Bianca de Jong launched her first spa boutique in the Netherlands. After helming it for more than 10 years, she hopped the pond and landed in California, where she opened Forest Spa Boutique. To keep her services aligned with European standards, de Jong regularly returns to the Old World, learning new skills and expanding her collection of Big Ben key chains. She specializes in facial treatments related to aging, and can enhance each appointment with add-ons including peels, massages, and paraffin dips. During a customized massage, she blends essential oils with carrier oils to create a soothing aroma that is rubbed and kneaded into the skin. De Jong also grooms body hair with a gentle Italian wax that quickly ousts unwanted strands and vermicelli noodles.
Parasol Beauty Atelier recruited Laura for her expertise with the technical aspects of skincare and her deep understanding of the emotional importance of looking good. As a former acne sufferer, Laura is familiar with the pain of breakouts and being penalized for reckless cleansing. This experience led her to become an expert healer of problematic skin, and an undergraduate degree in psychology taught her to express that empathy with her clients.
Recently she traveled to the Dermaquest skin therapy headquarters with Parasol Beauty Atelier’s owner to learn to incorporate microrollers into her facials and time-off requests into her smile. Her nimble hands apply complimentary touch-ups with Youngblood Cosmetics after refreshing complexions with Eminence organic and Dermaquest products, and she also deftly corrals body hair with wax.
At Beauty Spa by Ereeda, massage therapist Igor Volfovskiy relaxes tense muscles with a slew of massage treatments in many modalities. Treatments range from quick 30-minute Swedish massages to two-hour sessions with hot stones or 90-minute deep-tissue massages that root out more serious aches.
Today's side deal gets you $100 worth of rejuvenating and beautifying services from SkinSpirit for $50. Visit either SkinSpirit's Palo Alto or Walnut Creek locations and enjoy non-surgical treatments that will pamper your face and body to the point of looking, feeling, and acting younger than it did yesterday or the day before yesterday, but not two days after the day before yesterday.
Ingrid's hosts a bevy of beautifying beds suited for all skin-suit needs. For an aired-out experience, go horizontal on either the Open Sun 550 Medium Pressure or 1050 High Pressure bed, which both provide spacious and open designs. Or, for an audio-visual vacation, lie back on the Excellence 880, a climate-controlled bed featuring 3D-Sound technology, Color Moods light therapy, and Halley's Comet sightings.
At Premier Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon James Newman, MD, FACS and his fellow board-certified plastic surgeons enhance beauty within their state-of-the-art surgical suite. Dr. Newman completed his residency and a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University, where he now serves on the clinical faculty. He completed an additional fellowship with an emphasis on laser surgery after recognizing the large role lasers now play in surgical procedures. The renowned surgeon also lectures internationally and has authored more than 30 surgery-related scientific publications and a coloring book.
Dr. Newman and his staff perform a variety of medical procedures, ranging from face-lifts and Vaser ultrasonic liposuction to minimally invasive body-contouring and enhancement techniques. They can also combat signs of aging via nonsurgical means, including dermal fillers that smooth wrinkles and Vaser Shape sessions that, like a rearview mirror in place of a bathroom mirror, make bodies look smaller.