A year in review
01 Dec 2020

Unquestionably, 2020 was a year like no other. As we look forward to 2021 and signs of a hopeful return to normality, we can look back, reflect and learn from the challenges this year has brought. The year has been a struggle for many, as our industry had no choice but to swiftly adapt to a daunting new world.

However, now is the time to applaud you, our network of skincare professionals, for your resilience, hard work and determination in the face of unprecedented challenges. We also thank the iiaa team, who have persevered with product launches and initiatives to support our stockists adapting a ‘new normal’.

As we reflect on 12 moments from a year many would rather forget, these unwanted challenges have proved that the creativity, passion, knowledge and dedication of our network should not be underestimated. Looking ahead, we hope 2021 allows our network your deserved opportunity to shine.

JANUARY

We announced the launch of our new Recycling Scheme, where we credit back £1 for every empty Environ® container, which aims to reduce the amount of that end up in landfill sites.

Launch of Skin Moisture Lock Plus. We paired Skin Moisture Lock™ with Skin Omegas+ which work in synergy to protect, plump and promote a softer, more hydrated appearance.

FEBRUARY

Olivia Falcon guest writes the Bulletin. Award-winning beauty journalist and editor, shared why she’s a firm believer in the "inside out" approach to skincare.

MARCH

The UK goes into lockdown on March 23rd as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates, with many businesses, including spas and beauty salons forced to close. The public are implored to stay at home as much as possible. The iiaa’s education programme goes virtual, in response to the new lockdown measures.

APRIL

To support stockists in a challenging year, the iiaa launches the F4 service: Feed, Fortify, Finish, Fulfill. Customer orders are sent direct from the iiaa warehouse on behalf of salons. The F4 programme helps salons to support clients’ skin health at home and maintain a steady income, without the pressure of holding stock.

As coronavirus restrictions continue to cause challenges, iiaa managing director, David Alpert explains the iiaa’s ongoing support for salons. Writing in the Bulletin, he says: “By helping you switch overnight to ‘virtual’ skincare professionals we are committed to standing by you and helping you through this difficult time.”

Advanced Nutrition Programme™ releases the Immunity Intelligence pack, designed specifically to support the immune system as the focus on supporting health and wellbeing is at a high. The pack includes supplements formulated to support mind, body, skin and overall wellbeing.

MAY

New formula of Skin Collagen Support released by the Advanced Nutrition Programme™. With ingredients to support and maintain skin’s natural collagen: vitamin C, zinc, fruit extract and melon concentrate with Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), which helps breakdown potentially harmful cells.

The iiaa makes its Instagram debut. Find us @iiaaltd and join the conversation: #athomewithiiaa #iiaa #feedfortifyfinish.

JUNE

Advanced Nutrition Programme™ introduces a new, vibrant formulation of Skin Vit C with vitamin C, zinc and acerola berry. Formulated to brighten dull skin, protect skin cells from oxidative stress and support collagen production.

Tantasia® from jane iredale launches as a limited edition for summer. A lightweight self-tanning and bronzing formula for natural, glowing and healthy looking skin.

JULY

iiaa managing director, David Alpert, was in contact with key government departments in solidarity with the UK’s beauty professionals who feel ignored in the government’s assistance for businesses during the pandemic.

He wrote “It feels like very little regard has been given to the tens of thousands of women business owners in our industry who have been left on the sidelines while the rest of the economy is given the green light.”

Continuing its journey to becoming a ‘clean label’ Advanced Nutrition Programme™ tweaks two of its top products to enhance their environmental credentials. Skin Vit A+ and Accumax™ now feature clean label capsule shells and use natural rice flour as an excipient.

AUGUST

As the summer heat arrives, Environ® introduces the new RAD Shield® SPF 15 Mineral Sunscreen. The product’s light-weight, non-greasy texture forms a protective barrier on the skin, and zinc oxide and titanium dioxide act as powerful physical reflectors against UVA and UVB.

On-the-go spf top-ups get a chic make-over as jane iredale’s Powder Me SPF 30 dry sunscreen unveils new, handbag friendly packaging with a refillable, recyclable flow through brush.

SEPTEMBER

With the festive season around the corner, Advanced Nutrition Programme™, Environ® and jane iredale give first glimpses at their glittering seasonal ranges. These include the Skin Glow Synergies range from Advanced Nutrition Programme™, festive sets from Environ® and jane iredale’s Celestial Lights collection.

Skin Vitality from Advanced Nutrition Programme™ upgrades to a new formula. The new, smart nutrient for total skin, hair, nail and body health includes 13 ingredients for energy, 11 for cognitive performance, 8 for bones and muscles, 8 for immunity and 7 ingredients for skin, hair and nails.

OCTOBER

An awards triumph for Environ®, as it is voted the "Top Medical Skin Care Line" in the Aesthetic Everything Awards for the third year in a row. Aesthetic Everything® is the largest network of aesthetic professionals in the world, and the awards are a global celebration of the very best skincare on offer.

Writing in the Bulletin, Anushka Patel, Senior Brand Manager for jane iredale and Environ® shares her tips for businesses navigating the changing times. These include advice on virtual sales and consultation techniques as well as a series of educational webinars from jane iredale.

NOVEMBER

England re-enters a month long national lockdown on 2nd November, following lockdowns in Wales and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Once again, all salons are forced to close.

Our new digital asset library, Image Relay launched. The new location for all iiaa related images and assets: from social posts, marketing materials to POS materials and product images. As the iiaa prepares for growth in 2021 and beyond, our warehouse moves to a new, larger space to increase capacity. No longer based at Priestly Way, the new warehouse is in Hemel Hempstead.

DECEMBER

Restrictions intensify across the UK in the run-up to Christmas, with many businesses forced to close. The new year approaches with hopes of a gradual easing of restrictions.