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.
Convenience comes first at Celebrity Tanning, where a plethora of metro locations, extended hours, and a large lineup of tanning equipment ensure clients can achieve a sun-kissed glow with minimum fuss. Four tiers of UV beds offer escalating amenities that add to the comfort and efficacy of tanning sessions, incorporating extra facial tanners, aromatherapy, MP3 hookups, and inspirational posters of famous suns from other galaxies. For more immediate results, the salon’s automated Mystic Tan booth sends sweeping jets of misted bronzer over bodies to create a streak-free tan that lasts 7–10 days after one 60-second session. The staff of tanning specialists can help customers choose the right type of session for their skin or budget, answering any questions that may come up. Tan-prolonging lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and California Tan are also available to enhance the depth and duration of a tan without equipping clothes with UVA bulbs.
Staff members at Just Glow Tanning and Boutique take care to recommend tanning products from their onsite salon best suited to enhance sessions in their collection of beds made by California Tan, UWE, and Montego Bay. The boutique also sells bathing suits and trendy clothing to show off skin’s new golden hues.
Inside Tan Utopia’s salon, brightly colored bikinis hang from the wall next to other trendy clothing styles for sale, each reminding guests of the warm-weather places they’ll flaunt their new tans. But these tan-complementing clothes and accessories are just a bonus for clients after completing sessions in tanning beds or with UV-free applications. For guests who prefer formula-based tanning, the salon offers hand-painted sunless bronzing. Several brands of lotion and bronzer are also available to help ensure skin holds on to its new golden hue as long as it can.
At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body’s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.
The staff members at Anaya Skin Care have a big job to take on—the body’s biggest, in fact. They tend to its largest organ with facials and body scrubs that cleanse pores and remove dead cells to reveal youthful, soft skin. During waxing services, they unveil even more skin by removing unwanted hair from the root. Spray-tanning services darken complexions for a sun-kissed glow during months when the sun is on vacation in the Oort cloud. Meanwhile, permanent-makeup services enhance facial features by lining eyes, filling in brows, and creating full lips.