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Calorie-free Cosmetic Treats
October, 2013 - Issue #108
"Trick or treat!" is a phrase we're bound to hear uttered by cutely-costumed children at least a few million times before the month is over. Personally, we're in no mood for tricks, but treats sound plenty good - as long as there's no waistline expansion to go along with it.

All this talk of tricks and treats made us think of the hundreds - if not thousands! - of dollars we've spent on products and services that made big promises but delivered few results. So this month we asked a really important question: "What's your most fabulously-beautifying service or product that's all treat, no trick?"

Here they are, friends. A collection of yummy trick-free treats that won't make you gain an ounce!

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Treat for your Body and Soul
Spaliday with mybody

Experience all the elements of a luxury spa daily with spaliday bath and body essentials. This beautiful spa-inspired three-step gift set nurtures the body and relaxes the mind for a renewed sense of life and vitality. Each unique product indulges skin in body-compatible ingredients to create a sensory spa-like escape in the comfort of your own home. The gift set includes a scented spa candle, bath+shower gel and body lotion.

Treat for your Face
Fruit Enzyme Facials

This purely organic, all-natural, vegan-friendly facial is great for all skin types. Choose from cherry, tropical Maui, cranberry, pumpkin, mango and citrus orange. These super antioxidants are rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C and E, which help rebuild collagen and elasticity, fight free radical damage and repair the skin's natural moisture balance. A 60 minute facial is $130. Available at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care. 254-3686

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Treat Yourself and Help Women Battling Breast Cancer
Women fighting breast cancer often worry about more than just saving their lives - they also wonder if they'll be able to save their breasts and their sense of femininity.

Beverly Hills Physicians understands the importance of how a woman feels about her body in terms of her overall health. They want to help women feel good about themselves and help others in the process.

That's why, when you schedule your cosmetic breast surgery in October, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to an organization dedicated to supporting women at all stages of breast cancer.

The group of board-certified physicians also works to gather gently-used bras year-round to donate to women in need. 249-4040

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Treat for your Over-40 Skin
A.G.E. Interrupter by SkinCeuticals

Intrinsic aging, caused by internal factors such as hormonal shifts and metabolic slowdown, contributes greatly to skin sagging, creping, thinning and cracking. A.G.E. Interrupter is a unique treatment formulated with 4 percent blueberry extract, 30 percent Proxylane and 0.2 percent phytosphingosine to help prevent the glycation process and correct severe signs of intrinsic aging in mature skin.

Blueberry extract is both an antioxidant and anti-glycation ingredient that inhibits advanced glycation endproducts (A.G.E.) while preventing further oxidation from occurring. Proxylane rebuilds the support structure that degrades as a direct result of intrinsic aging and efficiently improves anchorage of the skin's upper layers onto the dermis to increase elasticity and thickness. Phytosphingosine protects the skin's barrier, while rich emollients hydrate dry, cracking skin.

This multi-faceted and uniquely-textured formulation is optimized to prevent and correct the most visible signs of aging while minimizing the associated discomfort and dryness. Patients experience firmer, hydrated skin with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. This product is beneficial and essential for any patient over the age of 40.

For the entire month of September DermaCure is offering A.G.E. Interrupter for 30 percent off ($109.20). Experience one of Dr. Ingber's favorite products for yourself! Available at DermaCure Medical Aesthetics. 257-8400


Treat for Hair You don't want There
Hair. Everybody's got it, just not always where we want it. What to do for that perfect look? While new methods promise to zap problem hair away, perhaps taking a tried and true method that's been working for a few centuries is the solution.

At WAX by Heather Nelson, you're put at ease right away in a relaxing setting. No protective gear or ointments are required when her award-winning technique is used anywhere on the body that unwanted hair appears.

After a relatively short, not-too-expensive session, you see immediate results. When you leave the salon, you are refreshed and glowing from the inside because you are knock-down gorgeous, unafraid of the sun and ready for your close up.

Waxing is preferred by many because it depletes the resources of the hair follicles without destroying them, treating skin gently and maintaining the skin's original pigment.

It also works well on hair of all colors, from dark to red, blonde, white and especially grey (We all know where we don't want grey hairs, don't we?). It's a practice perfected by Egyptian royalty and refined through the years to become a desired pampering. 644-4346

Treat for your Muscles
We've always found it just a wee bit ironic that some of the most posh day spas have some of the worst parking around. Maybe it's intentional. After all - who's not going to spring for an extra 30 minutes or an add-on treatment after fighting to the near death to score a parking slot? We've recently discovered that there's a better way and it's in the form of uber-professional, thoroughly-screened and background checked massage therapists who go to you. Get a relaxing massage at your home, office or hotel (Or the Massage Pros office - they have great parking!) and then do what's only possible in the comfort of your own space: take a nap! Get a wonderful Swedish, deep tissue, sports, pre-natal or couples massage - pair it with a facial, salt scrub or mud wrap if you like - and never battle to-and-from traffic again. Available from Massage Pros. 904-4158

Tan in Comfort and Style
Three Ways to get your Glow
Mystic HD spray booth

The only one in the valley that can spray and dry you with a heated dryer for a perfect tan every time, Mystic HD is a fast way to get your sunless tan on without the drips and inconsistent spray of lesser booths.

Infinity Sun custom airbrush
Bronze and define like never before. This organic custom airbrush sunless tanning experience leaves your skin evenly toned, silky and glowing. It's a luxurious tanning session that's an affordable treat for the body and soul.

Sun Angel burn-free bed
This baby's got your number - This bed digitally reads your skin type to give you a custom UV Tan without the risk of burning. Enjoy the surround sound music along with air conditioning and a cool mist while tanning. You get one to two shades darker with each tan! Westside Tan 295-0999

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Treat for your Hair
Luxury Blow Dry

Your hair may have been subjected to chemical processes like coloring, bleaching or highlights. Or maybe your hair is sun-damaged, negatively affected by air pollution or just traumatized by unavoidable everyday wear and tear.

No matter what's ruining your hair and spoiling your look, the solution is the same: NanoMax Therapy.

Instantly add fabulous shine, protection and silky softness to your hair - whatever its type or texture.

Nanotherapy treatments don't take any extra time because they can be quickly applied during your salon blow dry.

Here's how it works: Tiny nano-molecular particles of protein are attracted to damaged areas of your hair. An applied mist then reacts with the protein particles, locking them in. The patented 3D Shine used during your treatment is formulated with silk protein and will enhance your hair with up to six weeks of gorgeous shine and silky, soft feel.

The result is red-carpet-ready hair for only $25!
Available at Blo Out Lounge. 255-2569

MILK Hair Treatment
MILK anti-frizz leave-in nourishing hair treatment is carefully handcrafted in California using the finest organic ingredients from sustainable origins around the world. MILK protects the hair and scalp while promoting growth and restoration. Active ingredients include pracaxi seed oil, a certified organic oil derived from fruit, that increases softness and shine. Sweet almond protein adds body, luster and a velvet feel. Olive is an anti-aging, anti-irritation, anti-inflammatory ingredient in MILK, along with amino acids to repair surface damage and improve smoothness while protecting color and moisturizing the hair. MILK smells delicious, too, thanks to luxurious pure essential oils like rose, sandalwood, clove, ginger, jasmine, Bourbon vanilla and fennel. Available at Garrett Markenson Coiffure.
297-2900
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