Roses line the driveway up to D'Marie Skin Care, which is tucked inside Shine Spa on a hill sheltered by eucalyptus trees. In a private chamber hidden in a magical wardrobe, aesthetician Denise Witt specializes in maintaining youthful looks with preventive skincare and judicious interventions with Ayur-Medic, Epicuren, and PCA Skin products. Her prudence stems from witnessing the effectiveness of gentle treatments made possible by technology, such as DermaSweep microdermabrasion that eschews harsh particles. "There's no need to do drastic things to the skin now," she points out in a 2010 interview with the Agoura Hills Patch. Her desire to match her clients' inner beauty to their appearance is longstanding, having manifested during her four-year turn as a personal trainer in the 1990s.
Today, an Esthetics degree from the Euphoria Institute of Beauty in Las Vegas helps her tailor skin and hair treatments to each client's poker face. Fourteen facials and peels combat aging using oxygen, warm enzymes, and botanicals including coconut and pumpkin, and all of them last at least a full hour.
Aesthetician Dania Henry believes that healthy skin plays an important role in her clients’ confidence, and that true beauty can’t be created by makeup alone. Wielding natural products from Le Mieux, her services aim to soften some of the most common flaws that can mask a naturally beautiful complexion, including acne, rosacea, and lipstick impressions left by overzealous aunts. Aside from basic facials that pack a vitamin-rich punch, her expertise extends to facial-toning microcurrent treatments and plant-rich bust-lift therapies, both designed to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity sans surgery.
At Escentials, a beauty shop nestled in the rolling hills of Calabasas, licensed aesthetician Trini Ponce de Leon hydrates and exfoliates complexions. Working in the shop's private facial room, she sloughs away dead skin with microdermabrasion treatments, and pampers visages with an array of facials. With her custom waxes, she also strips away unwanted stubble.
Experienced aesthetician Lori Light works diligently to help skin look its best, waxing away hair and refreshing faces with peels. Whether hair is found clinging to a person's face, arms, or dorsal fin, Lori uses wax to eliminate it in the comfort of a private treatment room. Over the 12 years she's spent in the business, her repertoire has grown to include custom-blended facials, eyebrow tinting, and a mastery of microdermabrasion treatments.