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.
The aestheticians and stylists at Natural Beauty Salon and Spa approach beauty with an Eastern philosophy, treating skin, hair, and nails with 100% all-natural products. In a warmly lit space with flowing drapery, soothing candles, earth tones, and private treatment rooms, beauty tech Kelsey helps patrons to melt pounds with herbal body-slimming wraps or far infrared therapy that can burn up to 1,200 calories in 60 minutes.
Thirty natural facial masks add authenticity to Swamp Thing costumes and nourish skin with angelica root, carrot, and mung bean, and hot foot wraps and salt-glow treatments luxuriate clients from head to toe. As a full-service salon and spa, Natural Beauty employs massage therapist Megan to find stress hiding behind sinewy knots, and experienced hair sculptors tame tresses with soothing keratin treatments and fashionable cuts.