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The Best Spa to get a Facial in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 29, 2014

facial torontoThe 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.

See also:

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Elmwood Spa

Elmwood Spa

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. More »

Stillwater Spa

Stillwater Spa

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. More »

Pure and Simple

Pure and Simple

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. More »

Hammam Spa

Hammam Spa

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. More »

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

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). More »

Old Mill Inn & Spa

Old Mill Inn & Spa

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). More »

Gee Beauty

Gee Beauty

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). More »

Civello

Civello

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. More »

Holts Salon and Spa

Holts Salon and Spa

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. More »

Province Apothecary

Province Apothecary

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. More »

Laya Spa & Yoga

Laya Spa & Yoga

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. More »

Novo Spa

Novo Spa

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. More »

Discussion

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Nima / September 29, 2014 at 03:55 pm
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The Freeze Clinic should be on this list too. They do an amazing Signature Cold Laser Facial! On top of that, the people there are really sweet and know how to pamper you.
Nima / September 29, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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http://www.thefreezeclinic.com
Sarah / September 29, 2014 at 05:51 pm
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I love GLOW spa on Bayview Ave. Great service in a restful and lovely space.
canuckone / September 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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Elmwood Spa is not on Church St. as you note.
The NoShow / September 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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The Elmwood?
Now there's a dated spa! That place needs a HUGE haul over .. start with the service and shitty services. Last time I was there, the pool area was dirty, hair all over the changerooms and dirty towels laying in corners. Not to mention, it's run like a factory .. in and out .. it's a concept that's long over.

laura / September 30, 2014 at 09:30 am
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How is the Ritz Carlton not on here? It is AMAZING.
Abena / September 30, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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Try Axispa we are located in the heart of Yorkville with great product lines and professional estheticians. Facials, massages, manicure, pedicure, spray taning and full body waxing are just some of our services. Check us out online :) www.axispa.ca
Fireman John / September 30, 2014 at 11:51 pm
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The best place to get a FACIAL is not in a spa, just cum by the fire haus!
hair salons toronto / October 6, 2014 at 10:56 am
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I had a very good facial at hand and stone on jarvis and adelaide.
Amazon / October 24, 2014 at 02:13 pm
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