The aestheticians at Mariya’s European Skin Care know that no two faces are the same. Their services menu customizes facial treatments for women, men, teens, and complexions combating acne or aging. Waxing treatments paves smooth, supple skin over errant hair; and threading provides a natural hair-removal alternative for those averse to waxing, tweezing, or Bunsen burning. For weddings or special occasions, make-up applications accentuate the cut of the cheekbone and the jewel of the eye. And for each client and each service, the aestheticians navigate their stock of products by Christina, Jadience, and Epicuren to choose the optimum formulation.
During the past five years, Dr. Phillip Milgram has used the FDA-approved PinPointe FootLaser to address the nail concerns of more than 2,200 patients. A team of NIH-funded scientists and medical professionals spent two decades developing the technology used in the laser, which carefully eradicates fungus without damaging the nail or surrounding skin. After each of the approximately 30-minute procedures, patients can immediately resume normal activities and expect their nails to grow back clear or with a french tip.
The medical director of The Institute for Aesthetic Medicine believes a beautiful appearance can be attained through noninvasive, surgery-free techniques that leave patients rejuvenated with minimal downtime. His laser and radio-frequency treatments tighten skin and cosmetic injectables reduce facial wrinkles. Susie, the aesthetician on staff, performs similarly noninvasive skincare services, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and ultrasonic pore cleansing.
"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.
The board-certified dermatologists at Goldman, Butterwick, Fitzpatrick, and Groff, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology rid bodies of unsightly cellulite with a coterie of cosmetic procedures. After a consultation identifies customer desires and problematic areas, an FDA-approved VelaShape laser works to reduce cellulite by blasting bipolar radio frequency and infrared light energy onto the selected skin surfaces. The warm light waves reduce the size of fat cells and fat chambers, gradually evening the epidermis and leveling off cellulite, rendering skinparts as smooth as a Boyz II Men CD dipped in grease. Finally, doctors tighten the treated area with a specialty vacuum and roller, paving a highway for heat energy that spurs metabolism and lymphatic drainage. Like most good naps, the sessions last one hour on average, but can vary depending on the body area or severity.
San Diego's The Sporting Club and its sister facility La Jolla Sports Club strike the perfect balance of form and function. They also help clients do the same. With classes that range from yoga and Pilates to spinning and strength training, the Sporting Club addresses all aspects of fitness. And La Jolla Sports Club's lineup of martial arts, team sports, and group barre classes encourages both teamwork and wellness. After class, drop by the cafe for a healthy snack, a smoothie, or just a straw to practice meditative breathing techniques.