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Inside the Ayres Hotel and Spa in Mission Viejo, Athena Spa is a calming oasis with large and spacious cream-colored rooms. The full-service spa upgrades traditional spa treatments with deluxe add-ons. Facials, for example, intensify with the addition of freeze-dried seaweed compresses or the rejuvenating extracts of caviar and pearls. The contents of body wraps appear to be plucked from a five-star restaurant, with ingredients such as crème fraîche, papaya, pineapple-salt mousse, and pomegranate. In their signature massage, therapists don’t restrict customers to a single style of touch, but combine several modalities, including Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue, and the grizzly-bear womp. In addition to these aesthetic treatments, an onsite yoga studio invites customers to relax from the inside out.

28951 Los Alisos Blvd
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Tayani Med-Aesthetics brings together a professional and compassionate staff of aestheticians trained to carry out the latest noninvasive skin missions. An IPL photo rejuvenation employs precise and sensitive laser pulses to reverse sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and wayward vessels roosting in your features. Each treatment is tailored to the client's skin type and practically painless, although patients sometimes feeling a slight sting like being snapped by a rubber band or insulted by Don Rickles.

26726 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.

Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.

27762 Vista Del Lago
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line and encrusting toes with Swarovski crystals. In addition to brining beauty and relaxation within grasp, each location expands the reach of Western medicine with alternative therapies for pain relief and programs geared toward new mothers and oncology patients. Contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to health care, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free. Attentive to both human and environmental health, Spa Gregorie's efforts to reduce waste, energy consumption, and chemical use earned OC Metro's 2011 Green Team award.

In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.” This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists, as well as the saint bernards that dig them out from under piles of laurel wreaths each day.

22342 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA
US

Amoderm Cosmetic and Wellness Medical Center president and medical director Dr. Elham Jafari has a background in neurology, which gives her a keen insight into the workings of nerves and muscles beneath the skin. She and her medical staff apply this expertise to perform brief Botox or Juv?derm injections and accurately target veins during sclerotherapy sessions. IPL photofacials pulse beams of light into the skin, stimulating the production of collagen to produce youthful elasticity without strict spandex diets. Microdermabrasion sloughs away sun damage, scarring, and fine lines without any type of abrasive spray, and is followed by a rejuvenating serum rich in ceramides and vitamins A, C, and E. Laser vein-removal treatments cause blood vessels to fade rather than growing into unwanted tattoos. Amoderm Cosmetic and Wellness Medical Center keeps flesh looking youthful with their own line of skincare products, including an anti-aging sunscreen that fights free radicals as it protects skin from further damage.

62 Corporate Park
Irvine,
CA
US

Harnessing SX series microcurrents, the dermal-restoration team at Neurotris targets sagging skin cells on the cellular level. During the 30-minute treatments, technicians apply two hand pieces with four electronically charged metal probes to the surface of the skin. The instruments harness high-definition frequencies, which aim to promote wrinkle reduction, tighten and refine skin, and tone facial muscles loosened after ill-conceived attempts at eradicating wrinkles using high-velocity catapults.

6865 Alton Pkwy
Irvine,
CA
US