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 of 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 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 Rethink the Ink, certified laser specialists help clients forget about deep-set skin stains by breaking down unwanted ink with highly concentrated pulses of pure light. Prior to taking on the task of removing body graffiti, each technician receives thorough training from Lorenzo Kunze, M.E., who was a pioneer in the advancement of aesthetic and medical laser treatments. During each 10-minute treatment the team collaborates with an advanced Quanta DNA laser system, which features a large spot size to treat multiple ink colors at once. The treatment—the feeling of which is often likened to being snapped by a rubber band—also maximizes comfort by applying chilled air to the skin courtesy of a Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling system. The body's natural immune function gradually removes broken-down ink after each treatment, eventually leaving skin free of scars and out-of-date shopping lists.
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.
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The certified aestheticians at Tuscan Tans & Day Spa shore up faces against winter wind and the sands of time with treatments such as the Tuscan Twilight facial. The 50-minute session is engineered to neutralize fine lines and wrinkles, regulate blotchiness, and settle border disputes between freckles. A special concoction reinforces the lipid barriers of the skin, shielding it from the scourge of free radicals and the howling elements. Visitors step among the Tuscan-style salon's wooden floors and yellow walls hung with artwork. After rearranging the furniture to their liking in the homey waiting area, visitors pass through slatted doors on their way to the treatment chamber.
Most Popular Service: Zerona, Infra-Slim, Whole-Body Vibration
Brands Used: Zerona, YOLO Curve, Infra-Slim, Image Skincare
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Call ahead for an appointment. Yoga or stretch pants and a T-shirt are ideal for an Infra-Slim treatment.
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
We think beauty is both internal and external. When you feel beautiful on the inside, you exude that beauty outside. Taking care of yourself inside and out is so important. We offer services such as Zerona, facials, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal to help with the outer beauty?but we also offer chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, ionic foot detoxes, and more to help clients take care of themselves on the inside as well.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
We love the Zerona treatments. We've been providing Zerona treatments for almost five years now, and our clients have seen life-changing results in that time. People are skeptical when they come in, but thrilled when they leave. The Zerona laser does exactly what it is FDA-approved to do?shrink fat cells. When the treatments are provided correctly and with the proper support, it's amazing what Zerona can do for clients' bodies in a short amount of time. Our laser providers are certified, experienced, and meticulous in giving these treatments and in providing information to maximize client results. We're extremely proud of our facility, the team of professionals we've put together, and the results our clients get.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
We hear daily how thrilled clients are from treatments. For example, first thing this morning, a client called to say that she was "strutting around her house feeling sexy." She was wearing a pair of pants to work today that she hasn't fit in for the past four years, and she just wanted to share that with us. She isn't even finished with her Zerona package she signed up for. Calls and remarks like that happen daily for us, and we all enjoy celebrating right along with our clientele.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are not a chain and you are not a number to us. We also aren't a company that just started offering Zerona to take advantage of the trend. We are a small, family-owned-and-operated business that was one of the first Zerona providers in the state of Colorado. We make every client who walks in the door feel pampered and special. It's a warm, comfortable, friendly environment, and we take great pride in the care we provide.