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.
Tired muscles find new life under the trained hands of licensed aesthetician and bodywork specialist Tina at Heal N U Therapeutic Day Spa. She whips out a variety of massage techniques during sessions to work out deep knots and alleviate achy areas. Face muscles perk up during facials that also work to combat acne, rosacea, and fine lines with medical-grade skincare products.
The Great Escape's professional pamperers offer patrons simultaneous relaxation and beautification with a varied selection of salon and spa services. Guests can coddle their appendage-enders with a spa mani–pedi that files and shapes each nail edge for upcoming chalkboard-scratching competitions. The 35-minute manicure also includes a moisture-infusing paraffin treatment, and the 45-minute pedicure exfoliates shoe fillers with a sea-salt scrub. Patrons can also opt for the microdermabrasion facial–a 60-minute façade-refining treatment. The exfoliating microdermabrasion buffs off dead skin cells and fake-mustache glue residue, unveiling renewed effulgence.
Naked Beach Tanning bronzes bodies with a combination of 10 tanning beds and UV-free spray tanning. Two locations in Meridian and Boise feature beds that suit every skin tone via standup or lay-down machinery. They also provide three customizable levels of California Tan sunless spray tans, which mimic the results of a tropical vacation or baths in melted copper-colored crayons during one-minute treatments.
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Anthony Korell knows the power of a first impression. As a licensed aesthetician, he knows the impact a face can have, and so he focuses on helping clients put their best face forward. He aims to deliver the most appropriate skincare treatment for each client, drawing from microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials, and focusing on issues such as anti-aging, acne, and sensitive skin. His repertoire also includes specialty treatments, such as the chocolate-strawberry enzyme facial, which features skin-friendly antioxidants and a scent eerily reminiscent of the cake that tap-dances through your dreams every night.