The friendly aestheticians and stylists at Browtique will smooth and soothe whatever section of your surface area aches for tending, from your freshly sore Olive Oyl tattoo to the love-bite scars from your pet gull. Because this deal can be applied to any of Browtique's wide range of services, you may have more trouble deciding which parts to pamper than trying to choose between chunky or smooth peanut butter. Order up the house special, eyebrow shaping, which includes a wax and tweeze ($35), and then tint the attitude revealers ($30) for extra drama. Wax any surface areas for aerodynamic purposes, from the stiff upper lip ($15) to the Brazilian under-carriage ($65). Give your hide a light butterscotch topping with an airbrush tan ($50 for a single service) or slough off your face's stifling topcoat with a microdermabrasion ($99) or other facial treatment ($100+).
Loraine-Dale Hall had packed away more than a decade of experience and numerous awards as an aesthetician and cosmetic tattoo artist before she created spaViolet, a beauty haven bent on having fun while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to skincare. The freewheeling revelry visitors experience has led the spa to devise a list of house rules, which include tongue-in-cheek warnings to refrain from karaoke in the eucalyptus steam room and foam parties in the six-head Vichy shower. The spa's signature violet hue anoints every inch of the cottage-inspired space, where extra embellishments of potted flowers and pastel pillows lure clients in for a soothing escape. In this beauty-centered retreat, Hall helms a team of skin specialists whose skills have landed them on the glossy pages of 944 Magazine and a victory in a face-off against a chain spa conducted by San Diego Magazine. The menu also packs in body scrubs, lash and brow tinting, nail services, and happy-hour waxing, which grants discounts every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Clients can further enjoy their spa experience with complimentary almonds, brownies, tea, and wine, which keep bored tongues from licking off newly applied skin serums when the staff isn't looking.
Upon walking through the drapes that frame Bella Sareena’s entrance, visitors might feel as though they’ve wandered into a Moroccan parlor. Under the glow of a colorful lantern sits a table strewn with makeup and colorful pottery. Beyond that, a banquette cushioned with colorful throw pillows stretches beneath a triptych of arced mirrors. Here, patrons await treatments selected from a service menu that blends Old World rituals with modern beauty techniques. In one room, instructors lead belly dance classes that shimmy in time with the jingling coined sashes tied around their students’ waists; in another, aestheticians who speak four different languages administer Nuface facials that stimulate collagen production with electrical currents. Before or after treatments or classes, guests can sip on beverages in the Moroccan tea room as they surf the complimentary WiFi for help translating the message formed by the tea leaves in the bottom of their cups.
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.
Although Tan at the Islands’s name suggests that clients leaving the salon are heading home from the beach, they might be better off heading toward one—they’re likely to be not only tanner but also slimmer and smoother skinned. Inside the salon’s private tanning rooms lie four levels of state-of-the-art, high-pressure Sun Ergoline UV beds, which vary in number of bulbs so that clients can speed up the tanning process without wasting a wish they earned from a grateful flounder. Airbrush equipment outfits skin in a mist customized to each patron’s skin tone, and Mystic spray-tanning booths alternate tanning sprays and drying gusts to lend skin a seamless bronze for up to 10 days. Skin also benefits from red-light therapy, which is said to boost collagen production. Clothes and accessories from brands such as Lucky and True Religion line the walls of the salon’s boutique, enabling customers to don beachwear that shows off newly golden skin tones the way people taunting 7-Eleven security cameras show off newly blue tongues.
Tan By the Sea in Carlsbad and Deep Tan & Spa in Encinitas keep skin bronzed seven days a week, regardless of the season. To deliver the sun-kissed look of Apollo's cheekbones, the facilities offer tanning beds—which range in intensity from the introductory Sunrise 3500 to the lamp-riddled European high-pressure TurboPower 25000s—as well as VersaSpa chambers that provide summer-worthy façades without the stern gaze of UV rays, misting clients from head to chakra with clear or bronzing solution in as little as 60 seconds. Decorating the salons are swimsuits, sandals by Havaianas, and products by Designer Skin, Hempz, and Australian Gold. In addition to tanning specialists, the spas' teams include aestheticians as well as technicians who can brighten pearly whites with dental-grade treatments.