The bamboo furniture and tribal drums inside Earthbound Tattoo Studio telegraph the studio’s specialty in traditional and modern Polynesian-flavored tattoos. This aesthetic may come from artist Noel's travels through Hawaii and New Zealand—or maybe the team just has a head for the geometric curlicues and bold black lines that represent that style. Either way, their creative minds swirl not only with island flowers, bands, and patterns, but also the need to custom design each tattoo that falls from their professional, sterilized equipment.
Working under board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David S. Goldberg, Monterey Skin Fitness Center’s licensed aestheticians work to halt the march of time with an array of skin-plumping peels and injections. Aestheticians offer guidance during every step of each treatment with a full evaluation and explanations for postpeel care. The 30–45 minute MicroPeel curbs breakouts, smooths wrinkles, and conditions and protects formerly fraught faces to maintain a freshly peeled appearance. The peel's immediate results make it ideal for a last-minute spruce on the way to extreme staring contests. Refinity peels take about 30 minutes to renew skin with a gentle application of glycolic acid, while protecting it with Cosmederm-7, a patented anti-irritation ingredient that reduces postpeel grouchiness for sensitive skin. Treat pimple-prone pores with a Vi peel, which lifts away scum, sun spots, and the appearance of scars while firming the skin. The 20-minute Vi peel yields visible results after about four days; results are maximized over multiple treatments.
Nestled in the beautiful redwoods at the heart of the San Lorenzo Valley, The Gilded Lily is a mom-and-pop style tattoo shop owned by artist Mac Cellitti and his wife, shop manger Maren. Committed to satisfying the tastes of every individual, The Gilded Lily works with customers to customize quality tattoos of all sizes suited to their unique pelts in a clean and friendly environment. Feel free to bring in any reference material to help Mac or his fellow artist Jim create something completely unique and personal, and to help the process of finding out what will look best permanently scrapbooked on your skin. Check out their website and their Facebook photo page to gander at prior custom creations, which range from tiny flowers to full-back portraits. Like the preparations for a Guinness Record–breaking five-story plum pudding, appointments must be made in advance.
The staff at Aqua Wellness Day Spa knows that rejuvenation may require either beautification or relaxation, and with their services, they have both covered. For the former, microdermabrasion sloughs away dead cells to leave skin brighter, as does the Eminence skin-firming facial, which also fights signs of aging. A makeup application can further enhance freshened skin. As for relaxation, the staff performs therapeutic massages and soothing body scrubs, and they lead mind-clearing yoga classes at the spa.
Dr. Ali Sepehr has spent his entire career focused on the human face. While other doctors dabble in a variety of fields, he felt that choosing one specialty would allow him to truly treat a patient to the best of his ability. This single-minded devotion has led him to train under renowned surgeon Peter Adamson, receive board certification, and earn the 2010 Reuther Kris Conrad Merit Award for outstanding achievement in his field. He demonstrates his expertise at The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery by performing a variety of facial treatments, from liquid face-lifts and Botox injections to eyelid lifts and brow surgeries.
Rejuve Med Spa isn't just endorsed by its own team—an impressively eclectic array of experts, including two surgeons and several licensed aestheticians and certified laser technicians. The spa is also endorsed by some of the most famously beautiful women in Texas: the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. While the spa's treatments can't turn every client into a pro dancer, its experts can prep any physique for the spotlight with services such as FDA-approved Fraxel skin resurfacing—a treatment that minimizes wrinkles, acne scars, and sun damage on skin of all types. Other treatments range from microdermabrasion and laser hair removal to laser lipo and awake breast augmentation.