Best of Boston

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 extracts to your face after cleansing your pores and before massaging your neck and shoulders. That’s some tough love we can get behind.

257 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-7546,