Skin Care by Iliana's aesthetician speaks both Russian and English, and she prides herself on using the most up-to-date products and technologies—as well as her six years' experience working with actors and actresses. So, while she's speaking to clients who hail from Moscow or Minnesota, Iliana can render an oxygen facial to restore skin at the cellular level, or a vitamin-C facial to hydrate skin. Beyond facial services—she also offers microdermabrasion—Iliana can wax away unwanted hair. Skin Care by Iliana uses paraben-free products from Lucrece Physicians Aesthetic Research.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
On the sun-dappled streets of Long Beach, the broad glass windows of 2nd Street Beauty Boutique’s flagship store sparkle just as brightly as the rows of cosmetics that rest behind them. Inside each 2nd Street Beauty outpost, sleek white beauty stations hoist Stila blushes and rows of Smashbox lipsticks that stand in perfectly straight lines like soldiers at attention or British people queuing for the bus. With an elixir, serum, or solution for every hair, skin, and nail concern imaginable, the staff at 2nd Street Beauty guides guests through dozens of high-end products, and even performs facials and hair services in the adjacent salon.
Brocade throw pillows, teak furniture, and gauzy curtains inside True Beauty Wellness Spa evokes a Silk Road caravan transporting a queen across the dessert. True to its regal setting, the spa's treatment rooms are each goddess-themed, and reflect aspects such as Lakshmi's bounty, Minerva's wisdom, and Isis's love of heavy metal. Within these rooms, men, women, and couples can relax during soothing massages or 15 kinds of facials that use organic ingredients. In addition to these spa services, True Beauty houses a yoga studio and chiropractic services for whole-body health.
Relaxation and head-to-toe beauty become attainable at Happy Salon & Spa’s serene studio, where Mother Nature leaves her mark with bamboo accents, sand-colored walls, and pictures of crashing waterfalls. The studio’s talented nail technicians make appendage enders more impressive with manicures and pedicures that include massages, exfoliating scrubs, brand-name polishes, and certificates of excellence for each digit. Its aestheticians stave off epidermal antagonists with Dermalogica facials that reveal clear, radiant complexions, and massage therapists melt away stress with the help of heated basalt stones and sweet-smelling aromatherapy scents.
Happy Salon & Spa’s team not only focuses their efforts on pampering visitors, but also on maintaining a clean environment by using a specialized disinfectant to cleanse spa chairs and sanitize tools after each treatment. They also toss disposable nail files and buffers after each use, rather than using them to assemble itchy Christmas sweaters.