Aesthetician Sophia Marzocchi entered the skincare industry because of her own skin woes—she had spent years applying mystery products and receiving subpar facial treatments to no avail. She started Spa Sophia as an antithesis to the spas she had visited in the past, wanting to ensure each client feels better walking out her door than they did when they first walked in. To achieve this, she hired a skilled staff of aestheticians, including Amanda Coggin.
Coggin has always been a bit of a mad scientist—as a teenager, she scoured her pantry and fridge for ingredients to create hydrating skin masks. Now, she shares the best of her years of trial and error at Spa Sophia, where she is a member of a team of equally passionate professionals. Though seriously dedicated to their craft, they keep the atmosphere playful, even as they administer Brazilian waxes or evict dead skin to a cold and loveless afterlife. The spa also insists on using medical-grade products and divulges post-treatment upkeep tips after services.
For many, a bee farm might stir feelings of anxiety, and perhaps even childlike fear, but not for Germana, founder and owner of Brazilian Honey Waxing. Growing up on a ranch in Brazil, she spent her childhood playing and experimenting with the honey relinquished from her father's bee farm, eventually spinning the sugary substance into a 100% natural wax. Though Germana has since left her Brazilian home for the humming streets of Santa Monica, she still transforms that same honey from her father's farm into batches of organic and hypoallergenic wax for her boutique. Inside her shop, she and her staff of trained aestheticians do away with unwanted hair on every surface, from bikini lines and legs to noses and chestplates made of discarded mannequin parts. Each and every application of Germana's specialty wax sticks directly to the hair follicle, leaving the skin completely free from irritation.
Los Angeles. London. Hong Kong. This may sound like a globetrotter's dream itinerary, but it's really a list of locations where hairstylist Ivy Dobbs trained. In addition to gaining experience in the world?s style capitals, she also studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy?a network of schools that imbues practical, everyday beauty techniques with international sophistication. Now more than a decade into her career, Ivy owns Euphoria Salon. At stations back-dropped by exposed brick, her stylists renovate 'dos, quenching dry ends with Moroccanoil's omega-3 oils and antioxidants or granting a gift of frizz-free months with Brazilian Blowout's straightening system.
Since opening its doors, LaserAway has accumulated 18 California locations and the patronage of celebrities such as the Kardashian clan. At different settings, the clinic's state-of-the-art lasers can treat signs of sun damage, tattoos, body hair, and glued-on glam-rock wigs with comfort and efficiency. The clinic's medical professionals are all fully licensed to administer laser pulses, and fully glad to educate clients on the intricacies of skincare.
Washed-out bodies can achieve an instant beachy bronze with the help of customized color airbrush enhancements and high-pressure tanning beds at Portofino's hueing boutique. The custom airbrush tan begins with a preconditioning treatment to hydrate and balance pH levels, followed by an illuminating shimmer prespray, which comes with a choice of more than 40 fragrances, including honeysuckle, mango sorbet, and diet cola. Next, expert coloristas will concoct a hue specialized for each skin tone from more than 255 available color combinations. The colors contour to each curve, accentuating favored features to create a golden, bikini-ready physique. The sunless scintillation usually lasts from 8 to 10 days.
Sylvia Shapiro Skin & Body Care’s namesake aesthetician strives to help skin look its best and stay healthy without surgery. Though she specializes in acne care, her expertise has helped patients overcome the effects of rosacea and hyperpigmentation. In addition to using organic and therapeutic product lines, she makes use of up-to-date technology in her treatments, employing ultrasonic vibrations to break up impurities or streams of oxygen to enhance blood circulation. When not working with clients to improve their skin tone, Sylvia is also called on for massages, body wraps, sugaring, electrolysis, and waxing services.