Owners Israel De Leon and Daniel Rodriguez value restoration. That much is clear after a visit to Landmark Salon and Spa, their Paul Mitchell focus salon, where staffers renew appearances inside a historical water power plant. By renovating their clients’ bodies, stylists and skin technicians hope to rebuild their confidence. They also offer massages to ease tense muscles and facials that use Dermalogica products to leave skin clear, exfoliated, and as hydrated as a sponge soaking in a puddle of Gatorade.
Since Tan 2000 has so many tanning options, the center’s certified staff helps clients to decide which beds and lotions they should use to achieve their envisioned glow. The staff may guide them to a Sun Ergoline bed or pull Supre Tan or California Tan serums to boost results. All of the studio’s beds boast upward of 43 lamps and may include such extras as canopy-stacked bulbs, which can intensify facial tanning or convince five-o’clock shadows that it’s still two in the afternoon. Tan 2000 also houses an automatic Mystic Tan spray-tanning booth, which spritzes clients with an aloe-infused bronzing solution.
Since graduating from the Milan Institute as her class’s salutatorian, Andrea Fouts, owner of Skin Essentials, has never stopped learning new, noninvasive ways to care for the body's largest organ. Adding to the aesthetician's repertoire of standard facials and waxing are technologically advanced answers to fine lines and acne scarring, such as microcurrent face-lifts, LED light therapy, and oxygen-infusion treatments. She and the technicians on her staff also spritz bodies with 100% natural tanning solutions to create bronzed looks for weddings, proms, and spelling bees.
The stainless-steel, acrylic-free surfaces of the standup tanning booths at Kool Tan provide bronzing with a clean way to get an even UV tan, which takes no longer than 11 minutes per session. For a 60-second spray tan, an automated, hands-free booth spritzes the body in a tanning formula before blow-drying the skin to prevent streaks and plaid patterns, bestowing the physique with a natural-looking, golden-brown hue. To supplement tans with subdermal relaxation, the far-infrared dry sauna exfoliates while relaxing and detoxifying the body during 20-minutes stints. A hydrotherapy water-jet massage soothes sore sinews, relieves muscular tension, and stimulates circulation throughout the customizable 20-minute session, during which the client lies, fully clothed, in a dry capsule or a hollow jelly bean.
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.