Beauty & Spas in San Marcos

1 or 3 TNS Hydrating, Purifying, or Calming Facials at Before-N-After Weight Loss and Wellness (Up to 56% Off)

Before-N-After Weight Loss and Wellness

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Choose a facial to help heal your skin, whether it needs hydration, anti-aging attention, or help fighting acne

One or Three Pumpkin and Yam Enzyme Peels at Bella Derma Secrets (Up to 63% Off)

Bella Derma Secrets

San Marcos

$125 $49

Packed with antioxidants and vitamins A and C, the peels exfoliate impurities, deliver natural botanicals, and reveal more youthful skin

55- or 80-Minute Massage (Up to 51% Off)

Elements Massage

San Marcos

$99 $49

Trained therapists combine and augment various massage techniques, such as Swedish and deep-tissue, to better ease your aches

Haircut Package with Optional Color or Highlights at Refined Hair Design (Up to 58% Off)

Refined Hair Design

San Marcos

$90 $39

Stylist stocked with Davines products cuts and conditions locks, adding vibrant color or highlights

Women's Haircut with Shampoo and Style from Amanda's Beauty Bar (55% Off)

Amanda's Beauty Bar

San Marcos

$75 $34

Haircut, shampoo, deep conditioning, and scalp massage

Two or Four Stretching Sessions at Stretch U (Up to 59% Off)

StretchU - Carlsbad

University Commons

$60 $29

Stretching sessions improve performance by opening neural pathways, helping alleviate pain, and increasing flexibility and range of motion

60-Minute Swedish or Deep-Tissue Massage with Optional Oxygen Retreat at One Up Massage (Up to 52% Off)

One Up Massage

San Marcos

$85 $42

Skilled therapist applies flowing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue pressure to ease tension; oxygen retreat to maximize results

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When first meeting clients, licensed massage therapist Stacey Allen goes over their health histories and asks them what their goals are. She does this as a way of engaging the client, but she can usually sense their aches just by watching them walk into the studio. A patient may complain, for example, of chronic neck pain, but Stacey notices something off in his gait. Then she learns of an old knee injury. Working over the client's body, she can tell that though his knee has healed, his body hasn't let go of the tension that resulted from compensating for the injury. And so she sets to work, gradually undoing the deep-set tension reaching from the knee to the neck.

Stacey gives every client this depth of individualized treatment, drawing upon massage modalities that include therapeutic, Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue work. Her journey into massage therapy started somewhat by happenstance?as a bookkeeper, she'd often greet coworkers with a quick shoulder massage, which became her form of a handshake. When the economy slowed, she decided to expand her repertoire and study massage. Naming her practice after a mentor's mantra, "We heal from within," Stacey puts guests at ease with relaxing spa music, Tempur-Pedic table toppers, and candles scented like a mother's love.

950 Boardwalk, Ste 304
San Marcos,
CA
US

Massage therapist. Lifestyle coach. Group fitness instructor. The list of Kathleen Pleasants’s vocations goes on and on. At Clearly Unique, Kathleen caters to clients' health and wellbeing, relying on her years of experience as a holistic health practitioner. As head massage therapist, she charms muscles into relaxing and dissipates stress and pain with deep-tissue and Swedish massages and neuromuscular therapy. Kathleen also has a special touch for carpal tunnel syndrome, alleviating the painful symptoms with three physical-therapy sessions.

Going above and beyond traditional massage services, Clearly Unique also hosts a range of workshops. Classes teach the art of reiki, advanced massage techniques, energy balancing, and even nutrition, in which Kathleen—who is not just a nutritional counselor but is also featured in the book Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined? —leads the way to healthy eating.

910 West San Marcos Boulevard
San Marcos,
CA
US

In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.

The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.

1003 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos,
CA
US

Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.

145 S Las Posas Rd
San Marcos,
CA
US

Every salon claims that their tanning formula is one-of-a-kind. But at Unique Tan, it's actually true—owner Sherrie Lee Meredith developed it herself. Her signature spray-tanning blend, Unique Excellence, tints skin with a paraben-free solution of organic aloe vera, berry essences, and a firming serum to stave off the signs of aging. The formula also contains erythrulose, which can produce a longer-lasting bronze glow, and, because it's alcohol-free, helps keep skin moisturized and streak-free. The salon's Smart Tan–certified staff uses this in both automated booths and custom airbrushing sessions, which harness the steady hand of a tanning artist to ensure tans completely cover skin and finally even the score with haughty bronze statues.

The salon also offers traditional UV-tanning beds, which contain comfort-adding amenities such as air conditioning, aromatherapy, adjustable facial bulbs, and easy-to-follow voice instructions. Clients can enhance their tans with the salon's line of tan-accelerating products, which extend the life of each tan by keeping skin moisturized and healthy.

630 Nordahl Rd
San Marcos,
CA
US

Signature Service: Massage

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Parking: Parking lot

Minimum Age Requirement: 12

Pro Tip: Please let us know what type of massage you like so we can match you with the correct therapist.

Q&A with Michael, Owner

Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?

Our trained massage therapists perform Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and hot stone massage. Some have had advanced training in other techniques, and all of them specialize in certain techniques. That is why we look at your health history, goals, challenges, and lifestyle?to match you with the best therapist for your situation?rather than just putting you in a time slot.

711 Center Dr
San Marcos,
CA
US