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.
Royal Tan And Spa's staff bronzes bodies with modern tanning beds and services and offer a variety of spa services such as body wraps, massages, and facials. A series of Royal Gold sessions gently browns customers with 40 souped-up, full-body lamps. The futuristic bed of lights keeps clients cool with adjustable fans while evenly bronzing faces with four high-pressure facial-tanning lanterns and offering up to five gradients of an overall golden glow. Patrons may also choose Mystic Tan sessions held in a private room with the automated Mist Applicator, which evenly and gently gilds skin without exposing it to harmful UV rays. Mystic Tanning is available in three levels, so customers have the choice of looking as though they just returned from the beaches of the Bahamas or the sand dunes of Mars. The technicians can even apply custom airbrush tans at the spa or at clients' homes for a sunless solution that lasts up to 10 days.
The tanning technicians at Mira of Beauty take the guesswork out of getting a glow by administering professional airbrush tans at their studio. They mist bodies with paraben-free South Seas tanning products that are infused with DHA, an FDA-approved ingredient. These top-of-the-line bronzers, which have been featured in Allure magazine and used on the sets of many television shows, are emitted from high-volume, low-pressure guns at a slow rate to ensure glows go on even, unlike applying them with a salad shooter.
The pro pamperers at Endless Summer Salon LLC brighten faces with a seamless fusion of Old World beauty traditions and modern techniques during a one-hour European facial. Once knowledgeable beauty gurus choose suitable supplements from a trove of top-shelf skin elixirs, pores surrender their hoarded impurities to a firm but gentle exfoliating scrub. A coddling hydrating or refining mask blankets squeaky-clean cells with protective barriers against future dehydration, textural unevenness, and complexion-defiling grease from insurgent french fries before gentle massage strokes expel delinquent tension from the face, the scalp, and the shoulders.
Prepping for a big event usually requires multiple salon stops: one for the updo, another for the nails, and the last for a spray tan. Not so at Solar Flair, where stylists perform all these services and more. They bring about bronzy glows with a choice between 11 tanning beds or a UV-free Mystic spray-tan booth. The full-service salon also polishes exteriors with glycolic peels and waxing treatments. This one-stop beautification frees up time before big events for relaxing at home or making googly eyes at the mirror’s handsome new reflection.