Aromatherapy can be used to soothe nerves and focus the mind, but for SkinBar's Lynda Dheming Moore, it sparked her entrepreneurial spirit. While working at an essential-oil company, Lynda discovered the benefits of plant extracts on the skin. This experience inspired her to enroll in aesthetics training and cosmetic chemistry classes at UCLA. This was in 1995, when Dr. Howard Murad was developing his holistic approach to skincare in nearby El Segundo, so she sought training from him after completing her coursework. She opened SkinBar nearly a decade later, after learning high-tech techniques at The International Dermal Institute and deepening her knowledge of skincare products at Dermalogica.
SkinBar stays true to its name, focusing exclusively on ways to smooth and refresh the saran wrap covering our faces and bodies. Facials reflect Lynda's diverse training, with involved rejuvenation methods involving gentle electrical impulses, salves enriched with goji berries to heal dryness, or retinoids to even out blotchy pigmentation. She still relies on Murad and Dermalogica tonics during treatments, but her library of products now includes bottles from Jan Marini and Obagi as well as cosmetics from Jane Iredale. Bluewick candles infuse the studio with relaxing aromas, and their scents seep into private chambers where massages ease pregnancy or melt knots with warm basalt stones. Waxing reveals radiant skin from under a wilderness of hair, and makeovers can accent facial architecture with pigment and eyelash extensions.
The staff at Reveal Zerona Laser Body Slimming harnesses FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During sessions, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistlines, backs, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time. The staff suggests that patients can boost results with healthful eating habits, daily exercise, and regular hydration. Like sumo-wrestling costumes, caffeine and alcohol decrease the procedure’s potency.
Plastic surgeon Himansu Shah, MD, FACS?certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery?brings scientific knowledge as well as an artful aesthetic sense to each procedure he performs. Known to both patients and colleagues for his warm and compassionate nature, Dr. Shah holds pretreatment consultations to discuss medical specifics. Cosmetic procedures such as face lifts, body lifts, breast augmentation, liposuction and many other cosmetic procedures help patients embody their own ideals of beauty. His practice also helps patients His practice also helps patients with tummy tucks, rhinoplasty and CO2 laser. Signature Institute of Aesthetic Sculpting also improves appearances with minimally invasive treatments such as Botox, Juv?derm, and Restylane, all delicately injected by Dr. Shah himself.
Skin & Wellness Clinic’s team of aestheticians devises medically based treatments to boost the health and aesthetic appeal of the body’s first line of defense: the skin. These medical facials and body treatments combat aging with skin-firming injectables, exfoliating dermal peels, and laser wrinkle reduction. When they aren’t pointing their lasers at patches of furrowed skin, the aestheticians harness the high-energy beams to remove unwanted hair, spider veins, and age spots. Before every laser treatment or organic facial, a computerized skin analysis spots damage invisible to the naked eye and suggests which stocks to buy or sell based on your unique constellations of freckles.
From inside Destination Spa Salon, certified reflexologist and reiki practitioner Emily Clark seeks to promote a deep sense of well-being in her clients. She applies pressure to specific nerve endings in the feet during reflexology treatments, which help relieve pain and tension throughout the body. Emily also performs reiki, a hands-on healing method that aims to bring the body, mind, and emotions into balance.
Careful hands at Axiom Wellness and Medical Spa pamper tender skin surfaces with a variety of beauty treatments. Targeted facial waxes rid lips, chins, brows, or third eyes of unwanted follicles, as a specialty hard wax solidifies around hairs before stripping them away. An optional anesthetic keeps Brazilian waxees comfortable. Single-strand synthetic eyelash extensions, applied one by one with an adhesive, bond onto individual eyelashes in a variety of thicknesses and colors, while lightweight mink eyelashes provide a dark sheen to solo strands after a careful application, which can last up to two hours. Both eyelash extensions can last for up to two months, which is exactly how long it takes to wink in slow motion.