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.
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.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
The highly trained medical staff at OC Medical Aesthetics and Skin Care rewind years off of faces with noninvasive alternatives to surgery. The Refinity glycolic peel excavates fresh faces in 30 minutes with a nonirritating formula that exfoliates away comatose skin, aiding in the reduction of fine lines and brown spots with little to no peeling. Patients' skin may be slightly red after the procedure, but the discoloration can be easily covered with makeup or the "undo" feature on Electric Pencil.
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.