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.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Dr. Lanford Peck has had as much success as you would expect of an Ivy League med-school grad. Since earning his degree from Yale School of Medicine and completing his residency training at Yale Hospital, the board-certified doctor has accumulated more than 12 years of practice experience and has ascended to the position of owner and medical director of Laser Aesthetics and Liposuction. Along with his team of medical aestheticians and permanent-makeup artist Lynn Keenan, Dr. Peck makes a point to learn about cosmetic technologies as they emerge. His philosophy is the same one that inspired Nietzsche to take up cardio kickboxing: the better you look, the better you feel.
The selection of treatments available at the center is vast. Microdermabrasion, peels, and lasers resurface complexions with varying degrees of intensiveness, sometimes to diminish acne scarring and sometimes to restore a dewy glow. Patients can play up their favorite features with lip augmentation, permanent makeup, or lash-fortifying Latisse, or they can cause hair and spider veins to wither in the glow of specially designed lasers. Laser liposuction is also available to reduce fat and enhance figures.
Under the supervision of Dr. Ajay Ajmani, the staff at The Skin Institute provides clients with skincare procedures ranging from laser hair removal to acne treatments such as peels and deep-pore facials. Registered nurses and aestheticians round out the seasoned team, who all work to enhance patients' natural attributes and reverse signs of aging, sun damage, and repeated face xeroxing in the most naturally appearing way possible. The staff also knows that what's under the skin is just as important as the skin itself, spurring them to soothe muscles with a variety of massage modalities and other body treatments.
Skincare and styling come naturally to the staff at Jay Andrews Salon & Spa Aveda. This is true in the most literal sense of nature, as the Aveda Lifestyle salon features Aveda products formulated with 97% plant-derived ingredients. These natural products form the basis for an extensive menu of salon and spa treatments that address different parts of the body but share one thing in common: a customized approach. The stylists can quickly devise a cut or coloring treatment to suit any look—a talent made all the more remarkable by the fact that they spruce up men, women, and children of diverse preferences on a daily basis. The spa’s aestheticians keep busy removing hair with warm wax and moisturizing skin with Aveda custom facials. Their specialty services include chemical peels that trigger rapid cell renewal and a botanical skin-resurfacing treatment that reduces fine lines and gently tends to the aftermath of dressing up as a glue stick for Halloween.
Sometimes it takes a rude awakening for people to change their habits. For BeYoutifully Bronzed’s owner, it took her mother’s diagnosis of skin cancer to quit using tanning booths. Even with the scare, the habitual beach-goer and pool lounger at first found herself still under the dangerous rays of the sun, attempting to darken her still-healthy skin. The story is a familiar one. Though skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, many Americans still tan due to a desire to have that sun-kissed glow.
Luckily, BeYoutifully Bronzed found a solution. The business, which is located within The Skin Institute, helps clients to stay bronzed year-round with UV-free airbrush tanning performed in-store or brought to the home to prep cheerleaders for competition or prevent brides from blending in with their dresses.