Fountain Laser's skilled professionals help visitors achieve stubble-less skin by zapping hair follicles during laser hair-removal treatments. An efficient and precise computer scanner moves the two-headed laser across targeted zones, incinerating unwanted hairs and alien spies disguised as unwanted hairs while simultaneously diminishing discomfort with a sapphire contact-chill plate. An in-office or over-the-phone consultation before treatment allows the staff to answer any client questions about the procedure, as well as tailor each treatment to individual needs.
With an arsenal of traditional beds and sunless-tanning technology from Norvell, the solar skin soothers at Tropics Tanning Salon help build buttery brown skin tones. Choose from one of five different tanning-bed models, such as the Platinum X7 tanning bed ($33 for a three-session pack), featuring facial lamps, CountorPlus surfaces, and an mp3 hookup with surround sound to motivate your skin cells’ sizzling workout. Sun-stain seekers can also take advantage of the Norvell sunless-tanning-spray system ($25 for a single session), providing coppery skin coverage without the risk of UV rays and sandworms.
Licensed aesthetician Lyn Imperi treats her clients to nourishing, soothing services that bring out the youthful, vibrant beauty lying dormant in everyone. Customized facials rejuvenate skin with firming masks, gentle exfoliation treatments, and hydrating under-eye moisturizers, while microdermabrasions build collagen production and reduce fine lines with a crystal wand. To further smooth skin, the staff banishes unwanted follicles from bodies with speedy waxing procedures, a more effective procedure than just waiting for it all to fall out. Backs and muscles get their turn with peaceful aromatherapy massages and back exfoliations.
Melissa Ponce, owner of Face 2 Face Skin Care, is a licensed skin therapist and makeup artist. She augments her skill set with shelves of organic skincare products from Dermalogica, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, and Neal’s Yard Remedies, which are made from plants that have never touched a drop of manmade fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or moonshine. Armed with these naturally occurring tools, she beautifies visitors during makeup services, waxing sessions, and facial treatments.
Unlike baking under UV lamps, being spritzed with Island Mist Tanning’s aloe-based tanning solution moisturizes skin, takes only five minutes, and keeps bodies bronze for up to two weeks. Plus, its organic airbrush tan ensures an even, natural-looking coat. The shop also offers mobile tanning and party packages, as well as products such as vegan bronzer.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.