The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder?s Reader?s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line. Steps away from the spa's tranquil hair salon, Arcona formulas play a central role in the spa's 18 facial treatments while massage clients benefit from fluffy robes and a eucalyptus steam room. But the staff's dedication to well-being doesn't stop with the clients?contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to communal prosperity, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, ?Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.? This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists.
Former Naval surgeon Dr. Maurice Sherman has an impressive resum?. He is triple board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and otolaryngology, he was the past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California?San Diego. He has even appeared on Fox 5 to discuss Vaser Shape body contouring.
At Del Mar Cosmetic Medical Center, Dr. Sherman treats patients of all ages with an array of cosmetic procedures that improve faces, breasts, bodies, and skin. Popular procedures include therapeutic facials, Botox injections, rhinoplasty, breast augmentations, and liposuction. For more invasive procedures, patients sojourn to an accredited surgical suite, relaxing under local or general anesthesia while Dr. Sherman minimizes perceived flaws. He makes every effort to create tiny incisions and hide them in the natural lines and creases of the skin.
In her 30 years as a cosmetologist, Natalie Alameda has spent time learning and teaching. After decades spent honing her aesthetician skills and soaking up field knowledge, she took her expertise to the lectern as a cosmetology educator and doled out wisdom to budding aestheticians. Even though she’s reached veteran status in the beauty world, Natalie keeps sharpening her skills by attending anti-aging seminars and integrating new technologies into her repertoire.
At Skincare & Permanent Make Up by Natalie, the well-versed aesthetician resolves clients’ skin troubles using PCA Skin and Epicuren products. Cleansing, hydrating, and oxygenating facials clear blemished faces, and PCA Skin peels erase signs of aging or bored freckles connecting their own dots. Permanent makeup gives definition to lips, eyes, and eyebrows without the daily mess of makeup. She also waxes away body hair and makes up brides at her facility or on-location to help their faces to shine outward from the altar and the photo album.
Electric wall-mounted lights shine against exposed brick walls and marble-topped counters at Hair Lounge at Cedros. But the atmosphere isn't just pomp for look's sake?it's a reflection of the salon's artistic inspiration. Just past the lounge, where hair-care products and scents by Eufora and Davines are on display, the team of master stylists, coloring specialists, and makeup artists are busy working their magic. Using techniques popular in the US and Europe, they perform custom cuts and conditioning, and add vibrancy with single-process coloring and highlights. The salon also specializes in repairing split ends using the Thermo-Marine Bonding System, which binds broken strands and strengthens them with nutrients and tiny Kevlar jackets. Cutting isn't the studio's only method for removing hair, either: for the rest of the body, low-heat, imported French wax moisturizes and soothes as it constricts on the skin to gently lift unwanted hair during waxing.
"Comfort" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you're thinking about a Brazilian wax, but Brazilia Skin Care is trying to change that. At five locations throughout San Diego, the day spa's all-female staff waxes almost every body part, always with gentleness as their foremost goal. Customers choose between European hard wax or cream-based strip wax, both of which were developed for sensitive skin. The stores also sell aftercare products that prevent ingrown hairs and irritation.
In addition to waxing, the team performs facials, peels, and massages. They even have three ways to change up your eyebrows that don't involve drawing a third brow on your forehead: threading, tinting, and tweezing. And though the atmosphere certainly caters to women?the website tells working moms to "bring your baby"?Brazilia has an entire menu of men's services, including chest waxes and facials that help with the side-effects of shaving.
Dr. Deborah H. Atkin and her team of experienced aestheticians work to turn back the clock on signs of aging and enhance their clients' natural beauty with a repertoire of advanced skincare services that rely on technological innovation and a keen aesthetic eye. Dr. Atkin, a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, attentively listens to patients' desires during an initial consultation, before taking time to create a realistic beauty blue print, custom tailored to their needs. Beauty plans can involve anything from treating acne and rosacea with products from brands such as SkinMedica, to plumping away wrinkles and fine lines with minimally invasive dermal-filler injections. A fleet of technologically advanced devices allows the staff to provide laser-assisted services, including skin tightening, body sculpting, and photorejuvenation.