A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Steven William Day Spa’s squad of beauty benefactors gussies up guests with hair, nail, skin, and spray-tanning services. The 45- to 60-minute Brazilian wax skillfully strips nether regions of unwanted bristles, removing as much or as little hair as the client wishes and granting the newly depilated the ability to carouse on beaches sans snow pants. Guests seeking a burnished body finish can faux-sun the dermis with an organic SunFX spray tan. During the 20- to 30-minute session, a tan technician coats skin with bronzing solution, leaving behind a gleaming, golden radiance custom to each client's skin tone. Spray tans bless bodies with an instant khakification, eliminating tedious extra steps like building up a base shade or slowly evolving to produce more melanin.
Since opening the studio in June 2008, Kara Crose has harnessed her powers as a licensed aesthetician to pamper guests with a range of results-driven skincare services. Surrounded by the earth-toned walls inside one of the private treatment rooms, patrons relax atop plush treatment tables as Kara carefully clears and refreshes skin with hair-snatching waxes and custom and specialty facials. Guests also frequent Kara's Skin Care Studio for stress-melting massages and hand-holding sessions, which can run anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
At Show a Little SKINcare, Dermalogica products help aesthetician Danielle Crawford treat acne, excess oil, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines on complexions during facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. Her supply of wax along with her waxing technique helps to protect the skin while she removes unwanted hair on the faces and bodies of both men and women. The beauty expert also offers makeup applications and spray tans.
Laura Kirby revamps visages with an array of skincare products and treatments in a fetching French-classical salon full of natural light and antique furniture. During microdermabrasion sessions, Laura wields the DiamondTome skin resurfacing system as they gently remove dead skin cells and outdated emoticons with natural diamond chips, replacing the topmost layer of rough skin with a smooth, youthful complexion. Simultaneously, the hand piece vacuums away imperfections and stimulates vascular circulation to give faces a healthy glow and a firmer appearance. Microdermabrasion can be performed on almost any area—including faces, elbows, and feet—and the non-invasive treatment, unlike a job at a yoga-mat tester, requires no down time.
With more than 12 years of experience in her fingers, trained aesthetician Patty at Mia Bella Salon and Spa doffs fur coverings from bikini zones using top-quality waxes in a calming, discreet environment. During the Brazilian waxing service, Patty warms and applies a specialty hard wax designed to minimize discomfort by cocooning individual shafts while refusing to stick to skin. Patty paves the entire front and posterior into a smooth superhighway during each 20- to 30-minute treatment, granting skin with supreme silkiness while eliminating the need to shave for up to four weeks.