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 suns that orbit people instead of the other way around, the technicians behind Instant-Glow Mobile Spray Tanning travel to homes, offices, and various locations to impart even and natural-looking glows for individuals or groups. They eschew artificial fragrances and preservatives in favor of natural and organic products that prevent damage caused by UV rays as well as irritation from harsh chemicals. In addition to full-body spray tans, they supply clients with tanning enhancers such as a pH-balancing spray that moisturizes skin and and supports DHA development. Their shimmer drops make tans glisten like dew on morning grass or dew on a person sleeping in the grass, and their instant sunless solution develops within a few hours. They recommend that clients stay out of the shower for 8–10 hours after receiving the tan.
At The Club, the sun never sets––figuratively speaking. The tanning menu brims with services ranging from UV-free spray tanning to hassle-free standup and bed tanning in silver, gold, and platinum beds. Unlimited monthly passes are available, as well as special rewards for those who purchase lotion. Beyond tanning, The Club also offers piercing and tattoo services with expert artist Dorje Jigme, who specializes in Asian themes, freehand art, and Picasso-esque renderings of Abraham Lincoln. Along with piercings and tattoos, The Club also offers tightening, toning, and firming body wraps.
At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body’s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.
At Tangible Tanning Salon, clients perform their own Superman-like transformations as they step inside a UV or spray-tan booth and emerge freshly glowing. The tanning salon hosts three levels of tanning in beds and booths that allow clients to tan standing up, lying down, or balancing on their heads. The Smart Tan–certified staff can help guests to choose the right equipment and tanning time with a skin-type analysis and pampering lotions from Designer Skin.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from guided meditation to spray tanning. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Advanced spa services such as hydro-derma fusion and luminous facials provide opportunities for moisturizing and photoskinthesis.