Whether waxing poetic or waxing for a bikini, 'tis the season to be summer-ready. Here's a superficial view of how to get there.
Best foot forward
Tend to those tootsies with a long-lasting gel pedicure at Hello Birdie Nail & Lash Lab, known for providing creative nail art that incorporates a negative-space design at the cuticle so nail growth is less obvious. Hello Birdie recently teamed with San Diego brand Sara Elizabeth Skincare to offer Birdies of Paradise - an illuminating foot soak, brightening scrub, massage, toner, antioxidant treatment, velveteen foot cream and choice of nail polish.
Hello Birdie Nail & Lash Lab 3032 University Ave., North Park 619.358.9875, hellobirdielab.com
Improve the appearance of skin from head to toe with an exfoliating body scrub, which is said to boost circulation, enhance the skin's ability to absorb moisturizers and reveal new, healthier skin. For a lux experience, try Driftwood Spa's 50-minute Citrus Sugar Glow service, which includes a citrus-kombucha body wash, ginger-lime sugar scrub and warm Moroccan oil infusion (from $150). For the budget-conscious, the 30-minute Asian body scrub at Karma Spa includes sauna time, a Vichy shower and sea-salt scrub (from $41).
Driftwood Spa at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara: 7210 Blue Heron Pl., Carlsbad 760.603.3700, fourseasons.com/northsandiego/spa
Karma Spa: 3969 First Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.9888 or 2614 El Camino Real, Carlsbad 760.729.9888, karmamassagespa.com
Before clogging pores with sweat and sunscreen all summer, start the season off right with a cleansing facial at Albina Browtique. Using organic, Hungarian skincare products for exfoliating masks, Albina uses practices learned in the Ukraine, including aromatherapy, massage and extractions by hand. Try a 60- or 80-minute European facial and add a brow-shaping or tinting treatment for a full-face refresh.
Albina Browtique: 1110 Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, 619.807.0454, yelp.com/biz/albina-browtique-la-jolla
The eyes have it
Protect eyes from sun and sand with eyelash extensions from Blink Lash Boutique, which look natural, last four to six weeks and make mascara unnecessary.
On one condition
To protect hair throughout the summer, try a L'Oreal Powerdose at DK Hair. This deep-conditioning treatment hydrates and strengthens strands, and lasts for up to seven shampoos. Regular haircuts (every six to eight weeks) and deep conditionings make hair less susceptible to tangling and breakage.
DK Hair: 123 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619.546.4550, dkhair.com
Before slipping into something teeny-weeny, head to The Pretty Kitty for a Brazilian bikini wax, the service that accounts for about 95 percent of the salon's appointments. While most salons use hard wax, The Pretty Kitty uses a soft Italian cream version designed for sensitive skin. Clients typically enjoy smooth skin for up to four weeks.
The Pretty Kitty: 320 Third Ave., Chula Vista, 619.427.PURR (7877); 1822 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.483.PURR (7877); or 1400 Camino De La Reina, Mission Valley, 619.795.MEOW (6369), prettykittywax.com
Made in the shade
Stave off wrinkles and other unmentionables by taking a break from the sun and getting a spray-tan instead. For a custom service, try Blush Tan's organic airbrush treatment (full body packages from $50), which features oil- and alcohol-free solutions customized to each customer's desired skin tone. Or pop in to any of iTAN's (packages from $35) 31 San Diego locations, which stay open late for emergency, last-minute spritzings.
7450 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.412.4029, blushtan.com/location/san-diego
31 Locations Throughout San Diego, itan.com