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.
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.
European Tan fosters healthy glows with a well-curated collection of sun-simulating tanning beds and VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Six flavors of horizontal and upright tanning beds feature various amenities such as surround sound, 360-degree tanning-bulb arrays, and high-pressure lamps; a dedicated leg-tanning unit bronzes appendages paled from shaving or an unchecked pants addiction. The center's fully automated VersaSpa spray booth doles out UV-free radiance via a fine mist of hydrating tanning solution. Clients can extend the life of their newly furbished tans with a full line of products from Australian Gold and Designer Skin.
Sarah and Crystal, two stylists at Glamour Extensions, focus on a single task: applying sets of natural-looking eyelash extensions. Using medical-grade adhesive, they attach individual synthetic lashes to upper and lower eyelids. Despite their delicate appearance, the lashes are designed to withstand up to six weeks of wear and slap fights. They can be styled on the fly with a special styling brush the team supplies to each patron.
Trained technicians at Secret Beach Tanning give epidermises an expertly bronzed finish with UV-free Norvell airbrush tans. Clients first collaborate with the tech to pick out the skin shade that best matches their hair or lucky penny. Next, patrons don disposable garments and a hair cap before skin dons a DHA-based browning solution. Tans usually develop over the course of a few hours, after which outer epidermal layers sport an even, golden tan that typically lasts around seven days. Secret Beach Tanning suggests showering and shaving before the session, as well as not wearing makeup, deodorants, or full jousting armor, as they can prevent skin from absorbing the tanning formula correctly.