Lustre Celebrates Women's History Month
Updated: Apr 2
During the month of March, Lustre recognized women who positively impact skin health and skin care, both currently or historically. On our final day, we celebrate our very own Deb Lester!
Deb is a licensed skin therapist, owner of Lustre and ardent believer in and champion of health and wellness, specifically when it comes to skin care. Her beliefs led her to create Lustre with a three-prong mission: education, health and relaxation. Deb is a skin maven. Trained in skin analysis and customization, she is an expert in her craft. Using her vast knowledge, enthusiasm of craft, latest technology and high-quality products, Deb provides a robust menu of skin care services at Lustre.
Deb is a skin care coach. She is always on a quest to learn more to best serve her clients. She earned her Advanced Practice Esthetician Salon Manager License and is actively engaged in continuing education in skin analysis and technology, relaxation techniques and product knowledge. Certified as a Dermalogica expert, Deb also holds multiple certifications from industry leaders, including Aveda Institute and International Dermal Institute and has studied with professionals from the Institute of Integrative Oncology.
Deb operates her business through the lenses of skin health and inclusiveness. The belief that a world where everyone, regardless of background, sexual orientation, gender identification, skin color or disability is valued and included, is central to Deb. She understands the importance of healing and relaxation in one's health and well-being.
Deb values family and friends. She is a proud mother of two daughters, both stellar women in their own right. Jesse is a nutritionist and co-founder of Lustre's neighbor and partner, Wellness Minneapolis. Lolly is an artist and art specialist with the St. Paul Public Schools. Keith, Deb's husband, is also her Lustre business partner. Together, they collaborated to make her dream of owning her own skin care business come to fruition in 2018.
Jane Wurwand As the co-founder and chief visionary of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute post-graduate training centers, Jane Wurwand is one of the most recognized and respected authorities in professional skin therapy. Under her leadership, Dermalogica has grown to be the leading professional skin care brand, used by more than 100,000 skin therapists in more than 100 countries around the world. In January 2011, Wurwand launched FITE– Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship – a global women’s entrepreneurial initiative inspired by her three decades of work within the professional skin care industry. Since its launch, FITE has assisted more than 95,000 women to achieve financial independence as well as gain access to educational programs and leadership training. (PR)
Jane Iredale Jane Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, a company she founded in 1994 which brought the mineral makeup line *jane iredale* to the aesthetic industry. She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits. She was inspired to develop a makeup that was good for the skin by her career in the entertainment industry where she saw actresses and models struggling with the ill-effects of the many kinds of makeup they wore. Her experience in working with women whose careers depended on a clear complexion allowed her to see how skin disorders and sensitivities not only threatened careers, but also destroyed self-confidence. Jane has always thought of makeup as an essential part of a woman's sense of well-being and she wanted to make that easy to achieve. (PR)
Józsefné Koronczay Éminence Organic Skin Care story begins with Józsefné Koronczay and her mother. Józsefné grew up watching her mother grow fruits, herbs and vegetables in the garden. From fresh jams, to hearty stews, to handmade skin care creams and masks for the neighbors, every plant had a purpose. Józsefné eventually worked as an esthetician, making her own skin care products for her clients, just as her mother did. Her esthetics skills gained local popularity in native Hungary as she raised her two sons, Boldijarre and Attila, founders of Éminence Organic Skin Care. The company was built on half a century of Hungarian herbal craftsmanship and the belief that natural and organic heals. Boldijarre’s part of the story began at age five when he was diagnosed with leukemia and given only a slim chance for survival. His mother and grandmother nurtured his health by only allowing him organic foods and natural products handcrafted by their family business. His extraordinary survival marked the beginning of his passion for organic living and the drive to bring this awareness to the skin care industry, just as his mother and grandmother did before him.
Margarita Silva-Hutner The field of medical mycology was relatively young when Margarita Silva-Hutner began her research career in 1936. In a field which is concerned with the health effects of fungi, mycologists study its impact on skin, nails and hair. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Silva-Hutner was hired as a technologist in the mycology lab at the Columbia University School of Tropical Medicine in San Juan. She spent more than a decade there, researching fungal infections—primarily chromoblastomycosis, a condition prevalent in Puerto Rico—with her mentor Arturo L. Carrión, MD. As a distinguished faculty member of the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University, she made pioneering contributions to the development of medical mycology and dermatology. Her scientific contributions were matched by her humanism, personal charm and standards of excellence.
Dr. Rose Hirschler Dr. Rose Hirschler is one of the first known female dermatologists in the US, with an impressive career due to her impactful academic contributions to the field and her pioneering role for women in dermatology. She received her medical degree in 1899, from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP). Founded in 1850, the WMCP was the first medical institution in the world established to train women in medicine and offer them a doctorate of medicine. Dr. Hirschler became Acting Clinical Professor of Dermatology at WMCP from 1918 to 1919. Her decision to specialize in dermatology and then teach broke barriers. She was the first woman to teach and mentor other women, a position usually held by men. She is remembered and honored by the Women's Dermatology Society (WDS) through The Rose Hirschler Award, given to prominent female dermatologists.
Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden was a beauty pioneer, entrepreneur, and a dedicated suffragette. In 1912, she participated in a march for women's rights. The 15,000 suffragettes she marched with wore red lipstick as a sign of solidarity—lipstick that was supplied by Arden. Arden devised a marketing campaign to change the public's view of beauty products making them more socially acceptable. Later on in her career, she would develop a special line of cosmetics for women serving in the military.
Iman Iman is a Somali American entrepreneur, who founded the first cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all Women with Skin of Color™. After failing to find products which worked for her skin tone, Iman started her own company in 1994 to fill the gap. Iman Cosmetics developed a range of foundations and cosmetics to work with darker skin tones. Her products provided choice at an accessible price point, becoming one of the top selling foundations for the US. Iman gave women of color visibility within the beauty industry.
Dr. Loretta Joy Cummins The first woman to be certified in dermatology in America was Loretta Joy Cummins, who in 1928 was appointed the first female dermatologist in Boston. Dr. Cummins was the first woman to be President of the New England Dermatological Society in 1922-23 part of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Vice President of the Boston Dermatological Club. As the first woman to pass the board exams, Dr. Cummins taught at Harvard Medical School's postgraduate program without an official title. She was described as a "keen clinician," and "had a smile and a cheery greeting for everyone, beloved by friends and patients alike, it was her earnest desire to be of help to others."
Christine Valmy In 1944, Christine Valmy’s passion for skin care flourished in the most fitting of places—in her garden. It was there she grew the natural ingredients she transformed into innovative formulas for organic skin care treatments. As such, it was in her garden that a groundbreaking and celebrated career as a skin care expert began. Ms. Valmy went on to be known as the “First Lady of Esthetics.” During her prestigious career, she led the esthetics trade organization, CIDESCO, opened renowned beauty schools around the globe, wrote numerous acclaimed skin care and makeup books, and established the largest salon in the U.S. She worked with the state of New York to develop the country’s first esthetics curriculum to ensure a first-rate education for new professionals. The United States Congress recognized her for “her contributions to education in America [… and for] creating a new, exciting avenue of careers for the young people of America.” And her proprietary “Christine Valmy Facial Method” is, to this day, a coveted technique that has elevated the standard for spa treatments industry-wide. (Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & Cosmetology)
Lydia Sarfati Founder and CEO of the first company to bring seaweed-based skincare treatments and cosmetics to fruition in the US market, Lydia Sarfati is an international industry leader. She is the developer of the world-renowned Repêchage® Four Layer Facial®, offered in over 40 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, the Repêchage Spa de Beauté in 1986 on Third Ave and later in the Galleria building on 57th Street. She innovated spa services with the creation of the Facial Bar concept which allows salons and spas to incorporate express facial treatments with instant, visible results. Sarfati was one of the pioneers in the field of esthetics in the U.S. setting the professional and business standard for the industry. Her skincare method is practiced by top estheticians around the world and is taught in over 200 schools in the US and globally. She is the author of "Success at Your Fingertips," where she shares her philosophy on business and personal fulfillment. (lydiasarfati.com)
Dr. Agnes Forbes Blackadder Dr. Agnes Forbes Blackadder, the first female graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, received her Masters degree in 1895. By 1907, she was appointed as the first female consultant dermatologist for Skin Diseases at St. John's Hospital, and electro-therapeutics and radiography at a hospital notably not exclusive to women. By 1912, she was one of three doctors who had studied the effects of force-feeding on the suffragists who went on hunger strikes during their imprisonments and published several medical papers about it. During the first world war, she served as a radiographer in France and pioneered the radiography of gangrene.
Olivia Munn Olivia Munn is an actress, former television host and activist, who uses her platform to address skin care, social justice, and animal rights issues. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a current influencer, Munn's skin health and care routine has been published through People, Byrdie, Prevention, Hello!, Entertainment News, YouTube and other social media channels. She provides tips to her followers and recommends sticking to a daily skin care routine, eating the right foods and learning about your skin. She describes herself as a person who likes to do research and has been committed to learning about skin health and beauty. She has recently been on the Today Show and MSNBC to speak about the rise in anti-Asian violence across the country and the inequities within the media and entertainment industries.
Dr. Margaret Gray Wood Margaret Gray Wood graduated from Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) in 1948. The WMCP and its graduates made important contributions to dermatology and the advancement of women in the field. Among her many accomplishments, she was the first to use the electron microscope as a diagnostic tool in dermatology. Her dermatopathology studies were particularly well known, including her work on molluscum contagiosum and other viruses. She authored over 70 publications and served as editorial staff of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. She was elected president of the Alumnae Association of WMCP in 1973 and 1975, and was a founding member of WMPC’s Board of Directors. In 1978, she received the WMCP’s Commonwealth Board Citation for her professional accomplishments and commitment to the institution. Twelve years later, she received The Rose Hirschler Award from the Women’s Dermatological Society.
Dr. Diana Howard Dr. Diana Howard brings her expertise as an ingredient innovator, educator, researcher, author, and lecturer to the skin care industry. As VP of Research & Development and Global Education for Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, she is a large part of Dermalogica's continued success. Dr. Howard earned a Ph.D in Plant Biochemistry from UCLA and continues to be a change maker. She takes a “fusion” approach to formulation and leads the way to create products by skin therapists for skin therapists.
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler! Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first Black female physician in the US. To put this in context, in 1860, there were only 300 women out of 54,543 physicians and none of them were African American. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College in 1864 and immediately opened a medical practice in Boston. Almost 20 years later, she published the Book of Medical Discourses, one of the first publications written by an African American about medicine. She wrote that she “sought every opportunity to relieve the suffering of others.” Dr. Crumpler began her medical career as a nurse.
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