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.
The aestheticians at The Skin Boutique know that, as the largest organ in the human body, skin deserves its fair share of pampering attention. At their studio, they perform a number of services one simply cannot replicate at home. These include full-body waxing, custom airbrush spray tans, and deep-cleansing facials. While performing treatments, the aestheticians rely on products from Prana SpaCeuticals, a natural line of products made with organic botanicals, herbs, nut oils, and Hollywood-celebrity tears.
The skillful nail technicians at T’ani’s Spa pamper feet and hands with homemade lotions, tension-sloughing massages, and splashes of colorful polish during a relaxing mani-pedi. Paws soften and soak in a warm, salt-infused footbath to kick off the basic pedicure before beauty mavens skillfully trim, shape, and buff toenails by wielding a foot paddle and menacing glares to scare rough calluses away from soles. Layers of homemade lotion moisturize legs and feet during a soothing final massage. After techs shape fingernails, manicure-ready clients choose a Shellac sheen from a rainbow of polish hues, and then watch it set under UV light. Shellac’s rock-hard gel finish will last up to two weeks without chipping. Finally, techs will massage hands wearied from copying the Declaration of Independence on rice grains before releasing them to grab a complimentary beverage, sips of wine, and sweet cookie nibbles within the light-blue walls of T’ani’s Spa's waiting area.