Green, flowering foliage and elegant stone and tile walls cultivate tranquility at CJ Grand Spa's Hermosa Beach facility. Patrons can gain 24 hours of access to the centers' saunas, hot and cold jacuzzis, clay rooms, ice rooms, salt rooms, and relaxation rooms with general admission, and then enhance a day of lounging with luxurious add-on spa treatments. Body-scrubbing sessions reveal fresh skin, and massages paired with stints in one or more of the saunas leave muscles as relaxed as a cat on a windowsill or a dog on a skateboard.
More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
Green, leafy plants and a cross-legged Buddha statue populate the tranquil foyer of PerSauna, an urban retreat that promotes relaxation and wellness exclusively through infrared-sauna sessions. The space has two types of saunas, both housed in private suites outfitted with flat screens and sound systems. The first type of sauna, made of cedar wood, has antibacterial and antifungal powers, but also bears the aromatic scent of the wood. Those sensitive to odors may prefer the hypoallergenic basswood saunas.
Once bodies are inside the rustic saunas, far-infrared energy begins elevating internal temperatures and promoting a slew of potential benefits. In the comfortable heat, muscles relax and minds sharpen as a healthy sweat pulls toxins, sodium, alcohol, and boy-band lyrics from the body. After typical 40-minute sessions, clients may rehydrate with a glass of fruit-flavored water.
As a flight attendant, Sherry found herself casually studying the skin types of her passengers. She eventually left her stewardess career, but continued jet setting around the world to immerse herself in the field of aesthetics. Today at La Beaute Spa, she and a team of licensed beauty professionals pamper their clients' pores with various facial and skin treatments. They make use of Dermalogica products and intense pulsed light to fight acne and the signs of aging, as well as ultrasound energy to smooth out cellulite. Stylists and techs take care of the center's salon services, cutting hair and polishing nails in a peaceful day-spa setting.
Beginning her career as an aesthetician, Carolyn Peters worked as part of the team at the flagship skincare center of the renowned Dermalogica brand in Marina Del Rey. For six years, she worked alongside other specialists, honing her craft and learning the ropes of the skincare industry. Striking out on her own, she established Carolyn Peters Skin Care, and has worked independently for 17 years while receiving specialty training in skin care technologies, Reiki, and waxing poetic. Today, she oversees a host of services, from facials and peels to manual lymphatic drainage and Reiki massage.