Since arriving on Riverside Boulevard 14 years ago, Images Salon and Spa has become a trusted destination for the area's beauty needs. The staff of certified skin therapists and hairstylists commitment to a lifetime of healthy skin and aesthetic excellence begins before clients even make it to a treatment room. The lobby, done up in elegantly warm creams and browns, dazzles the eye with pillars, mysterious-looking heavy drapery, and a shoulder-high vase waterfall. Once inside, guests relish in treatments such as microdermabrasion; deep-tissue, hot-stone, and Swedish massages; and facial treatments using elite products such as ?minence and Dermalogica. The stylists alter manes with haircuts and color services, and the skin therapists get to work removing unwanted tufts with comprehensive waxing services, leaving bodies smooth.
In its staff?s own words, The Sweet Spot Skincare is a ?humble neighborhood spa.? Clients will have a difficult time being so humble when they catch a glimpse of their smooth skin after an all-natural facial or sugaring hair-removal treatment. Facials target skin conditions such as acne and wrinkles, and all of them include dermatological face mapping and light extractions. Sugaring treatments, on the other hand, pull unwanted hair from the root with an all-natural sugar paste or sticky caramel fudge.
Spa LaLe is anything but ordinary. The brainchild of Stella Chung, a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist, the spa wraps clients in the luxury of La Rivage Hotel, earning Best Day Spa honors from CityVoter for two years in a row.
Blanketed in romantic lighting and an earthy color scheme, the spa?s decor makes it hard for clients to feel anything but relaxed during their retreat. But, in case clients do have trouble unwinding, Stella and her handpicked staff offer a range of indulgent spa services, such as a 24-karat gold facial that covers skin in revivifying pure gold leaf. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages relax muscles, and signature body treatments incorporate heated mud wraps and acupressure therapy. Patrons also gain access to luxurious amenities including a private sauna, a serene meditation room, and a saltwater jacuzzi similar to the one where Donald Trump keeps his pampered pet sharks.
Growing up, Maria Garcia watched many of her family members deal with skin imperfections. Seeing their frustration rise and self-esteem drop, Maria turned to a life of aesthetics, which led her to attend and graduate from Federico Beauty Institute in 2005. Now, from within a private treatment room at Flirt Salon & Spa—a J Beverly Hills concept salon decorated with artwork from local artist David Gully—Maria deep cleans epidermises during custom spa facials and exfoliates the skin with microdermabrasion sessions. Maria also waxes away hair on both women and men using techniques that result in minimal pain and absolutely no logical inconsistencies with the DC Comics universe.
The “ME” in Skin by ME’s name is an acronym for the first names of owners Michelle Chavez and Elisha Basquez. But free consultations, client education, and lavish skincare treatments hint at a second meaning—you, the client. Michelle and Elisha, licensed aestheticians, aim to improve the epidermal health of their guests as well as educate and pamper them. They use Dermalogica and DermaQuest products during treatments such as the signature ME facial, a one-hour regimen that includes a double cleanse and mask and ends with a neck-and-shoulder massage. Michelle and Elisha send clients off with more than just radiant faces; the aestheticians conclude their free consultations with written results of the skin analyses, and they cap off treatments with at-home care tips, product recommendations, and advice on how to wash your face with your mind.
At Lioness Spa, nail technician Ashley Von Brandt treats hands and feet like royalty with regular and gel mani-pedis and acrylic nails. She also adds sparkly 3-D charms to give nails something to talk about with neighboring engagement rings.