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Best of O.C. 2013 Beauty Float on drift away on a sea of epsom salts when you book a one-hour sesh at laguna beach’s Float Lounge (feelingfunctional.com). founded by holistic health practitioners (and avid fl oaters) jeff brion and rosanne ramirez, the center specializes in mineral spa fl oatation therapy to promote an overall sense of well-being, and to reduce stress and provide a state of deep relaxation, rid the body of toxins, relieve muscle tension and chronic pain—and even help with sleep. so, here’s how it works: enter one of the spot’s two fl oatation tanks, and you’ll be suspended, weightless, in fi ltered water that’s been fi lled with mineral epsom salts and heated to 93 degrees to increase buoyancy, reduce distractions—and help you reach the ultimate state of ahhh. a leur-ing We gals put a lot of eff ort into looking beautiful— might as well do it in luxe surrounds. Enter leur lab integrated aesthetics in Newport (leurlab. com). This place sparkles like a jewel, with a chic, modern decor and a Wi-Fi wetbar, so you can stay connected while you wait. Its treatment menu boasts a spectrum of nonsurgical services, like the Vampire FaceLift and a membership program that allows you to customize a monthly laser regimen. “Fashioned more like a glossy boutique hotel, Leur Lab was designed to create a warm, inviting atmosphere,” says Managing Director Cassondra Todd. KelP it uP We’ve all had our share of seaweed encounters—and we dislike when the slippery stuff rubs up our legs after a dip in the ocean. But Missy Finlay is giving algae a new rep at her Newport shop, seaweed sok (seaweedsok.com)—and as the name suggests, the spa serves up exactly that. Visits begin with an infrared sauna session—to soothe sore muscles—before 74 | | january 2013 KelP PHoto by sHane Partridge customers luxuriate in a bath of Himalayan saltwater and seaweed, hand-harvested and imported from Ireland. Th e process detoxifi es the body, alleviates stress and softens skin, among other health and beauty benefi ts. Even better: Th e shop is the fi rst in the U.S. to carry Ireland-based Voya’s organic skin-and haircare products, in addition to items from Seaweed Bath Co. It all will give you a new appreciation of seaweed—guaranteed.