A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
In Aussie Tan Tanning Salon’s primary-color salon, clients bronze to even hues with SunStar UV-tanning beds and Norvell spray-tan solutions. The salon stocks its facility with a trio of standard beds, including a standup booth and a high-intensity bed, each of which helps patrons gradually build up a seamless bronze hue with UV light. Salon aestheticians administer Norvell spray tans, employing a hand-held airbrush to meticulously gild bodies until they achieve the color made famous by hot crossed buns.
To further enhance tans, the salon's shelves are stocked with a supply of Designer Skin and California Tan accelerating lotions, which help clients build and sustain deep golden hues while rehydrating skin with tropical-scented creams. Add contrast to your face's new bronze look with BleachBright LED teeth-whitening services, which brighten smiles in 20-minute intervals—enough time to sit down and really think about all the teeth-staining soda and black ink you've consumed.
Light doesn't just tan skin at Soleil Tanning and Boutique—it also heals. That's because in addition to a lineup of lie-down and stand-up UV-tanning beds, the salon is also home to a red-light-therapy booth. This booth sends waves of infrared light into the skin in an effort to boost circulation, which has the effect of not only diminishing fine lines and calming acne outbreaks, but also relieving joint inflammation and other forms of chronic and acute pain. The salon provides eye protection to clients who need it, and, because tanning lotions, like people taking too long in the gas-station snack shop, are easy to leave behind, it allows patrons to store their supplies there.
Halloween Costume Warehouse outfits revelers in spooky, adorable, or sassy duds for men, women, kids, and infants. The selection of thrilling threads ($9.99–$129.99) varies from location to location, but recent offerings for tots have included the baby cuddly lion ($14.99 on sale), a plush lion jumpsuit that can help babies rule over animal crackers. Young trick-or-treat warriors can bravely battle terrifying doorsteps in the guise of Captain America complete with a shiny blue jumpsuit and mask ($19.99), or they can charm ghouls in a frilly red Elmo dress ($24.99). A wide selection of adult attire runs the gamut from alluring burlesque ensembles to hair-raising costumes of high-school trigonometry teachers.
Tantastic's advanced equipment and extensive selection of lotions help clients build their ideal shade. The standup Sundome booth bronzes limbs without ever touching them, and the traditional Starpower bed has clients in and out in 12 minutes. Spray-tan technicians also stand ready to gild bodies a custom hue in a matter of minutes.
Clients can select one of Tantastic’s various lotions, including those from Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold, or have staffers custom order lotion to ensure they get the best product for their skin. Convenient lotion-storage space eliminates the need for clients to carry their lotions to and from the salon or conceal them in a hole in a nearby lawn.