Kalologie, a beauty franchise with headquarters in Arizona, won a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques for the dedication of its dermatological team and selection of spa treatments. A line of lab-engineered skincare products targets skin issues such as acne, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. Registered nurses fight wrinkles with injections of Botox or Juvederm. Facial treatments range from peels that accelerate exfoliation with lactic, salicylic, and glycolic acids to men's facials that bolster handsome looks with antioxidant-enriched masks. A registered nurse counters unwanted hair with the StarLux laser system by Palomar, effective on nearly all hair and skin types.
Under the guidance of board-certified dermatologists Dr. A. David Rahimi and Dr. Michael Lin, who has appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the licensed aestheticians at Westlake Laser & Aesthetics Medical Group slough off dead skin cells during 30-minute glycolic- or salicylic-acid peels. Aestheticians apply professional Linage serums specially developed by Dr. Lin to reduce fine lines, fight acne, and make visages smoother than a dolphin at a singles bar. Typically, the treatments can improve the appearance of faces, necks, and chests by lightening pigmentation and revealing a healthy, rosy glow. After the resurfacing session, patients can return instantly to work or competitive pole vaulting, as there is no downtime required.
With more than 10 years of beauty-industry experience, massage therapist and aesthetician Christine Rasmussen knows aesthetic treatments inside and out. And at her beauty haven, Skin, she requires that her staff does, too. Together, the knowledgeable team of certified technicians serve Ventura and Los Angeles counties with personalized skincare, spa, and body services in a tranquil environment. Aestheticians reach for skin-type specific IMAGE and Dermalogica products to enhance the cleansing effects of facial or the exfoliating impact of a resurfacing chemical peel or diamond microdermabrasion. This same attention to detail can be found during customized body treatments, which range from trigger-point therapy and relaxing lomilomi massages to a detoxifying body scrub made with sea salt or a sugar mixture infused with fruit, chocolate, and coffee ingredients.
Skin's dedicated team also provides mobile spa treatments and spa parties, both of which can be performed in the comfort of the client's home or office.
The technicians at Sugaring Westlake love to talk about the benefits of removing hair with sugar paste instead of wax. For one thing, sugar paste won't stick to skin--that is, it won't stick to any living skin cells. It does, however, exfoliate the dead ones, leaving skin soft and smooth after clearing away unwanted hair. For another thing, the sugar paste is all-natural, with no harsh chemical ingredients to irritate the skin. Finally, sugar paste, unlike wax and tattoos of oil spills, can be removed with water.
In a lavender-walled room inside Seven on the Light Salon, licensed aesthetician Sasha Hudson practices her specialty: skin-friendly hair removal for men and women. She captures strands of hair with dollops of hard wax that adhere to hair rather than skin, causing less pain than other waxing methods. Facials and chemical peels keep skin soft and glowing as well as hairless and smooth.