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.
With six years of experience, licensed aesthetician Valerie Telford loves to help her clients achieve beautiful skin by personalizing her services to the needs of her clients in order to achieve optimal results. At her soothing boutique skincare studio, she offers custom organic facials with natural enzymes, deeply exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments, and refreshing chemical peels using Epionce products, which she also distributes. In the spirit of the season, Pampered Skin Care also offers a pumpkin enzyme peel, perfect for invigorating skin on a chilly autumn morning. In addition to skincare, clients can bronze their bodies with paraben-free spray tans or exfoliate and hydrate their body with seaweed body wraps.
When Steffani Kemp thinks about her future, she can't imagine being in a place where she isn't beautifying nails with manicures, pedicures, and artful applications of polish. Her online portfolio includes creative nail designs that pay homage to cupcakes, holidays, cartoon characters, animals, and entire novels by Proust. Steffani’s services include manicures and pedicures that she upgrades with french tips and chip-resistant gel polish. All of Steffani's pedicures include a foot massage, and she also offers seasonal services such as lemon manicures and pumpkin pedicures.
Facial Impressions Permanent Cosmetics & Training simplifies the beautification process with a diverse array of permanent-makeup services. A licensed technician with more than a dozen years of experience can makeover mugs by accentuating brows or lining lips or eyes or restore areolae with permanent pigments. And for clients interested in venturing into the art of permanent makeup, Facial Impressions offers classes to help them learn and fine-tune their skills.
Southern Exposure Tanning Center gilds skins with 18 tanning units, including a red-light-therapy bed. Beds offer four levels of UV tanning, and an automated Mystic Tan spray booth mists hides in a matter of minutes. To assist with these options, the shop’s Smart Tan–certified staff stands by ready to discuss the differences between UV and sunless tanning, as well as the benefits of accelerators, HCG, vitamin B drops, and skincare products.
Licensed aesthetician Louise Rhodes loves to make clients feel great. Her favorite moment is at the end of treatment, when she gets to see the pleased expression on clients' faces as they see promising results. Along with facial treatments and body wraps, she provides waxing services, brow and eyelash tinting, and reflexology.