A visit to Elements Skin Care & Massage Studio is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the senses. In each of the spa’s spacious chambers, the stark geometry of dark wood furniture complements the flowing lines of a sheer curtain, a linen-draped massage table, or a single potted orchid. These aesthetic pleasures only serve to enhance the sensory decadence that the staff of skin specialists, massage therapists, and nail technicians grant their clients. A slate of 10 facials —including a signature service that treats not only the face to a massage, but the feet, legs, back, and scalp as well—help stave off blemishes and fine lines with Bioelements products. In private massage rooms, therapists call on several modalities to ease tension with hot stones, firm pressure, or pregnancy-appropriate strokes, as reflexology foot treatments ease tension stemming from tight shoes or arguments between toes. Feet can also bask in the spa’s many pedicures, which go beyond standard nail-salon services to incorporate heated lava shells, warm neck wraps, and even complimentary martinis.
Copa Vida Med Spa helps to revamp figures with minimally invasive and noninvasive cosmetic treatments vetted for their efficacy and scientific soundness. Board-certified maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Tony Chu chairs the facility with expertise in facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, which he developed through stints as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Texas and through training with Mayo Clinic's former chairman of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Chu's seasoned staff of aestheticians, surgical nurses, and surgical assistants lends a helping hand during the med spa's various treatments, which include everything from Botox and liposuction to facials and event makeup for weddings or visits to the DMV. With an emphasis on the individual, Copa Vida Med Spa tailors custom skincare regimens to each client using professional products from Colorescience, SkinCeuticals, and Jan Marini.
Within the walls of Lavender Hill Spa, volcanic ash becomes more romantic than a bouquet of roses or a 14-karat piece of chocolate. Two Jacuuzi tubs stand side by side within a private cottage, where couples can relax with signature volcanic-mud bath treatments, which combine volcanic ash with White Sea kelp, therapeutic mineral salts, and lavender essential oils. Couples' spa packages also move beyond the tub—though love birds still stay side-by-side during therapeutic massages and facials.
Lavender Hill Spa nurtures more than just romance, however. Nestled against a garden hillside, the relaxing spa welcomes clients of all sorts with special packages, such as the Gentlemen's Choice with a volcanic-ash mud bath and deep-tissue massage, or the Mothers-to-Be with a coconut-milk bath treatment and pre-natal massage.
If there's a central theme that unites all that Bliss Organic Day Spa does, it's care. They give guests complimentary beverages before their appointments and free salt scrub gifts afterward because they care about their comfort. They use sustainably produced skincare formulas from Eminence Organics because they care about the environment and their clients' skin. And they have a certified oncology aesthetician and massage therapist on staff because they care about cancer patients, whose skin and body can take quite a beating from chemotherapy treatments. This theme extends to every service they provide, from the six all-natural facial treatments and variety of chemical-free mani-pedi services to the soothing massages and waxing treatments, which rely on a botanical-rich beeswax blend that leaves clients as smooth as a queen bee on spring break.
Leading Edge's Aveda-trained stylists shape and nourish hair during services propelled by plant-based, cruelty-free Aveda products crafted with environmentally sustainable practices. Before enriching tresses with these products, the stylists begin each service by kneading the scalp, neck, and shoulders to enliven the senses and jump-start circulation. Wielding shears, they snip split ends after treating hair with a strength-infusion formula designed to prevent breakage due to frequent combing or head banging under a ceiling fan. In addition to cuts and color treatments, staffers apply makeup and remove unwanted hair with Nufree Nudesse, a nonwax product composed of skin-softening, soy-based antimicrobrials.
After tanning the San Francisco 49er Gold Rush cheerleaders, Miss California, and international bodybuilders, Kelly Richardson has expanded her sunless-bronzing enterprise beyond her original location in wine country. Today, Richardson runs two salons as well as her own tanning product line, B.Bronz, which has graced the glossy pages of beauty magazines and the glossy models of New York City’s fashion week. In the 15-minute Gold Rush tan, master airbrushers contour and highlight curves, erase tan lines, and reveal deposits of valuable ore buried just beneath the skin. Sonoma Tanning also oversees Da Vinci whitening treatments, which untarnish teeth with an organic formula clients apply in-store and activate with the salon’s bleaching light.