Bella Derma Secrets' owner Cynthia Wells culls from her 16 years of experience as an aesthetician and personal trainer to beautify skin through safe, noninvasive treatments. Cynthia doesn't believe in coating her client's skin with harsh chemicals, so exclusively uses organic and natural products, such as One Love Organics, Image Skincare, Auspect, Circ Cell, and Rhonda Allsion. Nor does she buy into the “controlled damage" factor associated with IPL facials, harsh exfoliation, and other ablative treatments—rather, she researches and travels to discover newer alternatives, such as LED light therapy and gentle ultrasonic abrasion that offer similar benefits without causing inflammation, tenderness, and sporadic night vision. In addition to turning back clocks with anti-aging facials and peels, Cynthia works one-on-one with clients to prescribe home skincare regimens tailored to their skin types.
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.
Oro Gold Cosmetics' luxurious products and treatments renew and invigorate skin with applications of the most precious and prized of metals. Skin technicians use the time-tested healing qualities of gold to reduce fine lines in a procedure once reserved only for awards statues or the victims of Bond villains. Molecules of Au suspended in colloidal potions pass into pores, smoothing out visible wrinkles and lessening the appearance of sun damage. In addition to instilling faces and bodies with its radiant properties, gold-based products work to moisturize, build collagen, and control oil production with a range of specially formulated serums.
Spend a few minutes watching an awards show on TV, and you'll notice that nearly all the celebrities have something in common: enviably white teeth. Celebrity Teeth Whitening makes it simple for customers to achieve their own megawatt smiles with a hydroxyl-radical whitening process. At a kiosk located in the Westfield North County Mall, specialists guide clients through the self-application of a gum protectant and pH-neutral whitening gel. The gel reacts to the mouth's moisture, breaking up stubborn stains to brighten teeth up to eight shades without damaging enamel.
Eczema. Psoriasis. Acne. They could be called the Big Three of skin problems?and the team at North Coast Dermatology Medical Associates, led by Dr. Stacy Tompkins, deftly handles all of them. But that doesn't mean that they have no time for other cosmetic concerns. They also combat signs of aging with dermal fillers, improve skin texture with chemical peels and Pixel resurfacing, and eradicate stubble with laser hair removal, rather than hiding it beneath a tattoo that says "Nothing to See Here." The experts can target maladies that extend below the skin's surface, too: during Mohs surgeries, they remove skin cancer with microscopic precision.
Steve Marmor has great confidence in the healing powers of natural herbal remedies. The owner of Herbs & More has a background in herbology and nutrition, which he uses to help patients combat chronic fatigue and seasonal afflictions by deploying natural products such as bee pollen, kelp, and mittens knitted from dandelion stems. His center also houses a hyperbaric oxygen-therapy chamber, which boosts energy and speeds healing by saturating the body with pressurized oxygen.