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Q & A With Bella Schneider
A few months ago I had my first encounter with Bella Schneider Beauty, a comprehensive skincare line that takes the science of skincare very seriously. I quickly fell in love with the line, which has lead to me carrying it on my site! As with all new brands, I wanted to give you the inside scoop on it's history and mission. I recently got the opportunity to communicate with Bella Schneider herself about her wonderful skincare line, and I wanted to share that correspondence with you! Are you ready for it?
Q & A With Bella Schneider
A: It all started for me when I was 14 years old with bad acne. I lived in Israel at the time and was looking to improve my complexion. I ended up having my skin treated at a high-end beauty boutique near my house. During this time is when I realized that I had a real interest and aptitude for this field. The aestheticians asked my mom if she would let me help in their establishment after school for a few hours during the week since they sensed I was very interested and capable. From this early experience, I was able to observe and learn from these aestheticians, who from Eastern Europe, as they worked and mixed their own products to create their own peels, masks, powders, creams, etc.
I did not mean to stay in this business. At the time, I just saw it as a recreation. What girl would not be fascinated with learning all about beauty? I was truly seeking academia and this initially, was only a way to support myself during my studies. When I arrived in the United States to go to college, I started working full time to support myself. I landed a job with Estee Lauder and it was there where I realized women had no clue how to take care of their skin! They where using products on top of products with no idea. When I finished Berkeley, I decided to open my own small skin care clinic and teach a bit. Before long, I started formulating and I never stopped.
A: My customers range from all ages with all skin types. I service three generations in my spas. Personally, I have lived through all skin stages, from acne to moderate oily skin to hormonal breakouts and now aging! The culmination of my expertise is based on my total knowledge and hands-on servicing. My formulations stem from my approach to solving skin issues.
I believe in elegant formulations with real ingredients that are pleasing to the senses, friendly and effective. The motivation behind the BSB Culmine Collection was to offer the general public the same knowledge and products that my high-end clients in San Francisco and Palo Alto have been receiving at my spas for years. I started with products catering toward anti-aging and now I am formulating more products for all skin issues that I encounter daily in my work.
Q: What makes the Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine line different?
A: Myself! BSB Culmine is the "culmination" of my years of expertise working in a clinical spa. My laboratory is my spa. Between all of my clients who I work with and all of my technicians, we are always busy addressing real skin issues. I formulate with the most innovative ingredients available in three different parts of the world where they harvest the best minerals, the most untapped seaweed, fresh cells technologies, acid peptides and SPFs.
Q: How do you source ingredients for your products?
A: I am always educating myself and staying on top of new innovations and approaches in the field. I read profiles from labs about the latest ingredients, my chemists contact me with new lab submission samples, and I visit trade shows around the world.
Q: What are your favorite products in the collection?
A: First and foremost, my cleansers. Most people do not give enough importance to cleansing, but that is where it all starts. That is also why my collection is so wide. Every skin-type and age needs great cleansing. I also love my exfoliating pads. They are loaded with brighteners, exfoliating ingredients and astringents. My serums are very effective and target important hydration and aging issues. I also can't live without My LIP Solve, my eye creams and eye serums with the de-puffing globes.
Q: What is the most popular product in your collection?
Q: What is on the horizon for Bella Schneider Beauty?
A: I am formulating a lot these days, coming up with four new brightening formulas along with a Do-It-Yourself At Home Brightening Kit.
There is also a new facial for my spas on the horizon! Lots of surprises in store!