Best of Boston

BEST Facial

2007 BEST Facial

Caroline Frost


New England weather can be brutal on the skin, stripping away good oils and parching a delicate puss. Skin-care mistress Caroline Frost rejuvenates tired skin with a gentle exfoliant and helps fend off wrinkles with a moisturizing head, neck, and… read more»

2006 BEST Facial

Grace Kinahan, Splash at Sports Club/LA


In Grace Kinahan’s hands, pore cleansing and zit zapping are somehow rendered relaxing. It might have something to do with her plush, blanketed bed and brief initial skin consultation, followed by an hour-long steam, mask, and Jurlique hydration therapy. Clients… read more»

2005 BEST Facial

Violet Skin Boutique


A blend of Eastern European sternness and a baby-soft touch makes Violet Mkhitaryan’s all-natural facials the most welcome punishment your skin will ever endure. A biochemist turned aesthetician, Mkhitaryan mixes, then applies, a masque of organic herbs, oils, and floral… read more»

2004 BEST Facial

Lavinia Borcau


No pore goes uncleared, no blemish unbanished, no wrinkle uneased in the capable (nay, magic) hands of Lavinia Borcau. Her serene European skin-care salon is a temple to all things epidermal, and her meticulous facials have become the stuff of… read more»

2003 BEST Facial

Katerina Kolokotronis, Grettacole


Just about any facial you receive at Grettacole will be head and shoulders above the rest in town. But those at the hands of Katerina Kolokotronis are nothing short of miraculous. The sweet and down-to-earth Kolokotronis swiftly determines the needs… read more»

2002 BEST Facial



Toss away those pore strips. You won’t need them after a facial at Grettacole, where the expertly trained technicians steam, massage, and tone even the dullest of skin into dewy submission. Settle onto the cushy table in one of the… read more»

2001 BEST Facial

Giuliano Day Spa


The highly trained aestheticians at Giuliano are experts with the spa’s specialized Phytobiodermie line, which is based on Chinese herbal medicine. They say it’s about energy flow and biorhythms. We say it’s about luxe pampering and velvety skin. Either way,… read more»

2000 BEST Facial

Giuliano Day Spa


Pass through the frosted glass door to the spa area of Giuliano’s and experience the ultimate in feminine luxury. The aestheticians bustling about this girly-girls’ playhouse are absolute pros, and their facials leave your face as smooth as silk. Everyone… read more»

1999 BEST Facial

Rosaline Lowe, Rosaline’s


Too often we find ourselves feeling pampered but unimproved after a facial. Rosaline’s approach is no-nonsense (the salon is pleasant, not chichi, and the manual extraction has a bite), but the glowing peaux of her diverse and devoted clients attest… read more»

1998 BEST Facial

Daryl Christopher Salon & Day Spa


There are different facials for every skin type. If yours is the type tat responds well to 90 minutes of lying naked between fresh sheets in a private room with candles and soothing music while someone gives your face a… read more»