BEVERLY HILLS — For all her infectious laughter, which comes easily and frequently, Aida Thibiant is incredibly serious when it comes to skin care.

The Lilliputian grand dame has dedicated 52 of her 74 years to the science and business of the category. The aesthetician emigrated from France to California in 1970, and three years later, with her husband, opened a salon in Beverly Hills, where she saw to clients such as Ali McGraw. Soon Thibiant began developing technologically advanced products under her own name as well as offering private label services for the mass and prestige markets. Today, Thibiant International Inc. is an $80 million annual business.

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