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.
Nu Image Med Spa Tampa brings medical expertise into a spa-like environment. Expertly aimed laser beams take on multiple tasks, alternately nipping hair follicles in the bud or restoring aging skin to youthful opulence. FDA–approved injectable such as Restylane and Botox ward off wrinkles and lift sagging countenances. Topical treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion reduce signs of aging by sloughing off dull outer layers and unveiling new, fresh skin. Nu Image Med Spa Tampa's practitioners hire private detectives to keep tabs on the beauty industry's latest research and accept only the most effective skincare products by companies such as Obagi and Skin Medica for use in conjunction with beauty treatments.
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.
South Beach is known for its signature art-deco designs, pristine beaches, and energetic nightlife. Taking a cue from that dynamic locale, the staff members of South Beach Tanning Company have decorated their various locations in the spirit of South Beach and pride themselves on their upbeat, lounge-like vibe. Inside each salon, cheery lighting and bright purple, blue, and red walls augment the high-quality equipment and shelves of handpicked lotions, and high ceilings stop newly acquired tans from floating off just-bronzed bodies.
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.