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.
Seasoned aesthetician Debra Andrus customizes a full slate of skincare services, such as waxing sessions, permanent-makeup applications, and state-of-the-art HydraFacials, to beautify epidermal landscapes. During treatments, Andrus' team eschews over-the-counter cosmetics for professional, all-natural products from brands such as Jane Iredale and Osmosis Skincare. Wrinkles Away Skincare is also home to a licensed massage therapist who uses several modalities—including hot- and cold-stone therapy and bamboo techniques—along with a cadre of catchy protest slogans to oust tyrannous tension from backsides.
Tell us about your business.
I have been an esthetician for 3+ years and I've now opened my own suite. I love to make people relax while I give them the skincare that makes them feel fresh and beautiful. I use all-natural products because it is better to know exactly what is going into the largest organ of your body.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
There are magazines to read outside of my room, and I like to give water for when the service is over.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
I keep it calm and relaxing in my room, I always tell my clients to be as comfortable as they can, and if they fall asleep then I have done my job.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
I was told that I have healing hands. They said that I bring comfort and take away the stress from the world and that I helped them to forget their problems while they were with me.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Facials and body wraps
Brands Used: Skin2skin products
Luanne Green and the team at Permanent Makeup Artistry and Restoration Massage work to help beauty stand the test of time by offering a range of permanent and semipermanent cosmetic procedures. They imbue faces with lasting beauty during permanent-makeup appointments, as well as airbrush-makeup sessions that apply cosmetics via a fine mist. Luanne and her team work with myriad shades, and allow clients to custom-blend their own colors for looks that are as personalized as monogrammed bathrobes. The staffers can also remove unwanted tattoos with saline or fade products, or reduce the appearance of scars with micropigmentation color camouflage or dermarolling.
The staff at Styles of India focuses solely on the art of hair removal to shape brows and remove unwanted fuzz across the entire physique. An ancient technique, threading makes use of pure cotton strands, rolled and lifted along the face and eyebrows to remove hair in a straight line—ideal for eyebrows or sculpting sideburns into the style Benjamin Franklin sported: lightning bolts. The technicians at Styles of India are also adept with wax, removing unwanted hair from legs, arms, and bikini lines.