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. Traditional tanning booths and beds are available, and the Mystic spray tan provides an instant and evenly applied glow. 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 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.
LA Bronze Ultra Luxe Tanning Studios service tanners on the go and provides a respite for those looking to relax. Inside stand-up booths, clients remain on their feet while up to 60 bulbs create a 360-degree tan. Clients may also choose to stand up for a twelve-minute session inside a warm capsule or choose a bronze hue to have misted on their skin and settling into a sun-kissed glow in three hours. Those looking to enhance their tans can purchase power lotions, bronzers, accelerators, and cooling lotions from the salon’s collection of tanning products.
Better Health Tanning and Nail Spa's aestheticians perform a generous range of services designed to delicately prune and pamper skinscapes. Wielding antibacterial soy wax, seasoned aesthetician Kim Gider clears away unwanted hair by using eyebrow, lip, and Brazilian waxes with a formula that uproots entire follicles, much as gardeners coat weeds and stubborn toads in cream, then yank them swiftly away from flowers. The spa’s strict hygiene policy promises that no waxing wand double-dips into the antimicrobial blend, keeping each client’s skin as clean as possible.
Customers who venture into 4 Seasons Tanning find themselves in an independently owned salon that earned an award of excellence from the American Tanning Institute and was named Reader’s Choice by The Reporter for three years running. Smart Tan–certified staff wield cutting-edge technology and computerized equipment to help patrons navigate three levels of tanning beds and remember where they parked their car. The knowledgeable team also caters to sensitive skins by misting them in Norvell spray-tanning solutions, and operates a hydration station where steam and liquid vitamins can be used to prepare skin for its new hue or to help prolong existing tans.
The staff at Golden Image, LLC have one goal: to get their clients looking their best. Trained airbrush artists apply two coats of organic spray-tanning solution and a PH spray that moisturizes skin and removes dead skin cells as well as making tans last longer. The result is the creation of an instantaneous bronze that would normally take weeks on the beach. To further beach-ready bodies, staff offer slimming body wraps. These body wraps break down fat cells and is also a complete detoxification, resulting in both lost inches, and the natural removal of toxins from the body.
Customers of OrTanic Sun Spa emerge from private rooms with skin glowing like the sun's lips. The staff consults with clients ahead of time, taking stock of skin type, current skin color, and target shade, then guides them to the level of tanning that will fit their needs. UV-tanning sessions take place in stand-up or lie-down chambers—available in four different intensity levels—which tan skin more effectively than a nap on a giant spotlight. For UV-free tanning, the staff mists skin with the Bronze Biologic airbrush solution, made from purified water and tanning elements derived from plant sources.