Repêchage Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Over the years, the seaweed-based skincare company has won more than 70 industry awards. Photo credit: Repechage

Skincare pioneer Repêchage celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. Since the release of the iconic Repêchage Four-Layer Facial, the company has expanded to include 85 retail products and 75 professional treatments, which are manufactured in the U.S. and are sold in more than 50 countries. From its conception, Repêchage has infused its offerings with more than a dozen specific seaweed species. The brand’s current products and treatments are all based on sustainably harvested seaweed from France and the coast of Maine, which have been found to be chock-full of beneficial ingredients, including minerals, amino acids, vitamins, phyto-hormones, and natural antioxidants. Another significant element of the brand’s legacy is the creation of the unidose system, which consists of individual packets opened at the time of the facial. The system has been incorporated into all of Repêchage’s professional treatments, ensuring the highest levels of hygiene and efficacy.

Together with her husband David Sarfati, COO of Repêchage, and her daughter Shiri, CMO and partner of Repêchage, founder and CEO Lydia Sarfati now oversees a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing, research, development, and training facility in Secaucus, NJ. Repêchage continues to develop and release a variety of innovative treatments, tools, and products. The company launched the new Hydra Dew Pure Oil this spring and plan to launch the Hydra Dew Pure Elixir Balm in late summer. The company also debuted a series of advanced facial tools, such as the Repêchage LED Radio Frequency and EMS Skin Tightening Machine and the Repêchage Kansa Wand, when it launched its facials at the new Spa by Equinox Hotels at Hudson Yards earlier this year.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Repêchage has been contributing to its community by hosting weekly educational webinars, helping estheticians stay in business with the Repêchage Partner Program, creating a reopening guide for spa and salon owners, and launching a spray-on hand sanitizer collection, as well as a new hand wash. Five percent of the Repêchage Hand Sanitizers have been donated to first responders, such as EMTs, firefighters, and police officers. “I have never worked so hard in my life,” says Lydia Sarfati. “But at this time, it is most important to share your knowledge and success with others.”

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