In a town where everyone is always ready for their close-up, the skin-care spotlight has zoomed in on the derriere.
Summer is here and so is swimsuit season, which means the bottom you have been sitting on for the last year could use a little beautification. Or so goes the thinking behind what is shaping up to be the hottest beauty treatment of the summer: the butt facial. “Basically you should treat your butt like your face,” says intuitive skin-care expert RamPrakash Khalsa (or RPK, as she’s known to her devoted clientele). She's not wrong, after all the Instagram belfie gets as much play as the selfie on Hailey Bieber, Kylie Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski's social media feeds these days.
RPK spent years as Dr. Lancer’s star aesthetician before opening her own skin-care studio in Beverly Hills
last year. “The butt facial has been a summer time request for a while,” Khalsa tells The Hollywood Reporter
. “But a lot more people are wearing thongs or very high-cut swimwear.”
Her customized treatment (prices from $150) starts with a thorough cleanse followed by an exfoliant “which might be manual or dermabrasion or a chemical peel depending on the client,” she says. The methods includes zapping any blemishes with a high-frequency device to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, hydrating and a final spell under an LED light panel.
As for top tips for in-between appointment maintenance? “You have to wash your workout wear properly: Sweat is full of bacteria and yeast, so you should always put a cup of vinegar in the laundry with your clothes,” she says. RPK also recommends washing with Hibiclens or Cetaphil bar soap after sweaty workouts, exfoliating with sea salt in the shower and using a moisturizer such as Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer
for acne-prone skin on the butt and nearby thighs.
The Bootie Smoothie, $110 at Tina K Skin Studio
in Studio City, was recently featured on an episode of VanderPump Rules
when Lala Kent and Brittany Cartwright dropped in for a session. “The treatment is a great way to prevent ingrown hairs and acne, stimulate collagen, reduce cellulite and brighten and soften the skin,” says aesthetician Brooke King.
The treatment starts by gently cleansing the skin with an antibacterial towelette, to clear away any impurities, followed by an application of Exfoliant•K Mentholated Face and Body Scrub
. Next up, a resurfacing treatment using a diamond-encrusted pad
to gently smooth and resurface the skin (removing multiple layers of unwanted buildup), after which the bottom is steamed using tea tree oil to kill bacteria, open pores and prep the skin for extractions.
Finally a "booty cupping massage" is performed to increase blood flow and reduce the appearance of cellulite. “This is everyone's favorite part,” says King. “It feels amazing and you can see the results immediately." An application of glycolic and salicylic acid to kill bacteria and close pores wraps up the session.
Beverly Hills-based skin-care guru Gina Mari
says, “It’s often hard to see what’s going on back there (literally), so we take care of that for you. Having smooth and glowing skin everywhere always makes everyone feel a bit more confident, especially in the summer when we’re exposing more skin."
Mari's tushy treatment (starting at $250) begins with diamond-tipped microdermabrasion followed by any extractions, if necessary. "After that we apply Kayo Body Care’s Detox Mask to Scrub
, which is a fantastic way to continue smoothing out any rough texture,” she says. This is followed by a stint in the Lightwave Envy 24k LED full-body capsule to reportedly stimulate and repair the skin from within, while also tightening and restoring tone and texture, and a layering of Kayo Concentrated Firming Serum
and Body Beautiful Creme
Add-ons include the ZWave, which uses high-energy radial shock waves to reduce the appearance of cellulite. “To maintain results at home we recommend the Kayo Detox Body Wash
,” says Mari. “And if the client is struggling with any breakouts, Murad’s Clarifying Body Spray
is an absolute must.”
Over on the Westside in Santa Monica at Beauty Park
(a favorite with Hollywood stars including Jenna Dewan, Lea Michele and Lisa Rinna) the Derrière Do-Over Treatment (starting at $125) can also be customized to the individual. “Butt facials can be beneficial in cleansing those tough-to-reach spots and targeting a variety of skin-care needs such as clogged pores, butt acne and pigmented skin caused by laser, waxing or ingrown hairs,” says medi-spa owner Nurse Jamie. “This treatment mimics many of the traditional techniques used while performing treatments for the face and incorporates deep cleansing, extractions and purifying masks.”
The facial typically begins with a gentle steam to open pores and lift impurities, followed by a deep cleansing and exfoliation, and concludes with a therapeutic mask. Add-ons can include skin tag and hemangioma (blood mole) removal. Jamie recommends that clients use The Brightening Bar
, formulated with Kojic acid to fight discoloration, with her anti-microbial Exfolibrush to keep skin smooth and blemish free in between treatments.
"One celebrity client said that it make her butt looked like it was photoshopped," says Jamie. "It truly does leave a glow."