International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11th, 2024

February 11th, 2024

First celebrated in 2015, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11th February, is an annual day to celebrate females in STEM (science, tech, engineering, maths), breaking down the stereotypes of limited participation of women in these fields.

The hair and beauty industry supports almost 600,000 jobs – that’s one in every 60 in the UK – and these roles contribute almost £30bn to the British economy. What’s more, successful careers in the beauty industry lead to six figure salaries and prestigious recognition for contribution to society, by supporting mental and physical wellbeing and positive self-esteem.

STEM skills are vital to our industry. Whether it’s developing new technologies, product formulation, sustainable packaging innovation, website design, supply chain efficiency or the various careers in-between, personal care couldn’t exist without STEM experts.

We introduce you to three pioneers revolutionising the skincare industry today.


CEO and Founder of ABG LAB, Dr Elina Tester

An American businesswoman, scientist, and creator of some of the most advanced breakthrough developments in anti-aging skincare technologies, Elina Tester serves as President and CEO of ABG LAB. She has over two decades of experience developing and bringing cutting-edge skincare and aesthetic technologies to life. As the President and CEO of ABG Lab, Dr. Tester is internationally renowned for her revolutionary anti-aging technologies and treatments. She has over 15 years of experience spearheading the development of an array of cutting-edge skincare technologies that have revolutionized how doctors can choose to treat the signs of a prematurely aged face showing signs of skin damage. Her passion has been working on introducing new aesthetic treatments and topical skincare technologies to the market—ABG Lab’s repertoire of anti-aging solutions is a testament to her collaboration with renowned laboratories, esteemed colleagues, and a dedicated team.

Elina says, Women should always have a choice. I have built my business on it. My creed is – “include every woman, suit every taste, and introduce any procedure that makes a woman more beautiful and more self-confident!” Everyone who works with me knows the most important thing for me is to combine science, business and natural beauty.


Founder of Skin Masterclass, Cigdem Kemal Yilmaz

Cigdem Kemal Yilmaz is a Chemical engineer, skincare formulator and the founder of Skin Masterclass® – the world’s #1 education platform for consultants – who has analysed over 7,800 skincare formulas from global brands and has created over 600 bespoke formulations for her private clients. Her journey to bring skincare education to consumers began through using Instagram as a platform to educate consumers on skincare. Sharing skincare science education from a Chemical Engineer and Skincare Formulator perspective, Cigdem amassed 100k followers on instagram.​


Teoxane Founder, Valérie Taupin

A visionary in the field of beauty and aesthetics, Valérie Taupin is revered globally for advancing the science of hyaluronic acid-based cosmetics and dermal fillers. Working closely with independent scientists, Valérie and her team have helped produce products to reduce lines and wrinkles around the eyes, lips and face, as well restore lost volume, enhance features and add definition to the contours of the face. The Teoxane dermal fillers, which closely resemble the natural hyaluronic acid found in the body, have helped revolutionise care products for both men and women.


The British Beauty Council last year launched their Future Talent programme to help encourage women and girls into beauty related STEM careers. Supported by the Department for Education, The Careers & Enterprise Company and STEM Learning, the programme will be seeded out via The Careers Hub Network, to schools across England in order to inspire and educate young people in the most formative years of their educational careers.   Currently, 75% of STEM-based roles are occupied by men and only 33% of 10-13-year-olds aspire to develop a STEM career. Knowing this, the Future Talent Programme is dedicated to highlighting career pathways to young people, aged 11-18, inspiring them to see value in their current education.

The Future Talent Programme showcases self-expression in the beauty industry as a route to happy and successful careers. It does so by tapping into Gen Z beauty lovers, by harnessing influential voices including Jamie Genevieve, Plastic Boy and The Welsh Twins to create a series of short films covering beauty and STEM opportunities in cosmetic science, sustainability, fragrance and technology.


More information on the Future Talent Programme is available on the British Beauty Council website.



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