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Our skin care treatments

Skin and Tonic takes a gentle approach to skin using environmentally friendly, eco friendly, cruelty free skin care products.
You will be working with a licensed esthetician that has a background in holistic nutrition. Our licensing does not allow us to perform medical procedures or skin disorder diagnosis. Peels that we are licensed to perform are not allowed to penetrate deeper than the epidermis of the skin, which is about .1 millimeters, approximately the thickness of a sheet of paper.
We don’t believe that pain=beauty. There are a lot of deeper treatments available out there that can provide faster results but with a high possibility of scarring and permanent damage to the skin. We treat the skin without causing inflammation to avoid potential damage to the skin.

Our facials are power packed to address everything from hyperpigmentation, acne, rosacea, eczema and aging concerns. We blend up botanical and marine based ingredients to provide your skin with nourishment and rejuvenation! Our suction extraction methods are extremely efficient and painless. We also use light therapy to reduce bacteria, calm the skin and increase hydration.

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses an abrasive applicator to gently sand away and suction the epidermis of the skin. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related concerns and conditions. Skin can be red for the first day and be flaky and dry from exfoliation for 3 to 5 days after the procedure. Though not always common there can be minor bruising caused from the intensity of the suction.

Includes ultrasonic cleanse, AHA and BHA application to exfoliate and dissolve surface oils, microdermabrasion procedure, nutrient serum and sunscreen application.  

Hydradermabrasion is a gentler approach to resurfacing the skin and uses specific abrasive tips to gently exfoliate the skin. First, the tips suction the skin in a gentle manner, removing the dead skin cells. Then, water is delivered to the skin with the attached nozzle, and triple action process is performed:

1. Vacuum Suction.
2. Peeling with abrasive tip.
3. Hydration with incoming liquid.

The vacuum suction stimulates the lymph flow and increases blood circulation, stimulating oxygenated arterial blood to the treated area.
The machine itself performs the extractions very efficiently and painlessly. No painful squeezing. The healing serums are then infused into the skin with oxygen.

Our botanical based peels are efficient clearing acne and brightening and rejuvenating skin! These gentle peels won’t make you feel self conscious about being in public and won’t require downtime unlike the scene in Sex and the City when Samantha gets a chemical peel.

These peels will not be damaging or completely irritating to the skin and you can go about your life as normal. Included in the cost of the peel, clients will receive a post peel skin care kit that will keep your skin healthy and glowing during the exfoliation process!

Not sure what to book for?
No problem!

You can choose a treatment that resonates with your needs. When you arrive for your appointment we will consult with you about your treatment and we can change if needed to fully address your needs! 



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Laura Panxhi


 It is an honor and and pleasure to have Laura as Skin and Tonic's lead holistic esthetician! Her warm, bubbly personality contributes to the positive vibe at Skin and tonic!

Laura's skin career launched in 2007 in Athens, Greece after completing an extensive 4 year program in holistic skin care. Her experience and education covers dermatology, invasive medical procedures and treatments such as chemical peels, laser, electrology and botox. She also completed her studies in nutrition believes that diet is an important piece to healing problematic skin.

Laura is very dedicated to helping her clients achieve their skin care goals and her magical, healing hands will take you on a journey to relaxation!


Ellen Olson
Owner / Esthetician / Nutritionist


Skin and Tonic, birthed by Ellen Olson, became an overnight success when she opened her doors in the spring of 2007.

She received her licensing in aesthetics at the Aesthetics Institute in Portland, OR in the fall of 2001 and became owner of her first skin care business just one year later.
Over the years, she became a master at skin, completing many hours of ongoing education and workshops.

After her own personal experience with eczema and finding the link between diet and problematic skin, she studied nutrition at the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy in 2012, receiving her certification in Nutrition consulting.

She has transformed Skin and Tonic into a holistic skin care studio by bringing in more calming and nourishing skin care treatments, using intelligent and safe ingredients coupled with diet and lifestyle consulting.

She has retired from the treatment room to expand her lifestyle practice to inspire and educate women on living their lives to the fullest through wellness. She is also working on a book and developing plans for retreats and workshops!


474 Santa Clara Ave,
Oakland, CA 94610


Email: skinguru@studioskinandtonic.com                     
Phone: +1  (510) 268-9500


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