Repêchage Hosts 17th Annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals

Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati welcomed over 135 skincare and spa professionals from across the country as well as from Korea, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Italy and Curacao. Guests gathered at this year’s NYC Conference to hear both science and medical experts speak, as well as to be part of the launch of the new Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial and at‐ home products, the Repêchage Mineral Face Shield, and annual Repêchage President’s Awards.

To kick off the event, Charles Yarish, Ph.D., professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, took the podium to present “The Science of Seaweed.” Yarish was recently appointed to the Repêchage Board of Directors for 2015, and heads one of the leading seaweed science laboratories in the world dedicated to seaweed research and aquaculture. Dr. Yarish shared with guests the many different facets of seaweed – from cultivation to its use, food, fertilizers and most relevant to Conference guests: cosmetics. Dr. Yarish specifically delineated the anti‐wrinkling, anti‐aging and skin regeneration characteristics of specific seaweeds, including Laminaria Digitata and Ascophyllum Nodosum, the two seaweeds predominantly used in Repêchage Professional Skin Care. 

Next to take the podium was Karl Richter, partner of Bio‐Gate AG, Germany, for his presentation “Micro Silver: A Newly Patented Ingredient for Dermatological Skin Care.” Richter presented information on Micro Silver, a new found ingredient that Repêchage will be utilizing in the new Repêchage Red‐Out Facial and at‐home products. Specifically, Richter spoke on the science behind Micro Silver and its benefits in skincare and cosmetics, including its antimicrobial action and ability to fight harmful bacteria that can cause inflammation, skin irritations and blemishes. Repêchage will be the first professional skin care company in the United States to utilize this new ingredient in Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial with Micro Silver and Anti‐Oxidants and at‐home products for hypersensitive skin and rosacea. 

Before the official introduction of Repêchage Red‐Out, Dr. Samuel Shatkin, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and owner of the Aesthetic Associate Centre for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Medical Skin Care in Buffalo, took the stage. In his presentation, “Rosacea – Causes and Solutions,” Dr. Shatkin discussed the medical findings of what causes this skin condition and solutions for those who suffer from rosacea – a skin condition seen in 16 million people in the US and 45 million people worldwide, according to the Rosacea Society. Dr. Shatkin also reported on his recent clinical study of rosacea patients in his Buffalo, NY practice, revealing dramatic reduction of rosacea symptoms in before and after photographs. 


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Immediately following was the official premiere of Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out for event attendees, along with the debut of Repêchage Mineral Face Shield. Repêchage CEO & Founder Lydia Sarfati shared with guests the research behind Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial and Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Calming Cleanser and Red‐Out Serum (patent pending). As Sarfati stated, “This new facial, as well as the two patent‐pending at‐home products, offer real and immediate help to people with all types of skin who suffer from Rosacea and hypersensitivity. In recent trials, 99% of patients saw visible difference in their skin after one Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial, while 89% saw smoother skin after using the Hydra 4 Red‐Out Serum for 28 days.“ 

Sarfati also introduced the much‐anticipated new Repêchage Mineral Face Shield to the enthusiastic audience. This new cream, explained Sarfati, has a luxurious, soufflé‐like texture, providing important anti‐oxidant protection through‐out the day while imparting a flawless, air‐brushed finish. 

About: Since 1980, Repêchage, meaning "to rescue" or "second chance," has created a full range of nutrient-rich seaweed-based skincare products featured at top spas globally. For more information visit

Image: Repechage CEO & Founder, Lydia Sarfati, & Repêchage Chief Operating Officer, David Sarfati

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