In one of the most miraculous transformations in the natural world, an ugly caterpillar wraps itself in a cocoon and emerges six to eight weeks later as either a beautiful butterfly or a much-uglier caterpillar. Revel in more predictable and effective beautifying treatments with today's Groupon: for $25, you get either an express facial (a $55 value for nonmembers, a $39 value for members), a sugaring hair removal (up to a $65 value), or a 30-minute relaxation, sports, or cupping massage (a $50 value) at The Encinitas Spa, located downtown in the Moonlight Plaza.
The Encinitas Spa whisks clients away to a soothing stress escape, where expert aestheticians pamper bodies and repair flagging façades with a variety of services. A 30-minute express facial will freshen faces and relax overworked bulldog-impersonation muscles by cleansing pores with a Clarisonic Pro brush and an AHA exfoliant treatment, followed by extractions and moisturization, all while hands or feet get a soothing massage. Revitalize work-weathered bone sacks with a 30-minute massage chosen from a variety of styles, including deep-tissue techniques for in-depth tension taming or sports massage for weary quarterbacks or exhausted baseball card collectors. Alternately, raze unwanted fuzz orchards with a sugaring hair removal, in which a paste of sugar, lemon juice, and other natural ingredients combine to lastingly defuzz the underarms ($20), brows ($25), bikini ($35), and other skinscapes.
- If you’re looking for an intimate experience where you will be one on one with highly trained holistic practitioners and estheticians, while escaping the typical oversized and busy spa setting, then The Encinitas Spa is a recommended North County refuge for you. – Michelle Guerin, DiscoverSD
- I also got a facial here before my massage and honestly, I felt like I was glowing for weeks afterwords [sic]! – Shaun G., Yelp, 12/30/10
The Encinitas Spa
The Encinitas Spa's specialty is skincare, a logical choice given the exposure bodies get in the local surfing community. To ready clients for Speedo season, certified body sugarers smooth on a low-temperature sugar formula that is less likely to yank tender tissues than conventional wax, but more capable of picking up very fine hairs without cheesy lines. Medical-grade products from PCA Skin work alone to peel away damaged cells, or in tandem with a Clarisonic Pro brush to thoroughly cleanse pores. Eight types of massage compliment these treatments, and are performed by certified holistic-health practitioners, who have honed their healing touch during at least 1,000 hours of training, and massage therapists with at least 500 hours of training. In addition to encouraging citizens to hit the beach, the team strengthens ties to the community through charitable work, recently participating in a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen foundation.