Drawing from more than 25 years of experience working in the med-spa and cosmetic-surgery field, Kathleen Rocca harnesses her knowledge and skills as a clinical aesthetician at her own skincare and anti-aging haven: Eastlake Rejuvenation Center. Guests pass through a lushly landscaped patio area as they arrive for the noninvasive cosmetic treatments, including facials with red and blue LED light, body-contouring laser lipolysis sessions, or photofacials that use intense pulsed light to tighten lax skin loosened after one too many trips to the moon.
In addition to helping area residents look and feel better, Rocca stays involved with her community on a grander scale, sharing beauty advice on Fox 6 news and serving as the president of the Bonita Business & Professional Association.
"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who’s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that’s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
The aesthetic professionals at House of Beauty beautify bodies through threading, waxing, facials, henna designs, and a passel of other services. Threading, a House of Beauty specialty, uses the tension between two coiled strings to deftly extract unwanted hair, including the extra-fine strands that dodge waxing with eel-like reflexes—nimble aestheticians can reshape eyebrows ($8), a favorite thread-target, in five to seven minutes. Spa treatments such as the one-hour European facial ($50) can pamper peaked visages, and painted henna tattoos ($5+) shimmy up hands and feet to be-filigree appendages and add glamour to rock, paper, scissors tournaments. All locations except the Moreno Valley Mall and Temecula Mall locations cut and color hair, a useful service for pretending to be one's own evil twin.
The vitality virtuosos at MedAesthetics Spa & Wellness treat clients to a sundry menu of spa services performed in a 3,000-square-foot facility. A botanical peel ($110) exfoliates faces with a heady blend of glycolic and lactic acids, which helps alleviate uneven pigmentation and diminishes fine lines attributable to stress or years of sleeping on pleated pillowcases. Kinked muscles flee the scene during one of five massage services ($45–$140), and aestheticians sculpt svelte figures with 50-minute detoxifying body wraps ($85), which shape contours and inspire pottery-making hobbies using a trio of drawing clays and Klamath blue-green algae. Clients can supplement each spa session with a 20-minute soak in a hydrotherapy tub seeped in calming, balancing, or energizing bath powders and oils ($35). Warm colors dominate the spa, where the gentle gurgle of a waterfall whispers in a tone that’s softer than a lamb swaddled in an even softer lamb's wool. Complimentary robes and steam-room access further enhance the day's relaxing treatments.
At Dermatology Laser Center of San Diego, a team of physicians lends their medical expertise to aesthetic treatments, clarifying skin with lasers and cosmetic injectables. The teams employs a range of lasers, each with its own aesthetic application – including hair and tattoo removal, skin resurfacing, spider vein treatment – as well as medical-grade wrinkle-removers such as Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm.
Tova Galgut of Tova’s Beautique & Wellness Center enlists her triple-threat credentials as a massage therapist, aesthetician, and electrologist to heal and beautify clients from the inside out. The tissue mender uses a slew of massage modalities, from deep-tissue kneads to hand-and-foot reflexology, to create custom massage recipes that fit each of her client’s needs. As an aesthetician, Tova rejuvenates visages with cleansing European facials and acne treatments designed specifically for teenage skin. The beauty purveyor also attacks unwanted fuzz with swift face and body waxings or suggests a more permanent solution in the form of electrolysis, which permanently wards off growing hair no matter the phase of the moon.