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From acne flare-ups to fine lines and wrinkles, licensed skincare specialist Maja Vukmanic is in tune to complexions' changing needs. That’s why she packs her treatment menu with skin-specific services, such as the mommy-to-be facial—which combats pregnancy-related rosacea and acne—and the teen facial, which includes tips on how to build and maintain a successful skincare regimen. Although her treatments may be many, they all pull from plant-derived Rhonda Allison products that are safe for all skin types.

Sola Studio 7, 1450 Frazee Rd, Ste 101
San Diego,
CA
US

At Avalon Laser, Dr. Tirgari and his staff of registered nurses rejuvenate skin with non-invasive treatments, earning several features on Channel 6’s “San Diego Living”. Whether they’re looking to permanently eliminate body hair or lift away fine lines and wrinkles, every Avalon client receive a customized treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and skin type. Dr. Tirgari might call upon laser technologies to combat acne and unwanted hair, or use medical-grade skin treatments, such as salicylic acid or Jessner peels, to smooth uneven skin textures. FDA-approved VelaShape treatments work to contour the body, reducing dimpling caused by cellulite or excessive impersonations of Mario Lopez, while shots of Botox and Juvederm smooth wrinkles confined to the forehead.

8555 Station Village Ln
San Diego,
CA
US

A soothing head-to-toe polish with warm Fiji butter, a vitamin- and mineral-rich algae body wrap: these are just two samples of the nourishing and relaxing treatments offered at SimplyPURE Esthetics. Here, the skin is the subject and smoothness is the goal. Skincare specialists coax glows from the face with European spa and anti-aging facials, draw out toxins with black Baltic mud treatments, and slough off dead skin with microdermabrasions and peels. They also make skin darker and smiles brighter with sunless tanning and teeth whitening—but not if they're your pet shark's teeth.

1233 Camino Del Rio S
San Diego,
CA
US

A trio of physicians—a dermatologist, an ophthalmic surgeon, and a plastic surgeon—keeps watch over both DermaBare offices, warding off signs of aging from wrinkles to cellulite. Registered nurses aim to obliterate unwanted hair at the root using one of three advanced laser hair-removal machines: the Lumenis LightSheer Duet, Candela GentleLase, and GentleLase Pro. Heated energy rays can also be pointed at faces to help encourage collagen production or send spider veins scattering off of legs and underneath the floorboards. DermaBare's other aesthetic treatments include dermal fillers, chemical peels, and plastic surgery treatments such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty.

6315 Beadnell Way
San Diego,
CA
US

Set in a charming Craftsman-style house, this med spa meets beauty lounge is helmed by Chi Nguyen, a registered nurse and expert in the health and beauty business since 1992. Nguyen and her team at Beauty and Body Medlounge on Washington Street excel at medical aesthetics like laser, injectible and IPL services, along with treatments that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermaplaning and removal of skin irregularities. The laid-back but professional staff also offers non-invasive procedures like Ultherapy, which lifts and tones loose skin using ultrasound therapies. The Beauty and Body Medlounge is known for its brow bar and excellent waxing services for both men and women, and can discreetly handle issues ranging from acne and pigmentation problems to wrinkles and Brazilian waxes.

1450 Washington St.
San Diego,
CA
US

Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique founder Sara Elizabeth Kuite has traveled the country to build her acute knowledge of bodily betterments, studying specialized skincare in New York City with celebrity facialist Ling Chan and scaling the Rocky Mountains to learn Japanese kobido massage techniques under sensei master Shogo Mochizuki. Today, she fuses Eastern ideas with Western technology in her current practice, which places an emphasis on deep healing and prevention of unnecessary epidermal wear. Her highly trained eyes carefully scan skin to spot specific conditions and create a personalized skincare regimen for each individual, and she gives each patient the time and attention they need to learn how to use products correctly and finally set the clocks on their VCRs.

Celery green walls and white overstuffed chairs provide a tranquil setting for all services, which include everything from anti-aging, hydrating, or exfoliating facials to hair removal with sugar paste or blue chamomile wax. Clients awaiting treatment may soothe sore eyes by browsing through a boutique stocked with raw vegan skincare products from brands such as Astara and Priori and high-powered CoffeeBerry antioxidant, or wander over to the elixir bar to nourish bodies and wilted houseplants with phytonutrient-rich beverages.

4026 Hawk St
San Diego,
CA
US