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WHEN IN… TORONTO RAD­FORD

At Rad­ford, Vic­to­ria Rad­ford’s newly opened beauty stu­dio in ritzy Yorkville Vil­lage, the Hol­ly­wood Fa­cial is a top draw. (They also of­fer hair and makeup ser­vices.) In phase one, low-fre­quency sound waves are used to prep the skin for ion­tophore­sis, a mild elec­tric cur­rent that fol­lows in phase two. “Imag­ine if you took two mag­nets and tried to force them to­gether the wrong way around,” says Rad­ford of the treat­ment. “It uses that force to push prod­uct much deeper into the skin.” All of Rad­ford’s fa­cials are com­pletely cus­tom­ized and aim “to vis­i­bly im­prove the in­di­vid­ual’s skin as much as pos­si­ble within the treat­ment time,” she says. Which­ever treat­ment you get, ex­pect to glow.

WHEN IN… NEW YORK DR. DEN­NIS GROSS

The Amer­i­can ap­proach to skin­care is de­cid­edly high-tech, says Dr. Den­nis Gross, a favourite of celebri­ties like Olivia Palermo and the seem­ingly ageless men and women of the Up­per East Side. Beloved by ELLE ed­i­tors for his Al­pha Beta peels, sold as part of his epony­mous skin­care line, Gross is known for achiev­ing re­sults for his clients with­out them hav­ing to book weeks off work. “My mantra is you have to keep the skin bal­anced,” he ex­plains. “I do the sci­ence; it’s all about us­ing the op­ti­mized amount [of an in­gre­di­ent] that can be ab­sorbed per day with­out ir­ri­ta­tion.” At Gee Beauty in Toronto, Gross de­signed the ex­clu­sive Al­pha Beta Lift + Lighten Photo Fa­cial, a whirl­wind treat­ment in­volv­ing a peel, an LED light, an IPL laser and a hyaluronic-acid and al­gae mask de­signed to im­prove skin tex­ture, dis­col­oration and the look of fine lines. “We are cock­tail­ing lasers now the same way we cock­tail in­gre­di­ents,” he says. “There is no such thing as one laser that does it all.”

WHEN IN… LON­DON DR. MICHAEL PRAGER

When Dr. Michael Prager first tried Bo­tox in the early ’90s, he did not like the re­sults, de­spite hav­ing been in­jected by an ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tioner. “I de­cided to do it my­self in a slightly dif­fer­ent way,” ex­plains the Ger­man-born, Lon­don-based cos­metic doc­tor. Nine­teen years later, Prager is be­lieved to be one of the big­gest users of Bo­tox in Europe, hav­ing gone through 2,500 vials for over 6,000 treat­ments last year. Iron­i­cally, it takes more prod­uct to achieve his trade­mark nat­u­ral look, which sees the face as a whole—not just a collection of lines to freeze. “An av­er­age pa­tient re­ceives be­tween 100 and 120 units, with the lower face and neck usu­ally re­ceiv­ing more Bo­tox than the up­per face,” says Prager, who uses a tech­nique pi­o­neered by Dr. Fredric Brandt. (Dubbed “the baron of Bo­tox,” the late der­ma­tol­o­gist was renowned for his skills with in­jecta­bles.) Clients emerge with their faces look­ing re­freshed, not im­mo­bile.

WHEN IN… LOS AN­GE­LES JOANNA VAR­GAS

Dur­ing awards sea­son, it’s not un­usual to find celebri­ties mak­ing daily stops at Joanna Var­gas’ spa in West Hol­ly­wood’s Sun­set Tower Ho­tel. The bi­coastal fa­cial­ist opened the lo­ca­tion ear­lier this year when her for­mer out­post couldn’t keep up with the de­mand. Clients on both coasts de­mand glow­ing skin, but “the chal­lenge in Los An­ge­les is how dry the cli­mate is and how much sun peo­ple get, even in their cars,” says Var­gas. “Me­lasma is a huge prob­lem.” To ad­dress this, Var­gas cre­ated the Su­per­nova Fa­cial (Mandy Moore and El­iz­a­beth Moss are fans), which in­cor­po­rates the mi­cro ­derma bra­sionesque Aqua Peel, a multi-layer mask with med­i­cal-grade col­la­gen (skip this if you’re claus­tro­pho­bic), mi­crocur­rents, a cryother­apy wand and a blast of oxy­gen to cap it all off. The next best thing to four ma­chines on your face is Var­gas’ Su­per­nova Serum ($378), avail­able any­where you can get an In­ter­net con­nec­tion. n

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