Taking Care of Yourself from the Inside Out

With the abundance of spas and salons around North County, natural and toxin-free treatments have become a significant and important trend.  While pampering is a relaxing activity that we love to indulge in, it is necessary to make sure that the services we receive are organic, non-toxic and exclude harsh chemicals.

We found the ultimate beauty destinations around town that are passionate about using natural ingredients in their treatments.  So whether you are in the mood for a luxurious mani and pedi, a style and up-do for your hair, a revitalizing facial, or a naturopath program, we have the perfect guide for you!


Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Katherine Randall Katalyst Public Relations | August 2013 ArticleSometimes the key to unwinding is a relaxing mani and pedi.  However, some nail treatments can sometimes be quite the opposite!  With a nail shop at every corner in commercial San Diego, the environments can be loud, crowded, and even unhealthy with bacteria and harsh chemicals that are harmful to our skin.  Fortunately, many nail spas have committed to using natural ingredients in their treatments.  Bergamot Spa in Coastal Encinitas is a boutique day spa set in Indonesian inspired gardens that offers the perfect relaxing, pampering, and healing services.  We recommend the Island style Manicure and Pedicure which boasts a hydrating tropical soak, exfoliating Pure Fiji cane sugar scrub followed by a super hydrating massage and traditional nail care and polish.  If you are looking for something more casual try Beachy Toes, an all-natural nail salon with a fun beach cabana atmosphere on the historic Highway 101 in Solana Beach.  With over 100 different nail polishes to choose from, Beachy Toes is vegan friendly, non-toxic, and Formaldehyde, DBP, and Camphor free.  Bask in a Summer Lemonade pedicure with fresh lemon slices or the California Dreamin’ with mango, oranges, and papaya!


Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Katherine Randall Katalyst Public Relations | DryBarAre you ever tired of styling your own hair, but don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for a cut and color?  Alli Webb, a professional hair stylist and blow dry maven, founded Drybar, a brand new “blow dry” concept created around a very simple idea: No cuts. No color.  Just blowouts for only $35.  Located on El Camino Real in Carmel Valley, you can choose from various styles like the Straight Up, Manhattan, The Cosmo, The Mai Tai, Southern Comfort, or the Up-Tini!  If you need the full on hair treatment, Carlton Hair Ecotique Day Spa forms styles based on the fashion industry elite, “translating runway trends into wearable works of art”.  Enjoy a selection of Indie Music while being treated to a relaxing, and stress-relieving head massage with natural Aveda products.  If you are in the mood for complete pampering, Carlton Hair also offers a variety of spa treatments.


Although we cherish the beautiful sunny weather, sometimes our skin does not.  We found the perfect solution: a hydrating facial that will clean those pores and renew that summer glow.  Surface Esthetics in Del Mar is one of our favorites because of their unique mission to provide treatment beyond the spa room with prescriptive home care that will enhance results.  Whether you want to “brighten, lighten, cleanse deep pores, calm Rosacea, or experience age-defying facials”, Surface Esthetics has award-winning treatments that will change your skin!  For an ultimate realm of relaxation, Re-Nous Skin and Body Spa is a great spot set on the Del Mar coast with beautiful views of the Pacific.  We love the Ultimate Vitamin C Facial with pumpkin glycolic and natural lightener that creates a healthy, smooth, and vibrant glow. 

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Katherine Randall Katalyst Public Relations | The Whole Journey NATURAL HEALTH

As fun and relaxing as it is to get our nails done, hair styled, and faces cleansed, it is equally important to make sure our insides are getting pampered too!  We have been seeing a lot of new natural health, naturopath, and holistic boutiques coming up around North County that have amazing services and programs.  Bloom Natural Health, a naturopathic medicine boutique, provides individualized treatments that incorporate natural remedies and ancient healing arts to help clients journey into “wellness and blossom into their higher selves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually”.   We love their Skinny Shots for $30 each that have liver specific nutrients and vitamins including B-12, methionine, choline, and inositol.  The Whole Journey, a holistic nutrition and wellness center, is also one of our favorites.  Helping people live healthier, happier, and more energetic lives through whole food nutrition, supplementation and healthy lifestyle guidance, The Whole Journey has great programs that are tailored to the individual.  Their specialized intensives like The Newlywed Package are great programs that include consultations, blood tests, kitchen/bath product purging, cooking classes, specialized grocery trips, and much more!

Being healthy stems from the inside out.  Not only do we need to watch what goes into our bodies but also what we are putting on our bodies.  With our ultimate beauty guide you can now indulge and spoil yourself without feeling guilty.
Carmel Valley San Diego Community  | Katherine KatalystKatherine Randall is a Cardiff Resident and founder of Katalyst Public Relations, a full service PR and social media agency, based in Solana Beach that works with clients in the lifestyle, hospitality, new media and technology space.

Katalyst creates customized communication campaigns using a well-balanced mix of public relations, social media, digital publicity, blogger relations, event planning and promotion, community relations, marketing and reputation management. The agency’s specializes in restaurants and hotels, food and wine, travel and leisure, design and home decor, fitness and beauty, and accessories and retail.

With her superb connections and media relationships, Katherine is in the know about current San Diego lifestyle trends. A fitness enthusiast, Katherine enjoys taking barre classes and running on the beach. She also enjoys scoping out the newest and most buzzed about San Diego restaurants.


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