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.
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.
Christina Love looks at her 35 years in hydrotherapy as not only a career path, but a personal investment. Years ago, cleansing colonics helped her to overcome a drawn-out battle with cancer, and the experience inspired her to help others reach a higher level of health. Nowadays, she practices her holistic therapy as the resident hydrotherapist of Hands on Health. She draws on her extensive colonic experience and combines other therapies, such as herbology, meditation, and oriental medicine, to proper digestive health, which is critical to overall wellness and hotdog eating contests.
Pamper yourself at Narumi's Studio as licensed aesthetician Narumi enhances clients’ existing lashes with faux eye-framers. She also gently expunges grime from faces during deep-cleansing facials, waxes brows into clean arches, and tints lashes to match your favorite Care Bear.
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.
Fantasy Tanning's expert body bronzers cast a mist of Norvell tanning solution over bodies to infuse skin with a natural-looking tan in as little as 10 minutes. Wielding a handheld airbrush, the seasoned techs spritz epidermal expanses with a UV-free serum that coats beach-shy tummies, limbs, and faces in fetching hues for the sun-smacked look. Tans last for approximately 7 days with proper aftercare, which includes avoiding chlorine and refraining from paintballing in the buff.