Best Facial

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa

Sometime in my mid-20s, three faint but distinct lines decided to plant themselves on my brow, stretching from temple to temple across my forehead like a fence without posts. I sometimes stand under the harshest light in my bathroom, dapping on a variety of products to see if with the right combination they might plump back out, like little troughs just waiting to be filled. They never do. Well, they never did, I should say Five years ago, on the advice of a friend, I went to Rescue Rittenhouse Spa’s Danuta Mieloch, a Polish-born aesthetician who worked in Paris and Manhattan before opening Rescue here nearly a decade ago. Her facials are the only thing that has ever made the lines fade to near-nothingness. I realize this sounds absurd, especially because we’re not talking about injectables or lasers or anything you’ve seen on Real Housewives. The magic comes courtesy of a non-invasive, utterly relaxing 60 minutes filled with exfoliating, a little microdermabrasion, and lots of moisturizing. The result is Beyonce-level luminosity and smoothed-out skin. One glows no exaggeration for weeks. Chances are good that I’m not writing anything you haven’t read about or experienced yourself: Danuta (or Dana, as she’s known to clients) long ago became an instant Philly classic. Friends told friends, and suddenly you had to wait six months to get an appointment But Rescue the closest thing I’ve ever found to redemption for all those sunburns in my youth is always worth it.

225 South 17th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-772-2766 | Website

2013 WINNER, All-Natural Facial

Eviama Life Spa

109 South 13th Street, second floor, Philadelphia, PA

When owner Penny Ordways expert hands get at your face with tonics and lotions from Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, an all-natural brand imported from Germany, youre left with skin so soft, you cant stop touching it. But you really, really need to. Facials start at $144. Read more »

2011 WINNER, Bargain Facial

Affordable Skin Care Salon

2005 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Mary Freihofner’s operation is small and bare-bones, and her $55 facials end in a hard sell. But when you’re out her door, your skin is clear; your arsenal, full; your conscience, weightless. Read more »

2011 WINNER, Holistic Facial

Juju Spa and Organics

728 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

We’re making the switch from harsh to gentle, chemical to natural, wrinkled to smooth, with Juju’s new all-natural, aluminum-oxide-free, walnut-shell-based form of microderm. Read more »

2010 WINNER, Facial

Danuta Mieloch at Rescue Rittenhouse

255 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Rittenhouse It’s not just hype that keeps Mieloch’s waitlist perennially hovering around the three-month mark. A little cleansing, a little soothing, a little microderm, a little high-tech machining, and a dose of whatever other magic she has up her sleeve for you, and ta-da! You have face-cream-advertisement skin. Just remember to book that next appointment… Read more »

2010 WINNER, Teen Facial

The Tweeny at Richel D’Ambra Spa and Salon

The Ritz-Carlton, 10 South Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

The goal of this adolescent-targeted treatment isn’t just to leave tweens with clean, clarified skin it’s about teaching good skin habits and discussing the diet, stress and sleep factors that could directly affect just how many OMG-this-is-the-biggest-zit-ever nightmares they’ll have to endure through their rocky-enough formative years. Read more »

2009 WINNER, Specialty Facial

Elina Safin at Ursula’s About Phace

1700 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

Blending all-natural ingredients like fresh avocado pulp with the same sort of purifying mud that the Phils use to scuff their baseballs, Safin whips up a mask that’s custom-made for your skin at that very moment. Add on her masterly facial massage, and suddenly you’re glowing, inside and out. Read more »

2009 WINNER, Classic Facial

Kate Brown at 3000BC

8439 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

An appointment with Brown at Chestnut Hill’s 3000BC is like a teeth-cleaning for your face. “I’m not who you go to if you want to chantom,” she says, just as the whir of the microdermabrasion machine kicks in. But after you’ve seen the results of her methodical magic she uses everything from facial vacuum massages… Read more »