Soothing music fills the air inside Triplicity Wellness, where guests drink complimentary tea, wine, or vitamin-infused water before receiving custom treatments. Proprietor Amber Johnson performs a careful skin analysis before tackling problems such as acne or fine lines with Dermalogica and PCA Skin products. The elegant treatment room boasts an ornate gold-framed mirror swathed in sheer fabric, Romanesque white columns, and a white statue resembling Demeter, the Greek goddess of grain harvesting and hair removal.
At Benita Lash Studio, Novalash-trained technicians use medical-grade products to affix synthetic lashes to their clients' eyes. These lashes are waterproof, sweat-proof, require minimal maintenance, and don’t need to be removed before bed or pie-eating contests. In addition to lash extensions, the studio also offers facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, along with spray tanning and waxing for full-body beautification.
As the owner of Blush Beauty Studio, Paige Vincent personally selects all of the products she and her staff use to beautify their clients. To keep pores free of synthetic chemicals, she relies on 100% Pure skincare and makeup products. These concoctions—which are derived from fruit pigments and never tested on animals—are composed of organic ingredients and antioxidants that fend off damaging free radicals on the run from algebra homework. She banishes the signs of aging with chemical peels and collagen-boosting LED skin treatments, which also work to slay acne-causing bacteria.
Tending to full bodies, she extracts bristles with waxing and sugaring. She pumps up peepers with waterproof eyelash extensions that last up to four weeks, and grants clients with custom bronze glows free of streaks or orange hues thanks to her organic airbrush tans.
The licensed medical professionals and technicians at Venus Tan and Spa iron out wrinkles and unearth fresher, younger skin with sophisticated facial treatments. Nurse-administered Botox injections flatten out facial furrows by freezing muscles and tightening up the hard-to-reach screws behind the ears. Smoothed-out results appear within three to seven days after the 10- to 15-minute procedure and can last up to four months. Beauty mavens can follow up the treatment with a half-hour diamond microdermabrasion to draw back the face’s dull curtains of dead skin, or tighten up sagging spots and recharge cheek-stored smile batteries with the gentle FDA-approved electric pulses of a 45-minute microcurrent facial.
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 massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.
Tan Makers transforms sun-shy epidermises into a beach-ready bronze with a suite of tanning options. Experienced technicians apply the UV-free Norvell custom airbrush tan, which lends natural, even color to lusterless skin for about seven days. Four levels of UV tanning offer a range of bronzing intensities, beginning at the level-one Ultra Sun bed, which bestows skin with subtle color. The level-four Velocity bed amps up solar wattage with four high-pressure bulbs that darken skin to a radiant brown, imparting unstoppable hide-and-seek success in bronze-statue museums. Complete epidermal renovations in the Hydration Station, a special skincare capsule that blankets the body in radiant heat and steam to moisturize and detox its superficial layers. Time in the capsule can soften skin, deepen tans, and infuse moisture deep into cellular layers, leaving bodies as radiant as a phosphorescent shrimp on its wedding day.