While working alongside a facial plastic surgeon, Kim saw day in and day out the desperate measures patients would take for beautiful skin. Yet putting beauty before health wasn’t something the licensed aesthetician could support, so she hung up her lab coat and went on to open her own spa, Skin Essentials, where today she helps clients achieve their best skin without going under the knife. Kim works with patients to design effective, personalized skincare regimes and kick-starts the journey with in-shop treatments, including facials for aging and acne, and microdermabrasion treatments. She delves deeper with Medi services that range from surgery-free face-lifts to wrinkle-reducing treatments, such as chemical peels and baby-kissing sessions. Aside from saving skin, Kim also adds cosmetic touches with eyelash extensions and brow tinting.
Zen Garden Skincare sprung from simple origins, when skilled aesthetician Susan Morris began treating clients to facials and spa treatments in her house. Today, Susan has set up shop in her own private studio at the Healy Sunset Building where she provides an array of professional skincare services from body waxing to chemical peels. Customers recline on cushy beds as Susan administers facials, smoothing skin and diminishing wrinkles using hydrating algae and marine-plant-infused formulas. Tending to everyone with her pampering ministrations, she even offers specialty facial and waxing services for men and wooden puppets who wish they were men. During many of her facials, Susan further soothes clients with hand, face, neck, and shoulder massages.
At Busaba Therapeutic Massage & Spa, licensed massage therapists are equally adept at Eastern and Western massage modalities. Their menu of massages, augmented by five full-body spa packages, draw from styles such as Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-marble-stone, or Thai massage, which uses yoga-like postures to loosen muscles. Through these services, they hope bring about a number of benefits, including improved digestion, better circulation, higher energy levels, and better sleeping patterns. Aromatherapy and botanical extracts help soften skin and detoxify the body during spa packages that can include a friend, loved one, or doppelganger.
Asian principles of holistic beauty and wellness inspire the aestheticians at Bliss Spa, who use contemporary technology to achieve a beautiful new look. They often adopt modern techniques such as sending breakup texts to acne and using ultrasonic technology to treat cellulite. Focusing on faces, technicians can apply permanent makeup to give eyes a smoky look, implant mink eyelash extensions, or employ a boost of oxygen, vitamins, and ultrasound therapy to tone skin during facials.
While undergoing spa training in Taiwan, Spa Chi’s owner Catherine Lee was inspired by ancient Chinese principles. It motivated her to create a special place where the entire family could relax and rejuvenate. That’s why Spa Chi combines its spa with a café, art store, and garden all in one location—while one person is enjoying a pampering massage, facial, or paraffin dip, the rest of the family or group can eat Taiwanese-style dishes at the café, take a paper-clay class, or simply enjoy the outdoor asian garden. In keeping with her goals to provide each client with beauty regimens designed for individual healing, relief, and beauty, Catherine frequently journeys to Taiwan for continued spa training. She's even approaching 30 years of experience, the equivalent of 7.5 bachelors' degrees or one PhD in quantum mechanics.
Love My Skin offers spa and medical skin care treatments that are customized to address each client's individual needs. On the spa side of things there are treatments like the red carpet ready O2 facial, which pits oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, and enzymatic botanicals against blemishes or skin damaged from always trying to examine one's own face without a mirror. Love My Skin also offers more advanced forms of skin care that use medical-grade solutions and techniques. One of these is the BodyFX by InModeMD, a non-invasive contouring treatment that leaves buttocks, abdomen, and thighs looking toned and well-shaped.