One day, Araceli decided to get a facial. She figured that it would probably cleanse and hydrate her skin, but she didn?t anticipate that it would lead her to a new career. For a full 60 minutes, her aesthetician doted on her with ingredients customized to suit her skin. Araceli remembers that first facial better than any since?largely because it?s the very experience she tries to replicate every day at her own spa, Beautiful Skin by Araceli.
Araceli runs her spa according to a simple philosophy?facials and chemical peels should feel good. To this end, she always conducts a thorough skin analysis and talks with her clients to understand their concerns. She then uses this information to customize a safe, effective facial with PCA Skin?s gentle blend of lactic acid, vitamin C, and phytohormones designed to plump up skin like an accidentally swallowed balloon.
Formerly known as Casa Rinnovi Salon Spa, Spatini maintains the same elegant atmosphere at a new location, as skilled stylists cut and color hair with products by Matrix and Bosley. The salon and spa also pampers with long-lasting mani-pedis, facial waxing, and indulgent Dermalogica facials to restore the complexion. Clients may even retreat to a private room for a relaxing hot-stone massage, which can improve range of motion in struggling limbs and range of emotion in struggling actors.
The certified specialist at Laser Center of Nipomo smoothes out hirsute surfaces with customized laser hair-removal treatments for all types of skin. During each session, the technician will scan the afflicted area with a gentle laser that beams hair follicles with light energy, resulting in the permanent reduction of unsightly strands and stick-on mustaches. The laser glides along skin surfaces with a cool tip, so the treatment causes only minimal pain. Depending on density, sessions can last from 15 minutes for small areas to up to one hour for large areas, and three or more sessions may be required at four- to six-week intervals to achieve maximum dolphin-like results.
The steady-handed beauticians at Eyebrow Arts meticulously neaten eyebrows, upper lips, and other areas of the face with an ancient hair-removal technique that reveals smooth, fuzz-free skin. At their seven salon locations, they roll twists of cotton thread quickly over clients? skin to remove hair at the follicle??a safer method of hair removal than standing next to a sneezing dragon. Throughout the process, clients lean back in comfortable chairs as the staff gently escorts unwanted stubble from the premises.
Professional makeup artist Patricia Guerrera has accrued 15 years of beauty experience in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Boston, where she mastered an aesthetic art that accentuates clients’ natural comeliness for special occasions. The Montecito Messenger sings Tru Beauty’s praises, crowing that the organic facial products work “instantly” and that clients feel “spoiled.” Guerrera tackles finer details with lash and brow-tint services or eyelash applications, all of which help eyes garner more attention than Sophia Loren in a clown costume. Facials cleanse the countenance with organic and high-end products, and facial or Brazilian waxes lift away unwanted fuzz. Guerrera wields upscale makeup products such as M.A.C and Benefit Cosmetics when she prepares faces for weddings, special occasions, or long stints of hiding from the mob. The thorough makeovers begin with primer and foundation, and then intensify personal pulchritude with mascara, cheek color, lipstick, and eye shadow.
On her website, Jennifer Weston is described as a “renaissance woman of beauty”—and for good reason: her Rolodex of talents includes cosmetology, massage therapy, makeup applications, and waxing. She’s spent the past two decades perfecting these skills, eventually ending up at her current venture, Brows to Brazilian Waxing, Make Up, and Skin Care Salon.
The Brazilian in the salon’s name denotes one of Jennifer’s specialties, in which she eradicates all hair from bikini areas in less than 10 minutes. She also embraces oft-ignored demographics by practicing her speed-waxing techniques on males and moms-to-be. But waxing isn’t all she does here. Jennifer turns her focus to the skin during custom chemical peels and facials that draw on ingredients such as honey paraffin and seaweed. This natural approach also colors her body treatments, which range from aromatherapy sea-salt scrubs, which slough off dead cells, to herbal detox body wraps.