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.
Inside a boutique-like studio, The Glow Lounge?s certified airbrush artists conjure sunless shades of bronze with customized and vitamin-enriched tanning solutions. The Evolv Sidekick machine is designed to keep skin toasty with an applicator that triggers the heat-activated bronzing solution and a stream of hot air recycled from political speeches. After the consultation, the technician formulates the client's custom color. The solution mimics a natural tan, nourishing cells with tea-tree and grape-seed oil as well as erythrulose and DHA, which encourage color to last longer. Shades last for up to eight days, depending on the type and amount of solution applied as well as proper prep and aftercare.
With stress levels on the rise, it's important to take a day to take care of yourself. Fortunately, Rejuva GlowSpa lets you do just that?literally. Here, clients actually self-administer many of their own treatments using automated machines that can do everything from massage sore muscles to hydrate the skin.
The Hydration Station is a pod-like unit that encloses the body from the shoulders down, moisturizing the skin with vitamin-infused steam that may help boost collagen production. There's also beds for hydro-massage and red-light therapy, the latter of which may boost blood flow and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The spa even provides tanning services in the form of UV beds and California Tan airbrush sessions.
Voted a CitySearch favorite spot for tanning from 2005 to 2009, SunWerks has earned its patrons? loyalty by offering flexibility: tanning takes place inside four levels of sun beds and within the mists of three different styles of spray-tan services. Not content to merely bronze hides, the salon also sets calories ablaze during skinny wrap sessions, which use six silicone pads to blast fat more effectively than a butter-seeking missile. Pure Collagen Tower red-light collagen treatments roll back the body's clock by abolishing wrinkles and saggy jowls.
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.
Variety. That's what makes Custom Airbrush Tan & Salon different. As artists, the shop's airbrush tanners can create 18 different shades with which to imbue skin, from light golden to dark bronze. Choosing from different brands and types of solution, including eco-certified organic products, allows them to tailor tans to each customer's whims. And to complement these flawless tans, they also offer makeup and hairstyling services. Customers can even enjoy these treatments on-location, thanks to the salon's mobile unit and airbrush-tanning bat signal.