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Aspect Beauty - Spa Review

Great "Aspectations"

by Sylvie Greil

It's one thing to have the luxury of booking yourself a half-day at the local destination or hotel spa. It’s quite another to be a busy workaholic, grabbing a latte, lunch or laser treatment on the run. Thus we’re very happy about the recent proliferation of little day and med spas, opening up in strip malls and at busy intersections. With easy parking and walk-ins welcome, Aspect Beauty at Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, is a perfect example. Visitors here know not to expect the hushed luxe of a Ritz-Carlton, but they appreciate that the elusive idea of weekly or monthly facials can become a reality. And the décor of this newcomer (open since June 2005) is plenty soothing with earthy olive, rust and copper tones.

It’s probably never occurred to you to consider your French pedicure a luxury. In the same way, more and more women are starting to think of fotofacials, Botox injections or microdermabrasion not as indulgences but simply regular maintenance, much like getting one’s teeth cleaned. You pop in for a quick session and then return to your busy life. Aside from the convenience factor, President of Aspect Beauty, Gavin Lipschitz, wanted people visiting the medspa and salon to feel cozy, literally “as if they’re walking into an inviting home.” The setting on the mall’s top floor with neighbors like the Gap and Macy’s is indeed non-threatening and accommodating with subdued lighting and calming shades.

Aspect’s signature treatment is the Mineral Layer Facial (55 minutes for $90). Be sure to ask for Thu Le, a pro who’s been doing facials for 25 years for a high-profile clientele including Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Lee Curtis. She delivers with routine, well-practiced strokes and after the 55-minute session, which includes minerals from gems such as malachite, rhodolite and zincite as well as exfoliation, extraction, masks and a hand massage, your skin will be in mint condition. She might suggest adding on extras such as a pumpkin enzyme treatment or microdermabrasion—only if she feels you’d truly benefit from these.

We did not opt for the signature scalp treatment for healthy hair growth, but the lay-down massage beds looked positively inviting. Among other services offered here are Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy and hot stone massage as well as Botox and Restylane treatments, IPL Fotofacials and LED photomodulation treatments and waxing. For more routine pampering, Aspect is a full-service hair and nail salon, as well. We also positively love that after your quick escape you can pick up a new little something from Banana Republic to go with the glow.

Aspect Beauty
14006 Riverside Dr. # 273
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


(Updated: 07/09/08 HC)

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