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.
Dr. John Peterson, a board-certified dermatologist, calls upon more than 40 years of hair-restoration and dermatological experience to help rejuvenate thinning hair with advanced laser technology. Dr. Peterson helps clients achieve verdant head foliage according to his Natural Look Method, which redistributes hair grafts from bounteous head regions to receding hairlines, leaving a thicker, natural-looking head of hair. Dr. Peterson and his staff treat patients at his clinic with the Revage 670 laser, but also provide iGrow systems and hair-restoration products for clients who want to treat themselves at home or while picketing the local toupee shop.
Amy Hansen isn’t your typical makeup artist. Sure, she helps define natural beauty by dressing up features, but her cosmetic enhancements won't rinse off at the end of the day. By applying pigment with a tattoo-like procedure, Amy can enhance eyes, lips, and lashes permanently, allowing her clients to reallocate time spent on morning makeup rituals to more fruitful purposes, such as enjoying a cup of coffee or scanning the newspaper for spelling errors.
At Tan Utah, experienced staffers help patrons select tanning plans to suit their beauty goals. From a hue built gradually in a UV bed to a Mystic booth's instant bronze, tanning experts help clients find the right look to stand out. As a distributor of top-flight tanning accouterments, the team gets such up-and-coming technologies as the Beauty Angel system, in which a therapeutic red light bolsters collagen production while a vibrating platform stimulates circulation.
At The Man Spa, the staff of high-trained stylists brings a touch of class and fashion acumen to the chair during grooming services tailored solely to gentlemen. Doling out exquisite haircuts, facials, and massages in a fun and relaxed environment, the female stylists primp and prim men with luxurious treatments designed to help men look and feel at the top of their game. Hot towel shaves and sports mani-pedis round out the treatments in this lavish club atmosphere.
Dr. Molly Mears and the steady-handed staff of Enlighten Laser Cosmetics deploy laser technology for all skin types and hair colors. The system effectively seeks and dissipates hairs by heating up melanin in the follicle, thus stunting growth. The six-session siege on unwanted whiskers is usually sufficient to return a bodily zone to its original, factory-approved smoothness.
Step into the sunless spray of a VersaSpa booth ($25 for one session) and sprint out in a flat 60 seconds with a third-place Olympic finish. Choose either a clear bronzing solution that reaches its colorful peak in six hours and lasts up to a week, or opt for the clear solution coupled with a cosmetic bronzer (which will wash off with your first shower, leaving the clear solution) for immediate results.