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.
Nails & Skin by Diane's restoration-minded staff caters to both men and women, pampering complexions with personalized, multifaceted face-cleansing techniques. Clients fill out an individual history card upon arrival, which epidermal detectives analyze to investigate each face and determine its specific skin type prior to treatment. Aestheticians then cleanse the skin before steaming it and massaging necks and shoulders via a chorus of nimble fingers, dexterous thumbs, and overzealous earlobes. After faces hide away for a spell behind a mask, which a staffer tailors to the client's specific skin type, countenances slip into a refreshing evening dress of toner and moisturizer. Throughout the facial, the beauty team lavishes layers of dermis in Bioelements and Pevonia Botanica skincare products.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
At Golden Glow, licensed aesthetician Debanie Golden combats all kinds of skincare concerns with a long list of rejuvenating facial treatments, including acne, anti-aging, and back facials. Using Dermalogica and Obagi-C Rx products, she customizes each treatment to the needs of her clients. For instance, she can add a chemical peel or microdermabrasion to any facial to enhance its exfoliating effects.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.