It’s not unusual to find some red wine and sake at Dawns Day Spa. The libations aren’t for drinking, though; instead, they provide the added power behind many of her facial and body treatments. For instance, the Dermalogica-trained aesthetician manipulates the antioxidants found in wine to repair sun-damaged skin, and she reduces hyperpigmentation with a potent combination of sake, lactic acids, and fruit enzymes. Of course, not all of Dawn’s treatments involve alcohol; her instant face-lift sends oxygen deep into skin cells with restorative vitamins, acids, and duct tape in tow, and her hot peel detoxes dehydrated cells with enzymes and cinnamon. Below-the-neck areas get in on the beautifying action too, with contouring liposuction alternatives that help clients shed inches and erase cellulite dimples.
White Lotus Day Spa encourages tranquility and rejuvenation through soothing body treatments, waxing, spray-tanning, and organic, all-natural skincare services. But it also encourages beauty by being beautiful itself. The spa’s front area lets in loads of light, thanks to a curved wall that’s made up of floor-to-ceiling windows as well as ornamental fixtures hanging from the ceiling and candles flecking the finely stained wood cabinetry. Blue and brown walls backdrop pottery, which evokes the beauty being sculpted beyond. With more than 30 types of natural chemical peels, the highly trained aestheticians can help keep skin in the best possible health, whether the client’s concern is overcoming hyperpigmentation or reversing the signs of aging. Customized massages, reflexology, bamboo chi infusion therapy, and foot detoxes help clients feel their best without sprawling out on the area rug to revel in its softness in front of the other guests.
When stodgy waxing technicians refused to perform Brazilian waxes on her, Valerie Iourtchenko learned to do them herself, developing a unique approach that she soon shared with dozens of friends. After attending medical school in her native Russia and starting a new life in Canada, Valerie attained her aesthetics license and began working her smoothing magic on a steadily growing client base. Since then, she's opened Rescue Skin Care & Waxing Studio in Vancouver as well as two sister locations in southern California—all of which have been praised by the media for their tranquil atmospheres and effective service regimens. Though the company's claim to fame is waxing, which staffers perform with medical spatulas and 100% Egyptian cotton muslin, it also eases skin-based issues such as blemishes and freckles arranged to spell off-color jokes through more than a dozen specialized facials that harness Éminence and DCL products.
As Brenda Carbone’s arthritis became more and more severe, she had to make a choice: undergo surgery on her neck vertebrae or accept a life dependent on pain medications and sleeping pills. Luckily for Brenda, she discovered the whole-body vibration machine, capable of easing her pain—and helping her shed 30 pounds—without assistance from traditional medicine. Today, Brenda and her colleague, Kristy Carbone, help others find relief at her clinic, O2 Wellness.
O2 offers more than the whole-body vibration treatment, though. In the way of weight loss, they present solutions ranging from HCG, a belly-fat-burning peptite, to soothing sessions in the infrared sauna. They also render facial treatments to turn back the clock without the dire consequences of time travel, such as never meeting your ex-spouse. Beyond getting exteriors into shape, Brenda and staff also offer various options for pain relief.
With nearly 30 years of professional styling experience to her name, Judi Jorge has outlasted the flash-in-the-pan styles of the '80s, '90s, and onward, sculpting timeless hairdos for women, men, and children. Her services run the gamut from simple cuts and conditioning to full highlights, flat-iron styles, and keratin smoothening treatments.
The Massage Associates' muscle magicians know how to make pain disappear like birdseed before a squirrel's nest. The one-hour therapeutic massage combines gentle caresses with deep kneading to dissolve bodily stress, detangle aching knots, and distract clients from the underwear-clad audience living in their daydreams. The massage also increases circulation to keep Tang powder from settling at the bottom of veins. Tension is further melted away with a 15-minute thermo mud treatment that slathers a mixture of heat, mineral clay, capsicum, thermal water, and extra-virgin olive oil onto the skin. Upgrades to rehabilitation, pregnancy, reflexology, and oncology massages are available ($10 additional).