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.
With more than 20 years of dermatological experience, Dr. Basem Chaker of Dermatology Southwest remedies a variety of ailments related to the skin, hair, and nails. Armed with products by SkinCeuticals and Rhonda Allison, he and his team of aestheticians administer chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and dermaplaning to correct skin’s texture and tone. The doctor also can smooth forehead lines and crow's-feet with FDA-approved Botox injections or correct deep-set lines around the nose and mouth with Juvéderm fillers. Beyond skincare, Dermatology Southwest provides services for hair loss, whether it’s caused by male-pattern baldness or falling asleep in a vengeful roommate’s chair.
The beds at all seven Cancun Tan locations boast a variety of amenities to evoke a relaxing day at the beach, with headrests cushioning necks, body fans creating cool breezes, and stereos constantly playing the theme to Baywatch. Clients who prefer UV-free shades can step into the VersaSpa booth, which evenly mists a sunless-tanning formula all over the body and dries quickly to avoid any discomfort.
The founder of MedSpa at Seena One, Dr. Anees, draws on his specialization in endocrinology, gastroenterology, and his advanced training in laser spa technology to round out a list of services designed to counteract the effects of aging. His interest in laser skin rejuvenation extends to his skilled team of medical aestheticians, who regularly zap follicles with noninvasive Lumenis lasers and break down unsightly veins with penetrating heat energy. The spa’s cosmetic aestheticians find the sweet spot between relaxation and results, expunging stress and blemishes with facials, massages, and infrared-sauna treatments that sizzle heavy-metal toxins still lingering long after their 1980s heyday.
Nicole, the lead aesthetician at Lashes and Locks, has been helping people achieve beauty goals and overcome their personal insecurities since she became certified eight years ago. At Lashes and Locks, she focuses on eyelash treatments, but can also help work towards those aesthetic needs with body wraps and waxing. She also draws upon her experience at a range of spas and clinics to perform beautifying peels, facials, and microdermabrasion treatments.