiffure President Lois Christie and members of the Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Operations & Information Management at The University of Connecticut. 

The morning began with a fair of services, showcasing all of the latest innovations and treatments from Repêchage. Guests were able to get a first look at the newest additions to skincare from the seaweed experts, including the new Vita Cura Triple Action Body Collection, Repêchage Biolight Frost Bright Eye Contour Gel, Repêchage Conditioning Lip Gloss, One-Minute Exfoliating Mask and new additions to the T-Zone Balance and Classic European Facial Collections.

First up, the new Repêchage Vita Cura Triple Action® Body Collection. The triple-action formulations in this body collection aim to give the body a full transformation in skin tone, texture and touch. This array of body products are infused with natural resources, including the newest ingredient to be used by Repêchage -African Mafura Oil. Repêchage Corporate Educator Natalie Otto demonstrated the new products to show how they can be used as back bar items. 

To give the eye a transformation, Repêchage demonstrated their new Biolight Frost Bright Eye Contour Gel made with Matrixyl 3000, Caffeine, Bellis Daisy, Laminaria Digitata seaweed, Licorice Root and Cucumber Extract that all work to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles for a brighter and more beautiful eye area.

 The new Repêchage Conditioning Lip Gloss also includes the rich African Mafura Oil to moisturize the lips, along with newly added coconut oil. A beautiful new Pink Champagne color was presented for guests to try and will now be an official part of the collection.

Along with new innovations for the body, eyes and lips, Repêchage also presented two new products for the skin. Fitting for the summer time, Repêchage presented their One-Minute Exfoliating Mask made with Laminaria Saccharina & Laminaria Digitata Seaweed, Lemongrass Oil, Cucumber Oil and natural rice bran wax to help control oil production and give the skin a natural exfoliation.

 Repêchage presented their new T-Zone Balance Shine Control Serum made with a blend of botanicals from earth and sea to leave the skin fresh, clean and matte, as well. This was displayed alongside the Repêchage Classic European Facial.

Guests then moved to the grand ballroom for lunch and the annual Repêchage President’s Awards Presentation. Lydia Sarfati presented the awards to an establishment or person that demonstrates esthetic excellence as well as dedication to the elevation of the industry.

The President’s Award for Best International Distributor went to Professional Brands Marketing & Distribution – Romania. With only two sales reps, they have opened more than 30 locations since November, along with multiple facial bar locations, and are setting the standards for skincare in their country.  

The President’s Award of Excellence went to Premier 2300, a Division of Beauty Systems Group. This group has brought the Repêchage brand and concept to leading salons, spas and day spas across the Midwest.

The President’s Award of Excellence – School of the Year went to Capri Cosmetology Learning Centers  – Newburgh & Nanuet, New York. Owner Anthony Fiore accepted the award for delivering highly-skilled and talented estheticians.

The President’s Award of Excellence – Wellness & Fitness Center went to XSport Fitness and was accepted by Perri Polowy, Spa trainer for all 16 XSport Spa locations. This chain has taken Repêchage along their journey as their business continues to grow.

The President’s Award of Excellence – Skincare Center of the Year went to Oasis Day Spa in Massachusetts and was accepted by Owner Julie Mahoney. They have been recognized by the Boston community with numerous spa awards and set a great example for skin care.

The President’s Award of Excellence – Day Spa of the Year went to Panico Salon & Spa. Owner Jack Panico accepted. Panico Salon & Spa emphasizes the importance of education and focus on charitable and local contributions that make them a perfect representation of an ideal Day Spa.

The President’s Award of Excellence – Esthetician of the Year went to Stefanie Spirk of South Lincoln Esthetics, Nebraska.  Not only does she perform outstanding esthetic services, but she has a talent for building relationships with those who experience her services.

 Lastly, the President’s Award for Rising Stars went to Jennifer Zimmerman and Katrina Gutierrez of Vito Mazza Salon & Spa. Both ladies started out by working at their employer’s Facial Bar. From being on the salon floor, they have impressed clients with their services and are now booking backroom treatments.

After the awards ceremony was the first keynote speaker, Winn Claybaugh, who livened up the room with his presentation “Be Nice (or Else!).”

Sharing his personal stories and experiences in the beauty industry, Claybaugh captivated the crowd with his motivational words, reminding the audience on the importance of not only boosting the morale of those who you surround yourself with in a work environment, but boosting your own morale.

“Your habits form your character and your character determines your destiny,” he said.

 Next to take the stage was Angela Noviello, director of the Esthetics Division, Milano Estetica Cos­metic Surgery & Medical Spa and Italian Director and National Educator of Oncology Esthetics. With her presentation “Pioneering Oncology Esthetics,” she, like Claybaugh, was also able to motivate those in the room.

Estheticians and skin care experts were moved by Noviello’s experiences with practicing Oncology esthetics in Italy and how this field has changed her life. With the utmost sincerity, Noviello expressed how being able to help cancer patients feel beautiful again has been a gratifying experience as a skincare professional.

Following Noviello’s presentation was a champagne toast, sponsored by MetroClick & Jessica Cosmetics. Guests indulged in champagne and chocolate covered strawberries before ending the evening by hearing a presentation from Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati. 

Sarfati presented “Seaweed Rx,” highlighting the science behind Repêchage’s number one ingredient: seaweed. Sarfati dived deep into the structure of seaweed and how its composition is both nourishing and rejuvenating for the skin. Sarfati also gave an overview of the newest products from Repêchage, especially highlighting the new Vita Cura Triple Action Body Collection.

“We need to start skincare intensive treatments for the body,” she said. “For many years we have focused on peeling the skin, but how about rebuilding the skin we have? The skin is the largest orange in our body – it deserves our attention.”

The following day, attendees gathered at the Repêchage Headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey, for an interactive workshop on oncology esthetics. Under the instruction of Repêchage Global Education Leader, Lauren Streeter, and Corporate Educator, Natalie Otto, who is certified in Oncology Esthetics, guests spent a full day learning further about practical methods for oncology esthetics and skincare for oncology patients.

With the ability to learn from one another and working together, Repêchage will continue to offer clients opportunities to increase their knowledge and provide them with the tools they need to achieve success.



Pictured: Day 2 of Rx for Success — Attendees from the interactive workshop on oncology esthetics at the Lydia Sarfati Post Graduate Skincare Academy at the Repêchage Headquarters.