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 Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Under the guidance of cosmetic dentist Dr. W. David McReynolds, D.D.S, the experienced cuspid de-crudders at Del Mar Smiles brighten teeth using the Zoom! system—a quick, immediately visible way to whiten chompers an average of six–ten shades. The one-hour treatment begins with a careful prepping of the gums and lips, protecting them with a gentle covering while exposing hammy ivories for full attention in the spotlight. Next, teeth play host to a special Zoom! gel, designed to work in conjunction with the Zoom! light as it beams brightly onto teeth's surface, working together to break up stains, banish discoloration, and inspire science and beauty to high-five triumphantly. A five-minute fluoride treatment finishes up the experience, strengthening smiles and sealing in their newfound glimmer.
A quaint, seaside spa, Spa Namara houses five poolside pamper rooms where visitors find full-body relaxation and face-saving facials. First, a dexterous flesh fixer will review your skin and design a treatment for your prized frontispiece. As gentle ocean breezes fill the warm room with salty scents, the aesthetician applies the facial to exfoliate and hydrate thirsty skin cells. When overworked muscles threaten to strike, patrons can ask a trained muscle-kneader to prepare a custom massage suited to their sinews and sore spots. Working with soft to moderate pressure, the therapist pinpoints problem areas, leaving muscles relaxed and loose enough to finally break the ice with the circulatory system. As a bonus, Namara's clients can also go stand around for a while in the pool courtyard's calming oasis.
When it comes to wellness, no body is an island. Within each person, complex systems work in concert with one another, but sometimes that interplay gets bogged down or interrupted. Enter the reflexologists at De La Sole Reflexology Spa. Using their knowledge of pressure points on the feet, hands, and ears, they interact with these organs, recalibrating systems through precision bodywork. Their delicate work produces noticeable results; potential benefits include improved circulation, bolstered immune systems, and increased energy. Although therapeutic, these treatments are equally relaxing; foot scrubs or soaks fortified with herbal formulas or natural Himalayan salt blocks soothe away stress collected in some of the body's hardest-working muscles.
When Michelle Luna started her beauty career more than 20 years ago, she was confident that she had nowhere to go but up. The driven stylist spent the next two decades trying to improve her craft, apprenticing under a German stylist and continuing her education through workshops and classes with Redken, Schwarzkopf, and other industry leaders. Her years of dedication and hard work paid off when she opened her own salon, Luna Del Mar Salon.
Today, Michelle helms a talented crew that specializes in modern cuts and color treatments. They also perform Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments that keep strands in place for three to five months, which is how long it takes to snap the perfect passport photo of oneself.
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. Steps away from the spa's tranquil hair salon, Arcona formulas play a central role in the spa's 18 facial treatments while massage clients benefit from fluffy robes and a eucalyptus steam room. But the staff's dedication to well-being doesn't stop with the clients?contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to communal prosperity, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free.
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.