Zenaida, the brains behind Foxy Box Specialty Waxing and Natural Skincare, calls on more than a decade of experience to polish her clients? skin. Alarmed by the number of skincare products on the market that are tested on animals, the aesthetician has made it her mission to not only use only environmentally sound and cruelty-free products in her studio but help her clients do the same at home. Hair-removal services, her specialty, use either French wax or an all-natural sugaring paste that incorporates sugar, water, and lemon juice in a water-soluble serum that requires little to no heat. To purify faces, she mixes her eco-friendly formulas with other natural ingredients to create custom facials and masks. Organic, fresh fruits and vegetables lavish skin cells with their natural enzymes and knowledge of the gritty orchard underworld to help leave skin glowing and refreshed, and additions of organic powders such as hemp, cocoa, rice, or algae help soothe the skin and fight signs of aging.
Dr. Brian Stenzler, owner of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness, is a one-man who’s-who of chiropractic. As a student, he took a trip to Panama where he spent some time straightening spines pro-bono before performing an adjustment for then first-lady, Dora Boyd Perez Balladares. He flew back to The States where he finished his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1998, just before graduating Summa cum Laude with a Masters in sports health science in 1999. Two years later, the Red Cross recognized him for his work at ground zero during 9/11, and in 2003 he was named New York Chiropractor of the Year by The New York Chiropractic Council.
And those were just the first five years of his career.
Since then, he’s shepherded a veritable hit parade of professional athletes, celebrities, and politicians back to health, including the likes of Junior Seau, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Orin Hatch. After a cross-continental move to California—where he promptly became the president of the California chiropractic Association—Dr. Stenzler opened the west-coast office of his practice, D.R.E.A.M. Wellness.
The core philosophy of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness is that true wellbeing is much more than simply being free of pain, disease, and sickness. The staff aims to harmonize physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing by emphasizing five particular areas of health, which is where the name D.R.E.A.M. comes in: diet, relaxation, exercise, adjustment, and mental wellbeing. These five facets of wellness have inform the growing number of treatments they offer at their clinic, which includes chiropractic work, massages, nutrition programs, pilates, and more.
A bronze Buddha statue greets guests at the entrance of Costa La Jolla Nails, setting a serene scene for those indulging in nail services within the salon’s airy confines. Plush, cream-colored chairs seat pedicure patrons as they dip toes or stiff leather boots into a footbath, playing host to a variety of pedicure treatments that can be enhanced with exfoliating sea-salt scrubs and cooling masks to fully de-stress soles. The salon’s row of treatment tables comes dressed in orchids and outfitted with a resident nail artist, who can dress up hands with pampering polishings or artificial nail enhancements. Clients can upgrade manicures with a CND Shellac polish that coats talons in a long-lasting blend that deflects manicure-marring imperfections such as chips, smudges, and stamped expiration dates. In addition to pampering digits, the in-house aestheticians depilate fuzz from faces and bodies with waxing treatments and clear and smooth complexions in full or express facials.
"Comfort" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you're thinking about a Brazilian wax, but Brazilia Skin Care is trying to change that. At five locations throughout San Diego, the day spa's all-female staff waxes almost every body part, always with gentleness as their foremost goal. Customers choose between European hard wax or cream-based strip wax, both of which were developed for sensitive skin. The stores also sell aftercare products that prevent ingrown hairs and irritation.
In addition to waxing, the team performs facials, peels, and massages. They even have three ways to change up your eyebrows that don't involve drawing a third brow on your forehead: threading, tinting, and tweezing. And though the atmosphere certainly caters to women?the website tells working moms to "bring your baby"?Brazilia has an entire menu of men's services, including chest waxes and facials that help with the side-effects of shaving.
In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Inside this intimate, pink-and-animal-print studio, owner and licensed aesthetician Chris Bresky adds length and volume to natural lashes with extensions that liberate lids from clumpy mascara. A lash-extension artist certified through EyebrowMBA and boasting advanced training from the Be An Amazing Lash Artist (BAALA) program, Bresky carefully applies each synthetic lash individually to ensure a natural look that may last two to three weeks, or longer with recommended refills. The makeup artist also studied at Last Looks Makeup Academy in New York City, and provides complimentary makeovers for customers who purchase the boutique's sunless tanners, cosmetics, or Swarovski crystal-embellished tweezers, which bestow eyelids with the ability to speak in code with nearby fireflies.