At Southern Exposure Tanning, no one ever needs to leave its hallowed halls to get a dose of the sun. Customers settle into UV tanning beds, whose bulbs trick the body into releasing its stores of melanin so it rises to the surface, much like when you have to whisper encouragement to a roast to get it to brown. The boutique out front sells accessories that complement tan skin as well as lotions to help boost sun-kissed color.
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.
Housed in a cozy space with calming blue accents, The Nest Salon & Tanning's aestheticians work their cosmetic magic as clients lounge in memory-foam chairs. The hair salon specializes in haircuts, color treatments, color correction, and children's haircuts, as well as formal updos and Brazilian blowouts. UV-free spray tanning imbues bodies with a sun-kissed look, and facial waxing removes unwanted hair and shapes eyebrows. As clients are primped and prettified, kids can entertain themselves in a children's play area.