At Spa Xclusivo, clients become the creators of their customized skin care plans––but not without a little help from the experts. Each visit starts with an analysis from a licensed aesthetician, who can make treatment recommendations and point clients towards ingredients best suited to their particular skin type and troubles. Armed with this knowledge, customers then set to work designing their very own cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and other complexion aids that will be used during one of the spa’s signature facials. From 100% natural extracts to bioengineered products, clients can pick and choose from a huge inventory of cruelty- and fragrance-free active ingredients and bases, all of which are also available for purchase for continued at-home care.
Along with facials, the spa also provides customized massages to help clients relax and waxing services for face and body to help them slide down banisters faster. Custom facials can also be paired with anti-aging treatments such as medical-grade diamond tip microdermabrasion or glycolic acid peels, while eyelash extensions add an extra-touch of glamour to each newly freshened face.
For the staff of Beautiful Forever Nails & Spa’s, safely pampering customers is a top priority. While their beauty-bolstering services—from mani-pedis to herbal treatments—keep nails and faces fresh, their hospital-grade autoclave systems sterilize each and every tool, eliminating potential contaminates. They further practice exceptional hygiene by brandishing not only disposable files, buffers, and liners, but also pedicure sponges chosen for their adamant refusal to bathe in dish water.
The staff at Body Lounge Spa cossets skin during rejuvenating facials and body wraps, and redefines nails while patrons recline in cushioned red pedicure thrones. Guests can sip a glass of wine at the beverage bar as they take in the earth-toned décor grounded in deep chocolate and caramel tones. Massage therapists then invite patrons to rooms illuminated with candles, where treatments such as the energizing Thai massage combat stress and render muscles loose enough to bound up an escalator that's going down.
When its icy beauty isn't adding a tony touch to episodes of CSI, Blue Medi Spa spruces up the pages of publications from Allure to the Wall Street Journal. Blue's medical director, Dr. Daniel Yamini, has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Dr. 90210.
Dr. Yamini's expertise stems from double board certification in plastic and general surgery, and he has performed more than 5,000 procedures during his career. He oversees Blue's nonsurgical services, which range from laser and body-contouring treatments to injectables and clinical facials that work better than taping prescription pads over the face.
As Dr. Yamini and his aestheticians tend to bodies, the spa's aquamarine light filters through translucent panels and reflects off of tiling. Stretched fabric and hanging shapes evoke the mobiles of Alexander Calder as space dividers create the feel of an art gallery on Pluto.
Belle Visage's co-owners, Tina K and Inez Dunst, first met because of vampires. At the time,Tina was the spa's sole owner, powered by a passion for natural skincare that prompted her to get her aesthetician's license before graduating high school. Inez, meanwhile, was a regular, stopping by often for facials with her actress daughter, Kirsten Dunst. Kirsten needed them to revive her skin after hours in the makeup chair for Interview with a Vampire, which she starred in alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
A lot has changed in the more than 10 years since then. Kirsten no longer needs her mom's supervision, and Tina and Inez have become fast friends and business partners. One thing has stayed the same, though, besides vampire's popularity: the spa's star-quality facials. Their most popular one, the Diamond File facial, gently removes the face's dead outer layer of skin, with a file equally effective on sensitive skin and thicker skin types, such as bulletproof skin. As it works, the file helps to break up acne scarring, minimize sunspots, and smooth away fine lines.
The aestheticians at Skin Body Lounge, deemed Best Day Spa by the 2011 LA Hotlist, aim to even skin tones, mitigate blemishes, and evict unsightly fuzz with noninvasive skincare and hair-removal services. During full-face photo-rejuvenation, nonablative lasers emit concentrated light to target specific skin pigments?including dark spots left over from acne scarring or convincing dalmatian costumes?stimulating collagen and oxygen production to destroy unwanted bacteria and leave skin radiant. Pulsed-light hair removal, Epilar biochemical solutions, and waxing services strip wayward strands. Those looking to lose inches and smooth cellulite can enlist treatments such as detoxifying body wraps and electronic muscle stimulation. Results-oriented facials are customized to the unique needs of each visage, and microdermabrasion sloughs away dead cells to improve skin tone and texture. Airbrush tanning and makeup services get clients suited up for an evening out more effectively than wearing a cutout of the Hulk's face.