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2023 Best Luxe Facial

Kári Skin’s 24-Karat Golden Hour Facial

Designed by Kári Skin founder Tirzah Blair and introduced this past January, the Golden Hour facial stamps a 24-karat gold serum into your upper dermis (it doesn’t hurt!) for firming and plumping, then maximizes your red-carpet-worthy glow with a gold-leaf hydration mask. Move over, Botox: This is the new royal face-lift. Read More »

325 Cherry Street, second floor rear, Philadelphia, PA Website

2022 Best Luxe Facial

Franklin’s Secret at W Philadelphia Away Spa

Eighty minutes of pure facial bliss: a botanical steam, two masks for exfoliating and soothing, all the face-care works (serum, cleanser, toner, vitamin C eye treatment), a massage with a rose-quartz roller, and a bonus hand and foot coffee-sugar scrub — all enhanced by products from local vegan skin-care brand Franklin & Whitman. It’s Philly’s best-kept beauty secret. Well, until now. Read More »

1439 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2022 Best Facial for Getting Out All That Gunk

OVME’s Hydrafacial

There’s something ASMR-esque about seeing a container of dirty liquid that’s basically been vacuumed out of your pores — which is exactly what you’ll get with the HydraFacial at Ovme. Expect celeb-status exfoliating, extracting and cleansing that leaves your skin radiant and sans all that nasty buildup. Read More »

925 West Lancaster Avenue, number 140, Bryn Mawr, PA Website

2021 Best Facial, But For Your Back

GLO Body Sculpt & Spa

Step one: pore-opening steaming cleanse. Step two: exfoliating scrub for dead skin. Step three: massage with detoxifying mask, rejuvenating moisturizer and optional hot stones. You won’t be able to see it, but trust us: Your back looks amazing. Read More »

526 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best New Place for Facials

Kari Skin

Don’t let the light SoCal vibe fool you: There’s serious skin care happening here. Tirzah Blair and her team of top talent use an arsenal of tools to customize treatments to your skin’s unique needs. And that glow, that lift, will last for weeks. Read More »

325 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor Rear, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best Group Facial

Skin Haus

Forget mani/pedis: The setup at this open-concept facial bar (side-by-side reclining facial loungers) makes “going for facials” the best way to indulge with your girlfriends. Read More »

1238 South Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-273-0594 | Website

2019 Best Facial for Sensitive Skin

Cole Wellness Spa & Salon

Owner Kristy Cole put so many refreshing creams and masks on our skin during an hour-long rosacea/sensitive facial that we lost track of which one was papaya and which one was rose. But our skin looked so pore-less, we can’t wait to go back. Read More »

101 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA | 610-688-7546 | Website

2018 Best Quickie Facial

Cryo Facial at CRYO Philadelphia

Six minutes. That’s all you need for this facial – if you can even call it that. Drop in before a big event (yep, with makeup already applied), and an aesthetician will canvas your face with a liquid nitrogen vapor that tightens pores, boosts collagen, seals your look in place, and gives an all-over zhuzh. Read More »

1700 Sansom St #501, Philadelphia, PA | 267-758-2391 | Website

2018 Best Luxury Facial

Le Lift Parisienne at Rescue Spa

The 90-minute plumping session starts with a massage to release tension, uses micro-crystalline algae and silk extracts to firm skin, and ends with microcurrents to perk up facial muscles. You’ll leave looking naturally contoured and defined, just like those perfect-skinned Parisiennes. Read More »

1601 Walnut Street, Floor 3, Philadelphia, PA | (866) 772-2766 | Website

2017 Best Facial

Soothing Facial at Green City Beauty

There are so many aggressive skin peels and chemical-laden masks out there, so it’s refreshing to see a spa offer an effective alternative. The perfect amalgam of medi- and holistic-spa expertise, this facial tames redness, purges impurities, and hydrates with rose water, jasmine flowers, and heaps of skin-friendly ingredients. Read More »

1036 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-908-4148 | Website