When locals hear the words "Ocean Beach," images of granola-eating hippies and tree-hugging surfers immediately come to mind.
Ocean Beach is known for its weekly farmer's market on Wednesdays, under-the-radar dive bars and casual dining on the water. On the flip side, Tracy Duhs, of the newest Ocean Beach implant, The Sanctuary, is hoping to change this stereotype one facial and cup of tea at a time.
The Sanctuary in Ocean Beach is a private day spa unlike any other in San Diego, with a mission to be a peaceful refuge for all who enter. While many San Diego day spas overwhelm guests with heavy books of spa treatments, facials, waxing, nail care, hair services and other accoutrements, The Sanctuary is going back to the basics of luxury beauty service with the finest ingredients and a dedication to personalized care, sans the frou frou of your average spa-going experience.
A Point Loma Nazarene alumni and model, Tracy utilized her varied work experience to open her own modeling agency a few years back. After building relationships with hair and make-up stylists, designers and other members of the industry, she decided to join together her resources. The entrepreneurial result is Lifestyle Fitness - Tracy's way to encourage others to lead a healthier life through diet regulation, fitness programs, spiritual guidance and skin care tips. As a true life coach and innate altruist, she finds joy in helping others reach and maintain personal goals.
The Sanctuary in Ocean Beach is the latest avenue through which Tracy will bring joy to the lives of others.
A compassionate attention to detail is evident in elements of The Sanctuary's interior décor and ambient. From the water features, elaborate mirrors, art work and fresh flowers to the imported aqua marine Italian glass tiles that line her tea bar and accent the baubles on her curtain rods, The Sanctuary radiates with the crisp and soothing flow of the ocean.
Every treatment at The Sanctuary begins with a complimentary foot soak and massage to help guests calm down before the service begins. The Sanctuary Ultimate Facial is a signature treatment using Penta water, the purest water available that may protect skin from the effects of aging and sun exposure.
The facial takes your nose for a ride as each serum, moisturizer and spritz contains a different scent ranging from chamomile to orange and a floral array. Even the warm towels are infused with a lavender scent. The Ultimate Facial tightens and lifts the skin as new collagen is produced through an aesthetic vacuum massage, and is highly recommended.
The Sanctuary offers cellulite and toxin reduction treatments through vacuum massage techniques, as well as an a la carte menu of offerings that can be added to any facial. Opt for the hormone balance masque during that time of the month, or the eight greens youth serum for anti-aging.
Tracy understands that, at times, facials can be painful and leave your face a bit red or blotchy. To fix this problem, Tracy offers make-up applications after facial treatments using Jane Iredale skin care make-up. The line is safe and beneficial to use and is recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists around the world. The products blend minerals and pigments and go through a process to form microscopic flat crystals, which protect the skin from air-borne pollutants.
Tracy also offers Beverly Hills cosmetic line Leaf & Rusher to her new day spa. These formulas are natural blends developed in a state-of-the-art clinic, and aid restoration of the skin's health - not to mention adored by the celebrity spectrum.
Another distinction setting The Sanctuary apart from other day spas in San Diego is the Art of Tea line she presents to her clients. Art of Tea is a boutique importer and wholesaler of organic tea. I tried the Vanilla Berry Truffle rooibos blend, which includes black currants, hibiscus, vanilla blossoms, and white chocolate shavings. Rather than suggesting champagne, wine or beer to her clients before a treatment, Tracy is keeping her beauty realm au naturale in offering only the finest of tea blends.
If you're a resident of Ocean Beach looking for a new place to unwind, or you're a county-wide spa addict curious of the latest in San Diego day spas, The Sanctuary is an ideal beauty and health escape in which to seek your inner solitude.
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