For 25 years, aesthetician Sara West has studied skin as dry as a desert and as oily as a car engine. In the process, she’s developed a mental tome of advice for her clients. Yet even as she educates on the role skincare products, exercise, and diet play in the health of one’s complexion, she continues her own education, ensuring that she has the most accurate advice to give. Inside her studio, where smooth black tile floors sprawl beneath modern wooden furniture that entices the eye with soft, curved lines, she tends to customers' faces with a range of holistic and medical treatments. Fruit-infused peels, green-tea and herbal steam, lavender, and chamomile bathe her clients’ faces, whereas plant-based ingredients cleanse their pores and free them of the urge to nap facedown in their gardens.
Trina Renea started out in L.A. as a singer in a punk band, later taking a more peaceful turn into the skincare and spa world. Having amassed more than 15 years of experience in the health and beauty industries, today she's the owner of Facial Bungalow. To best help her clients, she specializes in anti-aging facials and treatments that fight acne, rather than just encouraging it to move to the back of your head. She dabbles in cosmetic chemistry too, collaborating with experts on her product line, Trina Renea Skincare.
Aesthetician Annalee Stone believes in the power of personal attention. Previously featured for her talents on KTLA's Glam Me Up makeover show and ABC's True Beauty, she now runs one-on-one services from her private single-client studio. The soothing and homey space in West Hollywood envelops clients in cushy furniture, sheer draperies, and warm, low light as she transforms their skin with natural and organic Éminence products. Based on each person's unique skin issues, Annalee puts together a regimen to yield the greatest results, from lactic acid acne treatments to Coffeeberry anti-aging treatments. She's also an expert in waxing, whether legs need longer-term smoothing or your back missed it's seasonal shedding period.
The spotless environment of Limon Nail and Spa Boutique embodies a grown-up princess-chic look. Yellow and white stripes run across the walls, giving the space the sweet, sunny feel of a candy shop. White Queen Anne's chairs cushion guests as their nails are treated with color by expert manicurists. The therapy room is decorated in purple, where massages rejuvenate clients and waxing services release unwanted hair so it can go live on a farm in the country.
At Ultratrim Body Sculpting, a team of technicians harnesses the power of ultrasonic radiofrequency to keep its clientele looking svelte. The noninvasive treatments are designed to reduce cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, and waistlines by breaking apart fat cells and allowing the body to dispose of them naturally. The treatment has been featured on such programs as Fox News and Dr. Oz.
Helmed by Bena B. Won, a registered nurse and acupuncturist who blends Eastern and Western beauty practices, Sunrise Alternative Medical Clinic and its sister practice, Sunrise MedSpa, help patrons increase health and achieve individual cosmetic goals. The clinic’s diverse service menu runs the gamut from weight-loss programs to IV nutrition, with acupuncture treatments and chinese herbal medicines available to reroute off-balance energies or treat underlying causes of nagging discomfort. On the med-spa side, laser treatments from Cutera, facials, and injectables including Botox, Radiesse, and Juvéderm keep bodies looking as youthful as a mannequin’s undying sense of wonder.