Amore Day Spa’s owner Kelly Kim spent years honing her craft by working as a licensed aesthetician and product specialist before opening her own day spa in 2011. Born and raised in South Korea, she spent the first eight years of her career traveling between her home country and Seattle, making her particularly well-suited to address the needs of other busy women who often forget to make time for themselves. Together with her staff, Kelly doles out relaxation in the form of everything from tailored hot-stone massages to whole-body steam treatments that leave skin feeling soft and polished with help from salt or sugar scrubs. She can also cut down morning makeup routines with permanent eyeliner or employ full-body waxing services to trim seconds off long commutes by playground slide.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. The warm whirlpool action taking place beneath the cushion of the Hydro-Massage bed relieves stress and muscle tension, leaving bodies as relaxed as a hypnotherapist's pet rock. The infrared heat and nutrient-shrouding steam of the Hydro-Derma Fusion machine sate parched pores and surge skin-collagen production, and fine lines and pigmentation problems flee from the therapeutic light of the Luminous facial, an FDA-approved treatment designed to illuminate skin from within. Tanning beds deliver a sun-kissed pelt, while Red-Light Therapy, the newest addition to the Planet Beach family, uses infrared light to deliver therapeutic treatments.
Each of Planet Beach’s machines is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. A staff of helpful spa assistants are always on hand to answer questions, help first-timers use the machines, and keep things safe and comfortable.
The staff at The Parlour Tan & Tone is equally adept at administering airbrush tanning, performing raindrop therapy, and rolling clients snugly into body wraps like human burritos. Detoxifying body wraps release natural ingredients such as aloe and minerals deep into the skin, break down cellulite’s fatty deposits, and regenerate collagen to erase stretch marks. Alternatively, Sudatonic infrared wraps heat the body from the inside out, purging toxins through sweat while simultaneously working to increase metabolism.
The boutique studio also offers streak-free airbrush tanning using an all-natural Infinity Solution formulation and raindrop therapy, which relies on nine essential oils to bring down stress levels and dispose of toxins in the spine.
Located in Vista, New U Rejuvenation Center is both a fitness and wellness center under one spacious roof. For fitness, clients can come in for whole-body-vibration fitness sessions, which are said to achieve results in a shorter amount of time than traditional workouts. The center also features personal training with certified trainers and group-fitness classes such as Zumba and ab classes centered around hip-hop or music by The Chipmunks. Wellness services abound here––there are massage services, nutritional programs, an oxygen bar, and an infrared jade sauna, believed to be able to burn calories while detoxifying the body. Members can try a detoxing ionic footbath, or come in for one of the beauty treatments available from licensed aestheticians, such as a pedicure, bikini waxing, or a facial.
Polished Images, which is both a relaxing day spa and a full-service hair and nail salon, transforms clients with the help of various Pureology hair products, hard wax, and hawaiian kukui-nut massage oil. Amid the spa's muted lighting, earth-toned walls, and floral accents, licensed aestheticians beautify skin with facials, waxing, and custom airbrush tanning. Next door at the bright salon, hairstylists stand diligently over heads, snipping and arranging coifs into everyday styles or elaborate updos for special occasions and trips to the mailbox.
Licensed aesthetician Lynn Pierce believes that taking care of mind, body, and soul is the most important way to illuminate one’s inner beauty. That’s why she incorporates her experience as a holistic health practitioner into all of her skin care treatments, applying Reiki healing techniques to help gently balance energy. Lynn specializes in anti-aging skin care, offering a signature facial that includes diamond microdermabrasion, an enzyme mask, and an anti-aging serum facial massage. Chakra balancing enhances the experience while helping pores relax and avoid spontaneous combustion. Along with a menu of customized facials, Zen Skin Carlsbad also pampers clients with massage services, sunless tanning, and guided meditation.
The royal blue walls and matching patterned curtains of Glamour Beauty Salon and Day Spa lend the salon a vibrant atmosphere that's reflected in the attentive services performed by the staff. They cover all of the beauty bases from haircuts to aromatherapy massages and steam saunas. They also offer a variety of nailcare services, including intricate acrylic nails decorated in 3D flowers and designs.