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 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.
At AZ Dental, a team of six dentists accomplish cosmetic, general, and surgical procedures with an emphasis on patient health and comfort. To keep their guests comfortable, the dental team seats them in massage chairs for procedures such as gentle root canals. They also let patients watch movies on demand to help take their minds off a filling or an elaborate bone-grafting treatment, which increases height and width of the jawbone to fill in empty spaces or correct abnormalities. Backed by a compassionate and courteous staff, the dentists work to completely subtract stress from the entire visit, whether it's for a tooth whitening or a routine checkup. The office features wood accents and hallway sconces, just like the tree forts of most robber barons.
At Strada Salon & Day Spa, expert stylists trim, color, and style hair in the main salon. In the spa, technicians ease muscular aches with 10 varieties of massage, such as Swedish, aromatherapy, and lymphatic drainage. A team of aestheticians rejuvenates complexions with facials, treats nails to manicures and pedicures, and whitens teeth with 45-minute Theraglo treatments. Meanwhile, double-board-certified Dr. Gul A. Zikria oversees Strada's med-spa wing, where certified physician's assistants help him polish up external beauty with Botox, fat grafts, laser hair removal, and other medical treatments.
After tanning the San Francisco 49er Gold Rush cheerleaders, Miss California, and international bodybuilders, Kelly Richardson has expanded her sunless-bronzing enterprise beyond her original location in wine country. Today, Richardson runs two salons as well as her own tanning product line, B.Bronz, which has graced the glossy pages of beauty magazines and the glossy models of New York City?s fashion week. In the 15-minute Gold Rush tan, master airbrushers contour and highlight curves, erase tan lines, and reveal deposits of valuable ore buried just beneath the skin. Sonoma Tanning also oversees Da Vinci whitening treatments, which untarnish teeth with an organic formula clients apply in-store and activate with the salon?s bleaching light.
At Moradi Signature Smiles, Dr. Ramin Moradi and his staff tackle virtually every facet of dentistry, minimizing the need for outside referrals. He and the team bring together skills in cosmetic and restorative dentistry to give patients the teeth they dream about. Invisalign and ClearCorrect orthodontia replace conspicuous wires to bestow pearlies with perfect straightness, and dental implants replace roots with titanium rods and porcelain crowns that function as natural teeth but are impervious to cavities and decay. In addition, sedation dentistry helps uneasy patients come through procedures relaxed and comfortable, unlike a parrot that only knows how to talk about rising college tuition.
Gleaming Smiles' singular mission is to boost their clients' confidence and self-esteem by imbuing them with eminently flashable smiles. Their gel- and LED-based system banishes each tooth's internal and external stains, boosting overall whiteness by up to 10 shades per session. Their gel-activating light, meanwhile, has the added benefit of neutralizing mouth-borne bacteria that cause gingivitis, bad breath, and Freudian slips for up to six months.