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The Best Spa to get a Facial in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / July 11, 2012

facial in torontoThe best facial in Toronto can be had at spas that are a varied bunch--as they should be, considering the range of skin concerns (let's just call them issues) they address. Some will very easily break the bank, but do so while providing a particularly high level of service, while others will deliver bang for your buck. It's clear that Toronto's finest facials come part and parcel with the ambiance and little extras provided by the spa, but whatever your needs, Toronto's spas have got you covered.

Here's the list of the best spas to get a facial in Toronto.

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The best spas in Toronto
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Elmwood Spa

Elmwood Spa

Elmwood Spa’s spot at the top is well-deserved. The unisex spa operates out of a historic Elm St. building, and features 2 restaurants, over 30 treatment rooms, a juice bar, and a pool. As for facials, they offer one of the largest selections in Toronto, from their proprietary ElmLine facials (which include a full consultation), to men’s facials ($99-$159), to the 50-minute oxygen facial ($159). They also offer Guinot facials (from the Parisian skincare line) with nifty ingredients like Vitamin C, plant extracts and fruit acids. More »

Stillwater Spa

Stillwater Spa

Funny story about the Stillwater; I met Ann-Marie Macdonald, my Canadian literary idol during a French manicure. Located in the south end of ritzy Yorkville, this soothing aquatic-hued spa doesn’t come cheap and operates out of the Park Hyatt. Stillwater’s facial menu has four basic 60-minute treatments tailored towards common skin complaints ($145-$175), two “local” facials ($175-$205) which draw on antioxidants and oatmeal, and three “global” services ($175-$365), drawing on Hungarian techniques or exotic plant extracts. Or, opt for their express facial ($83 for 30 minutes). More »

Pure and Simple

Pure and Simple

Pure and Simple prides itself on joining together the principles European esthetics and Ayurvedic health practices (a Hindu system of alternative medicine, and as an aside, a truly kickass way of rapidly revitalizing yourself from the inside out). This results in products that are natural and organic, and a staff that’s highly trained in holistic health. Their basic facial menu spans from cleansing deep pore facials ($99), to a chi energy facial (75 minutes for $129) which includes a stomach-focused reflexology massage. For those with more complex needs, try an Intense Pulse Light Facial ($300) for toning and hydration, or LumiLift Facials ($125) which use micronized currents to tighten the skin. Package deals are also available. More »

Body Blitz

Body Blitz

Body Blitz is women-only because they fully encourage you to sport your birthday suit. After a few minutes of initial discomfort, it’s well-worth the relaxation. They only offer one facial, dubbed the face ‘n’ scalp renewal ($140), which includes a face massage with argan oil serum that’s meant to combat the signs of aging, but the real draw is their water circuit. You can educate yourself on the benefits of a soak in dead sea minerals, or the heart-healthy boost of a cold water dip, but really, you’ll just want to slip into a daze in their heated green tea pool. It’s just what it sounds like, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be so relaxed that your senseless giggles will continue for hours afterwards. More »

The Ten Spot

The Ten Spot

The Ten Spot markets itself as the “anti-spa” and it sticks pretty close to the description. Rather than complicated, lengthy de-stressing treatments like other spas on this list, the mandate is to streamline the experience. Thus, the facial bar. It’s almost a conveyor belt of facials, with side-by-side barber chairs and women covered in blankets, and they include cleansing, extraction, massage, masque, eye treatment, serums and more, all for the low price of $75 ($65 for a monthly upkeep). Or, for $35, you can get a quickie facial (har har), which provides the bare necessities at a fraction of the cost. Think of it as no-frills facials; they skimp on the sounds of waterfalls, but not on quality. More »

Sugarmoon

Sugarmoon

SugarMoon’s facials draw heavily from universally-touted miracle brand Dermalogica, and it shows up in their men’s facial ($80), as well as more specialized facials such as anti-acne, anti-aging, and back cleanse. Or, opt for their tried and true classic facial ($80 for 60 minutes), which includes Dermalogica’s face-mapping technique, which divides your face into 14 unique zones and analyzes it through touch and sight. It's a somewhat creepy, but incredibly useful, procedure. They’ll even send you home with samples. More »

Camden Spa

Camden Spa

Camden Spa is one of the smaller spas on this list, but their wood and warm-toned, intimate environment is the perfect place to confess your skincare sins. Facials ($75-$125) are available both individually, and as part of packages, and the spa suggests you bring your at-home regimen along for assessment (and possible chastisement) from the aesthetician. Their most popular facial is the Dermalogica facial (a reasonable $100 for 75 minutes), which uses the Dermalogica facial mapping technique to identify your problem areas and which products will best soothe them, then tailors the service to your particular needs. Students, you haven’t been forgotten. Bring your student card with you for an hour-long, $80 facial targeted specifically towards 14 to 23-year-old skin. More »

Hammam Spa

Hammam Spa

Hammam Spa is, simply put, beautiful. Stone, wood, and onyx accents come together in a space that’s inspired by Turkish steam baths, and instantly calming. Definitely suited to its King West ‘hood, Hammam offers 60-minute Dermalogica and men’s custom facials (both $130), or 90-minute customizable facials for $175. Or, if you’re feeling particularly in need of a thorough pampering, try one of their private suites—two-person Jacuzzi, in-suite services, mineral bath salts, and (why not) a glass of bubbly. Afterwards, don’t forget to indulge in their 500 sq. ft. steam room. More »

Ritual

Ritual

Ritual is a one-stop shop for hair, skin and beauty services, but that doesn’t mean that they’re any less specialized than the spas above. The facials begin with a Dermalogica face mapping, then you can choose from the Signature treatment ($85 for 60 minutes), which includes cleansing, toning, exfoliaton, extraction, and a pressure point massage (excellent for detoxification and alleviating water retention), or the Express version ($65 for 45 minutes). They also offer a men’s facial ($85 for 1 hour, which includes a tension-relieving massage), add-ons such as eye and lip treatments ($20), and 20-minute microzone treatments such as an eye-area treatment ($25) or blackhead relief ($25). For those who’ve found themselves dozing off (dim room, muscles relaxing, the omnipresent spa sound of pianos tinkling), they even offer 15-minute nap time ($15). More »

Discussion

23 Comments

sean / July 11, 2012 at 09:50 am
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You forgot one: Jordano Skincare and Day Spa in Cabbagetown. Makes your skin glow and refreshed.
Come On replying to a comment from Ejaculathon / July 11, 2012 at 10:11 am
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Grow up.
Ejaculathon replying to a comment from Come On / July 11, 2012 at 10:30 am
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What, there are a lot of people that specialize in facials in that area. I try to offer some good advice and you people take it out of context, sheesh.
sprite / July 11, 2012 at 10:36 am
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Has anyone ever gotten a facial at Sugarmoon or the Ten Spot, and is it worth it- with good results and decent prices?
I've had other services at both, but never the facials. Thanks!
Danielle / July 11, 2012 at 10:59 am
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If you want to avoid the hassel of going to a spa - I found this company called Spa-In that will come to you house, or whereever, to do facials or other esthetics like manis and pedis. They're great and so convenient.
Ronnie / July 12, 2012 at 09:16 am
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Elmwood is my pick of the bunch! Despite me personally finding facials a tad expensive, I started getting them regularly last yr and the difference to my skin is like night and day!
Adrian / July 15, 2012 at 03:24 am
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I heard that the Steamworks was a good place for facials. LOL
Jess / July 16, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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ElleWebber / July 24, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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Rita Kaptur from Hair On The Avenue gives the best facials in Toronto!
sensation spa / August 2, 2012 at 09:29 am
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Everybody has a different skin type. A good spa offers you a facial service in accordance to your skin type. Zen Spa, is a Toronto, Canada based spa which offers its facial services to the customers in accordance to their skin types. It is very important to know the first that what ingredients are to be used in a particular facial before one is going for it as someone's skin may be allergic to a particular ingredient being used in the facial pack.
APOW / August 8, 2012 at 01:22 pm
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HEY WAIT A GOD DAMN MINZOS

HOW COULD YOU BE SO MISLEADZOS ON YOUR TITLE?!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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What, there are a lot of people that specialize in facials in that area. I try to offer some good advice and you people take it out of context, sheesh.
zen spa jakarta / October 6, 2012 at 06:08 am
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For exclusive facial and skin care treatment spa centers in Canada, one can check out the services of any of these spas name Pure + Simple Spa, Sugarmoon Spa, Camden Spa and Ritual. Out of these the last one is slightly different from contemporary skin care treatment providing spa centers. In Ritual, the dermatologists offer an overall personal grooming along with spa services. In Camden spa, the skin care experts offer professional skin analysis and custom made treatment. For 100% natural body care spa treatment one can go for Sugarmoon Spa services and if you are looking for the best skin care products then can check out Pure + Simple body care products.
Chayanne / November 25, 2012 at 01:54 am
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A new spa opened up in the Newmarket area. You can see information on facials at www.sugarmespa.com. Sugar Me Spa specializes in Body Sugaring (Waxing hair removal), Female Brazilian, Eyebrow Sugaring, Anti Aging Facials and Body Treatments, Body Scrubs, Massages, Nail Services, Make-up, Therabath Paraffin, as well as infrared sauna treatments.
Ladies of Leisure / December 19, 2012 at 05:57 pm
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For more spa reviews in the GTA, visit our blog at robesandrepose.blogspot.ca!
Toronto Photo Booth / February 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm
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I was hoping to find a good spa option in the Toronto Beaches! ah well, i guess a good spa is worth traveling to. some of these look amazing!
Buy Splendyr / May 16, 2013 at 07:28 pm
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Sara / August 21, 2013 at 04:12 pm
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Aroma spa is very reasonably priced and does a good facial! It's not fancy, but they use Dermatalogica and do a nice job for a good price ($75 standard facial)
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Jenny / May 8, 2014 at 11:50 am
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Sugarbush does not offer facials - your information is not up to date!
Sammy / July 11, 2014 at 05:57 pm
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This list seriously needs an update, some of the places don't even do facials anymore and there are new better places open like saul's beauty shop, they even had beard treatments
Edyta / July 24, 2014 at 02:15 pm
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The best facials in the city belong to Pure and Simple at King and Bathurst, go see Tamila she is excellent!!!! I grew up with awful skin, bad acne, sensitive and dehydrated skin. After spending thousands and thousands of dollars on facials and appointments with dermatologists nothing saved my skin like Tamila. I've been seeing her now for 7 years and would highly recommend her.

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