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 spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.
Under the guidance of spa owner, aesthetician, and makeup artist Lori Taylor, Belleza Day Spa's team has maintained Lori's vision: cultivating an unparalleled spa experience by individually tailoring every treatment. Armed with products from Jan Marini and cosmetic lines such as Laura Mercier and Scott Barnes, they take care of the body both inside and out. Facials, waxing, and other skincare help to make clients look luminous, and certified massage therapists relieve tension and break up scar tissue formed from trying to high-five gorillas. The staff also specializes in makeup application, offering packages that include bridal-party services. As a way of giving back to the community, Belleza provides a 30% service discount for firefighters, police officers, and hospital staff, a 15% product discount, and even a 15% discount for the spouses of these service workers.
Laser hair removal gets rid of pesky strands by targeting them at the follicle with two rhythmic handclaps and an intense burst of light. The beam heats the follicle to a controlled, sauna-like temperature, soothing the hair before it experiences a life review and a serene, fade-to-white farewell. Immediately following treatments, some clients may experience redness, but they will be professionally advised with a post-treatment skin-care plan to relieve whatever minor irritation may occur. Women can use today's Groupon to treat their underarms ($540/three sessions), bikini line ($607.50/three sessions), upper lip ($337.50/three sessions), or chin ($472.50/three sessions), and men can use it for their shoulders ($275 per session) or the nape or the front of their neck ($175 per session). As few as three to four sessions (spaced two to three months apart) are typically required to see permanent results, and customers can conveniently combine two Groupons for a total of six sessions.
Nature Certified makes it easy for clients to bathe in eco-friendliness by delivering a diverse assortment of largely organic skincare and bath products to doorsteps. Skin-softening aloe vera, chamomile, and olive oil enrich the infant-safe foaming body wash and shampoo ($12.95), and handcrafted soaps ($5.50) come in six flavors—such as lemon lime, lavender oatmeal, and koala-fresh eucalyptus spearmint—to render the tub the new best place to have dinner. Shoppers can wipe away errant suds or water-balloon juice with organic-cotton towels lined with sage piping ($21), or treat lips to a tangerine dream with beeswax balm ($5.99).
Our staff of beauty and wellness professionals offer a wide variety of specialized services that include skin care, massage, hair and nails. As a Redken 5th Avenue Salon, our hair stylists are frequently trained on the latest in contemporary styles. Each visit begins with a personal consultation.
To keep her clients looking young, Rubal Beauty Salon owner and licensed cosmetologist Mandip Kaur draws on both ancient techniques and all-natural modern products. The skilled beautician reaches for henna-infused dyes and shampoos to add shine and moisture back into tresses, and she uses Innosys styling products to sculpt and shape new 'dos. During hair-removal sessions, Mandip gently removes strands using a water-soluble wax blended from lemon, sugar, and plant extracts, or she can individually thread hairs to leave skin as smooth as a Terminator's forehead. In addition to hair-focused treatments, Mandip exfoliates the body with fruit-extract-infused scrubs and concludes mani-pedis with coats of OPI polish.