CIDESCO USA, the United States Section of CIDESCO International, invites you to the CIDESCO 2019 World CongressSeptember 19 - 23, 2019. Rarely here in the USA, the 2019 World Congress will be held in our hometown Chicago at the world’s largest Hyatt — the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  You will not want to miss these incredible days of interaction with the world’s leading experts in skin care and spa.  Learn the latest techniques. Witness the top trends affecting skin care beauty.  Meet colleagues from around the world who have dedicated their lives to the CIDESCO “standard” of professional knowledge and excellence.  You’ve always wanted Your CIDESCO — it awaits you right here in our hometown Chicago!




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The Venue

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PLEASE NOTE:  To accommodate everyone for the extremely tight scheduling of the 67th Annual CIDESCO World Congress, 
CIDESCO USA specifies that anyone requiring accommodations seeks them solely at the World Congress Headquarters Hotel, 
the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  Due to the hotel’s location in one of the world’s most vibrant and busy downtown locales, 
attendees will only be able to make all scheduled events from this centralized venue.  
We appreciate your understanding and consideration.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago, the World’s Largest Hyatt Hotel
is the venue for the CIDESCO World Congress 2019! This is where all of the meetings, 
General Assembly and exposition will take place.

151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60601
+ 312 565 1234

Offering an energetic, urban retreat near Navy Pier and within walking distance of the city’s top attractions, including Millennium Park, 
shopping on Magnificent Mile, and waterfront activities at the Chicago Riverwalk.

Hotel Rates:
Single Occupancy - $249
Double Occupancy - $249
Triple Occupancy - $274
Quadruple Occupancy - $299



The Schedule



9am - 5pm – Examiners Workshop (By Invitation Only)

6pm - 7:30pm  – CIDESCO Congress Opening Reception 
Join us as we welcome international and domestic guests during a beautiful reception 
featuring entertainment, cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres.



9am - 5pm – Accredited CIDESCO School Meeting (By Invitation Only)

6pm - 10pm – Culture Evening Event, Chicago Architecture River Cruise & Dinner
“Chicago’s Leading Lady” ship – Boards only steps from The Hyatt Regency Chicago!



8am - 5pm – CIDESCO Section General Assembly (By Invitation Only)

10am - 12pm – Complimentary Session - Must RSVP Here - Seating Limited - Hyatt Regency Chicago / Water Tower Room - The Future of Skin Care Today Technology - Presentation with Natalie Bauss & Ron Webb of KPS Essentials - Rocket Science Skin Care - An Oncology Esthetician and a Physicist focused on Skin Health, have developed industry-disruptive technology in collagen, volume, hydration, hyperpigmentation, and fat loss. Earn 2 CEH attending this session. The FIRST 50 guests will receive a free sample. (First come first served.)

6:30pm – Shuttle for The Architecture of Beauty Gala

6:45pm - 11pm – 
The Architecture of Beauty Gala Dinner at Willis Tower, 99th Floor, (formerly The Sears Tower)


CIDESCO World Congress Educational Summit - Day 1 - (Descriptions Below)

8:30am – Registration Opens

9:30am - 10:30am – CIDESCO World Congress Opening Ceremony

10:30am - 11:20am – Illuminating Medical Esthetics - Shining a Light on Low-Level Light Therapy – Presentation with Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD FACS

11:30am - 12:20pm –  Renew and Lift: Non-Invasive Solutions to Improve the Signs of Aging – Presentation with Lydia Sarfati

12:20pm - 1:30pm – Break for Lunch & Curated Exhibit Experience

1:30pm - 2:20pm – Cosmetics and Rituals: Welcome to the Future – Presentation with Andrea Bovero, Ph.D.

2:30pm - 3:20pm – Breaking the Skin Barrier and Keeping it Safe – Presentation with Jens Bergström

3:30pm - 4:20pm – Clearing Concepts: What Every Esthetician Should Know About Acne-Prone Skin – Presentation with Mark Lees, Ph.D., M.S.

4:20pm - 5pm – Closing Day One


CIDESCO World Congress Educational Summit - Day 2 (Descriptions Below)

8:30am – Registration Opens

9:00am - 9:10am – Welcome

9:10am - 10:00am – Cha-Ching. Six Ways To Turbo Charge Your Sales – Presentation with Carol Phillips

10:10am - 11:00am –  CIDESCO Age-Defying Signature Facial – Presentation and Demo with Jacqueline Kennedy

11:10am - 12:00pm – Break For Lunch - or (Optional) Chicago Says No More® - Domestic Violence Awareness Class

12:00pm - 1:00pm – Modern Modalities in the Treatment Room – Presentation with Elaine Sterling

1:00pm - 1:50pm – Incorporating Viennese Massage to Enhance the Skin – Presentation and Demo with Cynthia Malcom

1:50pm - 2:20pm – CIDESCO Body & Makeup Art Presentation

2:20pm - 2:30pm – CIDESCO World Congress Closing


CIDESCO World Congress Educational Summit

Session Descriptions & Times

Sunday, September 22 – Monday, September 23, 2019

Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD FACS - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Aesthetic Associates Centre for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care

Sunday, 10:30am - 11:30am - 1 CEH

Illuminating Medical Esthetics - Shining a Light on Low-level Light Therapy - 
Presentation with Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD FACS

Most everyone knows that light therapy, using deeply penetrating red wavelengths, can activate fibroblasts, increasing collagen and elastin production to effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles.  But did you know that low-level light therapy utilizing light emitting diodes (LEDs) is based on NASA research, and has been proven to reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and increase micro-circulation from the surface of the skin to 25mm below? Relaxing and versatile, light therapy (LEDs) can be used as a stand-alone, or as an adjunctive treatment, following most medical aesthetic procedures to enhance outcomes and decrease downtime. During this presentation, Samuel Shatkin will help you to gain an understanding of the science and technology related to LED technology and how to successfully integrate light therapy into your medical aesthetic practice.

Lydia Sarfati - CIDESCO USA Chair, Founder & CEO, Repêchage

Sunday, 11:30am - 12:20pm - 1 CEH

Renew and Lift:  Non-Invasive Solutions to Improve the Signs of Aging – 
Presentation with Lydia Sarfati

What every skin care expert must know for the 21st century: The most important facial treatments work in bio-affinity with the skin to reduce and reverse the effects of aging and the environment. Review with Lydia Sarfati what the last 100 years have taught us on the non-invasive yet powerful effects of a proper facial massage technique, as well as learn about the most important natural and sustainable ingredients to reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, loss of firmness and elasticity to create ageless looking skin.

Andrea Bovero, PhD - CIDESCO International PR Committee and founder of the Spa Academy LIFEXCELLENCE® - Italy

Sunday, 1:30pm - 2:20pm - 1 CEH

Cosmetics and Rituals: Welcome to the Future - Presentation with Andrea Bovero, PhD

Scientists talk about neuro-immune-cutaneous-system (NICS), a new vision of the brain-skin connection that is changing the concept of cosmetics. Therefore, today’s beauty & wellness treatments must include not only the choice of products and the application methods, but also the consumer’s sensorial and emotional feelings.

Learn how beauty, wellness and regeneration can guide a client’s experience based on perfumes, flavours and sounds that bind people tightly to the environment and make them feel unique. Knowing the benefits of healthy nutrition, movement, massage and products will establish your practice as on the cutting edge of NICS.

Jens Bergström - Founder Tattoo and Piercing Education Scandinavia

Sunday, 2:30pm - 3:20pm - 1 CEH

Breaking the Skin Barrier and Keeping it Safe - Presentation with Jens Bergström

The methods and the materials regarding hygienic procedures are constantly evolving. However, many different hygienic services can sometimes create a lot of problems, infections and bad results. Estheticians know breaking the skin barrier provides the same risk factor regardless of the tool or method. It is the esthetician’s responsibility to ensure the end result for the client is considered good practice. Jens Bergström will explain and point out where he sees the most problems, and how with small measurements estheticians can better themselves through knowledge and education.

Mark Lees, Ph.D., M.S. - CIDESCO Diplomate, Founder and CEO of Mark Lees Skin Care, Inc.

Sunday, 3:30pm - 4:20pm - 1 CEH

Clearing Concepts: What Every Esthetician Should Know about Acne-Prone Skin - 
Presentation with Mark Lees, Ph.D., M.S.

So many clients have acne conditions and pimple-prone, congested skin! Dr. Mark Lees explains the science behind acne and comedonal conditions, and the concepts to clear the condition and keep it clear! You will see actual case studies and learn how genetic factors, hormones, clogging cosmetic ingredients, dietary factors, and stress can affect your acne-prone clients.

Carol Phillips - CIDESCO Diplomate and Founder, BeauteeSmarts, Spa Business Sales Expert, Spa Consultant, Professional Speaker, Author

Monday, 9:10am - 10:00am - 1 CEH

Cha-Ching. Six Ways to Turbo Charge Your Sales - Presentation with Carol Phillips

If you are looking for ways to make your beauty biz more successful and profitable, then this class is just the ticket. Carol Phillips will show you at least six ways to improve service and retail sales and just whose job is it to sell. Carol’s “Smart Sales Topics” cover how to encourage estheticians and massage therapists to sell, how to avoid missing make-up sales, how to turbocharge therapists retail sales by 20%, front desk support and even more strategies to help grow your business.

Jacqueline Kennedy - CIDESCO Diplomate and CIDESCO International Business Development Officer - Zurich

Monday, 10:10am - 11:00am - 1 CEH

CIDESCO Age-Defying Signature Facial – Presentation and Demo with Jacqueline Kennedy

In autumn 2018 CIDESCO International introduced an exciting new development. For the first time, CIDESCO International launched its own prestigious signature experience treatment: The CIDESCO Age-Defying Signature Facial.

The CIDESCO Age-Defying Signature Facial experience is available to all CIDESCO accredited Schools, CIDESCO Accredited Salons &Spas as well as CIDESCO graduates. This signature treatment is aimed at assisting our members, Salons and Spas in offering the very best in treatment excellence, creating a lasting impression for our clients. 

The CIDESCO signature treatment will be brand neutral allowing the therapists to use in conjunction with their own product houses the ability to demonstrate their outstanding skills. Involving the therapist on a physical and emotional level, the treatment enables them to demonstrate their excellent massage skills, professional expertise and client care with the aim of exceeding all expectations.


Monday, 11:10am - 12:00pm - 1 CEH 

Chicago Says No More® - Domestic Violence Awareness Class – Presentation with Chicago Says No More® Instructors

(Elective Session, meets IL DV/SA CEH Requirement)
Learn how to help your clients who experience domestic violence or sexual assault.

Elaine Sterling - CIDESCO Diplomate and Owner of the Elaine Sterling Institute

Monday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm - 1 CEH

Modern Modalities in the Treatment Room – Presentation with Elaine Sterling

Elaine Sterling will take you on a journey of the history and conception of skin care procedures dating back from Cleopatra to present day. Learn about the latest trends in the spa and med-spa practice. Find out which of these has efficacy and how to know what procedures are within our scope of practice. Explore the next generation of skincare science and where we will go from here.

Cynthia Malcom - CIDESCO Diplomate and Owner of Edgar Renee Education

Monday, 1:00pm - 1:50pm - 1 CEH

Incorporating Viennese Massage to Enhance the Skin – Presentation and Demo with Cynthia Malcom

At one time High Frequency Treatments were considered a staple for skin revitalizing treatments by estheticians. Today there are few spas or clinics that offer these treatments to clients.

Instead, consider enlisting the help of a Viennese massage, a treatment that aids in circulation, activates sebaceous glands which produce sebum/oil on the skin, and can improve skin texture because it aids in loosening of intercellular cement that aids in desquamation. Learn about this effective treatment to address many skin issues. It is also a relaxing treatment that has a light, enjoyably effect on the client.


CIDESCO Congress Opening Reception

Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us as we welcome international and domestic guests during a beautiful reception 
featuring jazz piano music entertainment, cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres.


CIDESCO Cultural Evening Event:
Chicago Architecture River & Lake Cruise & Dinner

Check on-site with CIDESCO USA Staff for last minute ticket availability.

Friday, September 20, 2019
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Board "Chicago's Leading Lady" only steps from 
The Hyatt Regency Chicago!

Tour Chicago and see why we are the #1 tour in the city based on TripAdvisor user reviews! Chicago is legendary for its architecture and you get to experience the architecture tour first hand. Highly trained and passionate docents provide a detailed narrative of the city's various architectural styles and the stories of the people who designed and built our city.

6:00pm - 6:30pm 
Walk to the Boat Dock (across the street from the Hyatt Regency Chicago)

7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Architecture Cruise & Dinner

The relaxing river and lake tour features indoor and outdoor seating, a full-service bar and catering by Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse and music.

The Architecture of Beauty Gala

Check on-site with CIDESCO USA Staff for last minute ticket availability.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

6:30pm - Shuttle for the Gala Dinner
6:45pm - 11:00pm - The Architecture of Beauty Gala

At the Willis Tower, 99th Floor 
(Formerly the Sears Tower)

Enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, 360-degree view
of downtown Chicago, the lakefront, and an incredible sunset!
Music entertainment from a string quartet to set the mood!


Experience The LEDGE as a CIDESCO VIP! 

Dare to step out onto The Ledge! Exclusively for CIDESCO World Congress guests! 

Soaring 1,353 feet above Chicago, you will have a birds-eye view of 

the magnificent skyline and lakefront! 
Surely an unforgettable night with your colleagues from around the world!

Check this ticket upgrade for The Ledge for $25 to get this experience when you register.


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The Future of Skin Care Is Today Technology
- Presentation with Natalie Bauss & Ron Webb of KPS Essentials - Rocket Science Skin Care

Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm  |  2 CEH
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Water Tower Room

Complimentary Session. Must RSVP Here.

An Oncology Esthetician and a Physicist focused on Skin Health, have developed industry-disruptive technology in collagen, volume, hydration, hyperpigmentation, and fat loss.

Come and learn about the future of Physics and Skin Health. See how bioavailable nutrients uniquely extracted from organic sources are disrupting the industry with next-generation effIcacy. See demonstrations on cutting edge technology with fat metabolization, hydration, collagen, volume, and hyperpigmentation. Learn how Ron and Natalie's journey through their experience in physics, rocket science, and biology is reshaping the expectations of efficacy through skin health.  
The FIRST 50 guests will receive a free sample. (First come first served.)

Complimentary Session. Must RSVP Here.




Situated squarely in the center of the country, Chicago is easy to travel to from virtually everywhere. Thanks to thousands of flights options at two international airports, six class-one railroads, a vast network of major highways and a wide variety of airlines, it is one of the most cost-competitive and convenient cities for domestic and international travel.

Getting Here by Plane
O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. It is North America's major international gateway airport, servicing over 67 million passengers to and from over 200 destinations around the globe.

Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers another convenient travel option for visitors. It is the nation's premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations.

Visit for details on parking, amenities, flight status, terminal maps and more for both O'Hare and Midway airports.

Both airports offer plentiful taxi service to downtown and the suburbs. Rates range from $40-50 from O'Hare, and $30-40 from Midway. Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.

The Chicago Transit Authority serves both airports for easy and economical travel between downtown and Chicago neighborhoods using the 'L' train. The 24-hour CTA Blue Line connects directly to O'Hare and the CTA Orange Line connects directly to Midway. Visit for full fare information and maps.

GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to all downtown/suburban hotels and many businesses. Pair fares and group discounts are available along with customized reservation portals for your groups.

Many major car rental companies have facilities at the O'Hare and Midway Airports, including Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz. Please visit specific rental company websites for details.

Limousine and chauffeur agencies prefer that all customers reserve cars at least 48 hours in advance although cars can occasionally be ordered with a 
two-hour notice. Click here for a list of available transportation services. 

Getting Here by Car
Chicago is accessible via several major interstates 

and highways: I-90 (Kennedy Expressway), I-94 
(Dan Ryan Expressway), I-55 (Stevenson Expressway), I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway), I-294 (Tri-State Tollway).

Take advantage of convenient valet parking with unlimited in-and-out privileges or park at the nearby Illinois Center Garage lot yourself.

Valet Parking $69 /Overnight
Self Parking $49 /Overnight

Getting Here by Train
Amtrak serves Chicago with about 50 trains arriving and departing daily. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, the national rail operator Amtrak offers more than 300 trains each day—at high speeds up to 150 mph—to more than 500 destinations.

The South Shore Line services Chicago through Northern Indiana to the South Bend Airport.

Question & Answers

Q: What is the CIDESCO World Congress?

A: CIDESCO World Congress - The Architecture of Beauty brings together world renowned leaders in the industry of Skincare, Beauty and Esthetics. Join us in Chicago September 19th - 23rd and stake your claim in the world of skincare among accredited professionals! Earn 10 CE hours towards license renewal due at the end of September 2019! Guests will have the opportunity to discuss the industry’s most important issues, learn new skills and network with the world’s leading experts from the skincare and spa industries.

Q: If I'm not in CIDESCO can I still attend the World Congress?

A: YES! Anyone interested in the professional skin care industry, licensed estheticians, makeup artists, salon/spa owners can attend. Cosmetologists can come, too! Join your international peers as this once in a lifetime event. Come one, come all! 

Q: What is CIDESCO?

The Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO) is the world’s major international beauty therapy association and the world standard for beauty and spa therapy. CIDESCO is represented by the leading schools and colleges of the world in over 40 countries across 5 continents which offer the internationally acclaimed CIDESCO standards and qualifications. CIDESCO USA is the American section of CIDESCO International, host of the 2019 CIDESCO World Congress.  

Our membership is open to the leading schools, colleges, beauty salons and spas of the world and students looking to achieve a superior level of training and the CIDESCO Diploma qualification which is recognized worldwide.

To the leading schools and colleges of the world, we offer a portfolio of prestigious training programs, standards and qualifications in Beauty and Spa Therapy, Aromatherapy, Epilation, Beauty & Spa Management and Media Make-up to produce graduates of the highest level. 

To students, we offer the best possible start to a career in the Beauty & Spa Therapy Industry enabling you to have a long and meaningful future doing what you love.  

Q: What is CIDESCO qualification?

A: The CIDESCO Diploma is the world's prestigious qualification for Esthetics and Beauty Therapy which has set international standards since 1957. We are proud to provide training and education in a wide range of beauty and spa therapies to produce graduates of the highest caliber.

Q: Do you have a VISA Support Letter / Invitation?

A: Yes we do! CLICK HERE for a downloadable pdf.

Q: I have a Visa Interview and need assistance. How can you help me?
A: Here’s the information we need to get back from each of the international attendees, so we can assist in getting a Letter of Support from our government official… to help in the Visa Interview:  

We need this information at least 1 week in advance to them interviewing.

• Full name
• Passport Number
• Date of Birth
• Date of the interview
• Location of the interview

We are also stressing that each applicant be informed that in order to facilitate the visa approval process - -  it is important for applicant to stress the intent to return to their homeland as soon as US Congress is over … they must stress they will be a temporary visitor to US.

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The CIDESCO wordmark and the CIDESCO logo are registered trademarks of Comite International d’Esthetique et de Cosmetologie in Zurich, Switzerland. Cosmetologists Chicago is the authorized representative in the United States of America for CIDESCO Section USA. All workshops, artists, presenters, times & locations are subject to change without notice. 

The Chicago Cosmetologists Association, Inc. is an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Finance and of Professional Regulation (license #190-00101).