Best of Boston

BEST Facial

2017 BEST Facial, Women's

Balans Organic Spa

Boston

No need to choose from a menu of froufrou facials at Balans, Boston’s first all-organic spa. Here, each 60- or 75-minute session is completely customized to your skin, targeting concerns ranging from acne to aging with a selection of plant-based… read more»

2017 BEST Facial, Men's

Skoah

Boston

As more and more guys recognize the importance of skin care, spas are rising to the occasion. Skoah, for one, offers a “Mancial” that—you guessed it—is tailored specifically to gents. The treatment is heavy on exfoliation, targeting the oft-neglected beard… read more»

2016 BEST Facial

Skoah

Boston

Skoah’s short but sweet facial menu promises customizable “sweat-free skin-care workouts” powerful enough to whip even the most problematic skin types into shape. Case in point: The “Fitskin” facial, a 45-minute treatment that includes an exfoliating mask, hydrating lotions, and… read more»

2015 BEST Facial

Jennifer Catrambone, Prettyology

Boston

If the best way to judge a good aesthetician is by her skin, Jennifer Catrambone wins this award easily—her face is clear and radiant. Her spa-side manner is equally as inviting: Combining a clinical approach with luxe touches (hot lavender… read more»

2013 BEST Facial

Brad Duncan Skin Care

Boston

Brad Duncan is the best kind of aesthetician. He isn’t an alarmist, he doesn’t push product, and, as years of sun damage and bad living dissolve under gentle fruit enzymes, he contributes just enough useful information and amiable chatter, even… read more»

2012 BEST Facial

Skoah

Boston

Skoah’s slogan is “personal training for your skin,” and yes, a facial here is honestly one of our favorite workouts. All that deep cleansing and extracting while we kick back in a peaceful, light-filled setting. We now go for regular… read more»

2011 BEST Facial

Skoah

Boston

Having endured all kinds of spa mumbo-jumbo and dubious beauty-boosting therapies (“And the final step is a blast of air from our oxygen machine….”), we began to wonder: Since when did facials become more about the experience than the result?… read more»

2010 BEST Facial

Brad Duncan Skin Care

Boston

From the outside, it’s easy to mistake Brad Duncan Skin Care for a physical therapist’s office. But once you ring the bell and descend the stairs, you’ll find yourself in Zenlike subterranean digs. Duncan’s skin-care mecca focuses on anti-aging corrective… read more»

2009 BEST Facial

Anne-Cecile Curot

Boston

Our poor pores are no strangers to painful excavations, or to being smothered in flowery-smelling goo. That’s why they haven’t quit thanking us since we introduced them to Anne-Cécile Curot, spa director at Marc Harris’s new Financial District location. A… read more»

2008 BEST Facial

Brad Duncan

Boston

This California import’s gentle voice and gentler touch have an almost soporific effect on clients, who come for a freshening-up but leave with full-on rejuvenation. By appointment only. read more»