BEST OF Health + Beauty: Mind, Body & Soul

Posted online: March 2012

Local yoga instructor Rachel Wilkins (pictured above) teaches strong flow classes at Santa Barbara Yoga Center and Carrillo Recreation Center, and she often subs at Yoga Soup. For more information or to see her teaching schedule, visit her Facebook page here.


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When you need to lift and tone the skin, look no further than Melanie Simon’s Circ-Cell products (from $35) and nano-current facials (from $165) as well as her sister Megan’s endermologie (from $85) and body electric (from $90) attacks on unwanted cellulite at Beautiful You, 805-403-6056,

Christine Starr’s Honeys, 805-963-8300,, is the place for painless sugaring hair-removal treatments (from $20).

Those in the know slip into the sleek office of Jeanette Baer, 805-565-8480,, at the Kevin Charles Salon at the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore for one-stop shopping of Botox, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and energy boosting B12 shots. Look for her own line of skin-care products this year.

For a customized glow (from $100) at home, call Kali Larson, 805-450-3443, Her secret tanning formula is free of harmful chemicals and lasts up to a week.

At the Montecito Aesthetic Institute, 805-565-5700,, medical and nonmedical services rejuvenate you head to toe. For a beauty bonus, book lush lash extensions on-site with Blush & Lashes technician Shannon Loar-Cote, 805-689-9613.

Pacific Plastic Surgery, 805-898-0700,, offers laser treatments (from $150) that make your skin look like satin.

Body treatments (from $220) by Mohammed Abdul at Qui Si Bella Spa, 805-682-0003,, include ayurvedic scrubs and shirodara. Afterward, cleanse and detox with hydrotherapy (from $110) with Sandra Sphar   of Mariposa Health, 805-637-8383,

Brunettes bolt to Michele Mallet at Sequel Salon, 805-969-4797,, for her organic Philip Martin hair color (from $85) and Marcus Boyle for cuts (from $70) that are known for keeping their shape and growing out well.

The Makeover ($420) at Walter Claudio Salon Spa, 805-963-7579,, includes a color consultation, haircut and blowout, eyebrow shaping, paraffin hand treatment, and makeup application.

The only mobile spa in town, Zen Diva Spa, 805-252-7737,, will come to your house (or office) for everything from massages (from $100) to manis and pedis (from $35) and mini-facials ($49).

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