Industry Pioneer Barbara Salomone Dies at 73

Barbara Salomone // Photo by Bioelements Skincare

Bioelements Professional Skincare has announced the passing of its founder and owner, Barbara Salomone, who passed away peacefully in her California home with her husband Ross by her side, after an ongoing battle with illness. She was 73 years old.

Bioelements CEO, and Salomone's brother, Bob Schatz released a statement, saying "there are no words to express our sadness. Barbara treated all employees like family – many of whom have been a part of Bioelements for decades, and we are truly heartbroken. She laid the groundwork for what this company is today, and helped build an ever-expanding team of experts that share her pioneering spirit, her passion for advanced education, and devotion to product and ingredient innovation above all else." 

A true pioneer and skincare innovator, Salamone's career began as a makeup artist in the late 1970s. In 1978, she became one of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., and developed a whole new way to assess the skin, as well as determine strategies, and develop new facial techniques, which eventually became the industry changing SkinReading system.

She opened advanced esthetics Learning Centers across the country and soon realized a need for a professional line of skincare products that would meet her standards. In 1991, Salamone launched the Bioelements product line, including the brand's exclusive Custom Blending system. Since then, the company has spearheaded a number of industry-changing formulations, including probiotics, calcium, pollution-neutralizers, amino acid, and white truffle.

In a statement, Bioelements has said it will continue to set the same goals Salamone has been setting for the last 25 years, and will continute to create products and treatments that target all skin types and concerns. The brand is welcoming fans of Salamone's to send any personal stories to [email protected].

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