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.
Sue Ferrier opened Dana Point Bodycentre as a place of holistic healing and pampering spa services. On the healing side, she leverages her training as a massage therapist to oversee a staff of skilled bodywork experts that are well versed in a variety of soothing modalities—Swedish and hot stone are just two of them. On the pampering side, she works with aestheticians that make use of Jan Marini Skin Care and SkinCeuticals products as they dole out classic European facials and rejuvenating peels. They even render exfoliating body scrubs and wraps with natural salts, sugars, and mineral mud. And in case clients value familiarity, Sue boasts residence in or near Dana Point since 1973.
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.
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