The aestheticians at SpaRinity know that if we don't put harsh chemicals in our bodies, it makes no sense to put them on our skin. That's why they rely on Image and Pevonia skincare products during each of their facials, chemical peels, and back treatments. These products eschew all chemical preservatives and parabens in favor of gentle, nutrient-rich botanicals, boosting skin's health, glow, and texture.
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.
From the gas lanterns at the entryway to the antique-style armchairs in the relaxation room, The Woodhouse Day Spa feels like a Victorian parlor that just happens to house more than a dozen massage therapists and a team of talented aestheticians and nail technicians. The 5,200-square-foot space includes four single massage rooms, one couples massage room, and a Vichy shower to facilitate body treatments. In the Woodhouse four-handed massage, one of the spa's signature services, two therapists choreograph customized pressure and 20-finger shadow-puppet chorus lines. A team member can firm and tone facial skin with a proprietary Minkyti massage technique or pamper digits with a soothing hand treatment.
The spa's rich hardwood floors and accents and exposed stone and brick walls create a retreat-like ambiance, as does the relaxation room where guests can read a magazine while listening to a trickling water fountain. The retail area showcases certified natural and organic Naturopathica skincare products and items from the spa's activewear line, which was co-branded with Nike.
The staff at Electric Sun Tanning Salon facilitates hue transformations with a full range of UV-tanning beds and sunless spray services accented by tropical murals and décor. During Level 1 or 2 Mystic Tans, nozzles swivel and coat bodies evenly from head to toe in a dermis-darkening formula. Mystic sessions help avoid UV rays and the sun’s vengeful glares when you ask the moon out for coffee.
Spa2Geaux delivers spa relaxing massages, tanning, and makeup services directly to customers. Isabella Montufar, the spa's owner, travels to offices, homes, and hotels to administer a variety of massages, including deep-tissue, Thai, and Swedish massages. She also specializes in airbrush makeup and spray tans, which leave skin looking flawless from head to toe.
The treatment begins with a hydrating soak, after which finger canopies and toe awnings are scrubbed, snipped, shaped, and shellacked by a trained technician. After daubing faces with a rich, hydrating mask, pamperists apply an organic sugar scrub to feet and hands, sloughing off sullied skin and swathing them in tropical aromas. Select between a soothing foot-and-leg massage or a hand-and-arm kneading that keeps upper limbs from spontaneously semaphoring obscenities. Open seven days a week, Spa Laje’s new location in the Avenue Plaza Resort entices indulgers to its relaxing, upscale environs with complimentary valet parking.