With locations throughout California, including LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Jose, Inland Empire, Ventura County, and Orange County, the knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
At Zerona Laser OC, a team led by Dr. Matthew Goda zaps away extra inches with the help of cold laser technology. During sessions, Erchonia's signature Zerona lasers liquefy lipids in stubbornly plump body areas, shrinking fat cells without affecting any other tissue or government-implanted homing chips. After each 40-minute session, extra water helps flush away the fat floating within intercellular space, with light exercise burning off what remains. To achieve optimal results, Dr. Goda recommends at least six sessions, spaced two days apart.
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.
Helmed by board-certified specialists, Facial Aesthetic Concepts was recently recognized as the Best Place for a Nip and Tuck in the Orange County Register's
2010 Best Of Orange County and enacts glowing dermises with a variety of services. Fit for any skin type, the seasonal signature facial fortifies human fabrics with a blend of deep pore cleansing, steam, exfoliation, and gentle-cycle hydration. Meanwhile, the ultimate one-hour chemical peel exorcises the specters of dead surface cells to help halt acne, rosacea, stage productions of Casper, and sun damage. Safe and effective laser systems penetrate the cheeks in the full-frame photofacial (IPL), which works to stimulate collagen production, mend broken capillaries, and minimize hyperpigmentation.
Pretty Threading Blowdry's stylists maintain a singular focus?they specialize in blow-drying and commit fully to it. There's no cutting or coloring, just a team of "stylistas" that have mastered the art of blow-dry-styling and who are given the time, space, and tools to concentrate on the head of hair in front of them. Their specialized brushes and signature tool?the Square Bio Ionic?infuse the hair with ions, thereby creating a smoother and shinier look. They offer five distinct looks to choose from, from retro waves to smooth and sleek strands.
While blow-dry styling is the specialty here, Pretty Threading also staffs specialized threading and makeup artists to ensure clients leave looking as polished as possible.
True to its name, Mr. and Ms. Day Spa serves as a quiet sanctuary for both men and women, where a staff of massage therapists and aestheticians dedicate themselves to the belief that spa services are essential for both mental and physical health. Versed in seven types of massage, therapists employ any combination of modalities while orchestrating custom massages to soothe muscles sore from supporting the body's cast-iron skeleton. The equally versatile skincare technicians use Dermalogica products during facials to restore skin's healthy glow.