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L.A.’s Secret Skin Saviors

By Erika Stalder

Photo by Nic Neumann


Hollywood’s leading estheticians are serving bespoke beauty services in the most private of skincare studios. Here, we reveal three of our top-secret finds.

Cynthia Franco
Tucked behind towering banana palms and privacy hedges on a quiet residential street in Beverly Hills is a ‘40s era bungalow brimming with creativity. The space is home to the Jacquie Aiche jewelry showroom, a yoga and sound bath area, and a spacious, second-story skin studio manned by esthetician and body worker Cynthia Franco. A holistic approach to customized treatments may include a lifting facial massage and silicone cupping to stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage and the use of microneeding paired with medical-grade freeze-dried collagen and LED light, among other tricks of the trade, for a complexion overhaul that brightens immediately.

Yolanda Mata
Architecture buffs will gawk at esthetician Yolanda Mata’s light-filled pied-à-terre in West L.A. Nature seems to spill into the treatment room, thanks to massive windows and abundant flora and fauna that flood the indoor space. Mata’s earthy air also strongly influences her skincare approach: deep-cleansing facials are performed completely by hand—no steam machines, no lasers—and she works true magic with those digits. Lymphatic drainage and expert extractions are bolstered by luxurious Catcha products for a facial that bypasses blotchy aftereffects, leaving skin instantly glowy and event-ready.

Kat Rudu
You may know Kat Rudu for her cult skincare line. But the entrepreneur is also a daft esthetician who formerly practiced in the offices of famed dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer. Now, Rudu has set up shop in a contemporary Venice studio a stone’s throw away from Abbott Kiney. After gates open to private parking, you are led through a secluded courtyard and to an art-filled treatment room, from which you can smell the coastal air. But don’t mistake the vacay vibes for typical day-spa fare. Rudu’s facials tap workhorse technology—like the multipolar radiofrequency—for clinical-grade results.