Soleil Beauty Salon founder and aesthetician Alina Karoyan draws on 25-years of experience and a background in biology. She named her salon Soleil?which means "sun"?as a nod toward the star's nourishing and beautifying properties. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the salon's most popular services is tanning, with options that include cutting-edge tanning booths and airbrush tans that utilize natural ingredients such as DHA and Apollo's tears. Other beauty services range from acne and anti-aging treatments to herbal body wraps and makeup services, and each one is performed using top-of-the-line products hand-selected by Alina after years of extensive research and practice.
Dividing The Spa's chocolate-brown wood floors are multiple massage alcoves, each separated by a thin Japanese-style partition. In front of each alcove hangs a tied off yellow curtain––the curtain pulls shut. Now amid flickering candle light, licensed massage therapists blend light to moderate strokes with firm pressure to alleviate chronic tension. Clients may also request an invigorating facial treatment, or retreat to a private airbrush room for a new sun-kissed complexion without the harmful effects of UV rays.
Beneath the Wilshire Galleria, a historical retail plaza whose art-deco fa?ade has become a Koreatown landmark, visitors escape the shopping bustle and quiet their buzzing minds within the tranquil environs of Natura Spa. Separate men's and women's spas invite guests into an assemblage of detoxifying rooms, including dry saunas lined in raw wood and a cold plunge pool framed by speckled tile.
Patrons can prolong their stay by investing in individual spa treatments, during which practitioners trained in traditional Asian techniques coddle muscles with acupressure and foot massage. The spa lends women additional niceties?UV tanning beds enable ladies to bronze their skin, and a mani-pedi station surrounded by stone walls invokes the building's underground feel more pleasantly than having the nail technicians dress as coal miners.
Skin makes sense to Avant Esthetics Skin Solutions founder Alina Karoyan. Not only is she a master aesthetician with almost two decades of experience, but she's also a biologist. She combines her study of skincare serums and treatments with her study of science to tackle skin issues including rosacea, acne, and fine lines.
During the Ultrasonic facial, she employs the titular device to deliver vibrations that boost blood circulation and whisk away dead skin cells. She tones skin with the help of LED lights during signature facials and unclogs pores with peels during acne-clarifying facials. Alina also removes unwanted hair with waxing services and helps clients burn calories with infrared detox and slimming treatments, which is a more effective calorie-burning method than setting donuts on fire.
The aestheticians at Orchid Skin Care keep clients at their most beautiful with personalized services for the whole body. Using exclusively Yon-Ka skincare products, the staffers regenerate faces with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments backed by nourishing botanicals. Meanwhile, eyelash extensions and permanent makeup enhance facial features without the hassle of morning cosmetics routines. The experts also melt tension through aroma-infused massages and wraps, and spray tanning imbues skin with a UV-free bronze glow to help prepare for trips to the beach or attempts to infiltrate the Olympics as a third-place medal.
At Sun Spa traditional UV beds and automated spray booths deliver bronzed glows. The spa's friendly consultants help clients choose the right equipment for their skin type, whether they are experienced sunbathers or coming out of hibernation for the first time in 10 years. To complement tanning services, the studio slims bodies with infrared body wraps and fights fine lines and age spots with UV-free red-light facials.