Filled with candles, gentle light, and the occasional zebra-print chair, Merlot Spa surrounds its clientele in comfort for face and body treatments. Marine algae turn a facial into a super-cleaning skin treatment. Lava rocks, touted for their magnetic properties, promote circulation in massage recipients. Diamonds spangle a microdermabrasion wand and facilitate exfoliation. The spa’s tools are not only culled from the earth; LED and radio-frequency therapies help tone lax skin, and ear candles clean aural areas so you can finally hear people tell you to undergo ear candling.
Under the directing eye of board-certified internist Pankaj Karan, MD, the staff at Valley Aesthetics and Laser orchestrate an array of cosmetic services, including Botox injections, SmartLipo procedures, and Zerona body-contouring treatments. They use Fotona Dualis XS and XP Max lasers to zap spider veins, body hair, and toenail fungus and to decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Additionally, products from SkinMedica stealthily glaze across complexions to mount a surprise attack on unsuspecting acne.
Cherry-oak wood stretches across the facility's floor, including beneath the treatment rooms' bright-yellow chairs and the waiting area's brown leather chairs and flat-screen TVs.
Just because weight loss takes discipline doesn't mean it can't also be pleasant. So say the folks at MS Slim, who outfit every client in plush robes, serve them herbal teas, and lead them into tranquil private rooms before each treatment. In this spa-like atmosphere, the staff takes a personalized approach to helping clients meet their image and weight goals, forsaking boilerplate models for solutions that fit the client's unique needs and maintain an emphasis on creature comforts.
At MS Slim, the journey to weight loss follows different routes for different people. Treatments such as i-Lipo, Zerona body sculpting, and anticellulite wraps may entail divergent methods, but all result in bodies that can slide into stowed-away skinny jeans and old rabbit holes to Wonderland. MS Slim also hosts many beautifying stopovers on the way to the golden scale, including a docket of skincare services, massages, yoga, and a carbon-infrared sauna where clients can relax and burn calories without having to bench-press their hypnotist.
Inside Spa Renaissance's tranquil facility, clients undergo pampering treatments or relax on their own time in soothing therapy rooms that include a sauna, whirlpools, a red-clay therapy room and a Himalayan salt room. Enriched with essential minerals, mud baths of red clay, peat, and hot-spring mineral water work to tighten skin tissues, leaving the largest organ soft and smooth. Multi-tonal stones and dark hardwoods illuminate the Himalayan salt room with a rosy glow as the therapeutic atmosphere works to balance the body's water content, sugar levels, and wanderlust for the Dead Sea. Use of these rooms is complimentary with select spa services, which bolster natural beauty with facials and Zerona body contouring, and help muscles relax with acupressure and hot-stone massages. Grumbling stomachs find relief at the spa’s Chinese restaurant and café, where handmade noodle soups steam among cool drafts of ice-blended coffee.
Kathleen Corbett is a color-correction specialist with 10 years of experience as a salon owner and 5 years of experience as a Joico educator. She has traveled throughout the United States to teach haircutting and coloring techniques to other hairstylists, and has worked with some of the top artists in the industry. On a regular day, however, you'll find her designing new hairstyles at Salon Paz, drawing on years of experience to reconstruct and add vibrant color to healthy locks.
Clients may flock to LA Eyebrow for threading—a service that reshapes the brow by using a fine cotton thread—but they stay for the custom skincare treatments. Diamond-tip microdermabrasion whisks away dead skin cells to reveal a healthy, glowing complexion, and four types of facials are enhanced with a custom mask, vitamin-rich essential oils, and skincare products from Yonka. Although the shop’s signature brow-shaping services can keep hairs from returning for up to three weeks, its eyelash extensions keep synthetic mink lashes firmly affixed for nearly twice as long. Technicians use a specially formulated adhesive that never touches the skin, allowing natural lashes to continue to grow out and giving them the freedom to come and go as they please.