Tucked away in an intimate Sunset Plaza space, this hidden gem is known for maintaining the flawless faces of stars like Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Alba, so I couldn't resist stopping by to see what all the hype was about. After five days in the Caribbean and already spotting the signs of fall's skin annoyances (dryness, peeling, etc.), I decided to book an 80-minute custom Spa Ritual and facial. It was, in a word, fan-freaking-tastic!
My appointment began with a warm greeting from the spa's host, who led me to a locker room for my robe and slides. After stripping down and slipping into my new gear, I waited in a dimly lit room for my bodycare therapist. Senior massage therapist Michael Simon soon appeared (in full-on rain boots, no less) and invited me into one of the spa's wet rooms. After taking my place on room's cozy table, I let the miracle worker do his thing.
Offering a taste of the decadent Princess Spa Ritual designed by Simon himself, my session featured a deep, head-to-toe exfoliation followed by a lukewarm rinse from several showerheads hitting me from all angles. The sensation was mind-blowing! To complete the skin transformation, Simon wrapped me in warm honey and rinsed it off with warm milk, all while fresh sliced cucumbers infused my face. To top it off? Another full-body rinse. I was in heaven.
The visit culminated with a rejuvenating facial by the one and only Gary Dickman, a true master of his craft. In addition to instilling me with major skin envy (I'm convinced he's aging in reverse), Dickman proved incredibly attentive to my combination skin needs and walked me through every step of his process. A few takeaways from our chat:
1. Serum is key! OleHenriksen's Truth Serum is a major collagen booster.
2. Avoid Botox. Instead, embrace the skincare world's latest advancements in laser treatments, like Skin Laundry— Gary's a big fan.
3. This is a no-brainer, but never, ever, EVER go to sleep with makeup on. Not even the tiniest bit. In addition to being completely unsanitary, it actually speeds of the aging process by producing unnecessary build-up.
With baby soft skin and a slew of new beauty tips, I walked out of the spa feeling like a brand new person! I'll definitely be back for another body detox in the next few weeks.
OLEHENRIKSEN FACE/BODY SPA
8622A W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Photo: Courtesy of OleHenriksen