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.
Body Beautiful Studio’s menu of services not only focuses on keeping clients looking luminous and svelte, but also emphasizes the importance of good health and whole-body well-being. Rather than relying on the potentially harmful UV rays emitted by tanning beds, the studio’s airbrush tanning technicians instead engulf bodies in a mist of botanically based solution, creating an even, sun-kissed hue free of orange streaks, unlike carrots shot out of a T-shirt cannon. Body Beautiful’s full-body infrared treatments use far-infrared technology to relieve aches and contour silhouettes. As the gentle heat elevates metabolisms and helps release pent-up toxins, it can also improve skin tone by minimizing the appearance of cellulite.
The Tan Bar, named Best Tanning Salon in 2012 by Dallas Voice readers, helps patrons achieve UV-free glows in a stylish, comfortable setting. Inside private rooms with blond- and chestnut-hued wood floors and full-length mirrors, specialists evaluate each client’s hair color, eye color, and skin tone to devise a golden-brown shade suited to his or her particular pigmentation. When they've found the right hue, they spritz skin with a fine mist of natural, organic tanning spray infused with anti-aging ingredients such as green tea and aloe vera. Patrons can choose to burnish the entire body or target a specific area and can even opt for contoured shading that gives the appearance of six-pack abs or a sexy second belly button. The shop also stocks Savvy Bohème soaps, and gentle exfoliation products keep skin soft and smooth between visits.
Ultra Tan beckons bronzers into a spray of UV rays and natural sunless solutions. A one-month membership unlocks unlimited access to beginner-friendly level-one beds, faster level-two beds that may include facial tanners, and high-powered level-three beds that leave pelts as tawny as a caramel-dipped camel. Alternatively, stay cool while acquiring a sunny glow with a custom airbrush tan. Naturally derived ingredients infuse skin with a precisely chosen shade through a gentle Norvell misting system that seals in color for up to 10 days.
Texsun Tan & Spa bronzes complexions and prettifies nails inside a salon with earth-tone walls. Guests can get their sun-kissed look through sessions in tanning beds or from the hand-applied spray of Norvell sunless-tanning solutions. Aestheticians also nourish nails in mani-pedis, and guests can take the spa experience home with them by purchasing from their fleet of Norvell maintenance products.
The bronzing experts at Tan Dallas foster dark-glowing skin with traditional UV tanning beds–high-powered capsules that toast epidermises in 10–20 minutes. To keep booths in peak tanning condition and the sun out of business, the staff changes all bulbs twice as often as mandated by the manufacturers. Tan Dallas also decorates its private, spa-like treatment rooms with the VersaSpa and new VersaPro booths, whose automated voices guides guests through a quick spray-tanning process that leaves skin consistently colored. In addition, the salon's trained techs utilize the Norvell spray-tanning system to create custom tans with an airbrush gun and video footage of man's first walk on the sun.