Step into the sunless spray of a VersaSpa booth ($25 for one session) and sprint out in a flat 60 seconds with a third-place Olympic finish. Choose either a clear bronzing solution that reaches its colorful peak in six hours and lasts up to a week, or opt for the clear solution coupled with a cosmetic bronzer (which will wash off with your first shower, leaving the clear solution) for immediate results.
At Tan Utah, experienced staffers help patrons select tanning plans to suit their beauty goals. From a hue built gradually in a UV bed to a Mystic booth's instant bronze, tanning experts help clients find the right look to stand out. As a distributor of top-flight tanning accouterments, the team gets such up-and-coming technologies as the Beauty Angel system, in which a therapeutic red light bolsters collagen production while a vibrating platform stimulates circulation.
Amy Hansen isn’t your typical makeup artist. Sure, she helps define natural beauty by dressing up features, but her cosmetic enhancements won't rinse off at the end of the day. By applying pigment with a tattoo-like procedure, Amy can enhance eyes, lips, and lashes permanently, allowing her clients to reallocate time spent on morning makeup rituals to more fruitful purposes, such as enjoying a cup of coffee or scanning the newspaper for spelling errors.
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 beauty supplier boasts a bounty of top-of-the-line cosmetics and fragrances from high-end beauty-enhancing brands. Carry a compact of Smashbox's antioxidant-dense Bronze Lights matte powder ($28) in your fanny pack this summer for an on-the-spot and UV-free tonal transformation, or gift your chapped chap with Cargo's lip gloss quad ($24), for silky-soft lips on the go. Apothica's abundant selection of skin and hair-care products offers candy-coated skincare options such as the Whish Almond Three Whishes Sugar Scrub ($38) and earthier hair-care options, such as the Philip B rejuvenating oil. Apothica also carries products from bareMinerals, Essie, Dermalogica, and H20+. See all of the brands offered here.
A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.