As the owner of one of the largest female-operated companies in Southern India, Ani Miryala comes from a long line of skin care professionals. With her three sisters, she has brought the Indian principles of ayurveda and herbal treatments to the United States. Anoo’s Skin Retreat Herbal Day Spa, in Boca Raton, Florida, specializes in all-natural products and treatments, and is the 10th spa opened by her family and the first in the United States.
Following in the footsteps of family tradition—her uncles are ayurvedic doctors—Miryala began helping at the family beauty school in India, learning the healing secrets and native skin care therapies. Shortly afterward, she received her license at age 13. “I got my license when I was very young—India has no age limit on licenses for skin care,” Miryala notes.
In 1984, after five years of intense research into India’s ancient beauty practices, the sisters launched their first spa that featured unique herbal treatments. The facility’s appeal and popularity escalated throughout the years, and the concept chain was expanded to nine locations and a manufacturing plant in India—substantial growth for a company with modest backyard beginnings where the family would harvest the herbs themselves.