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.
Under the guidance of board-certified dermatologists Dr. A. David Rahimi and Dr. Michael Lin, who has appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the licensed aestheticians at Westlake Laser & Aesthetics Medical Group slough off dead skin cells during 30-minute glycolic- or salicylic-acid peels. Aestheticians apply professional Linage serums specially developed by Dr. Lin to reduce fine lines, fight acne, and make visages smoother than a dolphin at a singles bar. Typically, the treatments can improve the appearance of faces, necks, and chests by lightening pigmentation and revealing a healthy, rosy glow. After the resurfacing session, patients can return instantly to work or competitive pole vaulting, as there is no downtime required.
Angela Lark Landy didn?t learn about sugar compounds in a baking class; rather, she was introduced to them at a skincare convention after years of frustration with shaving and waxing. When a specialist from Alexandria Professional offered Angela a hair removal alternative that would suit her sensitive skin, she jumped at the opportunity, not knowing that it would soon change her life. After gaining her aesthetician?s license and certification as a sugaring practitioner, she opened The Sweetest Skin Co. in Stevenson Ranch to treat clients with sugaring hair removal and other skincare services. When opening a second location, Angela asked another Alexandria Professional-certified aesthetician Andrea Apisa to run the newest The Sweetest Skin Co. in Thousand Oaks.
Using an all-natural Alexandria Professional compound of water, lemon juice, and sugar, Angela and Andrea remove hair from the root while simultaneously nourishing the skin and keeping tattoos from getting dehydrated. In addition to smoothing down bodies with hair removal, they also treat clients with various skincare services such as facials, back exfoliations, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. All of their treatments are powered by professional-grade products from brands such as glo-therapeutics, Alexandria Professional, Bionet, Enspri, and Spa Girl.
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.
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.