A Malibu favorite since 1981, Veronica Spa and Skin Care Center has kept Southern California blemish and stress-free for decades with their spa treatments, skincare line and focus on yoga and Tai Chi. Years later Veronica Skin & Body Care Center is thriving, with locations in Malibu and Santa Monica and a third currently in the works.

After suffering from cystic acne as a young girl, owner and creator of Veronica Skincare, Veronica Barton Schwartz, has spent years in the dermatology industry, paving the way for some of the best skin care regimens there are to offer.

“When I realized that I got the best results from good facials and good skin care habits, I went on to pursue a career in skin care as soon as my children were in school full-time,” Veronica said.

Different from your average spa and skin care facility, Veronica Spa and Skin Care Center features specialized treatments that use extractions, lymphatic-drainage and aromatherapy with pure essential oils. According to Veronica, the focus at the spa is always on, “creating a positive and relaxing experience for clients.”

Throughout the years, Veronica has grown her business around “designing cutting-edge treatments and selecting products that combine the best in natural, traditional skincare with the latest in biotechnology.”

One of these new biotech advances is a topical Botox cream, a needle-free alternative to traditional Botox treatments.

However exciting these new advances may be, Veronica urges that getting a good night’s sleep, diet, good skincare products, exercise, and drinking plenty of water is still the number one way to clear skin.

To ensure you have the best skin possible all throughout summer, Veronica shared some of her secrets to keeping skin healthy on even the hottest days of the year.

“To have the best skin this summer, you’ll want to make some adjustments on how you treat your skin,” she said. “Warmer temperatures cause the skin’s natural oil production to increase. This means [you should use] a lighter moisturizer and even more sun protection.”

Veronica explains that the biggest unknown villain to your skin is pollution, and that in order to protect your face against harmful air it is imperative to moisturize daily.

“When pollution gets into your skin, it creates free radicals,” she said. “Free radicals increase inflammation, which ages the skin. This causes damage and breaks down collagen and elasticity.”

For even clearer skin, Veronica recommends Retin A, a product she calls “the gold standard in skincare.”

Having built her life in Malibu, Veronica credits the town she began her business in for some of her best memories.

“Raising my children here, and having the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting people in the world makes my job a blessing,” she said.

When she isn’t busy running her growing business, Veronica gives back as much as possible.

“I also work with Operation Smile to raise money for children that are born with cleft palettes. The generosity of the people of Malibu help to make it possible to raise money for these children.” Malibu Magazine (Jan/Feb 2020).