There are good facials. And then there are the beyond-brilliant treatments that manage to make our skin glow as if it’s exuding the very essence of summer. We’re more interested in the latter. So we’ve compiled the most spectacular of the very best therapies—from Texas and LA to the Maldives and London—and come up with a mix of restorative Ayurvedic treatments, brightening microdermabrasion, lifting gua sha massages, sessions that start with shots of bone broth and end with circulation-rousing acupressure, and, of course, extractions, lasers, masks, and steams. What’s more, many of these facialists employ some of our most-loved serums and creams, making at-home upkeep significantly easier.
BEST FACIALS IN NEW YORK CITY
Scoring a facial with the actual Joanna Czech is like hitting the skincare lottery—though one with any of her personally-trained aestheticians at her new, soaring downtown studio is, too. Famous for her signature, manual sculpting massage which includes intense massaging and “slapping” (which is more invigorating than painful), Czech’s seemingly-simple methods keep her extremely well-known clients’ skin glowing and healthy. Every facial focuses on skin support at every turn, starting by treating the lipid (top) layer of skin, and moving on to microcurrent, hyaluronic acid patches, oxygen infusion, microneedling, and more as needed. Czech’s eponymous skin care line is clean and absolutely fantastic. There is a second location in Dallas (and a residency at Blackberry Mountain in Tennessee).