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.
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 The Club, the sun never sets––figuratively speaking. The tanning menu brims with services ranging from UV-free spray tanning to hassle-free standup and bed tanning in silver, gold, and platinum beds. Unlimited monthly passes are available, as well as special rewards for those who purchase lotion. Beyond tanning, The Club also offers piercing and tattoo services with expert artist Dorje Jigme, who specializes in Asian themes, freehand art, and Picasso-esque renderings of Abraham Lincoln. Along with piercings and tattoos, The Club also offers tightening, toning, and firming body wraps.
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.
Owner and proprietor Christina founded Designer Shades in 2009 as a response to the overpriced, unnatural-looking spray tans she was used to getting from competitors. To improve on these lesser-quality tans, she partnered with Norvell and South Seas Skincare, whose shades regularly coat the distinguished pelts of Kim Kardashian, Carrie Underwood, and many Dancing with the Stars celebrities. Christina and her team treat each client who wanders in front of their running spray nozzles like a celebrity. They gift all hue-changing patrons with a free pH balancer and tan-extender application, which not only protects skin from drying and aging, but also works to firm skin for days at the beach or months spent in dunk tanks.