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 of 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 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.
The team at Tan the Moon believes that tanning, like anything else, is best done in moderation. The staff members advocate for measured UV exposure, which they assert can both protect skin from the effects of too much tanning and from the dangers of avoiding the sun altogether—sunburns and vitamin-D deficiencies, respectively. At the sun-worshipping salon, patrons can pay by the minute, month, or year to use tanning beds in four different levels. For clients who wish to forgo UV altogether, there are automated VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, or clients can enjoy a hand-applied custom airbrush tan. Pre-tan sessions in the hydration station can extend a tan’s life by two to four days, so Tan the Moon offers packages that add a hydration session to any type of tan. Lotions and extenders from Australian Gold and Booda Organics can also help color last longer than a round of “A Googolplex Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”
Glo Sun Spa keeps a slew of modern bronzing, polishing, and hydrating technologies in peak condition. With a variety of tanning beds, Glo Sun Spa provides a wide range of sun-kissed glows. Alternatively, sunless VersaSpa and Pura Sunless systems provide a tan away from the sun's rays. The hydration station combines Hydrofusion with steam and LED technology to moisturize and tan epidermises, and the Lumiere Excel system features a series of repairing, clearing, and firming regimens. Glo Sun Spa also stocks a full line of lavish skincare products from brands such as Devoted Creations.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
Guiltless Glow owner and proprietor Laurie Middleton was once a self-proclaimed “sun-worshipper," who relied on tanning beds for her bronzed glow. She soon learned of the benefits of airbrush tanning—the customizable shades, the skin-toning and evening properties, and lack of harmful UV rays—and has since dedicated herself to sharing that knowledge. Inside her studio, she's further expanded her passion for beautification, performing skincare, nail, and waxing services, offering Norvell automatic booth tans, and adding glow to grins with DaVinci organic teeth-whitening services.
From her outpost in Viola Salon, Spa and Parfumerie, Denver Waxing owner and aesthetician Miranda Olinger has transformed the drama of beautification into a one-woman show. Drawing on aesthetics experience dating back to her teenage years, which she spent as a makeup artist for runway shows, Miranda now devotes her time to pampering her clients with beauty services that yield lasting results. She performs each of Denver Waxing’s namesake hair-removal services for men and women using hard wax, which is specially formulated for sensitive areas such as bikini lines and phantom limbs. Her roster of services stretches farther than the name suggests, however, as the specialist also polishes complexions with skin-clearing facials and spray-tanning services.
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