The Best Spa to get a Facial in Toronto
The best spa to get a facial in Toronto are largely focused on luxury. After all, folks tend to see facials in a different, more rarefied way than other personal beauty treatments. Hairdos, manicures, waxing, spray tans - the effects of all of those are immediately visible to the naked eye, while the visceral, obvious benefits of a massage tend to win over those looking to spend their spa bucks on something relaxing.
Still, the subtle effects of a good facial are what keeps them on treatment lists. No, people might not immediately notice what you did to make yourself look so refreshed and glowy - but they'll sure notice the confidence boost that comes from putting your best face forward. And if you have pesky skin issues that need a pro's help, so much the better - when the solution isn't found on a drugstore shelf, these folks will help you bring in the big guns.
Here are the best spas to get a facial in Toronto.
Toronto's reigning favourite spa sprawls over 34 treatment rooms on Elm St. Their massive menu of services and huge fleet of staff are a major draw for local spagoers (and the pools and steam rooms don't hurt either). More than a dozen facial treatments are available, from oxygen treatments ($129) to a collagen "DNA" facial ($159) to fruit-and-plant based treatments by Guinot.
The Park Hyatt's in-house spa packs a lengthy list of skincare services - including our winner for most indulgent treatment, a pearl-protein and sea-silk facial ($400). The jet set passing through the tony Yorkville hotel might be intrigued by the oatmeal-based "Canadian grain" facial ($180) - but if you're a city-dweller, you might want to avail yourself of their vitamin-infused "city restoration" treatment ($205) aimed at wiping away the effects of smog and stress.
Skincare comes first at Pure and Simple, which boasts three locations around Toronto - and legions of dedicated fans who've seen great results with various skin issues. Book yourself in for their basic facial ($79) or one of their more targeted choices, and they'll choose a suite of products customized to your needs, perform a thorough pore extraction, throw in an arm and shoulder massage, and send you out of there glowing.
The peaceful, grotto-like Hammam Spa, with its winding subterranean corridors, is the perfect place to feel like you're a world away from your cares (even if it's only a few steps under King West). Their skincare offerings focus on tailoring treatments to your needs, including facials that use the Dermalogica ($130) and Skinceuticals ($150) lines; afterward, float over to the complimentary steam room and zone out.
The massive spa at the Four Seasons in Yorkville is beloved for their friendly, welcoming staff. They keep things simple by charging the same price for each of their 60-minute facials (lamentably, that price is $180), including a mud mask treatment and a skin-brightening vitamin C facial. There is one notable exception - the hyper-indulgent gold plumping facial, which features a copper-enriched lactic-acid peel and a gold serum (90 minutes at $250).
It doesn't have the modern marble-and-glass feel of many of these newfangled spas. But the clientele at this venerable hotel spa near Old Mill station doesn't pay the decor any mind - they keep coming back for the facials, which include a collagen and oxygen-treatment treatment that's reportedly a celeb fave ($107).
One look at the products at this Rosedale studio - Eve Lom, Tata Harper, Rodin - should convince you of its skincare pedigree. If you want the pros to take care of you, your options range from luxe to luxe-r - diamond tip microdermabrasion ($135), oxygen and hyaluronic-infused facials (up to $225), and the elasticity-improving Dr. Who facial ($250).
Torontonians might best know Civello as a hot spot for hair. As it turns out, they'll also make sure your skin is looked after, with their Queen West, Rosedale and Oakville locations offering a slate of spa treatments, including a botanically-focused one-hour facial ($95) customized to your skin. Add-ons, including a plant peel and a brightening treatment, are $25.
Holt Renfrew on Bloor's in-house spa has a steady following (and not from just the Yorkville ladies-who-lunch crowd) for its selection of a whopping 19 facial treatments, featuring a menu item for every possible skin concern. Prices range from $85 for the 25-minute refresher facial to $170 for a hot stone massage.
If you frequent a lot of Toronto gift-and-design-type shops, you'll have seen Province Apothecary's blue-bottled products. What you might not know is that founder Julie Clark also offers individually-tailored facials, with products she hand-blends in-house from locally-grown and wild ingredients, in her Kensington Market studio. Newcomers are asked to try the $120 custom facial, which includes a consultation on your skincare needs.
Yep, they do daily yoga classes, but the focus at this West Queen West spot definitely seems to be their spa treatments. Their marquee facial is the Ayurveda ($118), featuring all-natural ingredients and some light massage and touch-based therapy, which ostensibly helps eliminate toxins. More basic facials can be customized with add-on options like massages, foot scrubs and reflexology treatments. Ommm.
In a neighbourhood dominated by hotel spas, Yorkville's Novo does its own thing, with a mix of men and women, featuring cult-favourite Guinot products ($100-$140) or Eminence's line of organic skincare ($70-$115), which they'll recommend to you depending on your skin type. Thrifty beauty buffs can pre-buy a package of facials for a discount.
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