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.
This peaceful, private, ocean-viewable day spa, led by owner and licensed aesthetician Alana, helps clients improve the health and appearance of their skin with more than 50 different all natural and organic skincare product lines. The Image Skincare customized facial rejuvenates and relaxes clients with a complete skin analysis and choice of products, followed by a deep cleansing, gentle exfoliation, light extractions, and high-frequency treatment. Countenances conclude pampering with a custom mask or light chemical peel and a face, neck, hand, and shoulder massage that releases stress like a deleted umlaut. This deal also includes a 1–2 week take-home supply kit of Image Skincare products to prolong the facial benefits ($25), as well as a consultation to determine which shades of mineral makeup suit your skin tones best.
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.
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).
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