Best of Boston

Best Facial

2017 Best Facial, Women's

Balans Organic Spa

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 […] read more»
2017 Best Facial, Men's


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 […] read more»
2016 Best Facial


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 […] read more»
2015 Best Facial

Jennifer Catrambone, Prettyology

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 […] read more»
2013 Best Facial

Brad Duncan Skin Care

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 […] read more»
2012 Best Facial


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 […] read more»
2011 Best Facial


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 […] read more»
2009 Best Facial

Anne-Cecile Curot

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 […] read more»
2008 Best Facial

Brad Duncan

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. […] read more»
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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»