Massage therapist Rebecca Downing induces relaxation from head-to-toe by invoking the powers of Swedish massage. She uses long, flowing strokes to gently loosen muscles and undo tension wrought upon the body by the daily stresses of work and nightly stresses of dreams that you're still at work. Rebecca performs massage therapy inside Andre David Salon, a modern space populated by a team of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians.
Toni?s Hair Salon & Skin Care has been an East Bay fixture for more than 70 years. Under the ownership of Sue, a native of Beijing who took the helm more than a decade ago, the salon has integrated some Eastern charm into its atmosphere, and it?s now an oasis for relaxation and physical and emotional rejuvenation. Services such as haircuts, keratin straightening treatments, and featherhead braiding help clients reinvent their image. Full-body massages offer one-hour sojourns into relaxation and bliss. And European facials, herbal peels, and brow, lash, and makeup treatments give clients a radiant glow that could inspire the sun to wake up early to watch them rise from bed.
Ultra Fragrance not only stocks a staggering array of perfumes, skincare products, and makeup lines, its staff members help navigate the selection with a slew of online suggestions. A trend-tracking blog points out the scents and unguents recommended by magazines like InStyle and Cosmopolitan. Makeup gurus even share reviews and how-to-wear tips for specific products. With Ultra Fragrance's database of fashion analysis, customers can browse products from brands like Gucci, Donna Karan, and Dermalogica with confidence.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Ana Cestoni is an experienced and licensed aesthetician who tends to faces and skin at Nefertiti Salon and Day Spa, catering to a wide range of customers and fluent in both English and Spanish. In her signature facials, she customizes her treatments for specific skin types to help heal and rejuvenate visages. Other services include back treatments, microdermabrasions, and acne and anti-aging facials.
Clarity Skin Care For Men & Women banishes clogged pores, brown spots, and breakouts with its lineup of skincare treatments and products. Facials, peels, and microdermabrasions clear away excess dirt and debris using varying levels of exfoliation, and top-of-the-line products?including Knutek, Gunilla of Sweden, and Nature?s Beauty of New Zealand?repair skin damage to keep faces smooth. Lymphatic-drainage cellulite treatments reduce the appearance of cellulite in other parts of the body.