For those unable to afford the pricier medical-type treatments, day spas all over Redondo offer facials, peels and treatments—many under $100.
At the Beauty Bird Lounge on Artesia Boulevard in North Redondo, Lorraine Rodriguez offers a litany of treatments: chemical peels, body scrubs, brow design, lash extensions/tints and full body waxing.
Once a commercial production coordinator, Rodriguez trained at the Aesthetics Training Institute of California, obtained her medical aesthetician’s certification, and later “went through Aveda’s complete training course … so I know 27 different facial massages,” she said. “That why I customize, depending on what (the client) needs.”
Patterned after practices in the Orient, the majority of her facials are accompanied by arm and foot massages, reflexology and aromatherapy: tangerine for oily skin, tea tree for acne, lavender to create calm.
“I do one facial that is an organic alternative to microdermabrasion,” Rodriguez said, explaining how she manipulates the skin with her fingers in a way that mimics a machine. “It helps to minimize wrinkles, smooth out the pores, and lighten up darker pigment spots.”
She first cleanses the face, using a “clarifonic brush” that oscillates and helps exfoliation, and then paints the skin with White China Clay and bamboo shoots, which dry like a mask. A facial massage removes the dead skin and is followed by oil and warm towels.
The manual microdermabrasion treatment—including a hydrating mask, firming toner, eye cream, sunscreen and moisturizer—is $85. (Rodriguez offered a 20 percent discount for any service to anyone who mentions this article.)
She also offers a variety of peels, including pumpkin and glycolic, all between $65 and $100.
“Most are sent home with samples of products used and a home-care routine,” said Rodriguez, who lives in the Holly Glen section of Hawthorne with her cinematographer husband. She opened her Beauty Bird Lounge just seven months ago.