At Wicked Tan, the way to appear as though you've spent a day fetching frisbees at the beach is simply to be still: lie down in a bed, stand in a booth, or pose before a spray of mist. A total of four UV tanning beds and two booths beckon guests to enter and relax as their skin takes on a look as natural as a finishing-school student on a tuxedo assembly line. Wicked Tan also presents customized airbrush tanning, administered by trained technicians who coat every arm, leg, and face with UV-free tanning solutions. To complement tanned skin, two hairstylists cut, style, and color hair with Paul Mitchell haircare products.
Expert stylists take over when dealing with tresses, shearing and styling locks or adding pintura highlights to springy curls. Elsewhere in the salon, waxing specialists can remove mustaches and cleave unibrows in twain. Aching feet dip into the soothing waters of a whirlpool tub before an exfoliating sea-salt scrub whisks away dead skin and calluses, leaving silky heels in its wake. Deft, strong fingers knead soles and tired calf muscles, and polish brightens each toenail. During the luxury spa mani-pedi at Evo Salon & Spa, nail technicians also gussy up fingertips with Shellac lacquer and coddle hands worn out from high-fiving every statue in a museum.
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.
People don’t go to a deli to fight wrinkles, fine lines, and acne outbreaks. But at Youthful Trends, skincare apothecaries mix custom, natural, handmade body butters and beauty products behind a beauty deli. It's this smorgasbord of organic serums and creams that lays claim to the Earthworm Wrinkle Butter, which was praised on The Doctors for its anti-aging blend of green-tea extracts and secrets for fighting off early birds. In addition to tailored blends of fresh fruit and botanicals, aestheticians encourage glowing complexions with LED light, bronze bodies in beds equipped with personal sound systems, and lift moods with vitamin D-enriched lights.
Lash Out certified lash extensionist Courtney Vogel volumizes clients' natural eyelashes one lash at a time. She eschews fake lash strips; she prefers to use the Lavish Lashes system, which builds upon existing lashes instead of covering them up. Clients relax in a comfortable chair with their eyes closed while Courtney applies soft, natural-looking lashes one by one to the client's real lashes. Although this detailed service takes time and concentration, it adds length and volume without the need for globing on clumpy paste or gluing on doll-size feather dusters.
The potent rays of UV lamps soak skin in a bronzing glow as melodies find their way into ears thanks to the MP3 hookups in Legally Bronzed Tanning’s fleet of advanced horizontal and vertical tanning beds. Guests who wish to avoid UV light entirely can opt for custom airbrush tans, which imbue skin with a summery, streak-free glow without the potential risks of bathing in sun rays or a commercial deep fryer. The same airbrush artists who cover bodies in custom tans can also enhance beauty with makeup.