When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers?no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. In addition to a full-service pharmacy, Pharmaca offers organic and food-based vitamins from MegaFood and New Chapter; professional-grade skin care and cosmetics from Jane Iredale, Sanitas, and Dr. Hauschka; and therapeutic-grade supplements from Metagenics and Thorne Research. Customers can also choose from an assortment of homeopathic remedies, herbal formulations, medical supplies, toiletries, gifts, and fair-trade chocolates.
The laid-back, fun-loving mentality of SoCal surf culture pervades Spa Samudra & Hair Lounge. Kids and pets walk freely throughout the premises as shoppers peruse the organic skincare line, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Spa Samudra, however, seamlessly balances this surfer charm with the staples of a traditional day spa. Its organic skincare products, for example, are used in classic facials, which include steam cleans, exfoliation, and optional extractions. The aesthetic team also brightens faces with peels and soothes feet with detox footbaths. In addition, the 11 hairstylists at the up-and-coming hair salon pamper strands with an array of haircuts, color, and smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.
Carlsbad Eye Care's board-certified ophthalmologist Michael Tracy cares for eyes with the latest technology and a wealth of advanced training. After attending medical school at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, Dr. Tracy went on to perform his residency in ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, which has been ranked as the top eye hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Tracy has performed thousands of eye procedures, including LASIK, custom surface ablation (PRK), and cataract surgery. He employs state-of-the-art equipment during LASIK surgeries, eschewing a handheld blade or Keebler elf’s samurai sword in favor of the advanced IntraLase femtosecond laser.
As a nutritional consultant and aesthetician, Lisa Blake understands the connection between what you eat and way you look. She promotes healthy lifestyles fueled by wholesome foods and beauty regimens backed by organic skincare product and quality supplementation. Consultation sessions with Lisa are friendly and informative, full of tailored advice and confidence-boosting encouragement.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Oro Gold Cosmetics' luxurious products and treatments renew and invigorate skin with applications of the most precious and prized of metals. Skin technicians use the time-tested healing qualities of gold to reduce fine lines in a procedure once reserved only for awards statues or the victims of Bond villains. Molecules of Au suspended in colloidal potions pass into pores, smoothing out visible wrinkles and lessening the appearance of sun damage. In addition to instilling faces and bodies with its radiant properties, gold-based products work to moisturize, build collagen, and control oil production with a range of specially formulated serums.