“Touching lives by creating changes in a person’s appearance” became the guiding principle of MaryStella Studio’s eponymous owner after helping her daughter overcome cystic acne. For Mary, that episode illuminated the profound effect that effective skincare can have on a person. She was so impressed with her daughter’s improved skin—as well as with the confidence and self-esteem it yielded—that she began to explore the world of aesthetics as a viable career.
Mary’s determination to help others through skincare and wellness treatments finally led her to open MaryStella Studio, a tranquil sanctuary that aims to rejuvenate and revitalize bodies from the inside out. Whether a nourishing facial or lash tinting, each of the studio’s treatments accounts for your individual skincare history and concerns that dead skin receive a proper eulogy. Mary relies on beautifying product lines such as PCA Skin—with its blend of peptides, antioxidants and botanicals—as well as advanced anti-aging equipment such as a noncrystal microdermabrasion system.
Microdermabrasion treatments are quick, 35–45-minute procedures that uses a diamond-tipped wand to abrade the top layers of skin and polish the dermis hiding beneath. The exfoliating powers reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and light scarring, while eliminating sun damage and dry skin and evening out skin tone and texture. Using a wand that operates on pneumatic principles similar to the Super Soaker, your aesthetician will gently blast away blemishes and buff your face to a healthy, happy hue. At the same time, deceased skin and makeup residue will be given a proper burial at the bottom of a vacuum. Come treatment's end, the skin will have a refreshed, healthy glow, proudly displaying the younger skin that had been patiently waiting to see the light of day.
Lotus Day Spa & Salon’s talented aestheticians pamper patrons with an arsenal of hair, waxing, and nail services. Savvy stylists snip strands and sculpt refurbished locks into stylish coifs with haircut and styles ($45+ for women; $20+ for men). Unsightly follicle farms in underarms ($15+) or on upper lips ($8+) spontaneously combust at the sight of wax, and eyebrow shaping and tinting ($30) separate feuding forehead fur and changes its color to match clients’ skin, mood, or favorite Care Bear.
At Vendesi Beauty & Wellness Center, individually tailored facials cater to a wide range of skin concerns, treating faces in need of firming, hydrating, exfoliating, and more. The expansive skincare menu also includes microdermabrasion, back exfoliating treatments, and vitamin-C-infused exfoliation. But this beauty and wellness center offers much more than just skincare: other services include massages, body wraps, and spray tanning, to name a few.
Housed in a historic building whose parapets, scalloped shingles, and wraparound porch evoke antique charm, Bella Aesthetica tends to faces and bodies with an array of decidedly modern techniques. Under the supervision of medical director and founder Dr. Ruben Ruiz, technicians use equipment ranging from lasers to dermal fillers to slim silhouettes, polish complexions, and beautify extra heads.
No matter what the treatment, clients benefit from the skilled care of Dr. Ruiz. A recipient of the American Medical Association's Physicians' Recognition Award, Dr. Ruiz operates three family clinics in addition to Bella Aesthetica, and has lent his expertise to UCLA and the Stanford University School of Medicine. He can consult in English, Spanish, and Morse code, and has extensively authored and lectured on internal medicine.
The aestheticians at On Cloud Nine Day Spa revitalize complexions by integrating spa niceties, such as paraffin wax dips, into advanced treatments. Pevonia emulsions cultivate glowing skin with natural ingredients, the effectiveness bolstered with infusions of collagen and oxygen or gentle exfoliation with a mechanized diamond-studded wand. In the face of stubborn scars and stretch marks, expert hands can reach for products designed for pre- and post-op skincare from the Medicalia line. On Cloud Nine Day Spa's own line of aromatherapeutic essential oils deepen relaxation during all eight styles of massages, all of which incorporate hot stones. Bodies stay smooth and lithe with help from an FDA-cleared mechanical massager, strips of wax, and the example set by a Hatha yoga instructor's snake hand puppet.
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