The Best Facials
There are good facials. And then there are the beyond-brilliant treatments that manage to make our skin glow as if it’s exuding the very essence of summer. We’re more interested in the latter. So we’ve compiled the most spectacular of the very best therapies—from New Mexico and LA to the Maldives and London—and come up with a mix of restorative Ayurvedic treatments, brightening microdermabrasion, lifting gua sha massages, sessions that start with shots of bone broth and end with circulation-rousing acupressure, and, of course, extractions, lasers, masks, and steams. What’s more, many of these facialists employ some of our most-loved serums and creams, making at-home upkeep significantly easier.
- NYC & East Coast
- Midwest & SW
- The South
- Pacific NW
- Central America
- Africa & Asia
- The Islands
Löyly2713 S.E. 21st Ave., Hosford-Abernethy, Portland, OR | 503.236.6850
The design at Löyly (which is Finnish for the steam that comes off hot rocks at a sauna) is distinctly Scandinavian, with beautiful hardwood floors and minimalist wooden lounge chairs set around the communal space. The facials, though, are decidedly unminimalist: There are nourishing masks; steamy, aromatic compresses to calm skin; layer upon layer of oils, creams, and hydrosols; detoxifying facial steams; and more. There’s a second location in Northeast Portland.
Dermaspace Electrotherapy Skincare509 Olive Way, Ste 1501, Seattle, OR | 206.849.6620
This spa’s signature facial isn’t your standard cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Instead, it’s a four-step treatment that uses vitamins, minerals, electrotherapy, and some Hannibal Lecter–esque equipment to cleanse, brighten, and tighten skin. The sixty- and ninety-minute treatments start with cleansing and exfoliation. Next, a cotton fabric saturated with yucca-root solution is placed over the face. Over that hovers an infrared dome to encourage detoxification, after which the aesthetician does extractions with a small vacuum. Finally, your face and neck are wrapped in cotton soaked in an anti-blemish, anti-aging solution, and a galvanic current is run through the skin. The entire process feels a bit ticklish—and yields bright, bouncy skin.