Makeup artist and aesthetician Kimberley Martinez has come a long way since her days of doing of makeup for the Temecula Frontier Days Pageant. After appearing as a featured artist on Pageant School: Becoming Miss America and serving as a member of Estée Lauder's Regional Makeup Artistry Teams, Kim expanded her scope as a licensed aesthetician to work for Warner Springs Day Spa, The Escape in Fallbrook, Beauty Kliniek, Spa Gregories, and L'Auberge. In 2005, she channeled her talents into the launch of Kimberley's Skincare, a private, medically orientated skincare practice based inside a Murrieta doctor's office. Here, she is able to provide customize treatments to her growing client base. With full certifications in services including advanced skin analysis, microdermabrasion, advanced peel protocol (PCA), laser hair removal, and Xtreme eyelash extensions, Kim has earned status as a member of Associated Skincare Professionals. Her training in both American and European skin techniques have kept her in the public eye, where she guests spots as an aesthetician and makeup artist for celebrities, weddings, events, and television shows.
Two dozen candles glow welcomingly at Natural Athletic Performance Spa, where holistic health practitioner Reyna Carter guides an elite team specializing in fine-tuning the bodies of athletes in a setting that dissolves the stress of competition. Acupuncturist and master of traditional Oriental medicine Melissa Batten represents the staff members’ expertise and thoughtful approach to their work. Having enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork, she realized she could better serve her clients with a degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she pursued sports medicine, interned for two years in various clinical settings, and learned to differentiate the ailments better addressed with Western medicine. A pair of licensed massage therapists—one of whom is also a certified personal trainer—wield knowledge of six modalities that include the circulation-boosting Swedish style as well as thai and sports massages that loosen joints and target injury prevention. Treatments to streamline silhouettes for races with speeding bullets take shape as either dietary supplements or noninvasive, mechanical kneadings.
Dr. Daniel Hiser earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and spent years in private practice, during which he became worried about the sun damage plaguing so many of his patients. Along with a registered nurse and the clinic director, he decided to open a med spa that would nurture skin dealing with the effects of aging and overexposure to the sun. The trio’s brainchild, Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic, treats patients to medical services ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox injections and smoothing laser hair removal to age-defying IPL photofacials and chemical peels.
The clinic also ventures into spa territory with gentler facial treatments, which employ green tea, antioxidants, and microdermabrasion to fight blemishes and restore a youthful glow to cheeks without installing light switches in them. Clients can continue nourishing their skin at home with skincare products from Obagi and Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic’s own label.
Led by medical director Dr. Ariel Cortes, owner and founder Gita Izadi and the rest of the medical team at Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center help people feel youthful and confident. Izadi opened the business in 2003 with that very goal in mind, drawing upon her more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse. She started out with clinical services—ranging from Botox to advanced laser procedures—before adding an array of relaxing spa treatments to the lineup in 2009. Now, patients can schedule a fractional CO2 laser skin-resurfacing procedure to combat signs of aging and follow it up with a fragrant pumpkin-apple-spice facial or a soothing body scrub with mineral-rich sea salt.
The waiting area welcomes guests with a soft, pale-blue sofa next to an iridescent wall flanked by twin waterfalls. Patrons nosh on complimentary refreshments as they enjoy fragrant aromatherapy, while a centerpiece of elegant, white orchids provides a tasty snack for any visiting toucans.
Before opening Votre Beauté in 1987, Joëlle Ottow refined her aesthetic techniques at upscale spas in Nice, Geneva, and Amsterdam. Her wealth of experience finds a worthy reflection in Votre Beauté's service menu, which encompasses a wide variety of natural and high-tech treatment methods. There's a traditional European facial, of course, but there are also relaxing aromatherapy facials and LED treatments designed to soften the appearance of fine lines. An oxygen facial nourishes skin with a blend of 87 vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, and a therapeutic acne facial uses a Tesla high-frequency machine and a deep-cleansing mask to unclog pores.
Votre Beauté's aesthetic treatments aren't limited to the face. Clients can also opt for an aromatherapy body peel or a detoxifying wrap made with seaweed from the coast of France, where it's still legal for seaweed to sunbathe in its natural state. Massages are an ideal precursor to any body treatment, and the spa's therapists can treat muscles with techniques that employ hot stones or deep-tissue strokes.
Spa owner Anke Stoner hand selects each of the therapists and aestheticians at ASerenity Skin | Body based on experience and expertise in their field. She herself has more than 20 years of industry experience—the California board-certified aesthetician originally trained in Germany, where she focused on microdermabrasion, galvanic techniques, chemical peels, and manual lymph drainage.
Now at ASerenity, she and her staff have high, results-oriented expectations for each skin and bodycare treatment they perform using professional products from Image Skincare, Christina Cosmeceuticals, and Clarisonic. The spa was ahead of the curve more than a decade ago when they began to perform microdermabrasion and chemical peels, each of which employ varying degrees of exfoliation to help diminish facial discoloration, fine lines, and compulsive winking.