The latest and greatest, from organic skin care and spiritual detoxing to high-tech anti-aging treatments.
A tireless advocate for healthy living, Gwyneth Paltrow—mother of two, actress, author and founder of wildly popular lifestyle site goop.com—can officially add beauty expert to her resume. Earlier this year the lifestyle entrepreneur teamed up with NorCal-based Juice Beauty (juicebeauty.com) to debut a clean makeup line, followed by a six-piece organic skin-care collection. “I was eating organic food but wearing toxic makeup because I was trying to fight wrinkles,” says Paltrow of her motivation. “I saw a huge white space in the market for really luxurious makeup and skin care that was effective but also organic.” And if Paltrow’s multitasking appears to defy reality, add to it her third cookbook out this month, aptly titled It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook (Grand Central Life & Style, $35).
Overlooking breathtaking ocean vistas in the Santa Monica Mountains, Aja Malibu opens late this spring with chakra-themed gardens, crystal-infused spas, meditation rooms, health and wellness classes, and seven eco-friendly guest rooms in an intimate boutique-style retreat. We’re eagerly awaiting owner (and Australian mystic) Inannya Magick’s weeklong “Magick Process,” a holistic and spiritual detox experience curated by the finest nutritionists and wellness specialists. 1821 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu, 310-457-7024; ajamalibu.com.
BODY & SOUL
Beloved by the likes of Christy Turlington Burns and Naomi Watts for its therapy-meets-boot camp approach, New York’s cult workout, The Class, lands in SoCal just in time for spring. Taryn Toomey, Ralph Lauren fashion executive turned yogi, introduced the cathartic mind-body experience in 2013; the 60-minute class (available in Brentwood, Culver City, Santa Monica and Venice) combines muscle-sculpting moves with bursts of cardio, philosophical teachings and energetic work in a bid to activate stagnant layers in the body where stress and emotions are stored. theclasswithtt.com.
Thermi procedures are the latest cosmetic innovations to join the fight against aging. Here’s what you need to know: All treatments are either minimally or noninvasive and use heat energy to target collagen and fat cells beneath the skin. • ThermiSmooth combats fine lines on the face and can improve the appearance of cellulite anywhere on the body by using temperature-controlled radiofrequency energy, which stimulates collagen remodeling. Results can last for up to 12 months after three to four sessions. • ThermiTight targets areas where there’s excess fat and loose skin such as under the chin and arms. Inserting a tiny probe, a controlled amount of thermal energy is applied to targeted tissue, essentially melting the fat while tightening the skin. Results improve dramatically over the course of six months. • ThermiVA uses the same radiofrequency energy for vaginal rejuvenation without discomfort or downtime using a special wand applicator, which is applied both externally and internally, to restore and heighten normal tone and function. “This will play an important role in helping many women reclaim their youthful feminine wellness,” says Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer, M.D. (lancerskincare.com). “Every single patient sees and feels improved results; it’s quite remarkable.” • ThermiRase reduces frown lines; however, unlike Botox, this effect is immediate, nontoxic and lasts anywhere from six to 12 months. After mapping out the nerves that stimulate muscle movement, a small needle-size radiofrequency instrument is injected into the skin and heats up the nerve in several locations, stopping them from working. Once the muscles relax, the worry lines go away. “These results are much better than injections that only last a short amount of time,” says plastic surgeon Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D. (lorenc.com), one of the first doctors in the U.S. to offer all Thermi options. thermi.com.
Edited by JENNY MURRAY.
Written by Caroline Cagney, Danielle DiMeglio and Lindsay Kindelon.