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    George Smart of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals shows the device used for the company’s LED treatment. Smart, 40, battled rosacea most of his life until discovering Osmotics.

Study manga, earn a Ph.D.

To earn this Ph.D., you need to hit the books — specifically, Japanese comic books. Japan’s Kyoto Seika University said this week it will launch the country’s first doctoral program in manga studies next year. The private university in western Japan is well known for its manga and anime programs and established a master’s degree course in manga last year.

The university plans to enroll four doctoral students starting next year.


New treatment aims to reduce fine lines

Francine Porter, creator of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals, is revolutionizing the way skin care is sold by bringing esthetics to the sales floor.

At Nordstrom’s recent Cosmetic Trend Event, Osmotics national director of education George Smart was in town to demonstrate the LED red-light therapy used in tandem with Osmotics anti-aging skin-care products.

The company says the nonsurgical surface light treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and age spots. The treatment might cost $200 at a salon or medi-spa, but is free with a $75 purchase from Osmotics, or $75 without purchase.

Smart said Porter started the company because she was frustrated by the empty claims of many cosmetic brands and wanted scientific proof of products’ effectiveness. She began working with university medical centers, basing treatments on clinically validated tests, and licensing new technologies, he said.

Opal Fields to host Australian treasures

Opal Fields is hosting a black opal event from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, featuring black opals from Lighting Ridge, Australia.

Coming up June 22 to 26 will be an appearance by Denes Berta, representing the Melissa Berta opal jewelry collection.

Opal Fields is in Ala Moana Center, on the main mall level near Macy’s and across from the Apple store. Call 949-3982.

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