You can probably guess from their name that DermFx works beautifying magic on skin—and you'd be right. With laser- and light-based treatments such as Fraxel and the smooth beam, skin-tightening Ulthera ultrasound treatments and chemical peels, and proprietary take-home products, the med spa keeps skin soft, smooth, and turbulence-free. But that's hardly all. From non-surgical Botox to LightSheer laser hair removal, the medical professionals use cutting-edge technologies to deliver stunning outcomes all over the body.
Within spud-gun range of the Pacific lies Tina Moses Skin Care, inside Essential Salon, and the aesthetician who gave it life, Tina Moses. She stays in touch with the latest treatments available, fine-tuning her services to include several types of facials that fight redness, increase moisture, and smooth out wrinkles. Tina has also sculpted body, facial, and eyebrow hair ever since she proclaimed herself the eyebrow goddess, a position usually only attained by besting a pair of eyebrows at charades.
Aesthetician Millette San Pedro specializes in turning back the clock. From within Flawless Skin Clinic's sleek confines, Millette welcomes guests of all ages to indulge in relaxing facials and skin treatments focused on granting a time-defying glow. Her services revivify the complexions of both men and women and can be tailored to tackle concerns such as acne or dry skin. She also uses threading to smooth eyebrows and chins, reducing drag in speed-smiling contests. Millette also strives to beautify her community by partnering with a variety of outreach organizations.
The OC Tan brings the sparkling soulshine lingering within each customer to the surface through a variety of tanning services. The Elixir tanning bed ($20 per session) envelops tanners in 51 body bulbs—one for each U.S. state—for 12 minutes of air-conditioned tanning. Disappear into the Mystic Tan spray booth ($35) as a pale newspaper reporter and emerge 60 seconds later as Supertan, the poorly named hero with a healthy glow. For those who love the taste of tanning bulbs but hate the sound of laying down, the Solarforce 652V ($20) offers a 10-minute tan in a stand-up unit that can accommodate clients up to seven feet tall. The ultimate in tan architecture at The OC Tan, however, is the King 420 bed ($40), which combines aromatherapy, aquatherapy, and a non-claustrophobic design into 12 minutes of high-pressure tanning. A five-minute airbrush tan is also available ($55), with custom application and results lasting up to a week.
As recounted in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch, it was a hot day in July when JoAnn Buday's daughter ran into the house, breathlessly gushing about a newly discovered frozen treat called a "sno-ball." JoAnn was intrigued. She spent the day on the computer, her face illuminated in the glow of hundreds of shining reviews of sno-ball shops in New Orleans, where the dish originated. JoAnn had often dreamt of opening a frozen treat shop that would stand out among all the other yogurt and ice cream joints in southern California. Now, at last, she had a plan.
Today, JoAnn captains her own shop, whipping up the frosty snacks lauded by reporters from The Orange County Register. Beneath shelves of colorful syrups, JoAnn and her staff top fluffy shaved ice with more than 30 different types of syrups—including root beer, wine cooler, and coconut. They blend flavors and add layers of creamy ice cream to create imaginative combinations such as peach cobbler and caramel apple pop. Guests snack on frozen treats, hot dogs, and fresh baked goods on the tabletops that speckle the seating area. A colorful mural sweeps across the wall, depicting typical scenes from famous cities around the world, including diners lingering at a cafe in Paris and employed citizens paying their U.S. federal taxes in Seattle.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.