A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Behind the verdant palm fronds painted onto Tropical Island Tan’s front windows, three levels of UV beds and trained tanning technicians stand ready to impart skin with a summery hue. The staff loads up airbrushes with an aloe-based Swoosh Sunless tanning solution, then coats bodies in two layers of the spray to ensure full, long-lasting coverage in the face of swimming, showering, or napping in a fountain. Outside the private-tanning rooms, the staff displays Designer Skin, OC, and body butter products and helps tanners select the best regimen for their skin type and desired bronzing level.
The knowledgeable staff at Max Muscle Sports Nutrition employ firsthand experience with products to guide customers through a vast selection of nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals. The store's vitamins and minerals help supplement a healthy diet and maximize athletic performance by bolstering calcium intake, iodine consumption, and ketchup absorption. In addition to stocking nutritional enhancements, Max Muscle's certified dieticians can assist customers in achieving long-term weight-loss goals with a four-week, guided nutritional cleanse.
Bronzing rays infuse skin with rich color and professional stylists spruce up lethargic locks at La Stella, a salon and day spa that amalgamates a range of tanning, skincare, and hair services under one roof. Four designers stand with shears at attention in the hair studio, where they draw on advanced training to tame wayward tufts and inundate locks with vibrant highlights and moisturizing Kool-Aid shampoos. The studio’s high-pressure UV tanning beds bathe skin in the sun’s luminosity, and Mystic Tan booths cast a warm mist across the body for a smooth and sunless tan. The spa’s resident skincare specialist doles out indulgent European facials and microdermabrasion treatments by appointment, and certified massage therapists knead away knots and misplaced car keys wedged between shoulder muscles.
Nancy, a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist, has honed her menu of beauty boosters for more than a decade. Powered by a mask of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and peptides, the anti-aging facial makes skin look firmer than a pro thumb-wrestler’s handshake. Each one-hour treatment is tailored to each client’s face, using Sothys and Dermalogica products to help restore texture and tone. Steam and manual extraction leave epidermal surfaces clean and hydrated, and a hand massage releases pent-up Vulcan salutes.
A happy client once declared that if Nancy Chao's skincare skills were a restaurant "she would have six stars." The compliment arose out of a 10-year relationship between customer and aesthetician, a longevity that testifies to Nancy's consistency. The thorough approach Nancy takes to beauty began before her spa days, when she worked as a medical professional. From inside a dermatologist's practice, she learned the intricacies of skin and how to write prescriptions for barbed-wire tattoos—one writes them with the same ink used in barbed-wire tattoos. Later on, when she opened her own spa, she was able to utilize lessons learned about the body's largest organ and the importance of personal attention to clients. At Beauty Garden Salon & Spa, Nancy meets each new client for consultations. She adapts the revelations of these meetings when designing a plan specifically for each person and their skin's many nuances.:m]]