"Comfort" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you're thinking about a Brazilian wax, but Brazilia Skin Care is trying to change that. At five locations throughout San Diego, the day spa's all-female staff waxes almost every body part, always with gentleness as their foremost goal. Customers choose between European hard wax or cream-based strip wax, both of which were developed for sensitive skin. The stores also sell aftercare products that prevent ingrown hairs and irritation.
In addition to waxing, the team performs facials, peels, and massages. They even have three ways to change up your eyebrows that don't involve drawing a third brow on your forehead: threading, tinting, and tweezing. And though the atmosphere certainly caters to women?the website tells working moms to "bring your baby"?Brazilia has an entire menu of men's services, including chest waxes and facials that help with the side-effects of shaving.
From the moment guests plug into their personal Pandora radio station and log onto the free wireless, they know they're in for a top-notch med-spa experience at Shaft San Diego. But aside from creature comforts, the real attraction of the center is its advanced cosmetic treatments. Here you'll find all manner of cutting-edge aesthetics services, from Botox and Juvederm injections to PureLight cellulite treatments. The center even uses a 3D imaging system to analyze clients' skin and determine an appropriate course of treatment.
Medical director Dr. Jerry Borup oversees the diverse medical and aesthetic skincare services at Spa 324, where aestheticians customize every treatment while brandishing powerful skincare products from brands such as EltaMD and SkinMedica. The experienced staff, which includes a certified dermatology physician's assistant and a fat-transfer specialist, tailors facials, beauty injections, and sclerotherapy sessions according to each client's individual goals. Their toolbox also includes liquid nitrogen and high-tech lasers designed to tackle abnormal skin tissues and uproot unwanted body hair or invasive surveillance equipment disguised to look like body hair.
Seasoned aesthetician Gillian Lloyd unearths natural radiance at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center, a beautification haven packed with contemporary procedures and technology. A trio of olive oil, soybean oil, and shea butter unites to combat countenance droughts and poorly lubricated Slip 'n Slides in the 60-minute ZaZen facial (a $110 value). Frontispieces first drink in the nourishing effects of chamomile, marshmallow, alpha bisabolol, and green tea before a mug maven lathers visages in a cranberry peel (a $40 value with treatment). The treatment's sweet elixir swirls with fruit-acid enzymes that strive to exfoliate and detoxify dull body bark.