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, 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.
The technicians at Skin Indulgence Studio specialize in both state-of-the-art and classic hair removal techniques for both men and women. A LightSheer Diode laser zaps hair during its growth phase in order to prevent it from sprouting. Waxing takes a more traditional and temporary route, stripping away hairs from the face, armpits, and bikini area so that they grow back softer and finer, unlike the coarse stubble that results from shaving or running kitchen shears across the skin?s surface. Waxing services can be done with both soft and hard wax depending on the sensitivity of the area. To further beautify clients, the staff also performs makeup applications, adds eyelash extensions, and tints brows and lashes. All services are performed in their clean and professional environment.
Avaria Health & Beauty Corp. is the brain child of two modern day alchemists. Cosmetic physician Dr. Keith Burk and compounding pharmacist Phil Hudson own Avaria, hunched over cactus extracts and meadowfoam seed oil, puzzling out how better to deliver their natural vitamins into arid epidermises. The result is high-end beauty products that both beautify and strengthen skin, blending natural ingredients such as grapefruit extract, emu oil, and starlight with amino acids and vitamins essential to repairing damage to skin from aging and external sources. All of Avaria's products are paraben-free and manufactured in Canada.
Sun Magic bronzes patrons with the latest German-engineered UV-tanning technology and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths, supported by a trained and experienced staff. Five levels of UV-tanning equipment, include stand-up, lie-down, and rocking-horse models from lines such as uwe, Dr. Müller, and Sun Capsule. Sessions on premium beds take between 8 to 20 minutes depending on the model. Knowledgeable staff members can advise customers on the ideal equipment and tanning times based on their skin type, desired level of bronzing, and astrological sign.
Behind the pretty stone façade of The Thymeless Apothecary is a fittingly beautiful collection of bath and beauty products from around the globe. Colourful candles and diffusers line the shelves, filling the air with scents of persimmon and bergamot. Giant jars filled with colourful salts beckon visitors to scoop the fragrant crystals into awaiting bags and create their own relaxing scents. These crystals are then taken home to be used in the bath or scattered on an icy driveway.
Thymeless Apothecary’s Alonda Nichols—who spent more than 20 years at the helm of an upscale spa—uses many Thymeless’s products during her facial treatments. Each facial is customized to skin type and can treat issues such as fine lines, acne, or dryness.
Founded by optician and inventor of the double-flare eyelash extension Jason Carruthers, Zipp Lash specializes in long-lasting extensions. When custom fitted by one of their lash experts, the gently curled synthetic lashes rest comfortably atop natural hairs, enduring showers and tears for up to two months before needing a refill.