Lydia Sarfati

Lydia Sarfati is a Polish-born American esthetician, entrepreneur, consultant and author. She is credited with having introduced seaweed-based skin treatments in the United States.[1][2] In 1980, she founded the Sarkli-Repêchage, a seaweed-based cosmetics company, together with her husband David Sarfati.[3] She is the author of several books on cosmetology and wellness.[4]

Lydia Sarfati
Lydia Sarfati, 2016
OccupationEntrepreneur/Cosmetics Company Founder
Known forCosmetics

Early lifeEdit

Lydia Sarfati was born in Poland.[5][6] She is the daughter of Polish Jews Szloma and Sofia Mops, both of whom were survivors of the Holocaust. Sarfati grew up in Legnica;[2] during her time in Poland, she took her first professional training, a medically oriented skin care course. Her family migrated to Italy, and [4] in 1970, the family got the opportunity to leave for the United States, and settled in New York City, where she got her first job as a makeup artist in a salon on Madison Avenue.

In New York, she met her future husband, David Sarfati, and the two married in 1972.[7] The couple had two children, and to support them, Lydia worked as an esthetician in Queens and, in the evenings, received private customers at the makeshift beauty salon she had improvised at her home.


Together with a friend, Shoshana Kliot, she opened a salon, the Klisar Skin Care Center, in September 1977.[2] The popularity of the salon grew when magazines such as Vogue, Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar, and the New York Times Magazine[8] wrote about Sarfati's esthetic services. In 1980, she introduced the Four Layer Facial and, today, her skincare method is taught in more than 200 schools around the world.[9]


In 1983, she gave up on her successful salon business, and sold her share to her partner. She developed the Four-Layer Facial produced by the Repêchage company, which she founded together with her husband. The firm also manufactured cleaners, lotions, moisturizers and other skin care treatments. One of the most successful products was the full body treatment based on seaweed, the use of which Sarfati pioneered in the United States.[3] Repêchage also popularized other ingredients used in thalassotherapy, such as sea water and salts.[10]

Repêchage sells seaweed-based treatments and cosmetic products in over 45 countries. The company's headquarters are located in Secaucus, New Jersey, where Repêchage runs a 50,000 square foot, ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing, research, and development facility as well as a post-graduate esthetics academy.[11]

Other activitiesEdit

Lydia Sarfati is a speaker[12] and consultant for the spa industry.[13] Sarfati published Success at your Fingertips, which covers all aspects involved in running a skin care business.[4]


  1. ^ Leah Bourne (November 10, 2009). "Lydia Sarfati: Presents From The Pros". Forbes. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Lydia Sarfati- A Legend in Aesthetics". Aesthetics International Association. March 1991. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Meet the Founder:Lydia Sarfati, The Queen of Seaweed". Repêchage. January 1, 2010. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Sarfati, Lydia (2005). Success at your Fingertips. Allured Publishing Corporation. ISBN 978-1-932633-11-5.
  5. ^ "Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati Honored at 'Top Women in Business' Networking Dinner". Massage Magazine. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  6. ^ "A Museum Evening at the Sarfatis". The Canadian Foundation of Polish – Jewish Heritage. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  7. ^ Jennifer Tung (September 15, 2002). "Good Company; A Night at the Lake, Perfect for the 30-Year Tango". The New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  8. ^ "Seaweed Cosmetics". The New York Times Magazine. 1982.
  9. ^ Kirk, Kamala (2019-08-01). "#BeautyBoss: Lydia Sarfati, CEO & Founder of Repêchage®". The Spa Insider. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  10. ^ "Lydia Sarfati Hosts Exclusive Event in United Kingdom for Spa Professionals". Massage Mag. June 2, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  11. ^ Repêchage. "About Us". Repêchage. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  12. ^ "CIDESCO USA Education". IECSC. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  13. ^ "Queen of Seaweed Lydia Sarfati Invited to Judge Empire Future Professionals Makeup Competition". Beauty Launchpad. Retrieved July 23, 2011.

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