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 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 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.
When it comes to beauty, Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa covers all of its bases with an expert for almost every aspect of the body?s appearance. The salon?s stylists, for example, revitalize scalps with precision haircuts and treatments that add volume and texture to wilting strands. Not to be outdone, the spa?s aestheticians smooth away wrinkles with beauty injections and oversee a tanning bed that imbues skin with shades of bronze. There?s a reason all of these services exist under one roof. Luxe?s one-stop beauty emporium saves clients time that would otherwise be spent running from salon to massage studio or tediously melting a wax candle over all of their hairy body parts.
Amazing Tans, celebrating its 18-year anniversary, furnishes its interiors with a range of cutting-edge tanning beds and booths. The studio's Matrix, Sun Board, and Velocity beds filter out 98% of UVB rays?the rays responsible for reddening skin. Aside from tanning beds, Magic Tan and Mystic Tan standup tanning booths mist bodies in UV-free sunless tanning formulas, transforming pasty hues into even, natural-looking bronze tones. Tanning and skincare products are available for purchase, including Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Amazing Face bronzers and moisturizers.
At Taki's Salon and Spa, a team of eight designer and master stylists, two manicurists, and one massage therapist relaxes and beautifies bodies with a variety of services. The hair artists accentuate coifs with full or partial coloring, permanent waves, and thermal straightening, whereas the nail experts soften skin with exfoliating rose-scented or chocolate-mint-truffle scrubs. The list of targeted therapeutic massages includes the signature Shellatsu, in which the therapist uses lava seashells to knead away stress from pressure points, loosen muscles, and plug up the body’s naturally occurring volcanoes.
Behind each door in R U Tan's spa-like facilities lie state-of-the-art tanning beds that vary in strength and style. The tanning center's certified consultants can help bronze enthusiasts select the best bed for their skin type or help assemble a tanning plan that combines sessions in the standup bed, the plush Extreme bed, or the Hydration Station bed that resembles Woody Allen's time-traveling vessel in Sleeper. Experienced spray-tanning techs provide an alternative to UV-ray bathing by instantaneously coating the skin in an even, natural-looking tone.
At EyeCandy Lashes and Sunless Tans' two locations, the staff specializes in custom airbrush spray tans and eyelash extensions. All spray-tan and eyelash artists are licensed cosmetologists or aestheticians, led by owner Meri, a beauty industry and tanning veteran. Along with bronzing bods and beautifying eyelash fringe, the spa offers teeth-whitening services.