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.
Transform Age Management helps clients stuck in the middle of their aesthetic journey, providing cosmetic solutions that transcend the results possible with traditional skincare regimes, but stop short of surgery. Executive director and founder Sasha Parker draws upon 25 years of experience spent working as a nurse, assistant surgical administrator, and medical aesthetic trainer to helm a team of doctors and registered nurses who help clients look and feel their best. The collection of beauty services ranges from hydrafacials, peels, and age-fighting dermal fillers to laser therapies that can remove unwanted hair, tighten facial skin, or etch important dates into the brain. If one’s compass does point to the surgical route, clients can find direction from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. F. Leigh Phillips, who performs everything from abdominoplasty to full and partial face-lifts.
Dr. Rodger Stratt, BodyCare's founder and medical director, supervises every single one of the clinic's procedures—which included more than 500 body contouring treatments last year. After spending 10 years as an ER physician, Dr. Stratt changed his career path and now specializes in minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction, such as Smartlipo and Liposculpture. Requiring only local anesthetic, they remove fat from specific areas, shaping silhouettes more effectively than diets or an hourglass costume. To complement the localized treatments, the clinic offers other beauty services, from chemical peels to laser hair reduction.
Nu Yu Anti Aging Day Spa harnesses the tranquility of its environment in relaxing spa treatments delivered under the guidance of Doctor of Chiropractic Roger Verno. The spa celebrates a new treatment available for patients called AccelaFuze, which exfoliates much like microdermabrasion, vacuums dead skin cells, and delivers red-light therapy to reduce the appearance of aging. Other services include facial treatments that use such elements as papaya enzyme, algae, and caviar to cleanse or hydrate the skin and make one yummy sandwich. Massages, spray tans, and body wraps tend to interiors and exteriors from the neck down.
Skilled hands at The Oasis Massage And Spa work to make bodies feel peaceful on the inside and polished on the outside. With expertise in five massage modalities, therapists summon techniques ranging from soothing Swedish strokes to foot reflexology to boost circulation or align energy pathways. Body scrubs, wraps, and baths focus on exteriors with fragrant solutions designed to ward off under-bed monsters by making bodies feel indistinguishable from their satin sheets.
With more than 140 locations nationwide, B-Tan's tanning-booth technology and UV-free spray tans bronze the skin of people coast to coast. Its ultra-high-powered booths, such as the HT60 or HT54, ply skin with UV rays to build a tan quickly in short sessions. Alternatively, the sun shy can bask in the bronzing mist of Mystic Tan machines. After a few spritzes, the machines coat bodies in a streak-free color up to five shades darker than their natural skin tone.