More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
As a physician who's double-board-certified in anesthesia and laser surgery, Dr. Gail Humble has found that her expertise is in demand. She's shared her knowledge in the pages of such press outlets as the Los Angeles Daily News and Skin & Aging magazine, and she's even appeared on Extra and other television shows. When she's not demonstrating her methods to the public, Dr. Humble's treating such skin problems as wrinkles, scarring, and varicose veins with the services that she determines will be most effective for each patient?especially for patients who write her nice cards that use the word "cool-tacular" a lot. One such method, Botox, reduces the appearance of fine lines by weakening the muscle activity that causes wrinkles. Meanwhile, IPL and Laser Genesis treatments promote collagen production and make the skin appear tighter, and facial peels remove the skin's damaged outer layers.
Green, leafy plants and a cross-legged Buddha statue populate the tranquil foyer of PerSauna, an urban retreat that promotes relaxation and wellness exclusively through infrared-sauna sessions. The space has two types of saunas, both housed in private suites outfitted with flat screens and sound systems. The first type of sauna, made of cedar wood, has antibacterial and antifungal powers, but also bears the aromatic scent of the wood. Those sensitive to odors may prefer the hypoallergenic basswood saunas.
Once bodies are inside the rustic saunas, far-infrared energy begins elevating internal temperatures and promoting a slew of potential benefits. In the comfortable heat, muscles relax and minds sharpen as a healthy sweat pulls toxins, sodium, alcohol, and boy-band lyrics from the body. After typical 40-minute sessions, clients may rehydrate with a glass of fruit-flavored water.
Sports, and their inevitable injuries, are no strangers to Doctors of Chiropractic Julia Moen and Charlie Harper. Dr. Julia, a certified chiropractic sports physician, works with the athletes at El Camino College, acts as volunteer trainer for a local high-school football team, and has bounced back from nine of her own sport-related surgeries. Dr. Charlie, a beach-volleyball enthusiast when not frocked in a lab coat, pioneered an exercise-rehabilitation program that is used by orthopedists in the area.
ProWellness' other practitioners include massage therapists, licensed acupuncturists, and a cockapoo therapy dog. They offer a diverse lineup of treatments ranging from pregnancy massages to microcurrent therapy sessions that help reduce pain from spinal-cord injuries and impersonating a disco ball.
Although Aesthetic Edge's doctors specialize in cosmetic treatments for the head and neck, each doctor treats the patient as a whole. After passing his facial-plastic-surgery boards in the 99th percentile, Keith Marcus, MD, teamed up with Michael Fulbright, DDS, to found Aesthetic Edge—a med spa with primarily noninvasive cosmetic procedures. While Dr. Marcus rejuvenates skin and reduces wrinkles with lasers and injectables (among them, Botox and Juvéderm), Dr. Fulbright improves smiles with various procedures and technologies, such as porcelain veneers and Chiclets. Sheila Chang Barbarino, MD, uses her expertise in oculofacial surgery to help clients achieve their desired look, applying experience gained from her time with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
As a flight attendant, Sherry found herself casually studying the skin types of her passengers. She eventually left her stewardess career, but continued jet setting around the world to immerse herself in the field of aesthetics. Today at La Beaute Skin Day Spa, she and a team of licensed beauty professionals pamper their clients' pores with various facial and skin treatments. They make use of Dermalogica products and intense pulsed light to fight acne and the signs of aging, as well as ultrasound energy to smooth out cellulite. Stylists and techs take care of the center's salon services, cutting hair and polishing nails in a peaceful day-spa setting.