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Seti Treats Us Right - A Facial at Mayet Skincare
You know how brutal winter (yes even here in Southern California!) can be on the skin. The change in temperature, both inside your office and home as well as outside can wreak havoc on your skin. Right when I felt like I was hitting a breaking point (or breakout as the case was), I heard about a new skincare salon called Mayet Skincare that opened in Santa Monica, and near blocks from my house, I had to try it out.
Seti Mayet is a soft-spoken woman with gorgeous flawless skin (I suppose a necessary feature as a facialist!) who is passionate about skin. She recalls stories of her "calling" back when she was a teenager and would make homemade masks and treatments for herself and friends. Her stories sounded like my grocery list, eggs, butter, oatmeal, honey and avocado - all with very specific outcomes and ways they can help the skin.
It wasn't until Seti was an adult, with a sudden case of adult acne, that she remembered this passion of hers. Looking around the market for products, she found that many dermatologists would prescribe medicine to get rid of the acne, but not dig deeper to the cause. Products on the market were harsh and full of chemicals.
Seti went back to school and became a licensed asthetician and certified massage therapist so that she could share her holistic and organic approach to skincare with others. She experimented with treatments that would work on all types of skin and now proudly boasts a 98% success rate with problematic skin, which if it sounds incredible, it is.
We spoke about a lot of Seti's philosophies and methods of skincare while she gave me a facial. She told me about how she started working for Zia Natural Skincare in San Francisco and then traveled around the country conducting skin care seminars and worked on products in development. She moved to Los Angeles and has been working as Lead Aesthetician for The Sports Club/LA where she has gained a celebrity and cult following and decided it was time to open her own place.
Now let me say, this is a simple startup operation and that was part of the huge draw for me when I walked in. Mayet Skincare is set in the back on a pilates studio in a room Seti designed and decorated herself. The colors are so beautiful, light and soothing. Upon first walking in, I felt immediately at ease and calm, a change from other places I've been where the room is dark and sterile - leaving a person to either feel like falling asleep or uncomfortable.
Seti schedules appointments for her studio on days she is not at the Sports Club/LA and hopes to build a big enough clientele to take her growing business full-time. She took her time asking me questions about my skin before we started and was gentle and soothing throughout the entire treatment explaining each step of the process before it happened. She had excellent decorum and "bedside manner" if you will, shifting between telling me about the treatments and then graciously answering my questions about all-things-Seti.
There is no spa, no locker room to steam after (a no-no for people who get facials anyway Seti emphasized) but there is this dynamic woman who takes you A-Z through your own skincare regime at home and worked with me (while my pumpkin oatmeal mask was on) on ways I could improve what I do at home.
"Too many people don't consider their entire lifestyle as ways it can tie back to their skin," Seti told me. We discussed the ways in which increased (or decreased) exercise, change in sleep patterns, stress and food habits can affect the skin. And at the end of the day, it does all tie in, and when you go to see someone about your skin it makes perfect sense (even more so after meeting Seti) why you would want to take an integrative approach to your skin and include all of these factors when considering changes you notice in your skin's look and appearance.
One of my personal beliefs has always been that good skincare can save you endless time and money in cosmetics. I was thrilled to hear Seti echo this sentiment. When my treatment finished, my skin truly was glowing. In one hour, I went from drab winter skin to renewed and reinvigorated!
Seti said that her business is about 60% women, and that her business with men is growing. From teen to mature skin, Seti has seen it all. As a special offer, Seti will take 20% off the cost of your treatment when you call to make an appointment and mention LAist.
10687 Santa Monica Blvd., Unit 8
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Telephone: (310) 470-9955
Treatments start at $60 ($75 for a facial) and include facials, waxing and body treatments.