1. Jane Wurwund, Dermalogica’s founder, could have a whole other career in motivational speaking alone.
When I headed to Las Vegas last month to attend Dermalogica Congress 2015, I had no idea that I’d be sitting in a massive auditorium among 2500 other skin-obsessed attendees, listening to one of the most inspirational and motivational speeches I’ve ever heard, leaving me on the edge of tears. Jane Wurwund, the Founder and visionary behind Dermalogica, spoke so sincerely from the heart, it was hard not to get emotional. As a young women with a small business, I held onto every piece of advice she gave like a lifeline.
Even though she’s the founder of the world’s number one professional skincare brand, listening to her describe her ups and downs as an entrepreneurial woman made her somehow a little more relatable. If you ever have the chance to be in the same room as Jane Wurwund, I encourage you to take it. I’m pretty sure she also defined the meaning of life in a single powerpoint slide.
2. Dermalogica’s charitable FITE Organization has helped over 60,000 women living in poverty start their own businesses.
Jane shared with us many stories throughout Congress, but one that resonated with me the most was when she explained how she lost her father at a young age, and worked out of necessity to help her family. She eventually found independence through running her own business, and was so passionate that other women in need would be able to do the same thing, she founded FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship).
FITE gives women living in poverty the chance to start their own business. It helps them access the tools they need to become successful which in turn allows them to find independence and support their family going forward. It’s a truly amazing organization that can amplify even a small contribution by giving women the support they need to get started. It’s the whole “teach a man to fish” proverb in action—and it’s powerful.
3. They are launching some truly innovative and exciting products this year.
We were introduced by some of the top brains behind the brand to three new products for the season. Vice President of Research & Development for Dermalogica, Dr. Diana Howard introduced us to Dermalogica’s new Charcoal Rescue Masque (coming soon), formulated with activated charcoal and designed for ALL skin types (not just oily, acne-prone skin). It’s basically like an intense detox for your skin… something I really needed after five days in Las Vegas.
She also showed us their anti-aging breakthrough, Overnight Retinol Repair ($85, available at ulta.com. Way more than just another retinol, Dermalogica was able to encapsulate retinol to stabilize it to allow it to work much more effectively. So much so, in fact, it comes with a Buffer Cream to help temper your skin and build up its natural retinol receptors slowly—it’s powerful stuff!
Finally, I had the chance to talk with Annet King, Dermalogica’s Director of Global Education, about their newest addition to their primer family, HydraBlur. A perfect everyday formula, HydraBlur ($46, launching in November) uses a time-release hydrating complex to moisturize skin throughout the day while keeping skin smooth, luminous and naturally matte.
4. Dermalogica doesn’t want you to fear their recent acquisition by Unilever.
Earlier this year, Unilever announced that they would be acquiring Dermalogica; an announcement that had many surprised and also a little bit uncertain. Other brands under Unilever’s portfolio include a wide array of everyday brands—Dove, Vaseline and TRESemmé to name a few—and Jane spoke very openly about the acquisition. Her main message? Don’t be worried. Dermalogica may be owned by Unilever, but Jane assured everyone that it would be managed separately and will be incorporated into Unilever’s prestige division.
Her personal reason for the acquisition? She said she had big dreams for Dermalogica and she wanted to see them happen in her lifetime. Partnering with a powerhouse like Unilever was a strategic move to forward faster, stronger and better than ever before. Expect great things to come from this acquisition.
5. Dermalogica might be serious about skin, but they sure know how to throw a party.
Congress was hosted at the gorgeous Cosmopolitan hotel, right on the strip. With over 2500 attendees at Congress, Dermalogica had to keep everyone entertained and they did JUST that. Between renting out Marquee (twice) and dishing out delicious hor d’oeuvres, cocktails and survival kits at every turn—they thought of every last detail.
My five days in Las Vegas were up in a flash, and now I’m left wondering (and waiting to see) how they could possibly top this years’ Congress in the future.