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  • A Tale of Two Cities: From Dubai to Moscow

    I had quite the journey flying over 8,000 miles from Los Angeles to United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Russia for the opportunity to represent IDI. When I first saw my itinerary I saw two very different worlds, apart from my own, but then I remembered the common interest I share with my hosts – the passion for skin therapy.

    My first stop was in Dubai, UAE, a city known for its luxury and amazing modern architecture. I had to find out why it’s been dubbed as the “City of Gold” and I discovered why walking around the gold souk or outdoor marketplace – I had never seen so much gold in such a small area! I even had the opportunity to go on a desert safari and ride a camel for the first time during my visit.

    But the true purpose for my visit was to present to 140 skin therapists and business owners who want to take their clients’ skin to a new level of skin health. I lectured on the latest cosmetic treatments that could be incorporated with their current product line, Dermalogica, and introduced a new chemical peel system to their market. It was great to see their eagerness build as they planned for new treatments to expand their menu and offer to clients. It was also a treat to meet students from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other parts of UAE to join in the day’s festivities.

    Then I hopped on a plane to my next destination – Russia. I landed in Moscow, bundled up and ready for the chilly, snowy weather; compared to the desert, camels and sunny beaches I just left behind!

    The two day event in Moscow began with discussing the wide-ranging topic of pigmentation, followed by a chemical peel demonstration to address signs of hyperpigmentation commonly seen on clients. Ranging between skin therapists, business owners and physicians, our guests mingled with each other as if they never wanted the evening to end.  As the event drew to a close there was a particular buzz of excitement, that feeling of connection as a tribe.

    We had a smaller more, intimate group of 11 educators from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on the second day in Moscow. Through a translator, I was able to educate them on the particulars of chemical peels and guided them all through a hands on practical. Their glowing skin and radiant smiles were enough to tell me they were enjoying the day.

    Thankfully I had a free day for some sightseeing. Braving the cold, I set out on foot to see famous buildings I had only seen in pictures until now. I enjoyed sights such as the eclectic art market of Arabat Street and the Alexander Garden right outside the Kremlin. Walking to the end of the Red Square, I was able to enjoy the colorful architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral. As my tour came to an end, I had an unforgettable evening watching the Russian Ballet perform.

    Although my travels took me to two extremes, my purpose was the same: to give our students the tools to grow their business and reach others through the healing power of touch.

     

     

     

     

  • The Malaysian Monologues

    When people think of Southeast Asia, exotic places like Phuket and Bali come to mind but one of the most exciting and fastest growing cities is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, also fondly known as KL. I recently had the honor and pleasure of spending some time in this captivating city with our Education Manager for Australia and Asia, Emma Hobson. What a rare occurrence and delight being with a fellow educator, sharing in the unique experience and getting to teach the program together!

    I lived and worked in this part of the world many moons ago so it was also very touching to be able to return and see the progress that has occurred since my last visit 16 years ago! Beyond the stunning mixture of historic meets hyper modern architecture, Chinese, Malay, Indian blend of culture and exotic food, the people (who call themselves KLites, so cute right?)  are what truly make KL so memorable. Graceful, warm, charming are all characteristics of KLites but their hunger for education is what makes teaching in this region so rewarding.

    So what did we share? Over a tightly packed 2 day congress we shared new information on skin exfoliation, ingredient technology and new techniques for performing effective yet safe, chemical peels. Together with the incredible Malaysian educators, we even managed to conduct a hands on practical session for over 190 Malaysian Skin Therapists! The pinnacle of any educators career…that one might need to go into the Guinness World Book of Records! On our second day we shared information with the group on Global Skin Trends, the impact of exercise on the skin and motivational segments on Communication, Leadership and Achieving Lifelong Goals.

    As with all of our international trips the local media are always eager to learn about what’s new in skin from America, I met with the 5 leading news and lifestyle publications to chat about skincare trends, new ingredients and advances in Chemical Peels. The skin savvy Malaysian consumer has always been light years ahead in regards to protecting their skin from daylight exposure, but is always on the lookout for new treatments and products to address hyperpigmentation; so the journalists were thrilled to be able to offer some fresh advice and new treatment recommendations to their readers.

    The warm welcome and sincere hospitality we received by the Malaysian team and our charming hosts Eddie and Roderick Chieng made this trip truly unforgettable. The dedication to learning we felt and stories of success we had the honor hearing was beyond inspiring. Hashtag #ilovemyjob!