Belle Vie Skin Care's staff’s singular aim is to help their clients live the "belle vie," or beautiful life. They do so by focusing on the body's biggest organ, the skin, using DermaQuest Skin Therapy products. Naturally, they present a wide range of facials: there are 14 in all—enough to make each head of a 14-headed monster marginally less terrifying. These range from a quick 30-minute basic facial to more powerful treatments such as microdermabrasion, LED therapy, and chemical peels. As epidermis experts, they also specialize in waxing. Inside a private treatment room, a trained professional delicately removes the hair from bikini areas, the face, the back, and legs.
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 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 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 dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
Before opening his salon and spa in 2001, owner and lead stylist James Barrow traveled far and wide to perfect his aesthetic craft at the Bumble and bumble University, Vidal Sassoon, and in Toni&Guy workshops. With skills captured at each institution and power taken by defeating Highlanders in single combat, he mastered the product knowledge necessary to turn his salon into a Bumble and bumble?exclusive venue. Barrow leads a team of stylists who cut, color, and texturize hair, retexture skin through facials and waxing services, and tend to aches and tension with massage.
Though some spas claim to use high-quality products, the team at Smile Maker Spa & Skin Care delivers on their promise. The spa’s aestheticians wield Murad products—created by a dermatologist and developed through scientific research and clinical studies—during a range of facial treatments such as microdermabrasions, teen facials, and redness therapy. Using those trusted formulas, the team tackles a variety of skin care issues, such as acne, fine lines, and dark spots caused by clients trying to cram antioxidant-rich blueberries into pores.
Inside Beehive Salon & Spa, a small army of professionals tends to everything from patrons’ mugs to pinkie toes. Stylists detach split ends and unwanted length from hair and imbue clients’ heads with new hues via highlights and all-over color. Above-the-neck pampering bestows on guests artfully arched brows and facials that leave skin as fresh as the juice of mouthy oranges. Patrons can also cover unruly nails with full sets of gel nails for dazzling finishes.