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.
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.
At Place360 Health + Spa, guests can temporarily find respite from everyday stresses, thanks to beauty services, wellness support, and healthy organic enrichments. Its location—above the Pacific coastline in Del Mar—also helps. Along with natural and alternative health treatments that combine Eastern and Western philosophies, the spa offers beauty treatments ranging from spray tans and eyelash extensions to raw honey and papaya body wraps. Place360's health-focused mission, atmosphere, and professional services earned it recognition in 2011, including a Spa Week Luxe Award for Best Medi-Spa and a podium finish in the U-T San Diego reader poll's med-spa category.
Bazilia offers a wide variety of waxing options including the popular Brazilian wax ($45), which quickly suits up sunbathers for swimsuit season. Reshape or separate Siamese brows ($18) or clear your upper lip and chin ($15 each) to prepare a smooth surface for better novelty-moustache adhesion. Or just skip the specifics and get a full face of water-wicking skin ($40). Migrate away from the mug and take care of gnarly arms ($35) or pair of leggy walking arms ($60). See a full list of long-lasting waxing services here.
DryBar is a chic spot in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center that is a lively and fun place to get gussied up for a night on the town. Professional hairstylists get creative, offering updos, sleek and smooth locks, loose curls, that messy beach hair look, more volume or an entirely new look. Guests are indulged with a shampoo and head massage before the hair dryers are revved up. Patrons sit in swirling white chairs, sipping champagne and watching romantic comedies and chick flicks on flatscreens, while chatting away with their stylists or neighboring new drybar pals. Former PR woman and hair stylist, Alli Webb launched the business in LA in 2010 and it’s spread like wildfire, proving that women like the idea of “No cuts, No color, Just Blowouts” for under 50 bucks.