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.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: The Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
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.
At Elements Therapeutic Massage, studio manager Susan Comer's team of massage therapists draws upon a wealth of knowledge amassed through international training experience and massage-therapy-school stints. Stationed inside earth-toned massage rooms with dim lighting, soft music, and the calming presence of a dozen cooing doves, therapists prod knots and release tension using four pressure levels, exercising massage techniques such as deep tissue, prenatal, and Swedish. Post massage, the staff eases clients out of their relaxation reveries and as bodies rehydrate and develop a feeling of overall restoration.
If there is one thing you can tell from Breezy Hair Extension Vegas’s service menu, it’s that Breezy is an expert in all things hair. She uses her certification as a precision cutter by Vidal Sassoon to add shape and style to hair while using Schwarzkopf color to add bright highlights or an updated hue. But her skills extend further than these classic salon treatments; she also offers unique salon and chemical treatments. Her skill in applying Great Lengths hair extensions gives clients longer, thicker manes, and her carefully applied Xtreme Lashes cater to clients who want to achieve red-carpet-ready glamour.
Through a vast knowledge of anatomy and an ability to recognize pain points, the AetheraSpa team tackles the bodily pain found in others. To soothe the discomfort of clients, the team draws on a wealth of massage styles such as shiatsu, prenatal, reflexology, and lymphatic drainage. The crew services nails, skin, lashes, hair, and waxing needs and, using seaweed and mud, leave skin soft—making stories about being stuck in a cloud for hours instead of at work seem more believable. They also wield paraffin wax and gel nail polish to help patrons work toward beauty goals.