Sugaring in Novato

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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.

911 Irwin St
San Rafael,
CA
US

Select from shelves of Dr. John Conte's Simple Radiance sunscreen, moisturizer, or antioxidant serum, which keep skin glowing with health and free of loathsome oxygen. 4-Shade or Z-Shade sunscreens block the sun's painful rays with a vitamin-packed oil-free formula that also restores vitamin E to faces.

5 Bon Air Rd
Larkspur,
CA
US

At EZ Eyebrow, the gentle arch of a freshly groomed brow is as natural as the hair-removal technique that creates it. Threading first sprang up in ancient Egypt and India, and as opposed to modern waxing, which can damage skin or create a worldwide candle shortage, threading specifically targets hair. It sweeps up a tuft at a time, carving eyebrows into natural arches with precision. In fact, its accuracy rivals that of tweezing—and in less time, since hairs are pulled out in bunches, not one by one. Plus, threading services can also eradicate hair from other parts of the face and neck.

2200 Hilltop Mall Rd
Richmond,
CA
US

Felecia Rincon knows that sugar can do a lot more than sweeten her coffee and stand in for snow on a ski slope. At Bare Sugaring Studio, she uses it to remove unwanted hair, practicing a spa treatment that goes back centuries. Applied opposite the direction of hair growth, her sugar-based paste sinks deep within the follicle, deeper than wax, to grip the hair at its root. When Felecia removes the paste, she takes with it the short, fine hairs that other epilation techniques miss, and even removes dead skin, leaving the legs, chests, chin, or any other body area, smooth and sleek.

940 Tyler Street
Benicia,
CA
US

It's tough to relax just before a waxing appointment. With that in mind, renowned architect Chris Kofitsas decided to design Bare to inspire total serenity. To do that, he outfitted the reception area with its own porch swing, hung whimsical lanterns from the ceiling, and covered accent walls with full-sized pictures of nature scenes.

The peaceful, garden-like atmosphere certainly helps put male and female clients at ease, but the wax itself helps just as much. It's a specialized aromatherapy wax that wraps around the hair while avoiding the skin for a much more comfortable experience. In addition to using the wax, the experienced technicians can get rid of unwanted hairs by sugaring them with an all-natural paste, threading them away, or serving them notarized eviction notices. To accommodate clients interested in putting the finishing touches on their newly smoothed looks, they also offer airbrush tans and peels.

1810 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Lonni specializes in one particular service: waxing away unwanted hair for women as well as men. The Aveda Institute-trained aesthetician performs signature Brazilian and manzilian treatments, and can quickly eliminate fuzz from limbs, faces, and probably most sweaters as well. Her smoothing work has earned praise from Allure magazine and DailyCandy, and the spa earned the San Francisco Bay Guardian's 2008 award for Best Wax.

1756 18th St
San Francisco,
CA
US