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AES Acne Clinic
222 Columbus Ave., Financial District
It’s a sad fact that for many, acne doesn’t just magically disappear the day after high school graduation. As its name suggests, the specialty at the Acqua e Sapone Acne Clinic is treating adult acne, whether by way of hyper-targeted facial treatments or via their brilliant acne boot camp, which incorporates facials, a tailored product regimen, and skin coaching—essentially, a system for controlling acne long-term through diet.
Alchemy Arts Spa & Cafe (Closed)
35 W. Haley St., Lower State
This full-fledged wellness center offers everything from yoga to acupuncture to cupping and visceral massage. There are more traditional spa offerings, too, including oxygen facials, organic spray tan, and a solid menu of massages. There's also an on-site vegetarian cafe.
Alejandro Junger, M.D.
While he's officially a cardiologist, Dr. Junger has spent most of his career devoted to understanding the gut—and its impact on our health. The mastermind behind the detox program, CLEAN, Dr. Junger has assembled a great team of wellness coaches, who will guide you toward the right physicians whether you're a patient of Dr. Junger's or not.
1636 Abbot Kinney, Venice
Perched up above Abbot Kinney, this white-washed space feels more like a tree house than a spa. Wagner, who also moonlights as a painter, is chill and wonderful, meaning that an hour spent with her skilled hands is kind of like hanging with a friend. A recovering tanning junkie herself, Wagner is nothing short of a magician when it comes to banishing sunspots and UV damage. Product-wise, the focus here is on holistic and organic lines, supplemented by her own turmeric and plant stem cell serum.
4454 A Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Amber Woods was into herbal remedies and homeopathy before she switched gears to facials, which means that she's fully integrated when it comes to skin. She performs her "skin care rituals" (start with the pink light glow signature facial and build from there with a list of add-ons) out of a tiny storefront in Oakland where she also sells her 100% organic Pink Light Botanicals product line. She also offers waxing and tinting.
2821 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
Sure she can give you a haircut and highlights, but Andi Scarbrough's real gift is in her energy work, specifically a combination of intuition, Reiki, and hands-on healing which is part of her Crown Works treatment. In short, she sits you in her chair for a chat (here she explains why hair stylists are uniquely prepared for energy work), hands you a crystal, and then uses her hands, essential oils, tuning forks, and a special rose quartz comb to shift your mood. The treatment is subtle, but magical, and worth it even if you're not in the mood for a cut.
While you'll frequently find Angie on the Hollywood party circuit—she can do lightning readings of 5-10 minutes making her great for events—she also does more intensive one-on-one Tarot sessions. Using a variety of decks and a deep understanding of numerology, Angie can tap into bigger questions around purpose, career, and love to furnish guidance and direction. Her cards are spot-on, and even when she asks, and asks again, they don't tend to deviate in their message. A former PR/marketing exec, Angie herself is light and bubbly, which means that even harder readings are served up gently.
Ashlie does amazing things with nails: If you're in the Los Angeles area, would rather have the salon come to you, and are willing to pay the justified premium ($200 for a mani/pedi), she's the girl to call.
2021 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
Ava Shamban, M.D. (or, as her patients call her, Dr. Ava) is one of the most well-regarded dermatologists in the entertainment world. She's a regular on The Doctors, and the trusted skin guru for Extreme Makeover. Her practice is staffed with a team of accomplished dermatologists and Physician Assistants, who are all skilled in facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. There are also super hardcore options like cosmetic lasers, botox injections, and extensive acne treatment programs—this spot is not a spa, it's the sort of place where they really clean out your pores. There's also a location in Beverly Hills.
9915 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills
Ava Shamban, M.D. (or, as her patients call her, Dr. Ava) is one of the most well-regarded dermatologists in the entertainment world. She's a regular on The Doctors, and the trusted skin guru for Extreme Makeover. Her practice is staffed with a team of accomplished dermatologists and Physician Assistants, who are all skilled in facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. There are also super hardcore options like cosmetic lasers, botox injections, and extensive acne treatment programs—this spot is not a spa, it's the sort of place where they really clean out your pores. There's also a location in Santa Monica.
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