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.
A one-two combo of total-body bliss, both of the featured services refresh the epidermal, muscular, and cranial regions of guests. During the 30-minute express massage, the skilled massage therapists can implement any combination of techniques––including Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, and the gentle Babe Ruth, among others. Products from brands such as Eminence and Biotone enhance skinly satisfaction with each well-tuned stroke. To amplify the muscle-melting magic, dayscaping guests immerse themselves in the detoxifying infrared solar sauna, which is designed to ease tension, open pores, and clear the mind of worries about how to draw a realistic-looking horse.
Sheila Cao, a registered nurse and founder of Naturalashes, practices a hair-based brand of makeover—rejuvenating style with eyelash extensions and waxing. Experienced stylists keep bodies both smooth—with applications of low-temperature, anti-irritant wax—and dramatic, with durable mink and synthetic eyelash extensions.
Beauty Arts Wellness Spa offers men and women a relaxing slate of personalized spa services. An experienced aesthetician begins the one-hour, deep-cleansing facial by using steam and gentle scrubbing to clear dirt from pores and degrease slickened skin. Pore extractions reach deep within the skin to unclog face drains. Afterward, an ionization machine uses gently focused frequencies that are thought to detox the skin, while an application of vitamin C aids in closing the pores and perhaps helps tone the underlying muscles and tissues. Treatments can be used to revitalize downtrodden dermises, improve complexions, or help prospecting patients strike a more golden glow.
Armed with a full arsenal of Essie and OPI polishes, the nail artists of Magazine Nails & Spa groom and coif nails with services that range from basic mani-pedis to one-hour pampering sessions filled with orange scrubs, hot towels, and skin-softening paraffin dips. Supplementary add-ons such as long-lasting gel polish, nail art, and french tips enrich nails following classic buffing, filing, and cuticle cleanup, and full sets of acrylic overlays grant fingers extra length and cure them of long-held sloth envy. The technicians at Magazine Nails also extend their shaping expertise to waxing services for the face and body, granting smoother skin to both their male and female clientele.