The Best Spa to get a Facial in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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 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 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 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’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 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 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 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 »