The aestheticians at Olga's Touch use Christina Cosmeceutical products that improve skin's overall health while simultaneously smoothing and firming it. Their moisture-rich formulas hydrate skin to reveal soft, glowing surfaces upon initial use. Some of their product lines focus on eliminating acne and diminishing the appearance of hyperpigmentation while others promote the regeneration of cells. In addition to its facial treatments, Olga's Touch treats clients to a wide range of massages. Its therapists soothe tense muscles during Swedish and deep-tissue massages enhanced with oils and heated stones.
As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Ultra Fragrance not only stocks a staggering array of perfumes, skincare products, and makeup lines, its staff members help navigate the selection with a slew of online suggestions. A trend-tracking blog points out the scents and unguents recommended by magazines like InStyle and Cosmopolitan. Makeup gurus even share reviews and how-to-wear tips for specific products. With Ultra Fragrance's database of fashion analysis, customers can browse products from brands like Gucci, Donna Karan, and Dermalogica with confidence.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
As a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, Dr. Alice uses traditional Chinese medicine to help her clients with an impressive variety of health issues. Her acupuncture treatments, for example, can treat more than 40 conditions, including stomach pain, headaches, and tennis elbow. Her herbal prescriptions are just as customized, and she also performs cupping sessions?a therapy that consists of suctioning cups to the skin to stimulate points along the body?s energy meridians and improve circulation.
Dr. Alice also works with a licensed massage therapist. For relaxation, visitors might schedule a traditional Swedish massage that employs soft, gliding strokes. A deep-tissue or sports massage, on the other hand, targets injuries and tense spots that won't go away, even when you cover them with bandaids.