Skincare Guru Christine Valmy Passes Away at 88

Christine Valmy, founder of the first skincare school licensed in the U.S., passed away earlier this week at the Cardiology Institute (Fundeni, Bucharest), at age 88.

Valmy graduated from the Law School of the University of Bucharest (Romania) and received a degree in cosmetology from the Medical School in Bucharest (Romania) in 1946.

Valmy, who was referred to as the Cosmetics Queen, founded The Christine Valmy International Cosmetics School (New York City) in 1966.


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“I first met Christine Valmy at a CIDESCO show in NYC in 1982, where Repêchage was an exhibitor,” said Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage CEO & Founder. She represented beauty, elegance, and professionalism, which all helped her become a pioneer in the field of esthetics in the United States. My last encounter with Ms. Valmy was in Baden-Baden Germany in 2008 at the CIDESCO Board Meeting. She still had her fierce personality and charm, and withheld a strong belief in professional skin care therapy. She is an icon and will be missed by many whom are grateful for her contribution to esthetic education and schools in the United States, and her many contributions to our industry.”

In 1985, she was appointed by president Ronald Reagan to serve on the United States National Council on Vocational Education, in recognition of her contribution in the education field, which she served until 1991. In addition to training skincare specialists, Valmy published three books on skincare: Esthetics: The Keystone Guide to Skin Care, Christine Valmy Skin Care and Make Up Book, and The Christine Valmy Method for Scientific Facials. She is survived by a daughter, Marina Valmy Dehaydu, a son-in-law, Peter Dehaydu, and two grandsons.

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