A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach 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.
Staff members at Just Glow Tanning and Boutique take care to recommend tanning products from their onsite salon best suited to enhance sessions in their collection of beds made by California Tan, UWE, and Montego Bay. The boutique also sells bathing suits and trendy clothing to show off skin’s new golden hues.
Inside Tan Utopia’s salon, brightly colored bikinis hang from the wall next to other trendy clothing styles for sale, each reminding guests of the warm-weather places they’ll flaunt their new tans. But these tan-complementing clothes and accessories are just a bonus for clients after completing sessions in tanning beds or with UV-free applications. For guests who prefer formula-based tanning, the salon offers hand-painted sunless bronzing. Several brands of lotion and bronzer are also available to help ensure skin holds on to its new golden hue as long as it can.
At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body?s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.
At Tangible Tanning Salon, clients perform their own Superman-like transformations as they step inside a UV or spray-tan booth and emerge freshly glowing. The tanning salon hosts three levels of tanning in beds and booths that allow clients to tan standing up, lying down, or balancing on their heads. The Smart Tan–certified staff can help guests to choose the right equipment and tanning time with a skin-type analysis and pampering lotions from Designer Skin.
EuniQue Tanning Salon & Spa embraces energy-harnessing technologies for both tanning and rejuvenating clients' skin. Their UV tanning beds not only coat clients in varying levels of ray intensity, but also provide opportunities to tan lying down, standing up, or lounging in an open-air pod. Lumiere LED devices saturate skin with red-light wavelengths that help counteract the signs of photo aging, while radiant heat capsules treat bodies to low-level waves of the same energy the Earth absorbs from the sun to strengthen the body's natural processes and harden clay sculptures clutched within fists. The salon and spa also houses automatic spray-tanning machines that use electric energy to power sprayers inside a private booth, and Whiter Image teeth-whitening systems, which brighten smiles with LED lights.