I have the most amazing job in the world. Firstly I get to work with our beautiful clients guiding them to AMAZING skin… secondly, I get to travel and train with the best of the best!!
This month I was able to attend the 3rd International Corneotherapy Symposium held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
My skin saving expertise is based around the principles of corneotherapy so being able to attend a symposium dedicated to this subject is really exciting!
It’s always wonderful to catch up with familiar faces from the industry and meet new ones, but being the skin nerd that I am, the absolute highlight for me was listening to each of the guest speakers handpicked for their knowledge, experience, results and research. To be soaking my brain cells in the depths of their knowledge is what really floats my boat!
The highlights for me would be hearing Dr Lars Norlen speak on the latest findings of his Epidermal Barrier research. His images of lipid bi-layers was enough to get all of us skin lovers a little hot under the collar. Seeing skin cells and the space between them in such detail was fascinating and gave me a whole new respect for the way our bodies work. Simply mind-blowing!
The trials and experience of Dr Hiroshi Ikeno in treating acne was inspiring and gave new food for thought on improving acneic breakouts and reducing post acne scarring.
It was great to see how anti-oxidants can play a huge role in skin repair. Something I have always known but this took the potential of our results to a whole new level. I love having a significant impact on our clients who have had a hard time with acne and armed with this information I know we are going to see even greater results for these clients!
Engineer Walter Arkesteijn spoke on light interaction with skin tissue and the way we can use this to make more accurate diagnosis of the skins condition. This was especially fascinating as I use Walters diagnostic device in my skin therapy clinic, it allows us to see what is truly happening within the skin. Understanding the condition of your skin allows for a more effective treatment plan (RESULTS!). Hearing him speak in detail about skin imaging was really relevant to what we do each day!
It was again a huge honour and pleasure to learn from Dr Hans Lautenschlager. A leading researcher on the principles of corneotherapy and founder of KOKO Kosmetikvertrieb GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. He is the amazing brain behind dermaviduals skin care- a corneotherapeutic skin care range that respects and adheres to the principles of corneotherapy. Dermaviduals is the range that we use in my skin therapy business to achieve the best results on the planet!!!
Ok… education and scientific learning aside, the ACTUAL reason why I love these conferences sooooooo much is the genuine relationships that are formed!!!
Being the third international symposium, word is getting out about how fantastic it is to attend. This year the Aussies were strong in number.
Now one might think that putting a bunch of independent, smart and big-hearted women in a room for days on end would end in disaster BUT this group of women were the exact opposite!
In our time between and around the conference, lifelong friendships were forged! Openly sharing the highs and lows of self employment, case studies we’ve encountered, business brainstorming and ideas, the affability was invaluable.
So many moments of learning, laughs and SID memories that will stay with us longer than we care to count!
I’ve always cringed at the word “sisterhood” but the mutual respect and genuine support from this bunch of ladies truly is something that will stay with me always and I’ll call upon along the journey! Thank you to the ladies (aka the butterflies) for making this Symposium an unforgettable one!
Corneotherapy-what???!!! Still wondering what ‘corneotherapy’ means? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! I’m working on another post that will help to explain what it is and why I love it so much. In the mean time if the curiosity is killing you, head on over to
http://www.corneotherapy.org for more information
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