Repêchage is a beauty brand located in the heart of Secaucus, New Jersey. Meaning “to rescue” in French, Repêchage has provided women and men from around the world with healthy skin for decades. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to the founder of this amazing brand, Lydia Sarfati and here is what she had to say…
(Q) Hello Lydia. How are you? Tell me a little more about the Repêchage brand…
I founded Repêchage in 1980, after serving as an esthetician and owner of my own skincare business in New York City. Repêchage is a French word that means “to rescue” or “second chance”. Through seaweed based professional skincare products and treatments, we have provided our clients with just that – a second chance for beautiful skin. We manufacture all of our products in the United States, and it is always our mission to deliver products and treatments with the best, freshest and purest ingredients from the earth and sea.
(Q) You have pioneered the field of esthetics in the U.S. setting the standard for the industry. You were a founding president of the EMDA. What has life been like knowing that you have had an influence on many others in the beauty industry?
I take pride in our industry, and every day I look to see how I can give back even a fraction of all it has given to me, including laughter and the pleasure of working with people who truly care and give from their hearts. It is so important to me to continually raise the bar in the level of professionalism and education so that or industry can continue to grow.
(Q) Behind every great creator, lies a major source of influence. Tell me a little more about what inspired you to create Repêchage…
In the 70s, when I started my career, what was popular back then was the concept of natural products – products made from fruit like strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes – it was like a fruit salad on your face – literally – without much research behind why and without true results. I needed to provide my clients with clinical, measurable results. A trip to Israel inspired me to bring seaweed based skincare products to the United States and create Repêchage. While a vacation with my husband, we had the most delicious salads and I couldn’t figure out how, in the middle of the desert, they were able to cultivate this unbelievable vegetation. The answer was seaweed. If seaweed had the ability to keep moisture in the soil and produce such wonderful benefits for plants, it had me thinking – what wonders could this phenomenal plant do for your skin? Thus, the Four Layer Facial was born. The Four Layer Facial based on seaweed revolutionized the skin care and beauty industry.
(Q) Currently, what are Repêchage’s best selling products?
Today, our best selling product is still the Repêchage C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate. The first layer of the iconic Four Layer Facial, our fans can’t get enough! C-Serum, short for cytoserum, is a highly concentrated seaweed extract from EcoCert Laminaria Digitata seaweed rich in 12 vitamins including B12, C, E, K and Beta Carotene, 18 amino acids, and 42 trace elements. Like a multivitamin for the skin, it helps to prevent dehydration, reduce the appearance of fine lines and to return moisture to restore overall skin vitality.
(Q) Seaweed has so many benefits, however, when one thinks of seaweed, then tend to rarely associate it with skincare. Tell me a little more about the skincare benefits of seaweed…
Bathing in seawater is a tradition with a rich history throughout the world. For thousands of years, people all over the world including Japan, Italy, Budapest and Greece have sought out the therapeutic benefits of sea water therapy. Thalassotherapy, stemming from the Greek word for sea, thalassos, is a term coined to describe the usage of sea water for therapeutic purposes and preventative measures based on the belief that immersion in sea water revitalizes, heals and cleanses the system. Seaweed is a concentration of seawater. It contains a rich blend of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and anti-oxidants, making it extremely nourishing, detoxifying, and hydrating for the skin. Because seaweed has no roots, it feeds through osmosis, and this feeding process allows seaweed to become a dense concentration of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, macro elements, phytohormones and amino acids. Our exclusive proprietary method of expelling the intercellular fluid from the fibrous plant, allows these nutrients to stay alive and active. The result is an extraordinary, skin nourishing product which precisely duplicates the body’s own intercellular fluid with moisture binding abilities.
(Q) A lot of your products are fortified with seaweed. You have everything from various skincare essentials to bath and body to even hair. I also noticed you have a hair mask. Tell me a little more about the seaweed hair mask…
Seaweed is extremely nourishing and healing for our hair, which is why we’ve created our Repêchage Hydra-Amino18 Hair Spa Seaweed Mask. It contains multiple seaweeds, including Laminaria Digitata and Ascophyllum Nodosum seaweeds which provide 12 vitamins and minerals, 18 amino acids, and 42 trace elements that help bring life back to damaged hair. Poryhyra umbilicalis is a purple seaweed that contains amino acids, proteins and polysaccharides, and is clinically proven to strengthen hair by 13% while helping to reduce frizz. This powerful active also helps increase hair elasticity by 7.8%. Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Vera, and Avocado oil are other natural ingredients that make up our Hair Spa Mask, and help to bring life back to damaged hair.
(Q) What products would you recommend for someone with combination skin?
Combination skin can be tricky. Areas like your T-Zone (forehead, nose, and chin) may be oily, while the rest of your face is dry. Our Repêchage T-Zone Collection specifically caters to those with combination skin. These products are blended with ingredients like St. John’s Wort, which is known to purify, soothe, and tone the skin, along with green and white teas, which help protect the skin against free radical damage and have anti-inflammatory properties. This full collection helps to maintain moisture levels to bring balance to combination skin.
(Q) Tell me a little more about your mineral makeup line…
The fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, vitamin and mineral rich Repêchage Mineral Makeup formulas hydrate, protect and beautify instantly and last all day long. Our exclusive formula includes Laminaria Digitata, Enteromorpha Compressa, Ascophyllum Nodosum, Fucus Vesiculosus and Codium Corallina seaweeds. These products not only provide beautiful and long lasting coverage, but they are truly treatments for the skin.
(Q) I have to ask, what are your plans with Repechage? What is next for the brand?
Just this year alone we’ve launched 3 new products and treatments; Lamina Lift™ Mask Treatment, Repêchage T-Zone Balance Shine Control Serum and the Repêchage One-Minute Exfoliating Mask. We have a new lip gloss launching, an eye gel, and a new bath and body collection in the works that I can’t give any details away on just yet. When it comes to skincare and beauty – we don’t stop! We are always in the lab, and seeking new, innovative ways we can formulate seaweed to provide the best beauty and skincare products for our clients.
For more information about Repêchage, please visit www.repechage.com today.