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, such as 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 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.
With a history stretching back nearly 30 years, Tan City of Valpo prides itself on its well-trained team. Techs assist guests with all their needs, from choosing between UV and spray tanning to picking the best lotion and accelerator, and their clean bronzing studio offers a variety of each. Besides imbuing skin with golden hues, they also provide teeth whitening, using their own Maxx White system.
At Image Sun Tanning Centers, professional staffers develop personalized bronzing plans for every customer. Custom care begins with a free skin-type analysis, which allows staffers to steer clients toward optimal tanning beds and lotions. Discerning staffers stock Australian Gold products as well as the Swedish Beauty Botanica line, concocted from eco-friendly and natural ingredients. A fleet of clean tanning beds regularly outfitted with fresh sunbeams aims to impart quick, even bronzes.
Most treatments at Roco Tan & Spa take less than 12 minutes. Meaning clients get in, get beautiful, and get on with their day. Five levels of European UV beds are available in stand-up and lay down varieties, with tiers of amenities so that clients can enjoy cooling breezes, improved facial tans, and all-over body coverage. Clients can even multitask in the tanning beds with the Twilight Teeth bleaching system, which whitens teeth while tanning. In the Pura Spray Tan booth, nozzles shoot out UV-free tanning spray to create a streak-free tan in under five minutes. The hydration booth is a 20 minute session that leaves your skin soft for days, thanks to vitamin-enriched liquids, steam, and optional body-swaps with Downy bears.