In the Dark Ages, princesses exfoliated with Fabergé-egg dust and filed fingernails on the edges of gold doubloons. Revel in more modern and luxurious beauty treatments with this Groupon.
$29 for a spa package ($117 value)
- Three hydro- or aqua-massages
- Three Luminous facials
- Three Hydro-Derma Fusion or infrared sauna treatments
Automated waterbeds that use a combination of water pressure and heat to send waves of relaxation rolling through rigid muscles or frozen glaciers. Clothed clients are liberated from tension by either a hydro-massage bed or an aqua-massage bed, both of which rely on hydro jets to palpate sore pressure points and boost circulation from within a waterproof covering.
Fine lines and plugged pores meet their match in FDA–approved luminous facials, which bathe visages in topical solutions and rejuvenating bursts of light to refine the complexion and diminish signs of aging, delivering results that are similar to microdermabrasion or laser treatments, but with considerably less downtime and potential side effects.
To target and treat unsatisfactory skin tone and texture, hydro-derma fusion treatments immerse the entire body in infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam that softens dry pelts and stiff upper lips, while also sparking the production of skin-firming collagen and potentially increasing the life of a tan. Infrared sauna sessions also leave bodies looking and feeling better with the help of steamy infrared heat.
Planet Beach Contempo Spa
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.