A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Like the skilled artisan who hand mints every single US coin, the team at Platinum Skin Clinic focuses all its effort on making different faces look shiny and new. With medical-grade products, they render seven core treatments, including oxygen infusions, blue and red LED-light therapy, and scar revision. During diamond peel microdermabrasion treatments, the aestheticians remove the top layers of skin to reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne, and scarring all in the name of making skin both healthy and beautiful.
Fountain Laser's skilled professionals help visitors achieve stubble-less skin by zapping hair follicles during laser hair-removal treatments. An efficient and precise computer scanner moves the two-headed laser across targeted zones, incinerating unwanted hairs and alien spies disguised as unwanted hairs while simultaneously diminishing discomfort with a sapphire contact-chill plate. An in-office or over-the-phone consultation before treatment allows the staff to answer any client questions about the procedure, as well as tailor each treatment to individual needs.
At Sunraes Tanning Salon, it can be difficult to decide just how to get that golden bronze glow. The root of this happy problem is the salon’s arsenal of six different tanning bed types, which range from basic level one tanning beds to unparalleled level five beds equipped with a cooling water mist, face and shoulder tanners, and 52 low pressure bulbs. Sunraes also offers UV-free color, misting away paleness with customized, hand-applied airbrush spray tanning.
With an arsenal of traditional beds and sunless-tanning technology from Norvell, the solar skin soothers at Tropics Tanning Salon help build buttery brown skin tones. Choose from one of five different tanning-bed models, such as the Platinum X7 tanning bed ($33 for a three-session pack), featuring facial lamps, CountorPlus surfaces, and an mp3 hookup with surround sound to motivate your skin cells’ sizzling workout. Sun-stain seekers can also take advantage of the Norvell sunless-tanning-spray system ($25 for a single session), providing coppery skin coverage without the risk of UV rays and sandworms.
Melissa Ponce, owner of Face 2 Face Skin Care, is a licensed skin therapist and makeup artist. She augments her skill set with shelves of organic skincare products from Dermalogica, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, and Neal’s Yard Remedies, which are made from plants that have never touched a drop of manmade fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or moonshine. Armed with these naturally occurring tools, she beautifies visitors during makeup services, waxing sessions, and facial treatments.