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.
Facelogic Essential Skincare and Spa has built a skincare empire, spreading dozens of locations across 14 states and developing a popular line of products that include both natural botanical formulas and clinical cosmeceuticals. Part of the reason the spa has been so successful is its signature facial, during which cleansers, steam, and extractions remove impurities, exfoliating tools whisk away expired skin cells, and a facial massage melts pent-up stress and nascent unicorn horns. If wrinkles persist, clients can choose from several smoothing services, including oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, and glycolic peels. Clients supplement their skincare regimens by taking home not only Facelogic products but also high-end elixirs from Peter Thomas Roth, Éminence Organic Skin Care, and MD Skincare.
Hanna Isul Med Spa sooths its guests by enveloping them in an environment that is technologically advanced, yet simplistically serene. The facility is the becalming brainchild of founder and CEO Myong Chong, whose youth-preserving formulas help keep Fort Worth agile and ageless. Groupon guests will receive the med spa’s ultrasonic microdermabrasion, which wields the Skin Master Plus to exfoliate the corneous layer of the epidermis, gently stripping away dead cells, excess sebum, and lazy, lingering toxins that are overdue on rent. Following the treatment, newly metamorphosized med spa moths are treated to a melting of the smile muscles with a soothing face and neck massage.
Some scissors are content with mediocrity, while others are far too sharp. The stylists at Halo Salon & Color Lab have trimmed the bangs of countless celebs, with work featured in the pages of Glamour and NewBeauty and on prominent networks such as Lifetime and MTV. Salon owner and master stylist Jenna Rabideau Johnson has rallied this impressive team to be the well-oiled cogs of her Phyto concept salon, which specializes in precision haircuts, high-definition airbrush makeup, and coloring with France's popular Subtil product line.
All of the spa services at Elements of Nature use the company's own small-batch, organic products. Products contain organic aloe and coconut; bark, roots, and leaves; and seeds, shells, and other natural substances and are never tested on animals in real, stuffed, or cracker form. Skincare services include custom facials, peels with fruit acids, and microdermabrasion, and the spa also offers body treatments, waxing, and ear candling.
At Texas Tan & Spa, tanning beds, standup booths, and airbrush stations offer every variation of skin-bronzing approaches. After indulging in a bed or booth tan, or putting epidermises into the trusted hands of fully trained airbrush artists, guests can amble to the unisex spa area, where SkinPhD products swathe faces and bodies in rich all-natural ingredients crafted in South Africa. The beauty specialists treat clients from head to toe, waxing unwanted hair, extracting blemishes, and whitening teeth until they blend in perfectly with snowman flesh.
Open seven days a week, Baja Sun helps pigment-challenged patrons to achieve a natural bronze hue with an array of tanning services and brand-name lotions. The salon’s private treatment rooms house 20 Soltron UV beds divided into six levels of intensity to steadily draw out deeper hues. Mystic Tan sessions give time-crunched tanners a safe, UV–free glow in 90 seconds, ideal for patrons looking for a natural looking tan that don't have the time to spend all day in a spa. Tanners can choose from Original or Premium tanning cartridges for lighter or darker results, both of which have the option of a clear solution, which darkens gradually, or a bronzer solution, which glazes skin with an instant tropical punch.