Dermalogica regularly earns accolades for its scientific approach to beauty - using extensive research done at The International Dermal Institute to formulate super effective products.
But this year, Dermalogica decided that not only did they want to transform women's skin, they wanted to take a larger approach to changing young women's lives through the FITE Future Entrepreneurs program.
The immersive vocational program gives 10 at-risk young women between the ages of 18 and 26 with a passion for skincare a full scholarship to the Dermalogica Academy. The students complete a full skin therapist's education, and the program helps them find apprenticeships after graduation and as well as preparing them for interviews and placing the students in full-time jobs.
The first class of entrepreneurs graduates in late October, but Dermalogica's FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) has been partnering with nonprofit organizations since 2010. FITE is working on establishing Future Entrepreneur programs for communities in need across the world, including Cambodia, India and the United Kingdom.
"We work to invest in women's potential. Really specifically around entrepreneurship, which is the fastest way into financial independence," says Natalie Byrne, the Director of Global Impact at Dermalogica. "It's a way to combine what we do really well as a company with our core values and social impact, and move that forward."
Georgia Weathers, a student graduating from the FFE program, also agrees that the program has been a hit.
"Definitely part of what's happened in this program is I've gained direction," says Georgia, who was in her second year at Hunter College studying Chinese language and dance when she applied to the program. "I've gained perspective both on what I was doing and what I wanted to do in the future."
Kesia Poole, another FFE student, still works her current job in Staten Island, while also commuting into Manhattan to complete the program. Now she works with people with developmental disabilities, but she's also dabbled in makeup artistry and skincare, and says that skin is what's most important. "You can have amazing makeup, but if your skin underneath is horrible, you have to treat that first."
"I've always been interested in skincare more from the health perspective and I would make my own products and [watch] so many YouTube videos, trying to understand how things work and why ingredients did what they did," Georgia says.
It gives us all the feels to see a brand with a #BUILTBYGIRLS mission helping to make girls' career dreams of working in the beauty industry a reality.