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.
At Texas Tan & Spa, tanning beds, standup booths, and airbrush stations offer every variation of skin-bronzing approaches. After indulging in a bed or booth tan, or putting epidermises into the trusted hands of fully trained airbrush artists, guests can amble to the unisex spa area, where SkinPhD products swathe faces and bodies in rich all-natural ingredients crafted in South Africa. The beauty specialists treat clients from head to toe, waxing unwanted hair, extracting blemishes, and whitening teeth until they blend in perfectly with snowman flesh.
The bronzing experts at Simply Sunless Keller specialize in imbuing bodies with natural-looking glows without any help from UV rays. They mist faces, hands, feet, and entire birthday suits with a sugar-cane-based DHA solution that darkens skin for 7–14 days. To keep tans lasting as long as possible, they recommend avoiding long, hot showers or bathing in vats of correction fluid.