A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A 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.
Bodyheat Tanning, with 23 locations spanning Nevada (many open 24-hours), gilds bodies with the help of tanning beds in five levels, sunless spray tanning, and custom airbrush tans. VersaSpa systems automatically mist bronze color onto skin in 60 seconds. No matter what kind of tans clients are looking for, tanning experts analyze skin types and goals to help them choose the lotions, equipment, and perfect crayon shades to fit their needs.
For tan-free options, infrared body wraps melt inches, and Hydration Stations combine radiant heat, steam, and vibrations to turn tight muscles into butter. Red-light beds from iRenew eschew tanning in favor of reducing acne and fine lines. Additionally, the salons dispense myriad tanning lotions, lip glosses, and house-paint swatches for easy skin-tone matching.
Similar to sunbathing, indoor tanning can be hazardous when done irresponsibly. That's why Club 1 Tanning, a member of the Indoor Tanning Association and International Smart Tan Network, enlists knowledgeable staffers to carefully oversee customers’ use of its state-of-the-art tanning beds. Along with four levels of UV-tanning bed, the salon features the VersaSpa spray-tan system, which produces sun-kissed glows without using ultraviolet rays or leaving skin marked by embarrassing orange hues.
A rotating collection of local artists’ work festoons the walls of Boulevard Salon & Gallery. The canvases’ dazzling colors bounce off the sleek wooden floor as stylists flex their own artistic skills on clients’ manes. They bolster strands with highlights, all-over color, or a dark-to-light ombre effect. They also insert glow sticks and feather extensions into strands for unexpected pops of color, and expertly twist hair into chic updos for special occasions.
With its standup booths, advanced spray-tanning equipment, and four levels of tanning beds, Sun Studio Tan brings the beach indoors—minus the sand and salty water, of course. The studio’s basic beds cultivate golden base tans in approximately 10 sessions; high-pressure Level 4 beds, on the other hand, get the job done so fast that there is hardly time to enjoy a few songs on the CD/MP3 stereo sound systems hooked up inside. Sun Studio Tan's bronzing emporium also hosts VersaSpa spray-tan booths for quick, UV-free tanning. The innovative system tans and hydrates skin in 60 seconds, or roughly the same amount of time it takes to jump in and out of a scalding-hot deep fryer.
When getting airbrushed, Nirvana Airbrush Tanning owner Cindy LaSalle's clients can relax for two reasons. One: they can be in the comfort of their own home. Cindy brings all the necessary solution and equipment to get bodies glowing at home, so there's no need to build your own little sun by microwaving a light bulb. Two: Cindy uses a natural, organic, and cruelty-free Norvell solution, which kicks out every trace of skin-drying alcohol. As a result, skin dons a natural-looking glow while staying soft. Tanning services are also offered in-studio, where everyone from bodybuilders to brides-to-be can achieve the best look for their skin type and color.