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.
Under the keen aesthetic eye of Dr. Samuel Figuroa, the staff of nurses, licensed laser technicians, and aestheticians at Golden Apple Skin Laser & Veins works to boost clients' confidence with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. The team harnesses the power of FDA-approved lasers to effortlessly remove unwanted hair, tattoos, skin spots, spider veins, and vestigial nut-cracking beaks. The team works to eliminate the signs of aging with beauty injections and dermal fillers, along with noninvasive procedures such as microdermabrasion—which uses the DiamondTome system's golden wand with a diamond tip to abrade the skin and clear it of acne, blackheads, sun damage, and age spots. Under the medical supervision of a doctor, the clinic's weight loss programs help people along the path to slimmer bodies with services such as hormone balancing, nutrition tailoring, and medication. Golden Apple carries Obagi products, as well as their own signature line of cosmetics and skincare products.
Like suns that orbit people instead of the other way around, the technicians behind Instant-Glow Mobile Spray Tanning travel to homes, offices, and various locations to impart even and natural-looking glows for individuals or groups. They eschew artificial fragrances and preservatives in favor of natural and organic products that prevent damage caused by UV rays as well as irritation from harsh chemicals. In addition to full-body spray tans, they supply clients with tanning enhancers such as a pH-balancing spray that moisturizes skin and and supports DHA development. Their shimmer drops make tans glisten like dew on morning grass or dew on a person sleeping in the grass, and their instant sunless solution develops within a few hours. They recommend that clients stay out of the shower for 8–10 hours after receiving the tan.
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 Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.