With 19 locations conveniently sprinkled throughout the Atlanta area, Solar Dimensions helps clients get beach-ready regardless of their proximity to the shore. Each location features a fleet of UV tanning beds of varying brightness, all waiting to sun-kiss skin in 10–20 minutes and comfort clients with a built-in cooling apparatus or complimentary snuggles from a nearby penguin. Custom airbrush-tanning treatments or automated VersaSpa and MyMyst sunless-tanning sessions forgo light exposure and instead tone complexions with tinted mists that materialize in four to eight hours and last for several days. Both tanning solutions quench skin with aloe vera before tinting it a natural shade ranging from light almond to lifeguard. The trained staff can also hone body shape with infrared body wraps and VacuStep treatments, and brighten smiles with teeth whitening, helping to boost confidence before bodies hit the pool.
At (STAND) UV & Spray Tanning, tanners choose from a variety of traditional and UV-free bronzing methods. With an effect similar to tying the sun around a tetherball pole, standup UV booths feature 360-degree tanning, deepening skin tone during expedient 8- to 11-minute sessions. Patrons opting for sunless tanning can choose between automated Mystic Tan sessions with a choice of four shades of tan or custom Norvell airbrush treatments applied by trained technicians. Additionally, red-light-therapy sessions unclench faces from the grip of Father Time by reducing the appearance of fine lines and large pores, as well as boosting elasticity.
Dr. Colgrove and his team of aestheticians help the body's largest organ look its best by reducing wrinkles with Botox and SkinPen and removing body hair with Cynosure lasers. The Cynosure Apogee Elite Plus laser has dual wavelengths, the 1064 nm Nd:YAG and the 755 nm Alexandrite, allowing for treatment of all skin tones and types with fast treatment sessions and maximum patient comfort. The staff also knows how to pamper skin, performing treatments such as cosmetic injections, spider vein removal, toe fungus removal, Hydrafacials and Cosmelan depigmentation.
When beautifying clients at Luminous Aesthetics, owner and certified medial aesthetician Linda Zollo’s first priority is their comfort, whether she’s performing waxes or spray tans. Instead of using painful waxes, she removes unwanted hair with the gentle, botanical Nufree solution, which doesn’t stick to the skin, unlike a three-legged race partner after a three-legged marathon. She also performs a number of chemical peels, which help combat acne, fine lines, and wrinkles to restore healthy skin.
At Simply Sun Tanning, the Smart Tan–certified staff directs clients toward their ideal tanning solutions, whether in tanning beds or spray-tan booths. Five levels of tanning beds—including Ultra-level beds free of UVB light—allow guests to customize the hue of their tans. VersaSpa automatic tanning booths gild skin with a choice of light, medium, or dark solutions. The session ends with the client standing in front of a jet turbine to dry and set the tanning solution.
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.