Roses line the driveway up to D'Marie Skin Care, which is tucked inside Shine Spa on a hill sheltered by eucalyptus trees. In a private chamber hidden in a magical wardrobe, aesthetician Denise Witt specializes in maintaining youthful looks with preventive skincare and judicious interventions with Ayur-Medic, Epicuren, and PCA Skin products. Her prudence stems from witnessing the effectiveness of gentle treatments made possible by technology, such as DermaSweep microdermabrasion that eschews harsh particles. "There's no need to do drastic things to the skin now," she points out in a 2010 interview with the Agoura Hills Patch. Her desire to match her clients' inner beauty to their appearance is longstanding, having manifested during her four-year turn as a personal trainer in the 1990s.
Today, an Esthetics degree from the Euphoria Institute of Beauty in Las Vegas helps her tailor skin and hair treatments to each client's poker face. Fourteen facials and peels combat aging using oxygen, warm enzymes, and botanicals including coconut and pumpkin, and all of them last at least a full hour.
Licensed aesthetician Grace Young Lee pampers vexed visages with the Be Timeless facial-toning treatment, burnishing time-dulled epidermis and coaxing out new youthful glows. Each 60-minute session commences with a relaxing facial, as serums chockfull of natural ingredient prep surfaces for the countenance-strengthening Radio Derm RF session. Aided by oscillating radio frequencies, the nonsurgical treatment helps tighten muscles, lift features, and fuel cellular rejuvenation without weighing faces down with cumbersome free weights. After each mug’s workout, Grace slathers skin with a soothing mask before ushering newly renovated faces toward their real-world debut.
Paris Cut Hair Design's aestheticians deftly channel the ancient Middle Eastern practice of threading, a precise and speedy method of shaping brow bristles that has found popularity among many of today’s A-list celebrities. During the 15-minute threading treatment, a skilled thread tech twists a length of pure cotton thread and weaves it around overgrown brows, uprooting follicle squatters without chemicals or irritation. Ocular overscores emerge from the treatment looking sharp, streamlined, and ready to replace spit takes and eye rubbing as the preferred method of expressing disbelief.
The California Health & Longevity Institute eases Golden State bodies and minds with a comprehensive approach to wellness, integrating five disciplines of care. Licensed professionals perform a soothing array of complementary alternative services that combine Eastern and Western medicines and omit the works of prime-meridian snake-oil surgeons. Acupuncture painlessly engages innate healing responses with hair-thin needles, and acupressure treatments mimic the therapeutic effect with manual pressure instead of slender pins. Energy healing employs touch to influence internal systems and balance physical, emotional, and spiritual scales. Medical-hypnotherapy sessions use clinical techniques that reinforce subconscious signals to achieve deep relaxation and defeat old habits such as chewing other people's fingernails.
Aesthetician Dania Henry believes that healthy skin plays an important role in her clients’ confidence, and that true beauty can’t be created by makeup alone. Wielding natural products from Le Mieux, her services aim to soften some of the most common flaws that can mask a naturally beautiful complexion, including acne, rosacea, and lipstick impressions left by overzealous aunts. Aside from basic facials that pack a vitamin-rich punch, her expertise extends to facial-toning microcurrent treatments and plant-rich bust-lift therapies, both designed to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity sans surgery.
At Escentials, a beauty shop nestled in the rolling hills of Calabasas, licensed aesthetician Trini Ponce de Leon hydrates and exfoliates complexions. Working in the shop's private facial room, she sloughs away dead skin with microdermabrasion treatments, and pampers visages with an array of facials. With her custom waxes, she also strips away unwanted stubble.