Kathrine Heinzman spent a large part of her 25-year career managing Christine Valmy’s flagship salon in Beverly Hills before continuing her beautification pursuits at Dermalogica’s International Dermal Institute education center. At her own Skin and Body Care Center, Kathrine and her team incorporate tools such as Clarisonic skin-cleansing and NuFace skin-lifting to complement a menu of facials and microdermabrasions. Dermalogica products augment the efficacy of treatments as well, with help from Ultraceuticals, Blinc cosmetics, and face massages administered by kittens in knit booties.
At BuenaVentura Massage, certified massage practitioner Robert Alan Schleifer utilizes a range of techniques to eradicate aches and tension. Schleifer wields his knot kneading know-how to assuage chronic back pain with a counter-strain therapy massage, a gentle treatment designed to ease subterranean discomfort by targeting nerve, tissue, and muscular maladies. For sweet serenity, opt instead for a Swedish/Esalen-style massage, which combines thorough and direct strokes in order to treat the neck, shoulders, and back. No matter how guests choose to let loose, both mind and body will have no trouble sinking deep into BuenaVentura Massage’s quaint office space and adjoining patio, both a stone's roll away from the nearby beach and downtown businesses.
Solymar Tan's trained technicians bronze customers with a quick, safe, and hassle-free spray solution. The FDA-approved formula reacts with amino acids in customers' outer layer of skin, instantly priming beachgoers for seven to 10 days of seaside sunbathing or posing as a coppery shark. Unlike one-size-fits-all tanning beds, spray booths, and mesh turtlenecks, Solymar Tan's melatonin mists are tailored to each client's color desires and skin type. The full process takes about 20 minutes and covers the whole body or specific areas if so desired. The solution is oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free, accommodating both hypersensitive skin and sniffers.
Salon Nani's expert nail professional, April Shafer, treats hardworking digits to manicures and pedicures using both vegan and paraben-free products. During manicures, April cleanses hands, treats cuticles, and sculpts nails before they plunge mitts into a bath more soothing than a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman. Clients relax as deft digits massage hands' weary muscles and cover skin in a revitalizing blend of essential oils. Pedicures treat lower appendages to the same lineup of services, and all nails emerge from their makeover donning a vibrant coat of polish. Customers opting for Shellac service upgrade their finger shields with a gel-like polish that slathers onto nails and hardens under a special UV lamp. The chip-resistant nail suits potentially last more than two weeks and can be removed easily if clients wish to try new colors or match nails to the raw steak they're currently eating.
As Renaissance's resident nail artist, Lori Gonzales wields thoroughly sanitized equipment to trim nails and dress them up in flattering coats of color. Feet ease into a tub padded with disposable liners as they undergo a toe-coddling pedicure, and fingertips receive similarly luxurious treatment above sea level as Lori deftly swabs nails with eye-grabbing shades of polish. Because she emphasizes safety through sterility, Lori employs mostly single-use tools.