Sterex Mission Statement
To set the standard for our industry to follow and then strive to exceed it
Sterex Company Introduction
Sterex Electrolysis International Ltd is a registered British company, We are ISO
9001-2008 certification. Brand leader in twopiece disposable electrolysis needles,
the company was formed in 1982 and is truly an International company selling into
over 30 countries. Predominantly a manufacturing company, the name Sterex is synonymous
with quality and customer care and is well respected in the beauty industry and
education for both their product ranges and electrolysis training. In 1982 Sterex
was responsible for inventing the disposable sterilised electrolysis needle and
introducing the pre-sterilised, two piece needle to the UK market. The disposable
sterilised needles were developed primarily to combat the Hepatitis B infection.
Prior to 1982 therapists re-used their needles, many salons taping them to the back
of the clients record card to ensure that the same client retained the same needle
whilst other salons, unaware of the cross infection possibilities, were not as stringent
in their practices and actively encouraged their therapists to continue to use their
individual needles for as long as possible. This practice, whilst hard to accept
in today’s more ‘aware’ generation of therapists, was common.
However, soon after the launch of Sterex sterilised disposable needles, the HIV
Virus was recognized as the pandemic it quickly developed into and it became a legal
requirement for practitioners using needles e.g. tattooists, acupuncturists and
of course electrologists to use a disposable sterilised needle for each client.
Immediately Sterex became brand leader and has steadfastly retained this position
constantly strengthening its’ lead by exploring and developing into new avenues
including: epilation units, wet products, a respected and renowned training department,
(which played a large part in launching the Blend Method of epilation to the UK
market). Over the years Sterex has gained a huge understanding of the skin and now
offers a number of products designed especially for the skin both pre and post epilation.
The Sterex education and training department over the years has developed into one
of the most respected training departments within the Industry and has seen steady
growth developing a varied range of courses. Close links to education and Colleges
of Further Education have been developed with Sterex offering support courses for
both students and lecturers as well pioneering in 1989 the first ‘Student of the
Year Competition’. The more recent and extremely popular Advanced Cosmetic Procedure
courses have seen much research and development and are now held almost every month
to satisfy demand in these lucrative, rewarding and effective treatments. Sterex
courses are now generally taught in their state of the art, purpose built training
academy in Birmingham which opened in 2005.
Sterex has undertaken an unrelenting and exhaustive quest to obtain the important
standard of CE mark approval. It is a sought after and highly prized standard and
a unique selling point. If a needle is said to be sterile but does not have a CE
number, it is not approved and there is no guarantee that it is sterile.
All manufacturers of medical devices that are class 1 sterile, measuring, classes
2a, 2b and 3 must be assessed by a notified body in order to carry the CE mark and
for their goods to be marketed freely anywhere within the community. Basic class
1 medical devices are required to be self registered with a competent authority.
Obtaining ISO 13485:2003 demonstrates conformity to an accredited quality management
An epilation needle is classed by the MHRA and the FDA as a medical device. Eventually
the sale of medical devices, without the approved CE marking, will be prohibited
throughout the community and manufacturers of medical devices who mark their products
with CE and are not approved will be liable to prosecution as will the distributors
who sell them. This mark must carry a number ( Sterex is 0120 ). This means that
Sterex is approved through an independent assessor which is SGS.UK Ltd.
In 2003 a new very exciting treatment came to the attention of Skin by Sterex called
BioSkinJetting. Sterex were so enthusiastic about this treatment that they formed
Skin by Sterex Ltd to concentrate on this process. BioSkinJetting was based
on a medical treatment ‘Subscision’ – a cellulite and scar treatment originally
developed in the USA and further researched and developed in the Netherlands by
a renowned cosmetic Institute. To accompany BioSkinJetting Sterex developed the
Smoothing machine and launched these treatments at Olympia in 2003. Launched as
‘Botox without the Botox’ these natural anti wrinkle treatments are highly effective
and come with no risk of allergic reaction or paralysis as no product is injected.
They work on the skin producing its own collagen to plump the wrinkle and smooth
its’ appearance a principle that is the forerunner of the now popular derma rolling.
Sterex believe that women want solutions which are natural and chemical free.
One year later Skin by Sterex launched Carat a cosmeceutical ‘Facial in a Box’ feast
of vitamins and energy boosting ingredients anti ageing product which has proved
extremely successful with consumers and therapists alike. Fighting the signs of
ageing this Facial is innovative, invigorating, energizing, refreshing, highly active
This was quickly followed by further acquisitions. Skin by Sterex became sole UK
distributor for StageLine Professional Make Up & Skin Care product range
and owners of MistAir Beauty Ltd the UK’s leading experts in airbrush equipment
and products for over 25 years.
StageLine is an exciting, innovative and diverse range of professional make-up and
cosmetic skin care products created by professionals for professionals. Stage Line
products contain ‘treated’ pigments and incorporate ‘active ingredients’ within
their range which care for the skin as it is being made up. The complete range ‘cares’
as it ‘covers’ With its constantly growing and metamorphosing product line this
innovative range has adapted with new product development for high definition Film
& TV technology. The high definition look, smoothness, ease of application, texture
and longevity are just some of the qualities of the product range.
Mistair is one of the leading experts in airbrush products and equipment, trading
on a wealth of knowledge spanning over 25 years. It is considered to be the most
innovative, fully integrated beauty airbrush system available and is rapidly becoming
the first choice supplier for Make-up Artists, Salons, Spas, Clinics, Beauty Therapists,
Make-Up Schools and Colleges. Mistair is the one stop shop for the airbrush professional,
having a unique ability to cover five different disciplines in one professional
system, all supported by a comprehensive training programme. The five disciplines
covered are High Definition Airbrush Make-Up, Sunless Tanning, Hair Art, Body Art
and Nail Art.