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. More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »