My bathroom is brimming with every spinning brush, brightening peel, and wrinkle-fighter on the planet. I even try to keep a standing facial appointment on my schedule. But below the neck, the bells and whistles are few and far between; I’m lucky if I remember to reach for the lone loofah in my shower once a week. But celebrity facialist Mila Moursi, a favorite of Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox and owner of her own namesake spa and skin institute in Beverly Hills, says that crunches aren’t the only key to getting a bikini-worthy bod. “The skin on your body needs just the same kind of attention [as your complexion] in order to keep it feeling soft and looking rejuvenated,” she noted. To keep tone and texture in tip-top shape, Moursi suggests scheduling a body treatment at the beginning of every season. But for those who don’t have the time (or the cash flow) to get pampered on the regular, sneaking in a quick session before an impending beach vacation can help overhaul lackluster arms and legs. In my quest to look more like Aniston naked (or at least get her glow from head to toe), I road-tested Moursi’s Detoxifying & Skin Conditioning treatment, which incorporates a thorough dry brushing and a 45-minute detoxifying sweat wrap, followed by a soak in a hydrotherapy tub, a body scrub, and a customized massage for kicks (and kinks). When I emerged from Moursi’s coccoon-like space, I felt reborn, refreshed, and ready to bare it all. (Let’s just say if there had been a wrecking ball in the middle of Sunset Boulevard, I might have been tempted to pull a Miley Cyrus.) They say your body is a temple, and I highly suggest these 75 minutes of uninterrupted devotion.
Detoxifying & Skin Conditioning treatment, $410; Mila Moursi Skin Care Institute & Day Spa, 9255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 102, Los Angeles
Putting your best face forward has never been easier, thanks to skincare guru Marianne Kehoe and her new wellness studio tucked away just minutes off of Hollywood’s beaten path. With a client roster that includes Liberty Ross, Agyness Deyn, and Jeremy Scott, Kehoe’s customized technique to treating skin from the inside out is what’s made her private and unassuming studio one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets. In line with her holistic approach to skincare, the pro favors specialized Iderm galvanic facials (a service that involves an electrode mask to stimulate circulation) and infusions (like the nonacid vitamin A infusion peel that boosts cell turnover) over any invasive treatments or even dermabrasion that tends to be inflammatory. And whether clients visit the high-tech mPulse infrared sauna (which uses infrared wavelengths to help clear up acne and eczema) or tuck away for a private skin-tightening treatment, these low-key quarters deliver real results. While you’re there, we also suggest snagging Kehoe’s signature Osmosis Clear Facial Conditioner (a product that has quickly gained a cult following among her celeb clientele): Adjusted harmonic frequencies in the spray’s water molecules are said to improve the physiology of the skin.
Marianne Kehoe Skin Studio, 4383 Tujunga Avenue, Suite L, Studio City, California; mkskinstudio.com
California is consistently on the cutting edge of green beauty, and keeping pace is Côte, a newly opened nail salon located on a busy stretch in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood that boasts an extensive in-house line of 109 hand-poured, five-free (i.e., formulated without formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, and formaldehyde resin) polishes. This “eco-friendly” destination is a literal breath of fresh air—the Cape Cod-like bungalow houses eleven manicure and pedicure stations with both indoor and outdoor seating options. And though Earth-conscious, the total experience is far from crunchy: iPads are available for smudge-free perusing while clients indulge in the spa’s signature Luxe treatment for hands or feet—a service that incorporates an exfoliating massage with the brand’s own sugar scrub, a collagen treatment, argan oil application on cuticles, and for pedicures includes a hot-stone foot massage. Classic manis and pedis, along with stand-alone foot massages, are also on the menu. And post-polish job, you can browse the boutique filled with Côte’s candles and body goods, as well as home and fashion accessories from local designers. But no matter how you decide to de-stress, the fresh scents and open-air space make for an innovative nail care concept where luxe, all-natural products are front and center—a place they should undoubtedly remain.
11714 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, (310) 820-0906; coteshop.co
Though makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin passed away nearly twelve years ago, his lasting legacy in the beauty industry—not least of which includes his namesake cosmetics brand—remains untouched. To celebrate Aucoin’s enduring influence, Makeup Show (now in its sixth year in Los Angeles) is debuting the first ever Makeup Show Icon Gallery, providing a rare glimpse into the mind and makeup of Aucoin. The face painter’s professional hallmarks are vast (his ability to craft a flawless canvas and define his subject’s features is still marveled at today), but his body of work was far more robust than many ever imagined. “We try to find artists from different industries that [impact] the makeup industry, those who are known even outside the beauty [world],” show owner Shelly Taggar explained. “He was a person that was not only that talented in makeup, but he was a photographer, a poet, a painter.”
From handwritten notes to personal Polaroids to original color swatches for his line, the curated collection of nearly 65 pieces reveals never-before-seen glimpses into Aucoin’s personal and professional life. It also documents his work with famous faces including Janet Jackson, Cindy Crawford, Cher, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Makeup Show, March 1-2, California Market Center, 110 East Ninth Street, Los Angeles, CA; themakeupshow.com