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.
Just walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center lies a 2,000-square-foot oasis and two-time MyFoxLA Hot List winner. The historic downtown building houses four separate treatment rooms where aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and manicures. Their menu of international therapies borrows seaweed mud and traditions from France, Italy, India, and the Middle East, and their medical facials are performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to individual clients who arrive solo for a day of pampering, La Dolce Vita invites groups celebrating birthdays, wedding days, and spa-appreciation days.
Owner Yvonne Tuchscher opened Resplendent Day Spa as an oasis amid the stressors and clamor of everyday life. Armed with a staff of aestheticians and body therapists, Yvonne offers men and women a full menu of massage and skincare services with a focus on holistic well-being. Facials and waxing leave flesh silky smooth, while reflexology, reiki, and energy work polish chrome chakras to a high gleam. Yvonne also practices the Arvigo techniques of Maya abdominal therapy, a course of treatment that addresses male and female pelvic issues with noninvasive massage.
At Perfect Brows, skilled aestheticians use their expertise to help clients achieve shapely eyebrows and glowing skin. One of their specialties is threading, an ancient form of hair removal that originated in India. During a 10- to 15-minute eyebrow-threading session, the aesthetician wields twists of cotton thread to gently remove stray hairs at the root and make a miniature sweatshirt for each eye.
Personally trained by the owner, the experienced staff at Ketna’s Beauty & Threading preens and prettifies clients with an array of hair services. Threading employs a twisted piece of cotton to grasp and pluck strands from the skin all the way down to the root and follicle bomb shelter, creating a tidy, clean-cut hairline. Lasting 5–15 minutes per service and resulting in up to four weeks of hairlessness, threading ranges from eyebrow shaping ($7.99) and upper-lip hair removal ($5) to whisker extraction from the chin ($5+) and the neck ($5+).
Aesthetics by Irina restores a downtrodden dermis with an extensive menu of skincare services. An oxygen therapy facial can undo the damage from living inside a sandstorm by supplying oxygen beneath the skin to cleanse its pores and induce rejuvenated circulation. You can also discipline stubborn furry parts with waxing and sugaring services. Sugaring, a procedure that’s been in vogue since several centuries before Vogue, uses a pasty salve of all-natural, non-allergenic sugar, lemon, and herbs to gently remove hair without burning the skin or scales.