Best of Philly

Best Facial

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

2014 Best Organic Facial

Moko

If your medicine cabinet looks more like a kitchen pantry, stocked with coconut oil, citrus essential oils and the like, then this beauty treatment is for you: Moko's aestheticians won't put anything on your face that you wouldn't eat. Plus, the extractions are so gentle, you might just fall asleep. Read More »

55 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-922-6656 | Website

2014 Best Facial

Moko

When was the last time you fell asleep during a facial? Exactly. Moko's aestheticians excel at the art of pain-free extraction. Plus, every product here is organic as in, they won't put anything on your face that you wouldn't put in your mouth. Read More »

55 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-922-6625 | Website

2013 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. Read More »

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

2011 Best Holistic Facial

Juju Spa and Organics

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 »

728 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-922-3235 | Website

2011 Best Bargain Facial

Affordable Skin Care Salon

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 »

2005 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-203-0995 | Website

2010 Best Teen Facial

The Tweeny at Richel D’Ambra Spa and Salon

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 »

The Ritz-Carlton, 10 South Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-523-8035 | Website

2010 Best Facial

Danuta Mieloch at Rescue 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 when you leave. Read More »

255 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-772-2766 | Website

2009 Best Specialty Facial

Elina Safin at Ursula’s About Phace

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 »

1700 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-557-1562 | Website

2009 Best Classic Facial

Kate Brown at 3000BC

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 and microderm to biostimulatory light therapy and medical-grade masks and peels you'll forever trust your newly vibrant face to her very able hands. Read More »

8439 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-247-6020 | Website

2013 Best All-Natural Facial

Eviama Life Spa

When owner Penny Ordway's expert hands get at your face with tonics and lotions from Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, an all-natural brand imported from Germany, you're left with skin so soft, you can't stop touching it. But you really, really need to lay off. Read More »

109 South 13th Street, second floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-545-3344 | Website