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.
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.
Though their methods may seem futuristic, Rejuva-You is old fashioned when it comes to caring for clients. Technicians specialize in ultrasonic fat reduction to trim silhouettes and radio frequency skin-tightening used on the face and body. A few strategic passes of these wands can firm skin, soften the appearance of stretch marks, or make a top hat look better by conjuring a rabbit. And with office hours six days a week, the staff can accommodate busy schedules.
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.
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.
Urban Esthetics' location is a fitting one. The skin-centric spa is nestled within a historic building that's been meticulously maintained. Just as developers have preserved the mature building's grandeur, Urban Esthetics' aestheticians preserve the skin's natural beauty. To that end, the team customizes facials and microdermabrasions to meet the clients' unique needs, restoring the face's youthful glow while paring down wrinkles and other signs of aging or impersonating Shar Peis a little too well. Staffers don't just focus on faces, though—they also provide body wraps, scrubs, hot stone treatments, and lash and brow tinting.