When its icy beauty isn't adding a tony touch to episodes of CSI, Blue Medi Spa spruces up the pages of publications from Allure to the Wall Street Journal. Blue's medical director, Dr. Daniel Yamini, has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Dr. 90210.
Dr. Yamini's expertise stems from double board certification in plastic and general surgery, and he has performed more than 5,000 procedures during his career. He oversees Blue's nonsurgical services, which range from laser and body-contouring treatments to injectables and clinical facials that work better than taping prescription pads over the face.
As Dr. Yamini and his aestheticians tend to bodies, the spa's aquamarine light filters through translucent panels and reflects off of tiling. Stretched fabric and hanging shapes evoke the mobiles of Alexander Calder as space dividers create the feel of an art gallery on Pluto.
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 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
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 and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. 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 or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
Just like its namesake, the interior of Charm Beauty Salon glows golden. With an updated-yet-retro feel, modular couches sit opposite of styling stations separated by tall pillars, where stylists smooth locks with Brazilian blowouts and shear new 'dos via exacting snips. Tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians de-fuzz physiques with a range of waxing services, from eyebrows to stubborn thigh-brows. Meanwhile, using products from Yonka and G.M. Collin, hydrating and exfoliating facials leave mugs fresh and smooth.
For more than 30 years, the spa specialists at Massage Masters have been succeeding in sinking stress, rejuvenating skin, and making customers feel as cool as a sliced eyelid-covering cucumber. Upon entering the clean facility, patrons will have access to the spa facilities, including the warm spa shower and the complimentary swaddling of robe and slippers. Should the mini facial win the coin toss, an experienced aesthetician will carefully lay down your upper frontispiece and perform a nurturing cleanse of soiled pores. Come away with a rejuvenated complexion that emits a warm glow, which may or may not disorient passing moths.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
Aesthetician Lana relies on two decades of experience as she helps clients improve the appearance of their skin. For a bright, glowing complexion, Lana reaches for an azulene mask during the moisturizing facial, which helps to lock water back into the pores. A magnetic hydration treatment also moisturizes the skin but instead employs magnetic minerals to increase blood circulation, pull hydration to the surface, and lets you put extra photos from the fridge on your cheeks. To achieve glowing skin from within, Lana uses Kangen water, which aims to tone the skin by restoring the body to a proper pH balance. She renders all these skin-refreshing services amid a comforting private treatment room with hardwood floors, soft pinkish walls, flowing curtains, and relaxing candles.