At Planet Beach Contempo Spa, automated spa treatments massage away tension, deploy heat and steam to soften skin, and restore complexions’ glow. Ears nestle into headphones that coo mermaid calls as clothed guests lie down on a hydro-massage bed, on which cloth-covered waves gently crash upon corporeal shores to ebb away tension. Infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam exhaled by a health-conscious dragon soothe, moisturize, and promote collagen production during a 20-minute Hydro-Derma Fusion treatment. For a more obvious glow, UV and Mystic spray tans gild pelts.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
The aestheticians at Sophia's Skin Studio are skilled in speed-waxing and pain-minimizing techniques. Cirepil is one of their secrets; imported from France, this customizable wax exfoliates the skin and leaves the hair finer over time.
Additional pampering services out of Sophia's Skin Studio include restorative facials or use dead sea salt to exfoliate skin during H2O2 treatments, which relieve irritation caused by waxing and microdermabrasion. All clients at the small, intimate spa are offered their choice of adult beverages and snacks, an ideal prelude to a deep-tissue or hot-stone massage.
Surfing savant Tiffany Layton caught her first wave more than two decades ago and has been launching her board into open waters ever since. Tiffany's pastime evolved into a way of life about six years ago when she began surfing competitively and racking up an impressive list of championship titles. It was around the same time that Tiffany became certified to teach surfing, and today she shares her knowledge of the ocean at Jacksonville Surf Training.
Tiffany and her team of talented surfers welcome pupils of all ages and skill levels, encouraging healthy lifestyles through surfing lessons and camps, standup-paddleboarding lessons, and yoga and fitness classes on sand and water. They even host surf and yoga retreats in exotic lands—the next trip journeys to Costa Rica, the famous location where the ocean made its first wave while attending a rowdy futbol game.
California Trends Day Spa & Salon’s eclectic team—which encompasses hairstylists and an aesthetician—reflects their dual nature as both day spa and hair salon. Their hair services range from custom cuts and chemical texture changes to color, which stylists can apply to the full mane or specific strands with foil highlighting. For 14 days after their coifs, clients can return for free touchups, snipping away any stray strands or the lingering effects of having transformed into a werewolf. Spa services include ear coning, mani-pedis, body wraps, and waxing, as well as facials tailored to women, men, and teens.