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, such as 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 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.
Flourish's relaxation experts blend Eastern and Western outlooks to help clients to "find beauty through wellness," as stated in the company philosophy. To this end, massage therapists and aestheticians make health paramount. Prior to administering any service, clients and practitioners sit down for a conversation that touches on medical history, current ailments, and run-ins with sidewalk cracks. Health professionals then proceed to administer treatments such as facials, massages, and waxes. During the ion cleanse, clients submerge their feet in a bath that draws out toxins and purifies the body through the electrolysis of the water. Body wraps also work to flush unwanted substances, leaving the body feeling lighter and more able to slither around turnstiles.
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.
Helmed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Jenkins, Angelic Skin Clinic's team of licensed and certified nurses, medical aestheticians, and massage therapists take a customized approach to refining their clients' bodies. Whether it's a facial, a UV-free spray tan, or a Botox injection, the professionals take time to examine their clients' needs and embarrassing baby pictures before determining a plan of attack. The office also houses an arsenal of laser technology to help remove hair and stamp out surface imperfections with swift, noninvasive techniques.
For more than 58 years, the lovable, lawful launderers at Elite Cleaners have churned out crisp collars and shiny civvies in a tidy, punctual manner. Each of their two comfy, clean storefronts features easy drive-up parking, allowing you to quickly drop off bratty apparel like a shirt ($2.99–$3.99 laundered, $6.99 dry-cleaned), pants ($6.99 dry-cleaned), full suit ($13.98 dry-cleaned), or full dress ($13.98 dry-cleaned) for watchful garb-sitting with your choice of timely services, which include expedited one-hour or same-day jobs. You can further enhance your tidy exterior glow with the tanning service, which marinates corpuses at the Loretto location.
Under the supervision of medical director Dr. Grace Khouri, the skilled team of cosmetic experts puts their talents to work helping their patients look younger and improve their skin's health and appearance. That's where aestheticians and laser specialists Tracy Johnson and Terri Rohling come in. They perform microdermabrasions, chemical peels, and laser services that reduce the appearance of skin imperfections or remove unwanted hair and barnacles. Adding to the center's full complement of skin treatments, Nurse Practioner Imo Kalla injects wrinkle-thwarting Botox and Juvederm Filler that keep fine lines at bay.