Catch a Tan shimmers skin with UV-free Mystic Tan treatments in a comfortable salon setting. Clients can quickly darken epidermises with four levels of tanning treatment, customized for their individual skin tone, desired level of color, and ability to sense storms coming. In a private heated booth, jets gently spritz the tanning formula from side to side, bronzing bodies from head to toe and sealing in sparkle more securely than a roll of jewel-encrusted duct tape. The warm mist coats clients as they rotate between four different positions, drying completely with heated air that radiates throughout the booth like a sociable zephyr. The salon's interior glimmers with golden hues and wooden accents as the amiable staff readily offers advice on the extensive selection of tanning products, which have all been personally autographed by the sun.
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, such as 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 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 her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
Platinum Tans' friendly staff accommodates bodies with sundry skin-bronzing options, including 11 tanning beds, a Mystic tanning booth, and personalized airbrush services. Limbs new to the fine art of sunbathing can soak in rays in tier-one beds for 10 minutes, and the medium-level, tier-two beds darken hides in 20 minutes sandwiched between horizontal bulbs or in 12 minutes within a stand-up booth. The high-level, tier-three beds maintain and deepen an already-sun-kissed epidermis in 15 minutes, reserved for those with a solid base tan or a signed note from Apollo.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
Primo Salon & Spa's owner, Kim, is a skin and body care expert and specializes in services like body wraps, body scrubs, and facials. Ongoing education in her field has allowed her to stay at the cutting edge of her profession, and so she encourages each of her employees to attend regular classes in their field. As a result, her team includes a platform artist for Wella, a former educator for Revlon, and a wig specialist with experience fitting custom hairpieces for cancer patients. Together, the team can tend to nearly any aesthetic need, whether it's a new haircut, a mani-pedi, a professional makeup application, or a spray tan?the latter of which is applied via airbrush, as opposed to other salons that simply send clients to a tanning dunk tank.