A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A 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.
Bodyheat Tanning, with 23 locations spanning Nevada (many open 24-hours), gilds bodies with the help of tanning beds in five levels, sunless spray tanning, and custom airbrush tans. VersaSpa systems automatically mist bronze color onto skin in 60 seconds. No matter what kind of tans clients are looking for, tanning experts analyze skin types and goals to help them choose the lotions, equipment, and perfect crayon shades to fit their needs.
For tan-free options, infrared body wraps melt inches, and Hydration Stations combine radiant heat, steam, and vibrations to turn tight muscles into butter. Red-light beds from iRenew eschew tanning in favor of reducing acne and fine lines. Additionally, the salons dispense myriad tanning lotions, lip glosses, and house-paint swatches for easy skin-tone matching.
With its standup booths, advanced spray-tanning equipment, and four levels of tanning beds, Sun Studio Tan brings the beach indoors—minus the sand and salty water, of course. The studio’s basic beds cultivate golden base tans in approximately 10 sessions; high-pressure Level 4 beds, on the other hand, get the job done so fast that there is hardly time to enjoy a few songs on the CD/MP3 stereo sound systems hooked up inside. Sun Studio Tan's bronzing emporium also hosts VersaSpa spray-tan booths for quick, UV-free tanning. The innovative system tans and hydrates skin in 60 seconds, or roughly the same amount of time it takes to jump in and out of a scalding-hot deep fryer.
The staff members of Organelle Spa & Salon believe the answers to all beauty quandaries can be found in one place: nature. They work almost exclusively with organic and all-natural products, even using botanically based solutions during traditionally chemical processes such as hair coloring. Besides keeping unnatural materials out of the body, Organelle's aestheticians also want to remove the toxins that are already there. The spa's detoxifying treatments boost weight loss and dissipate cellulite, and its herbal tonics, teas, and systemic cleansers flush whatever synthetic residue the body accumulated by sleep-eating an alarm clock.
For more than two decades, Beauty in Vegas founder Nikki Segal has beautified high-profile clients, including Leonardo DiCaprio, John Edwards, and the models that grace the covers of Las Vegas Bride magazine. She and her team provide a mobile service for clients, traveling to homes, hotels, and casinos around the country to pamper clients with products from high-end brands such as Arbonne, Fred Segal, and MAC Cosmetics. Nikki prides herself on her vibrant, amiable personality that helps her charm even the most disgruntled eyelash curler to submit to her will.
At Straight Up Tanning, a collection of lay-down and standup tanning beds keeps patrons bronzed the whole year through. Customized airbrush-tanning formulas also present a sun-kissed glow in a matter of seconds. Alternatively, patrons can step inside a red-light therapy booth, where UV-free rays help to soften fine lines and smooth out cellulite.