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 spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.
At the Beach Tanning unveils a variety of methods for getting that just-off-the-beach glow without ever having to set foot on a sandy shore. Visitors can recline inside the shop’s Turbo Tanner bed, whose high-pressure bulbs bronze bodies quickly and help prevent freckling and wrinkles. Four types of conventional UVA/UVB beds darken complexions in up to 20-minute sessions, which is enough time to achieve the ultimate accomplishment: napping your way to beauty. For UV-free tanning, certified spray-tan experts swathe clients from head to toe in Norvell's tanning solution, which is available in three shades.
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Tanning
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Brands Used: Mystic, Designer Skin, California Tan, Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, Devoted Creations, Jwoww, Ed Hardy, Podz
Inspired by the upscale tanning salons of South Beach and Los Angeles, Vivid Tan focuses on shading skin to a warm, coppery glow within 15 minutes. The bronzing experts invite customers to stretch out in beds or enter Mystic HD standup booths, whose sweeping airbrush darkens skin evenly, unlike sunbathing in a bikini made from swiss cheese. The salon’s trained professionals also tint figures during Norvell airbrush tans, nourish skin with products from Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, and Australian Gold, and even brighten smiles with WhiteScience teeth-whitening treatments.
The Spa of Pravana pairs its popular tanning services with spa treatments to help clients look and feel great. Visitors can use one of the spa's UV-tanning beds for a sun-kissed glow in as little as 8 minutes or step into a Mystic Tan standup booth for some quick spray-on color. Airbrush technicians are also available in the spa or on location to give clients a sunless tan with an FDA-approved solution instead of prune juice. Pravana also enlists the help of a board-certified doctor, licensed aesthetician, and certified massage therapist, so clients can supplement their freshly tanned physiques with youthful complexions, clear and soft skin, or relaxed muscles.
Voted Best Tanning Salon on the Wake Weekly's 2011 Best of the Best list, Ohana Tanning Salon's staff airbrushes bodies with radiant hues from brands such as Australian Gold, while Level 1 beds let tanners recalibrate skin hues in 20-minute sessions. Before beginning precision sprays, technicians position patrons to ensure even coverage and blend colors to suit individual skin types, then fit skins with golden coats that last for up to 10 days or three dips in the neighborhood acid bath. Alternatively, customers can slip into a Level 1 tanning bed at regular intervals throughout the month, building up an appealing bronze hue.