At Babyface Skincare Studio, aestheticians specialize solely on one section of the body: the face. Their facials create healthy, glowing complexions; some of the facials even use machines, such as the firming gold-charged electrodes used during the 23K Golden Spoon facial. In other cases, facials rely solely on acne-fighting cleansers and soothing moisturizers. The studio also offers eyelash extensions, to further pamper newly brightened visages.
Licensed acupuncturist Jean Dao Chung didn't just open Healthy Green Acupuncture on a whim. First, she earned her master’s degree from South Baylo University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, became licensed by the state of California, and traveled to Beijing to apprentice under some of the most respected professionals in the field. Healthy Green Acupuncture opened its doors in 1990 aiming to offer traditional Chinese-medicine treatments including acupuncture and herbal therapy. Backed by 5,000 years of tradition, Dr. Chung now alleviates conditions as diverse as gastrointestinal problems, endocrine disorders, and insomnia.
The team of stylists at BLU—which stands for "beauty living united"—have drawn on deep industry knowledge and skills to craft styles that suit each customer's personality. Alternatively, its team of aestheticians apply the same principles to their skin care practices. Here, they pamper clients with facial services that invigorate and rejuvenate, helping each one discover the meaning of eternal beauty. At the same time, both the spa and the salon take a humble approach and an attitude of lifelong learning of all skin and hair services.
Using organic marshmallow-root-infused conditioners and shampoos that emanate natural aromas, stylists render hair sleek in preparation for the everyday or special occasions, such as job interviews in wind tunnels. All hair trimming, coloring, and styling services also start and conclude with an additional relaxation treatment, such as a hand massage or a makeup touchup. Aestheticians soothe fitful skin with natural facial peels, smooth rough skin with botanical-based microdermabrasion treatments, and erase wrinkles by applying a layer of high-school yearbook photos.
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
From professional athletes to months-old babies, the chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists at All Pro Health Center use their expertise to maximize wellness and body function. The center is the official sports-medicine and health-care center for both the California Quake women's tackle-football team and the Pacific Warriors women's professional football organization, and resident Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Feng has an extensive background in sports medicine. After training at UCLA as a member of the Bruins' sports-medicine program, Dr. Feng served on the medical teams of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Chiefs. His voice may sound familiar from the local radio shows in which he discusses developments in the field of sports medicine, such as solar-powered athletic benches that warm themselves.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and needle-free acupuncture, Dr. Feng and his colleagues treat sports injuries or everyday ailments with a range of manual and high-tech therapies. A certified practitioner performs active-release techniques, a patented soft tissue-based massage system that alleviates pain emanating from overused muscles. The crew also offers relief via physical therapy, kinesiotaping, and cold-laser therapy.
Arcadia Thai Spa's inviting, homey reception area matches its private treatment rooms. In both the lobby and treatment quarters, orchids and soft textiles create a natural sense of comfort. Whereas sunlight floods the reception area, dim light prevails in the treatment rooms, originating from votive candles and the incandescent eyes of live panthers. In these quiet rooms, beauty professionals perform Thai-style spa treatments.
Skincare treatments for the face primarily target conditions related to aging. The Hydra Medic acne treatment neutralizes bacteria and repairs lesions with potent botanical ingredients. Designed for older skin, the Vita Cura 5 treatment dissolves damaged skin tissues, uncovering fresh new skin with fewer age spots. During Thai massages, therapists use their hands, knees, legs, and feet to relieve clients' muscular pain and train for the Twister world championships.
Medical director and board-certified surgeon Dr. Chow leads La Bella Laser & Slimming's staff in traditional spa treatments as well as modern medical aesthetics, such as noninvasive Zerona laser body slimming. Dr. Chow's extensive educational background and prestigious fellowship experience have led him to become an expert in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well. To accentuate the tastefully appointed studio's relaxing atmosphere, La Bella's team serves clients cups of house tea, fruit plates, and $100 bills to use as napkins.