Kerstin Florian is a luxury skincare brand with a focus on results. The guiding philosophy of Outer Beauty, Inner Health inspires a sense of well-being with powerful plant, marine and technologically advanced ingredients as well as professionally designed spa services.
About Kerstin Florian
Kerstin Florian, a native of Sweden, has a rich and varied background in the art of well-being. Her childhood reflected the natural beauty and healthy lifestyle of her homeland. By the age of twelve, Kerstin knew that her life would somehow involve the synergy of beauty and nature and finding a way to provide this for others. Kerstin’s Swedish upbringing gave her the intuitive sense that she needed to pursue the beauty field in a different direction.
It was the legendary beauty pioneer, Aida Grey, who, in 1967, gave Kerstin her first break in the U.S. world of skin care. “I was able to work under Aida’s tutelage for ten years,” explains Kerstin. “I eventually became the Managing Director of 28 Aida Grey Salons.”
By 1978, Kerstin began reflecting on her original goals of bringing beauty and nature together and, being far ahead of its time in the field of mind/body fitness, Kerstin built her own day spa at the Surf & Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach, California. Kerstin offered nutritional consulting, facials, meditation classes, and body treatments in addition to creating some of her own skincare products, complete with hand-typed labels. She used zinc oxide camphor for blemishes, Azulene from the Chamomile root for sensitive skin, tea bags for eye pads and mashed fresh raspberries for healing damaged skin.
Nearly ten years and three expansions later, Kerstin decided to move on and focus on teaching others the real source of inner health and outer beauty. It was then that she began a spa consulting business with a client list that included Sonoma Mission Inn in Northern California, the Bonaventure Spa in Florida and the Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, California.
Kerstin was interested in blending Chinese medicine with European lifestyle. This led her to work with Johannes Bischko in Vienna, Austria, as well as, other well known experts in Chinese medicine. The result: Kerstin developed a facial procedure utilizing 15 acupressure points in the face to release stress, tension and reenergize significant energy points. Kerstin developed other facial principals for lymph drainage, deep cleansing and lifting. These same principals form the basis for Kerstin’s facial training seminars and are used today by thousands of estheticians in five star resort spas around the world.
Kerstin’s philosophy and product line emerged from first hand knowledge of the most renowned spas in Europe and years of research, travel, and work finding ingredients that contain the world’s great natural healing powers. Throughout history, the people of Europe and beyond have recognized the health benefits of Hungary’s mineral waters. Europeans have also used Moor Mud for centuries to bathe, heal and nourish the body. Her products are a sophisticated blend of Swedish simplicity, Historical European Spa Tradition and age-old Oriental philosophy. This blending has resulted in an ideal regimen for today’s active women and men looking for a natural, simplistic and yet, extremely effective approach to health and skincare. The results are undeniable: healthier looking skin, more energy, reduction of stress and increased flexibility.
Kerstin has carried this blending of knowledge and philosophy through in her teaching and has successfully trained the staffs at some of the world’s finest spas and health resorts. Kerstin Florian International is well known in the spa industry for its unparalled training programs. Spa treatments revolve around Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy, Thalassotherapy, Balneotherapy and Pelotherapy. During the initial stages of a spa’s development Kerstin works hand in hand with spa consultants, architects and directors to customize and conceptually design a spa that will deliver the “total spa experience”. She oversees every aspect from creating the spa menu to designing and setting up treatment rooms, to creating a retail area and mail order systems that are profit-center driven. Kerstin recognizes the importance of the proper philosophy toward each guest and service.
As the spa expert who unites state-of-the art knowledge with the world’s great healing traditions, Kerstin also believes that creating an environment of uplifting colors, sounds, tastes and smells will also provide relief from stress and greatly add to the energy of spa guests. The result should be to come away refreshed, experiencing a release of tension and an expansion of awareness. And in keeping with her goal of bringing nature’s balance to her skincare line of spa treatment products, Kerstin continues to explore how different facets of the spa philosophy can benefit today’s consumers.
“While premium natural products are the starting point to begin a face and body care healing program,” says Kerstin, “we emphasize that this should be a continuous process that requires professional treatments and simple-to-follow, home-use programs.”
Innovation has been the key to the success in product development – Kerstin was one of the first to incorporate RNA/DNA, botanicals and antioxidants into skincare products for anti-aging benefits in the early eighties. Today, Kerstin Florian has comprehensive facial and body lines for both professional and retail use. Every product in her line is built around mineral-rich water and plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants and natural and organic ingredients, all essential ingredients to Kerstin because they contain nature’s life force.
Outer beauty and inner health, to Kerstin, these two pursuits go hand in hand. Kerstin feels the key to her success is using pure natural resources of the highest quality, innovative technologies and research, and a philosophy from both East and West. “It’s all part of good health and preventive health measures. None of us can maintain the look of a twenty-year-old forever”, says Kerstin. “Following the traditional European spa concept that stresses healthy nutrition, a good fitness program, psychological well-being, and proper care of the face and body, we can grow older being in balance and reflecting a true beauty that comes from within.”
Today, the company, Kerstin Florian International, has proven its success with the top spas in the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Middle East. KFI has distribution offices in the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia and The Middle East. Willow Stream Spas At The Fairmont, Miraval, Four Seasons Beverly Hills, The Dorchester London, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, The Barai Spa at Hyatt Regency Hua HinThailand, Doonbeg Golf Club Ireland, Raffles Resorts, JW Marriott Desert Springs, JW Marriott The Rousseau Canada, Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Lodge at Woodloch, Sturebadet Sweden, Copperhill Mountain Lodge Sweden, The Dolder Grand Switzerland, Pangkor Laut Resort Pangkor Laut Island, The Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai and Grand Hyatt Seoul are just some of the spas that use the Kerstin Florian product lines.
Kerstin Florian International has received recognition for both product and treatment innovation. Awards such as: Spa Asia Crystal Award for Best Body Treatment, Irish Tattler Beauty Awards, Image Beauty Awards (Ireland), and a nominee for Men’s product of the year by AsiaSpa Magazine.
Kerstin’s success in the Spa Industry has garnered her several prestigious awards and recognitions for her contributions. She was named by Spa Magazine as a Spa industry Trail Blazer in 2005, named as Woman of the Year by Damernas Värld Magazine (Sweden) for the launch and success of her Caviar line in 2007 and she was also recognized by the International Spa Association (ISPA) as a Spa Visionary in 2008.
Kerstin is a role model for women, maintaining her beauty and energy while leading a life that incorporates being a wife, mother, grandmother and successful businesswoman. At over sixty, she is a living testimony to the effectiveness of her program for well-being.