When life gets harried, we ask our bodies to carry the load. At Essential Rituals, clients come in to pamper their long-suffering frames with a host of restorative body services. Massage therapists relieve stress with custom massages. Aestheticians use SunFX spray-tanning equipment to cloak the skin with all-natural color. They erase signs of age with microdermabrasion, whiten teeth, and jump-start the metabolism with infrared body wraps. The Essential Rituals crew also offers whole body vibration treatments to help strengthen stabilizing muscles, aid injury recovery, and mix up recently purchased buckets of paint.
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.
Kate Brodsky has been shortening beauty routines for more than 20 years. Armed with state-of-the-art equipment, she negates shaving and plucking rituals by zapping unwanted hair with electric currents—a method she feels yields more permanent results than lasers. Kate also accentuates lips, brows, and eyes with permanent makeup and removes dead skin cells with european facials.
Like a restaurant uniting different cuisines to find the best blends of flavor, Renew Integrative Health Center combines Western and alternative medicines to develop treatment plans for each patient that can meet all of their needs. Patients can choose the type of doctor that most closely reflects their own thoughts about health, and that doctor then collaborates with the rest of the Renew team. Together, they aim to help patients achieve and sustain optimal health, applying the diverse skill set they collectively possess: naturopathy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, counseling, massage, and more. Lifestyle change receives particular emphasis, taking the form of weight loss, anti-aging treatments, or getting patients to stop eating their stress balls.
Within a cozy, sunlit spa decorated with colorful abstract art, Bella Brazil pampers its patrons with a robust menu of waxing, facial, and sunless-tanning services. Inside the private treatment rooms aestheticians remove unwanted hair from sensitive areas such as the eyebrows, bikini line, and spirit animal. Skincare specialties include an indulgent European-style facial that cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes visages, and wrinkle-lift treatments that banish crows’-feet back to their telephone wires. Bella Brazil's five-minute sunless tanning uses an airbrush to gild skin in a customized hue that can last as long as one week.
Qticles is a San Diego mani-pedi hotspot that reflects the spirit of its Pacific Beach neighborhood. Festive colors of bright orange, deep purple and banana yellow set the tone of this bustling beauty boutique, where clients chatter away and music plays. Refreshing services and pampering mini spa treatments make up the beauty menu, from Brazilian waxes and icy cool peppermint pedicures to paraffin hand softeners and detailed manicures. Facials include a lavender soother or fruit enzyme refresher for glowing skin, and all pedicures come with a relaxing massage. Female gatherings and bridal parties flock to Qticles for group pampering sessions, complete with complimentary drinks and snacks.