While inner beauty is important, the fact remains that outer beauty is still often used to determine SAT scores and income-tax rates. Get a leg up on life with today's Groupon: for $39, you get three spa services at Planet Beach in Manhattan (a $79 value).
An automated day spa, Planet Beach lets the excess-stressed wrap themselves in a pampering papoose of whatever spa services tickle their fancy, all at their own pace. Exude radiance without forcing yourself to drink plutonium shakes with a stint in the Luminous Facial, which uses light therapy to Photoshop away fine lines and wrinkles, smooth out skin tone, and render epidermises elastic enough to withstand being jumped on repeatedly by the neighbors' kids. Glow for up to a week sans UV rays with a Mystic spray tan, or opt for the hydro massage, which mingles heat and water pressure to paradoxically release muscle-tension tides without getting patrons wet.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 200 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all of 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.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates.