Colors & Shapes transforms into a European getaway with nothing more than a few cans of paint and a talented artist. Faux marbled walls in soft gold tones surround the staff, yielding only to a faux painted window with a scene of a rolling countryside. Inside this cozy respite from daily life, professionals cut and color hair, cover fingernails and toenails with vibrant polish, and bronze clients with a trip to the tanning bed. They cap off beautifying treatments with teeth-whitening services.
With a variety of quality tanning beds and UV-free airbrush tanning, Aruba Tan imbues chromatically challenged hides with sun-kissed glows. Those looking to jumpstart their skin's vitamin D factories can get the bronzing benefits of a day at the beach with a session in basic 20-minute ($40) or mid-grade 15-minute ($50) beds. For faster, more-efficient penny impressions, Aruba Tan also boasts high-intensity 13-minute beds and 12-minute booths ($60). UV-shy meat suits can opt for an airbrush tanning session ($40) to get a golden misting that helps improve their complexion and increases their chances of ending up on a famous actor's mantle during Oscar season.
Ten to fifteen minutes. That's all the time it takes for the tanning experts at Simply Sunless to update pallid skin with a beach-ready bronze color—and they accomplish this feat without using wish-granting genies. Instead, the staff uses airbrushes to evenly apply custom tanning solutions, which gradually darken skin to the desired shade. They can also supply their customers with specialty lotions designed to enhance and prolong the life of sun-kissed hues. Simply Sunless' tanning team works out of a spa room near downtown Ocala, and they can also travel to homes for on-location tanning.
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.