Though it’s not exactly a time machine, Ageless Aesthetic Medical Center does specialize in turning back the clock. Within this serene facility, professionals use a very exclusive collection of clinical and surgical skin-rejuvenation treatments to help clients revitalize their appearance. Treatments include wrinkle-relaxing injectables, peels and microdermabrasions, and laser-based therapies such as photofacials. Read on to learn more about the experts who administer the center’s treatments:
Dr. Edmond Zingaro, MD
Experience: more than 25 years in plastic surgery
Notable accomplishment: He completed his general surgery training program at Nassau University Medical Center in New York.
Certifications and memberships: American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fun fact: He's fluent in Italian.
Madalene Rose, RN, MEP-C
Role at Ageless Aesthetic: clinical director and aesthetic nurse
Experience: She has more than 20 years of experience, focusing mainly on clinical research in brain disease, melanoma, and HIV.
Memberships: Association of Medical Esthetic Nurses
Quilted stools standing before curved mirrors, plush curtains cordoning off treatment rooms, all lend an air of 1940s glam to Lashfully's eyelash salon. The lash artists – at this highly praised salon
– work to lend their clients the same glamorous air, with lush synthetic mink eyelash extensions to enhance their eyes. Co-owner and head artist Liv Contreras trains each artist herself to artfully customize each client's lash extensions from a selection of 100 styles, differing in length, thickness, or curvature. Just like a middle school couple, natural lash and extension stay together for two to four weeks, until the native lash grows out naturally. Because of this, touchups are recommended every few weeks.
During his time as a certified Thai Massage Practitioner, Carey "Kari" Hassinger has developed his unique expression of the Old Medicine Hospital style. He works deep into muscles, using Yoga’s stretching techniques and Deep-Tissue’s careful pressure to release tension and restore the body's balance and range of motion. Practicing in San Mateo, Kari serves singles and couples. Singles find the sessions both engaging and relaxing. Couples say his massages are magnetic and heart opening.
When Earthbody looks to hire new massage therapists and licensed aestheticians, it doesn't consider recent graduates—rather, it's looking for people with years of training and experience beneath their belts, and who still love what they do. It wants people who are healers at heart, able to lavish each client with skillful services and attention. Each detail at Earthbody has been carried out with similar mindfulness—from the spa's own line of organic body and facial products, all crafted in small batches in San Francisco, to little luxuries such as heated and infused foot towels and complimentary tea service.
To set the mood, the staff lights soy candles and tea lights, which burn cleanly so that even those with allergies can breathe easily. Surrounded by this soft glow, aestheticians renew skin with facials or treat bodies to massages that not only make muscles feel great but also uproot deep-seated tension. After each session—be it a couples massage or hot-oil Indian scalp treatment—the staff can compost, recycle, or launder everything used during the sessions. Dr. Shawn Goozh, a licensed clinical psychologist, also offers somatic-psychotherapy sessions that use bodywork to deepen traditional psychotherapy.
The staff's attention to detail hasn't gone unnoticed by the media. "This intimate Hayes Valley spot is more healing center than mere day spa," writes the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Therapists are trained in several modalities and develop custom sessions for every client, including consultations before and after treatment." In 2010, SF Weekly named Earthbody its pick for best day spa, citing its "ecological sustainability and ancient holistic rites."
The Scent that Marketed Itself: Signature Shave Cream
When Nancy Boy opened in 2001, the owners only had an herb garden and five products to their name. One of those products almost singlehandedly fueled the growth of their business: their very first batch of signature shaving cream. They infused the cream with natural scents of lavender, peppermint, and rosemary, using distilled water and organic aloe leaf juice to give it its consistency. While the modern version of the cream inevitably contains a couple of chemicals on the ingredient list, they’re far outstripped by natural ingredients such as yarrow, bitter orange, sea kelp, and elder flower.
The owners made the formula especially for those with easily irritated skin, putting in plenty of moisturizing ingredients so as not to dry out the face. Those who swear by it say it cured them of shave-induced nicks, bumps, and scrapes, and laud it for its potent yet pleasant fragrance. One such pleased customer was James Waldron, a columnist for London’s oldest magazine, The Spectator, who endorsed Nancy Boy as one of his top shaving brands, making it the only non-British entry on the list.
Jack and Eric worked some truly high-powered jobs as corporate bankers and international marketing agents, managing both money and image for some of the world’s biggest brands. They quickly learned, however, that 95% of funds went to marketing instead of into the products themselves. So, they decided to try things the other way around. They wanted to make a revolutionary product that needed no advertisement beyond word of mouth. To that end, they carefully and lovingly formulated an aromatic, skin-soothing shaving cream using ingredients from their own home herb garden. Since those humble beginnings, they now deal in more than 100 bath, beauty, home cleaning, and edible products. Even with all this success, they still rely wholly on word of mouth, picking up plenty of press without relying on any gimmicky ad campaigns or PR marketing stunts.
Three thriving locations and a slew of press from outlets such as Teen Vogue and Fox News make a strong case for the success of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons. But the true testament to the salon and spa's success lies, quite literally, in the hands of owner and skincare specialist Bella Schneider. Bella is the winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Crystal Award and has spent almost four decades helping clients including Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Pfeiffer, obtain healthy, glowing complexions.
Her humble European background led her to the salon where she would receive an apprenticeship at the young age of 14. This moment became the catalyst to her skincare career, which included earning an Economics degree in the States before opening the first LaBelle Day Spa and Salon in 1976. And even though she added two more locations by the late 1980's, the mission for each beauty haven has remained the same: to provide European-quality treatments that are science-based.
Bella and her team—which includes her daughter and grandson—use her personally-formulated line of products to ensure effective results during each service, which range from vitamin-infused facials to mani-pedis enhanced by essential oils and advanced body-contouring Endermologie treatments. LaBella's team also guarantees an exceptional experience by offering spa guests a relaxing foot soak. In the salons, master stylists and colorists customized hair services by using advanced balayage and precision cutting techniques, while Pilates instructors teach private lessons so clients can perfect their posture, alignment, and grace.