Though the exterior of Alfons Skin Care?a European Tudor?style house?gives the appearance of a modest country home, the services provided within the two-decade-old spa are anything but quaint. Inside two private treatment rooms, aestheticians armed with Pevonia, Reviderm, and Jan Marini products cleanse and hydrate complexions with a combination of Mediterranean techniques and European facial treatments. Ladies select from five facial options, each accompanied by an enzyme exfoliation and customized mask. They also do eyelash extensions and undergo Clarisonic Opal eye and lip treatments.
As with locker rooms and Olympic egg-carton stomping, men have their own domain; they can indulge in a soothing scalp massage or facial-hair tinting for beards that have gone gray. But both parties can benefit from body waxing?which uses sugar, creamy lavender, and green hard wax?as well as such advanced med-spa services as Dr. Lam Probe Therapy, which removes skin tags and thread veins using radio and high-frequency technology.
With waterfront views of the San Francisco Bay visible from the spa's inviting veranda and parlor space, Cat Murphy's Skin Care Salon allows visitors to feel like they've truly escaped from the hectic bustle of everyday life. This brief reprieve from the stress of work and raising a baby tiger gives aestheticians a chance to restore natural radiance to clients' skin using a combination of cutting-edge products and technologies. The spa's upscale facial treatments can incorporate microcurrent toning systems, infrared light therapy, or serums rich with vitamins, minerals, and pure amino acids. And to ensure that visitors are able to maintain their vibrant new look at home, Cat Murphy's Skin Care Salon sells an extensive array of specialized products designed by SkinEssence. As Cat says on her website, caring for skin is a lifelong process that "is as important to your mental health as it is to your physical well-being."
Inside Bon Air Salon and Spa, beauty professionals transform clients with hair, nail, facial, and massage services. Microdermabrasion removes dead, flaky skin cells, making room for younger cells to glow. Massage services disentangle muscle knots with kneading and stroking using various degrees of pressure, including deep and peer. The salon also sells beauty products and hosts spa parties for friends and family members.
For owner Jessica P., becoming an aesthetician isn?t just something you do in a classroom. She didn?t just gain knowledge from hands-on experience and training at Marinello School of Beauty; she also got it from working with beauty apprentices, a master esthetician, and a local dermatologist. At Elle Skin Care and Permanent Cosmetics she provides a wide range of skin services, such as microdermabrasion facial that offer deep-pore cleansing and acupressure facial-massages. Certified in permanent makeup, she also lines eyes and helps lips look fuller with makeup that stays put while crying, sweating, or smashing pomegranates with a hammer.
The aestheticians at Toso Skin Care treat both men and women as well as teens, so it's important that they personalize each service. To do so, they incorporate everything from peels and acne treatments to custom facials. Turning their attention to the body, they wax fuzzy skin from brow to toe. The beauty quest doesn't stop at the salon—clients can take home products such as Awakening mineral lotions and costume jewelry sprung from the glitter-covered brain of designer Cookie Lee.
The staff at Dermal Essentials' three locations takes skin seriously. With backgrounds and certifications in aesthetics and makeup artistry, they know how to cleanse skin and enhance appearances whether they are performing microdermabrasions, organic peptide peels, or makeup applications. During treatments, they use high-quality products from Image Skincare, a chemical-free, pharmaceutical-grade skincare line, and Follique, which calms skin after waxing, shaving, or a stern talking-to in the mirror.