Best of Boston

BEST Facial

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»

1996 BEST Facial

Krystyna’s European Skin Care

Chestnut Hill

Some facials are good for you; some just feel good. Krystyna’s are both. Trained in European methods in Poland, and at Elizabeth Grady here, Krystyna gives her clients the best of both worlds, with up-to-the-minute advances in skin care from… read more»

1995 BEST Facial, Men

Lavinia Borcau Skincare


This salon makes a special effort to make men comfortable and carries a line of products geared to men’s skincare needs. read more»