Body Beautiful: Treat Yourself to a Slimmer You

Sometimes it seems that diet and exercise can fall short when it comes to a tightly toned body, that no matter how little your carb intake or how far you run, the instrument could use a jumpstart.


We are not talking liposuction or any other kind of surgery, but rather a luxurious new body treatment. It’s called Flawless Body, available at one of LA’s top spas, a treatment that will satisfy those into immediate gratification. Yes, you will see immediate, visible results.


LeSpa at Sofitel LA recently introduced its most effective body sculpting treatment to date. It combines classic French techniques and modern beauty technologies to refine the skin’s overall texture through release of retained fluids, enhancement of micro-circulation and improvement of elasticity. 


The treatment incorporates products from luxe skincare line, Carita Paris, including the company’s standout product, the Refining Veil.


So get ready to relax, be pampered and come out tightened and sculpted. As soon as you enter the serene reception area at the hotel spa (conveniently located across the street from the Beverly Center), and are escorted to the well-appointed locker room, which includes a sauna and steam, you’ll know you’re in for something special.


It gets even better once you’re inside the treatment room with your highly trained aesthetician who will first exfoliate your entire body using Carita’s famed elixir Le Rénovateur, which removes rough surface cells and prepares the skin to absorb the many active, slimming ingredients that follow. 


Next, a cream mask with purifying and draining ingredients is vigorously massaged into the areas that you think need the most help, say, the thighs.


Then, the key technique in the treatment is the application of Concentré Affinant using Carita’s Idéal Pro-Lift technology to deeply penetrate. The potent serum is massaged into targeted areas using specific sculpting maneuvers to lift, firm, and tone buttocks, thighs, and abdomen for immediate results you can see and feel.


As the final step, you will receive a massage using the Refining Veil to decongest tissues and improve skin’s appearance. The firming complex features active ingredients Lys’lastine, Trylagen, and Cashmere extract.


The Flawless Body ($305, 90 minutes) was created after the debut of the Flawless Facial in 2010, which quickly became one of LeSpa’s most requested skincare services.  A natural addition to LeSpa’s unique and varied service menu, Flawless Body is sure to become a new body beauty standard.



LeSpa at Sofitel LA, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 228-6777,

Results-Driven and Glowing for Awards Season

Four Seasons Spa

Is it a good or a bad thing to look like you’ve “had some work done?” Come awards season, it really doesn’t matter—you have to look good. And we are not advocating going under the surgeon’s knife, as you certainly can’t do that last- minute and look your best on the red carpet.

But here’s something to give you a real lift—and bring a healthy, youthful glow to your face—a high-tech, results-driven facial with no downtime. It is perfect for awards season, or any special occasion. Just head on over to the spa at the Four Seasons in LA. Make sure you’re looking presentable on the way in, as you’re likely to see any one of a number of boldface names who call the hotel home during awards season.

We recommend the 90-minute Four Seasons Regenerating Facial. Your aesthetician will begin with a complete and thorough ultrasonic exfoliation, great for removing blackheads and other debris that accumulates and dulls the complexion. Then, you’ll experience something different and quite effective: micro-current technology that is expertly administered to lift and tone the sagging muscles of the face and neck. It’s like an amusement park ride for your face, in a good way. Then, a serum customized to your skin type is infused into it with ultrasonic vibrations to improve tone, texture, firmness and hydration. The treatment concludes with LED therapy, which helps to calm redness and stimulate collagen production.

You’ll walk out rejuvenated, refreshed and ready for up-close face time.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300. S. Doheny Dr., LA (310) 786-2229,

Lovely Rita

There’s a big difference between a facialist trained at a beauty school and one trained by some of the top estheticians in the business.  Rita Csizmadia is one of those people—and one of the best in the biz. She worked in the offices of some of Beverly Hills’ top plastic surgeons before starting the Institute for Beautiful Skin.  Housed in a medical office building in Santa Monica, Rita gets to work quickly by analyzing your skin type and making your facial a personalized affair that will leave you glowing.  No redness or irritation after one of her treatments.  And although it is a medical office, you will feel supremely pampered, as if you were at a spa.  But the best part is, your skin will love the experience. 

Institute for Beautiful Skin, 1260 15th St., Suite 901, Santa Monica (310) 394-4120,

Surf, Sand and Spa

Everyone knows it hasn’t exactly been beach weather this summer in SoCal. But here’s a great place to get your beach fix without the wind-chill factor—the spa at Le Merigot in Santa Monica. This hotel, nestled next to Loew’s, seems to get perpetually overshadowed by the higher-profile names in the neighborhood– Shutters, Casa del Mar and the Viceroy.  And that makes it an even sweeter hideaway for tranquility and privacy. The spa features sumptuous accommodations and treatments to renew the spirits and refresh the body—everything from hot stone massages to cucumber mint body wraps to caviar facials. Try a Swedish or aromatherapy massage ($70-$165), a classic European facial ($105) or a green coffee contour slimming wrap ($165.) Manicures, pedicures and full hair salon services are also available. Having a treatment also gives you free reign of the poolside health club, the pool, steam and sauna. And to top it off, valet parking is free for the first three hours.

Le Merigot Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, 310.395-9700

The Continental Touch

So, you’re looking for some quiet luxury, a bit off the beaten path, but still close in and a tad undiscovered. It’s no further than a stone’s throw from the heart of Century City. Not many people realize that InterContinental has taken over what was formerly the Park Hyatt and for those with really long memories, the JW Marriott property on the edge of the Fox lot. Now that the St. Regis has gone condo, this is the hideaway hotel in the ‘hood, close to CAA, ICM and the best shopping mall in LA. New executive chef Vincent Cachot is wowing diners with his Cal-French seasonal organic menus. We carnivorously recommend the Wagyu ribeye and the Black Angus tenderloin. And unlike many places, you can actually enjoy a conversation along with the fabulous food. The spa features completely private cabana treatment rooms, each equipped with a shower, Jacuzzi, locker, bathroom and treatment table for massages and facials. Tight on time? Try the Little of Everything, an express facial, massage and manicure (90 minutes, $175.)
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Century City 310.284-6500

Bon Relaxation

Remember when the Sofitel across from the BevCen was Ma Maison and stodgy/French, as opposed to its current hip/modern French? With last summer’s opening of Simon LA and Rande Gerber’s Stone Rose, those images were banished forever from the corner of La Cienega and Beverly.

Now it’s the spa’s turn for a complete makeover, and it’s gorge. Officially named LeSpa at Sofitel, it JUST opened its doors. Pampering aestheticians love using the Decléor  and Carita products for face and body, both lines from Paris. Book Julia Palmer for a mean mani/pedi that will last twice as long as you’re used to. She’s recovered from the days when she used to paint J. Lo’s digits on music video shoots at all hours, but if you’re lucky, she might tell you some war stories.

Spa Director Maureen Schumacher runs a sleek ship. The relaxation lounge is luxuriously tranquil, a place to kick back, have a heated-rock foot soak and drink some soothing tea before indulging in an intense hydrating facial or an aromatherapy massage. And why no other spa has ever thought of comfy black robes, I’ll never know.
LeSpa at Sofitel Los Angeles, 8555  Beverly Bl., LA, 310.228-6777, 8a—9p daily.