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 Beach House Tanning & Salon enhances exteriors with pseudo-sunny UV bulbs and automated Mystic Tan spray booths designed to foster a fresh-off-the-beach glow. Mystic tanners step into an automated booth where they undergo automated spray sessions that last about five minutes and provide results that don't fade for four to seven days. Equipped with 50 tanning lamps and a 22 mph wind fan, the Super Cyclone HP 220 standup booth bronzes lotion-slathered skin in just eight minutes, the same amount of time it takes Carl Lewis to tour the entire Louvre. Private tanning rooms boast a bungalow-esque interior lush with beachy palms.
Streaks Salon offers an array of body-burnishing techniques to leave clients feeling revamped and tranquil. An hour-long massage therapy session, which includes a 50-minute massage plus a 10-minute mini foot reflexology, employs gentle kneading to serenely evict the shiftless aches squatting in muscular mansions, leaving anatomies unburdened by knots and ready for another day of full-contact kite flying. Sun-seekers may opt for a session in the salon's top-quality VersaSpa spray-tanning system, which provides subtle coloring in a well-ventilated open-air booth. Efficient droplets cloak skin in a moisturizing spray before kissing it with a blissful golden glow, simultaneously fusing in the hue and sating thirsty flesh. Vivify your visage with a one-hour cleansing facial to leave masks vibrant and exfoliated, with an accompanying brow wax ($15) to renovate the roofs of sturdy eye-houses.
In addition to beautifying themselves with Southern Exposure's luxurious tanning, nail, and salon treatments, clients treat their backs and bodies to massages from certified therapist Sharon Faria. Faria not only helps clients relax with her healing touch, but she specializes in therapeutic massage modalities such as reflexology, deep tissue, and acupressure for patients with demanding, stressful jobs, or those unfortunate single-jointed souls unable to thoroughly rub the middle of their own back.
Voted Favorite Tanning Salon by the Modesto Bee readers for the past four years, Bronze Body Tanning Salon & Spa showers its glow-seeking clientele with the latest in sun-less shading technology. For a more permanent pigment, one month of tanning atop the salon's regular beds darkens the dermis with roughly 100% more efficiency than a copper slip-n-slide. Each tan-getting tryst lasts 23 minutes, but in-booth accouterments––including cooling fans, radios, and signing palm trees––help pass the time.