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.
Mary Alice performs facial services at Saving Faces Skin Care Salon, a day spa tucked away in Marina Del Rey. It’s in this eclectic space, complete with futuristic floor lamps, white furnishings, and chic wallpaper, that she performs services which blend together holistic and science-based treatments.
To combat signs of aging, the on-staff aestheticians arm themselves with Dermalogica and AQ Skin Solutions products during ISUN Platinum facials, working to balance moisture levels and reduce irritation. Add-on treatments, such as a pumpkin enzyme peel that stimulates blood flow, can further bring a healthy glow to the face. In addition to performing skin-based services, staffers can be found pampering clients with organic spray tans and lash extensions. They can also wax unwanted body hair, adhering to a strict “no double-dipping sticks” policy.
Gold damask and creamy flowers accent Broadway Skin Studio's sleek, all-white interior, fusing ornate, antique beauty with contemporary coolness. Immersed in the bright, sun-flooded rooms, Dr. Richard Mantell helms a team of registered nurses and nurse practitioners as they perform noninvasive and minimally invasive beauty treatments, with an emphasis on comfort and safety. They work to turn back the clock on aging with injectables and microdermabrasion, which are much more reliable than Dr. Babyman's Youth Oil. With their laser treatments, they tackle a range of concerns, including unwanted hair, unsightly spider veins, and sagging skin. Through all their services, the nurses believe in keeping clients informed of all their options, and work to accommodate their needs with customized treatment plans.
Featured in numerous television shows and magazines, Dr. Mark Youssef helms Younique’s squad of aesthetic enhancers, who impart pulchritude via a variety of beautifying services. Younique’s laser hair-removal treatments are noninvasive procedures that stem the follicular tide of unwanted hair via amplified light pumped out by the practice’s lightsheer laser system. Clients may see results within two to three weeks of the first treatment, followed by a gradual, long-term reduction in hair after several sessions. Once the skin surface has been smoothed with the precision plucking of Younique’s laser, bodies glow in glabrous bliss, ready to blend in with the sleek, shiny exteriors of our future robot overlords.
Amid a sleek and calming décor of soothing earth tones and comfy furnishings, hair crops will be cleared and skin terrain will be hydrated through a wide variety of services. Waxing can be applied to almost any region, including the back ($50), legs ($60), or underarms ($25), while several facials, such as the 30-minute Park Mini ($60) and 60-minute Park Place ($100) apply a lustrous shine to the body’s façade. Even snooty intellectuals and hard-to-impress stepmothers will be wowed by the results of laser hair-removal treatments ($40–$360) and furrow-eradicating Botox treatments (starting at $240).