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.
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.
"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.
It’s no surprise that Surface Esthetics has swept the Best Facial category on the San Diego A-List for five years in a row. Each and every medical-grade facial in this cozy (and medical-grade) spa begins with a lengthy, personalized consultation. The spa’s aestheticians pour over new client’s pores for a good 30 minutes before unleashing their arsenal of diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands and custom masks to combat acne, aging, and unfunny skin. They quell hormonal breakouts during pregnancy with specialized skincare regimes, and refresh and sooth male skin irritated by shaving. Aside from their award-winning facials, the Surface Esthetics staff shows off their artistic skills with eyebrow shaping, and swiftly waxes away fuzz from the face or bikini area.
Milana believes that happiness is a journey?a belief that is central to the philosophy at Milana Wax & Skin Studio. Instead of focusing solely on her clients? outer beauty or unkempt milk moustaches, the licensed aesthetician prefers to promote inner happiness, drawing on informal training in reiki, healing-touch, and positive-energy techniques. Milana also draws on formal credentials as a permanent makeup artist and aesthetician to enhance fa?ades with SofTap permanent makeup and PCA Skin facials and body-care treatments. Ultimately though, she sees herself as the driver on each client?s path toward true beauty through self-acceptance and inner healing.