Aromatherapy can be used to soothe nerves and focus the mind, but for SkinBar's Lynda Dheming Moore, it sparked her entrepreneurial spirit. While working at an essential-oil company, Lynda discovered the benefits of plant extracts on the skin. This experience inspired her to enroll in aesthetics training and cosmetic chemistry classes at UCLA. This was in 1995, when Dr. Howard Murad was developing his holistic approach to skincare in nearby El Segundo, so she sought training from him after completing her coursework. She opened SkinBar nearly a decade later, after learning high-tech techniques at The International Dermal Institute and deepening her knowledge of skincare products at Dermalogica.
SkinBar stays true to its name, focusing exclusively on ways to smooth and refresh the saran wrap covering our faces and bodies. Facials reflect Lynda's diverse training, with involved rejuvenation methods involving gentle electrical impulses, salves enriched with goji berries to heal dryness, or retinoids to even out blotchy pigmentation. She still relies on Murad and Dermalogica tonics during treatments, but her library of products now includes bottles from Jan Marini and Obagi as well as cosmetics from Jane Iredale. Bluewick candles infuse the studio with relaxing aromas, and their scents seep into private chambers where massages ease pregnancy or melt knots with warm basalt stones. Waxing reveals radiant skin from under a wilderness of hair, and makeovers can accent facial architecture with pigment and eyelash extensions.
The aestheticians, hair stylists, and nail technicians at G Skin & Beauty Institute never work alone. As students at the beauty school, they tend to clients as part of their training, always under the watchful eye of an expert. Their comprehensive, supervised services range from haircuts, deep-conditioning, and relaxer treatments to microdermabrasion and complexion-brightening facials. They can also revitalize entire physiques with body wraps. Regardless of the treatment at hand, the team strives to incorporate organic and natural products whenever possible, rather than those made with extracts from the Little Shop of Horrors plant.
From the tips of their toes to the tops of their tufts, clients at Roni Josef International Salon & Spa at Stratosphere enjoy an all-over pampering experience at the hands of talented stylists and nail technicians. Whether sitting down for a single-process color treatment, lying back for a therapeutic massage, or awkwardly crouching during a French manicure, customers feel the stress melt away, regardless of the posture they choose. Off-the-beaten-path spa treatments include the Aroma Body Polish?a gentle exfoliation using Mosaic powder?and the detox aromatherapy massage infused with sandalwood, rosemary, and geranium.
A mirror framed in gilded leaves hangs on a pale pink wall, reflecting the faces of clients as a team of stylists perform beauty services. Nail technicians dip hands and feet in paraffin wax for added softness before covering tips in a choice of eye-popping hue, and stylists dip their scissors into manes, removing unwanted length and creating chic layers. After accenting facial features with permanent makeup, clients can toss their stash of lipstick tubes and eyeliner pencils or use them to add even more personality to pet rocks.:
Not everybody sings in the shower, but at Radiance Tanning Salon, every shower is filled with music. The salon's Super tanning bed includes a built-in air shower and radios with CD players, making each 20-minute tanning session to walk out with a radiant mood as well as a glowing complexion.
Along with UV tanning beds, Radiance's airbrush tanning services let clients achieve a sunless tan, while red-light therapy and hydration stations help skin stay youthful and moisturized as it slowly turns to solid bronze. The salon also offers colon hydrotherapy treatments.
From inside Destination Spa Salon, certified reflexologist and reiki practitioner Emily Clark seeks to promote a deep sense of well-being in her clients. She applies pressure to specific nerve endings in the feet during reflexology treatments, which help relieve pain and tension throughout the body. Emily also performs reiki, a hands-on healing method that aims to bring the body, mind, and emotions into balance.