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 of 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 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.
Inside a large lofted facility, clients recline and develop their bronzy hues in tanning beds for up to 20 minutes per session, depending on UV levels. VersaSpa booths are also on hand, equipped with automated sprayers that emit a DHA-based tanning mist. The solution works naturally with skin to form deep and even tans that span from clients' heads to their toes, much like the warmest ski hats.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
The creators of Tease Studio––a fitness pole-dancing space––decided to extend their message of feminine empowerment and confidence to the skin with a healthy alternative to tanning. While instructors next door help ladies build killer physiques, beauty technicians utilize Bronzed Envy's paraben-free, 99% organic spray products to darken skin tones as if kissed by the sun's gentler brother. They carefully apply the solution in broad strokes with an airbrush to produce even, long-lasting color. The lightly scented solution moisturizes the skin and makes for a convenient, healthy alternative to UV rays, unless you happen to be a houseplant.
Chic Bronzing's owner Marisa has custom-crafted countless bronze glows during five years as a spray tan technician. She performs each and every one of the salon's tanning treatments. Using a custom-blended formula that's jam-packed with DHA and moisturizers, she uses her expertise as well as client input to create a natural-looking, long-lasting tan. Clients looking for a summer glow can stop in one of two locations.
The Beach Club Tanning Salon imbues customers with bronze hues at their salon location and on the road with mobile spray-tanning services. They do this with sunless Mystic Tan booths, high-pressure tanners, and standard tanning beds or spray-tan technicians who are dispatched to clients’ homes or offices. The mobile unit can even visit sororities to tan students who can’t leave campus because they are too busy studying or because they will turn into pumpkins if they step off college grounds.