A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.
Golden Tan Salons recognizes the importance of cultivating an eye-catching glow at all four of their area locations. After a complimentary tour and consultation, certified tanning professionals direct patrons toward quick misting in a spray-tanning booth. Horizontal, vertical, and open-style beds build tans with UV light instead of bronze Legos as patrons enjoy features such as built-in air conditioning and aromatherapy. The team also recommends products to nourish skin and extend the life of tans.
Inside a boutique-like studio, The Glow Lounge’s certified airbrush artists conjure sunless shades of bronze with customized and vitamin-enriched tanning solutions. The Evolv Sidekick machine is designed to keep skin toasty with an applicator that triggers the heat-activated bronzing solution and a stream of hot air recycled from political speeches. After the consultation, the technician formulates the client's custom color. The solution mimics a natural tan, nourishing cells with tea-tree and grape-seed oil as well as erythrulose and DHA, which encourage color to last longer. Shades last for up to eight days, depending on the type and amount of solution applied as well as proper prep and aftercare.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
Voted a CitySearch favorite spot for tanning from 2005 to 2009, SunWerks has earned its patrons’ loyalty by offering flexibility: tanning takes place inside four levels of sun beds and within the mists of three different styles of spray-tan services. Not content to merely bronze hides, the salon also sets calories ablaze during skinny wrap sessions, which use six silicone pads to blast fat more effectively than a butter-seeking missile. Pure Collagen Tower red-light collagen treatments roll back the body's clock by abolishing wrinkles and saggy jowls.