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.
Each of the facials at Spa Benefique is designed to gently treat problematic skin. The Image acne facial douses pesky pimples with a blend of salicylic acid, enzymes, retinol, and benzoyl peroxide. The Vitamin C facial blasts away free radicals and air kisses squatting in pores. The Refinement facial aims to diminish fine lines by sloughing off dead skin cells with gentle chemical exfoliants. The experts can also tend to matters below the neck with such treatments as a massage that send muscles into a deep sleep and warm wax that sends unwanted hairs away from the legs and bikini area.
Certified medical aesthetician and laser technician Pamela Regira founded Pamela's Skin Care, featured in Allure magazine, as a means of consolidating her diverse talents and services under a single roof. The skincare boutique specializes in traditional facials and masks along with chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments?the latter of which employs minute crystals to slough away dead skin cells. When performing each of her custom treatments, Pamela draws on 17 years of experience in the skincare industry, some of which she spent training in Miami, New York, and California.
The wife of a barber and the daughter of a hairstylist, Kasey Payne followed in her parents' fashionable footsteps by becoming a certified aesthetician. Ten years later, her mastery of skincare treatments has grown such that her seven separate facials can treat men and women's skin for everything from sensitivity and acne to the signs of aging. Her clients can accentuate their cleansed complexions with Kasey's other aesthetic services, which include lash tinting, lip exfoliation, and face waxing, or they can simply shout "Look at my face!" in a crowded elevator.
Ashley Collins left the comfort of her native Louisiana for New York and Atlanta, where she worked as a representative for MAC and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. After working as a makeup artist and a public-relations specialist, she returned home and went rogue (and rouge) by opening her own business, Beau Visage Makeup. Known for its dark, sultry shadows rimmed with bold colors such as red or teal, her work also features more natural tones for springtime brides. When she’s not busy primping models during fashion shows and prepping teens for prom, Ashley shares her cosmetic knowledge and dispenses goody bags at bridal parties.
Avallon Salon & Day Spa has a service for practically any beauty need. Want to hydrate and nourish skin? In that case, take your pick from an array of signature body treatments. For instance, the 45-minute salt glow includes a full body exfoliation, shower, and Dermalogica lotion, plus dead sea and healing salts for a soft sheen. There's also a sea mud pack, a sugar scrub, and a "power pack" of soymilk and oatmeal to choose from?and that's only the body treatments. The staff also beautifies with haircuts and color, waxing, and facial services; massage services melt away tension and stress.