Over a 3-day seminar on dermo-cosmetology, Florence Barrett-Hill spoke to Dermaviduals therapists about everything ranging from barrier-disordered skin to Pastiche Diagnostic Pathway.


Florence Barrett-Hill is an international technical educator to the professional aesthetics industry. Working with Dermaviduals, this 3-day seminar was targeted at Dermaviduals therapists in order to help them improve client skin analysis and confidently prescribe a correct skincare regime.

The seminar was exceeding successful, with many attendees respond with positive feedback.

On the first day Florence focused on the corneobiology of barrier-disordered skin. She began by refreshing therapists on the structure of epidermal and dermal cells along with a reminder that the skin is a ‘site of response’ – internal compromise will always manifest externally.

Then, going into a summary of the different layers of the skin, she stressed an important fundamental principle to all Dermaviduals products – Florence spoke on the importance of understanding life cycle of cells and what they require to function correctly in order to encourage optimum operating efficiency within each cycle by linking product composition and ingredients to cell-function.

Throughout the first day Florence covered the importance of filaggrin formation for effective barrier formation, wound-repair mechanism, the skin’s immune system, different forms of inflammation and outward compromise indications of barrier disorders.

On day 2 Florence explored the composition of ‘ageing skin’ – its multifaceted nature including conditions such as wrinkles, essential fatty acid deficiency, seborrhoeic keratosis and keratolytic disorders such as squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma.

Touching on the different levels of cellular damage, Florence explained the link between outward indications of ageing skin and underlying cellular changes. Cellular age will dictate the success of the final choice of modality and treatment effectiveness, therefore, according to Florence, realistic and successful outcomes are the measure of a therapist’s knowledge and skill.

Day 3 of the seminar focused on applying the Pastiche Diagnostic Pathway to various case studies. Florence explained her systematic method of placing suspected causes into the categories of chronological age, oxidative stress, nutrition, genetics, sun exposure history, medication and medical history – making it easy to identify risk factors and finding a direction for skin treatment plan.

At the end of the 3-day seminar all attendees received the latest version of the Pastiche Consultation Form and Pastiche Pyramid.

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