Typical spa treatments are comforting and soothing, but there are times when you need something with a little more spark. To find that extra oomph to go with the oohs and aahhs, many upscale properties are looking toward the future. High-tech spa treatments are popping up all over Los Angeles, offering not just relaxation, but also concrete results. From facials that make you look years younger to a soul-restoring deep-tissue massage, here are some fabulously forward-thinking services around the city.
Diamond Youth Facial at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
The newest, most sought-after treatment on the menu at this Four-Star sanctuary happens to be futuristic as well. The Diamond Youth Facial incorporates Envy Medical’s cutting-edge diamond-tipped SilkPeel Dermalinfusion machine and Innovative Skincare products. The core of the treatment is the machine’s patented diamond-tip vacuum technology — your esthetician will use it to exfoliate the dull, outer layers of your skin while pumping in a customized serum of hyaluronic acid and aloe to fill in lines, lighten dark spots and clean out pores. The technology is more effective than the traditional method of massaging in products as it better penetrates the layers of skin. Once your face has been revitalized, enjoy a facial massage with honey-lavender massage cream, followed by a rejuvenating mask with eucalyptus and aloe, in combination with a heart calming arm and hand massage. Afterward, you’ll be layered with Innovative Skincare’s Hydra-Cool Serum, Youth Eye Complex and new Youth Serum, and topped of with the cherry of Extreme Protect SPF 30.
HydraFacial at The Spa at Beverly Wilshire
This Four-Star oasis was the first location in Beverly Hills to offer the celebrity-adored HydraFacial, a routine that teams restorative and calming spa therapies with advanced medical technology to give you plump, baby-soft skin that has been deeply cleansed. All of this happens with the help of the HydraFacial MD machine, which the esthetician uses to first exfoliate your skin with Activ-4 (a combination of lactic and glycol acids). Once the pesky dead cells have been removed, a second step combines the benefits of exfoliation and chemical peel into one. This resurfacing treatment removes the dirt and toxins that we encounter on a daily basis. Extractions follow, but with the machine’s painless vortex suction, you won’t even know they’re happening. Finally, you will be rubbed in Antiox+ super serum, which improves your skin’s elasticity and hydration, and protects it from free radicals.
Wellness Wave Massage at The Peninsula Spa
Does everyday tension in your back require more than a normal Swedish or deep tissue treatment? Let this Four-Star spa take your rehab to the next level with its new Wellness Wave massage treatment. The “Wave” in the service happens on the massage table. There, your therapist will conduct a 60- or 90-minute massage in the traditional manner while the table’s patented oscillation technology works its magic. The wave motion, ranging from calm rolling waters to tsunami-like exhilaration, facilitates total pain and tension relief, rapid relaxation, cellular detoxification and endorphin release. The degree of intensity is completely up to you; dial it up or down throughout your experience. You can also combine the massage with a complete Wellness Package that includes a one-hour session with a personal trainer, a housemade energy boosting smoothie and custom fitness bag.
Mistral Light Heat Energy at Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
Although every service at Four-Star The Langham Huntington, Pasadena’s spa takes you through a journey of traditional Chinese medicine, it doesn’t mean the facility doesn’t also consider what’s next when it comes to de-stressing. East meets West with the Mistral Light Heat Energy treatment that gives you the results of laser (think tighter, brighter and more even-looking skin) without any of laser’s downtime, sticker shock and other unpleasant side effects. Customize your light and heat treatment to include lasting hair removal, acne clearing and the overall rejuvenation of tired skin.