BEST OF BEAUTY
Acqua e Sapone
Acne Boot Camp
Aria Skin & Body Studio
LaBelle Day Spas & Salons
Energy Healing Facial
Caviar and Carat Facial
Ready to obliterate acne? Send your skin to boot camp. Acqua e Sapone’s customizable Acne Boot Camp is lauded for producing real results through recommended dietary changes, a personalized skincare regimen, and proprietary noncomedogenic products. Expect the compliments to start rolling in after just six treatments. —Jennifer Lieskovan
Aesthetics by Veronica Custom signature Facial
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Skincare expert Veronica O’Sullivan pampers clients with custom facials that combat a plethora of problems, from Proactivresistant acne to suddenonset sun spots. The hour-and-a-half treatments, which incorporate luxury skincare products by San Jose-based Jan Marini, include soothing lavender aromatherapy, stimulating facial massage, and any combination of purifying, hydrating, and calming masks. If you want to put your best face forward, Veronica knows all the secrets. —L.M.L.
For a facial that’s anything but superficial, book an energy healing treatment with founder Thuy Pham, who combines an effective, personalized facial with super-intuitive energy work that aims to align the body’s chakras for an overall sense of well-being. We emerged with even, glowing skin and a radiant sense of calm. —Sarah Lee
Beate Comment Retreat
Lori Anderson Skincare
Visage virtuoso Beate Comment recommends her Beta-Ex facial for acne sufferers and anti-wrinkle warriors. The treatment’s active ingredient, salicylic acid, is a gentle exfoliator that’s not only an effective pore cleanser and pimple reducer, but also a great surface line eraser. —Meka Boyle
Gunilla Skin Alchemy
Isn’t it time you treated your skin to some bling? LaBelle’s Caviar and Carat facial makes our skin glow, thanks to an antiaging and spot-reducing gold-based lifting mask massaged into the pores by owner Bella Schneider. For maximum illumination, vitamin A- and D-rich caviar seals the deal. —M.D.
We like our aestheticians like we like our mates: intuitive, gentle, and in it for the long haul. For nearly a decade, Anderson, who specializes in problem skin, has seen us through better and worse, tracking our habits and offering sound advice on everything from
diet to sleep. It may feel like going to confession, but Anderson doesn’t judge. She offers her undivided attention at affordable prices. For an extra boost, order up the ultrasound facial, using Glymed’s DermaSound Elite machine and various hydrating and brightening serums. You’ll be guaranteed an angelic glow. Follow-up quickies are on the house. —C.H.H.
SenSpa SenZen Microcurrent lifting Facial
This Presidio retreat offers a myriad of innovative body treatments for men and women, as well as a steam room, sunlit loungers, and a fireplace to encourage deep relaxation. We’re booking the SenZen lifting facial, which employs gentle microcurrents and LED therapy for anti-aging results that leave us hydrated and energized. This
spring, the spa will open a cafe serving seasonal eats from The Plant Organic. —Emily Holt
Spa Radiance nonsurgical french facelift
Since 1976, Spa Radiance has been one of the most booked destinations for Alisters seeking flawless skin. We’re obsessed with the nonsurgical French facelift, a direct-from-Paris combination of microcurrents, lymphatic drainage, and a vitamin-rich mask that smooths our wrinkles— voila! —m.b.
Dr. Gaetano Zanelli Mole Check
Dr. Zanelli is the go-to guy when your concerns about sun exposure go beyond skin deep. His proprietary line of products, Z Skin, includes a range of sunscreens, cleansers, and creams. Post-mole removal, his after-care regimen keeps skin scar-free. —S.L.
Complete Ultrasound Facial
The complete ultrasonic facial at Gunilla Eisenberg’s tucked-away Cow Hollow salon utilizes ultrasound waves to help anti-aging and pigment-balancing products penetrate our skin. Eisenberg’s bedside manner is warm and jovial, making an otherwise intimidating prospect a pleasant affair. For an everyday fix, we swear by her custom line of rose-scented face oils and cleansers. —S.M.
Tatcha’s Original Aburatorigami blotting sheets ($12) are the powder- and fragrance-free answer to an oily girl’s lifelong prayers. —c.h.h. // tatcha.com
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