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.
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.
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.
After tanning the San Francisco 49er Gold Rush cheerleaders, Miss California, and international bodybuilders, Kelly Richardson has expanded her sunless-bronzing enterprise beyond her original location in wine country. Today, Richardson runs two salons as well as her own tanning product line, B.Bronz, which has graced the glossy pages of beauty magazines and the glossy models of New York City’s fashion week. In the 15-minute Gold Rush tan, master airbrushers contour and highlight curves, erase tan lines, and reveal deposits of valuable ore buried just beneath the skin. Sonoma Tanning also oversees Da Vinci whitening treatments, which untarnish teeth with an organic formula clients apply in-store and activate with the salon’s bleaching light.