Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. The warm whirlpool action taking place beneath the cushion of the Hydro-Massage bed relieves stress and muscle tension, leaving bodies as relaxed as a hypnotherapist's pet rock. The infrared heat and nutrient-shrouding steam of the Hydro-Derma Fusion machine sate parched pores and surge skin-collagen production, and fine lines and pigmentation problems flee from the therapeutic light of the Luminous facial, an FDA-approved treatment designed to illuminate skin from within. Tanning beds deliver a sun-kissed pelt, while Red-Light Therapy, the newest addition to the Planet Beach family, uses infrared light to deliver therapeutic treatments.
Each of Planet Beach’s machines is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. A staff of helpful spa assistants are always on hand to answer questions, help first-timers use the machines, and keep things safe and comfortable.
A recipient of Reader’s Choice honors from the North County Times and the Californian two years in a row, Perfect Tan bronzes bodies with a fleet of ultramodern tanning machines nestled amid the atmospheric glow of its chic interior. Patrons seeking a sunless bronze can opt for premier VersaSpa technology, which imparts a streak-free sheen that won’t streak onto clothes or bear-hug recipients. Clients can opt for a light, medium, or dark luster, and choose between an instantaneous bronze and a “clear” spray that manifests gradually over six hours.
Within the 25-year established Front Street Studios, deft stylist, Paula Sato brandishes the potent Brazilian Blowout formula to iron out waves and tame frizzy manes for up to 3 months. The 90-minute streamlining process kicks off with a quick shampoo and "South Pacific" sing-along before strands slink into a protective coating of the protein-packed serum. Next, the stylist diligently blow-dries and flat-irons locks, before rinsing and glazing a second and third time to marry hair to its new smooth, shiny demeanor and lock-out imminent frizzies. After a final gust of blow-dried air, headscapes receive a stylish pruning to highlight their newfound sleekness. Though heads may remain in their calmer state for up three months, patrons should use suitable aftercare products and avoid Van de Graaf generators for optimal results.
The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at My Day Tan & Spa beckon bodies into a soothing oasis, where wall lamps line dark apricot walls and lead to private, dimly lit spa rooms. Deep-tissue kneads and fluid Swedish strokes dissipate stress caused from unresolved tickle fights, and aestheticians tackle surface problems with facials targeted to treat acne or aging. Four levels of tanning beds compete with Mystic spray-tan booths to give skin a sun-smacked glow. After their spa treatment, clients can peruse the spa’s boutique of purses, clothing, and lotions.
The tanning experts at Sun Shy Airbrush Tanning help clients develop beach-ready bronze skin with airbrush-applied mists of tanning solution. The staff uses different formulas based on each client's current skin condition and preferred outcome, with solutions designed to cultivate both light, sun-kissed looks and full-bodied, dark tans.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
The staff members at Hollywood Tans guide clients to the best tanning options for their skin types. In addition to the high-performance stand-up tanning booths, they also offer UV-free tanning options such as Mystic Tan and custom airbrushing.