In a lavender-walled room inside Seven on the Light Salon, licensed aesthetician Sasha Hudson practices her specialty: skin-friendly hair removal for men and women. She captures strands of hair with dollops of hard wax that adhere to hair rather than skin, causing less pain than other waxing methods. Facials and chemical peels keep skin soft and glowing as well as hairless and smooth.
Kalologie, a beauty franchise with headquarters in Arizona, won a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques for the dedication of its dermatological team and selection of spa treatments. A line of lab-engineered skincare products targets skin issues such as acne, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. Registered nurses fight wrinkles with injections of Botox or Juvederm. Facial treatments range from peels that accelerate exfoliation with lactic, salicylic, and glycolic acids to men's facials that bolster handsome looks with antioxidant-enriched masks. A registered nurse counters unwanted hair with the StarLux laser system by Palomar, effective on nearly all hair and skin types.
With more than 10 years of beauty-industry experience, massage therapist and aesthetician Christine Rasmussen knows aesthetic treatments inside and out. And at her beauty haven, Skin, she requires that her staff does, too. Together, the knowledgeable team of certified technicians creates a welcoming space where they personalize each skincare and body service. Aestheticians reach for skin-type specific Ayur-Medic and Dermalogica products to enhance the cleansing effects of facial or the exfoliating impact of a chemical peel or diamond microdermabrasion. This same attention to detail can be found during customized body treatments, which range from trigger-point therapy and lomilomi massages to a detoxifying body scrub made with sea salt or a sugar mixture infused with fruit, chocolate, and coffee ingredients.
Skin's dedicated team also provides mobile spa treatments and spa parties, both of which can be performed in the comfort of the client's home, office, or giant, walk-in makeup compact.
The technicians at Sugaring Westlake love to talk about the benefits of removing hair with sugar paste instead of wax. For one thing, sugar paste won't stick to skin--that is, it won't stick to any living skin cells. It does, however, exfoliate the dead ones, leaving skin soft and smooth after clearing away unwanted hair. For another thing, the sugar paste is all-natural, with no harsh chemical ingredients to irritate the skin. Finally, sugar paste, unlike wax and tattoos of oil spills, can be removed with water.