Stephen Smith, the literal wizard behind the figurative curtain at Planet Beach Contempo Spa, has developed a variety of efficient, self-guided treatments that beautify skin or relieve stress at the touch of a button. Patrons can pay an affordable monthly membership fee at four Miami-area locations to access the automated services, which include sunless spray tans, traditional or high-pressure UV tanning, and full-body hydration treatments that nourish skin and can extend the life of a tan. The Luminous facial device has been designed to fight signs of aging with light therapy, and several types of massage beds melt away stress.
Guests pay an additional fee only for the products that correspond to the services they want. A sauna-suit purchase is required for the infrared sauna, and teeth-whitening treatments require a mouth guard that can be used for games of full-contact horseshoes.
It may seem strange to visit a tanning spa in the sun capital of the world, but Miamians who are looking for the perfect, lineless glow head to Boca Tanning Club in Brickell. Owner Zurami understands that people want to look their best, so the club offers a full suite of glamor-enhancing techniques, including traditional laydown tanning booths with built in-facial tanners and cooling misters. More advanced options include the Boca Super booth, a vertical tanning machine that provides a complete 360 degree tan in just ten minutes. Customized options are available inside the bamboo-studded, friendly space as well, including airbrush spray tanning, and a sunless spray that combines bronzing and anti-aging skin firming elements in one. Boca Tanning Club offers an array of products for take home use as well, though the shop’s funky faux-rock walls and jungle-themed interior are something that should absolutely be seen in person.
Doctors and nurses at 3Med Health Institute aim to delay the signs of aging on each client’s body and face through a personalized regimen of nonsurgical medical treatments. The process kicks off as a patient fills out a thorough health questionnaire in their own home or an office they rented to fill out questionnaires in. Then, during a one-hour initial appointment, a doctor reviews the results, discusses their symptoms and concerns, and draws up an appropriate age-management plan. High-resolution blood imaging analyzes a single drop of blood for signs of pathological biochemical processes, such as lipid and protein oxidation, giving doctors an inside look at clients’ health. They then prescribe custom hormones and supplements such as high-dose vitamin C. Other aspects of the anti-aging initiative include weight-loss and fitness programs, laser hair removal, and Botox injections.
The staff at Perfect Skin Studio understands that unlike shar-pei puppies and time, faces should not have wrinkles. With this in mind, the spa's repertoire of skincare services focuses on combating the signs of aging and stress with the use of paraben-free products. Each service, from acne-clearing teen facials to skin-brightening chemical peels, begins with a consultation to give the aesthetician more information in order to tailor the treatment to individual skin type. The staff also lavishes attention on the rest of the body, giving skin an all-over glow while shaping silhouettes with slimming body wraps. Waxing services ensure clients leave the studio more meticulously groomed than a tribe of obsessive-compulsive chimpanzees.
With average temperatures in the '70s and '80s, it makes sense that Miami is full of body-baring outfits. All that skin is why people like the owners of Velour Med Spa were able to open a successful laser hair-removal business in 2005. With the hope of further beautifying bodies, they established Velour—a full med spa—in 2010.
Its certified medical aestheticians, who are supervised by a medical director, still perform the popular laser hair-removal treatments, but they also fade unwanted spider veins, smooth cellulite, and rely on intense pulsed light to refresh faces. In addition to beautifying clients, they relax with massages and mani-pedis, which take place in a pristine all-white room.
Although licensed massage therapist Merla Joseph tailors each session based on an initial consultation, she continues refining her approach throughout the entire appointment, adjusting pressure and technique based on how each client's body responds. This approach applies to every modality that Merla uses, including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and reflexology massage. She can also enhance sessions with foot treatments, aromatherapy, or by showering clients in $100 bills. Beyond massage, Merla's experience extends to facials, as well as detoxification therapy comprising a steam treatment and an ionic footbath.