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 of 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 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.
Tan on the Boulevard's staff cultivates healthy glows with Smart Tan training and certification, using advanced UV-tanning beds and custom airbrush-tanning techniques. Each of the three tanning emporiums are equipped with high-speed UV-tanning equipment that releases a reduced amount of UVB rays to lessen the risk of burning and produce a golden color similar to an organic egg yolk coated in gold leaf. Customers can achieve visibly gilded results in far less time than with traditional sunbathing, and the salon's collection of beds also contains specialized facial bronzers and cooling systems to maintain comfortable conditions. Five days a week, Tan on the Boulevard also has airbrush-tanning specialists on call to coat skin in tailored sprays of sunless solution that highlight clients’ favorite characteristics and leave no visible streaks.
During custom airbrush-tanning sessions, a quick first-visit consultation outlines guests' needs before Lifetime Tans' body bronzers spray a natural-looking glow onto epidermal canvases. Trained technicians armed with a handheld tanning system mist anatomies with even coats of custom bronzing potions to deepen the hue of paled complexions. For an additional fee, guests can bedazzle skin with an optional gold-leaf shimmer for a golden-brown finish that shines as brilliantly as a bonfire fueled by encyclopedias for up to three days.
A self-contained air-conditioning unit, extra large lounge, and canopy speakers are not the amenities of some luxury sailboat or private-beach cabana—they are just a few of the features found in Tanning Oasis's high-tech UV tanning beds. From the Silver Bullet with its extra facial lamps to the Montego Bay Viper with its wrap-around lights and teleportation option, the beds here are some of the most advanced in the bronzing biz. For those who prefer a different tanning option, the MagicTan spray-tan booth spritzes on an even glow in under 60 seconds that lasts up to a week.
"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.