In the Dark Ages, princesses exfoliated with Fabergé-egg dust and filed fingernails on the edges of gold doubloons. Revel in more modern and luxurious beauty treatments with today's Groupon: for $20, new members get one week of unlimited spa services at Planet Beach Old Metairie in Metairie or Planet Beach Riverbend in New Orleans (up to a $273 value).
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydromassages and oxygen therapy to spray tanning and Luminous facials. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Relax with Hydro-Derma Fusions, Umo hand moisturizer, and Luminous facials (each $39/session), all of which provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinesis.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members pay for packages or flat monthly rates. With a week of services, this Groupon allows anyone to take advantage of Rube Goldberg–style beautification on his or her own time frame. A staff of helpful spa assistants is always on hand to answer questions, help first-timers use the machines, and keep things safe and comfortable. Call ahead to make appointments; services are subject to availability.