Toronto isn’t exactly hurting for luxe spas that help restore city-ravaged skin. The hard part is deciding which one to choose: the spa with the sunny colours and a steady rotation of Dermalogica prods? Or the one that caters to super sensitive skin with all-natural, organic oils? Or the one that’ll give you a killer facial and send you on your way in 30 minutes flat? Maybe the trick is just to try them all. And after that, click here to start working your way through the best facials across Canada.
Serenity Spa & Lounge
Find it: 238 Wellington St. W, serenityspalounge.com
The atmosphere: Sunshine yellow and bright fuchsia are the colours of choice for this happy spa, making it an adorable backdrop for your post-facial selfie.
Prices: $85 to $150, depending on the treatment and products
Products: Dermalogica, Phytomer and Skinceuticals
Must try: Their Custom Facial ($85, 45 min.) with all of the essentials, like exfoliating, cleansing, massaging and moisturizing. Choose Dermalogica prods if you want a glowy, clean complexion, Phytomer for a soft, illuminating finish and Skinceuticals for skin that feels refreshed.
Miraj Hammam Spa
Find it: 188 University Ave., mirajcaudaliespa.com
The atmosphere: The newly-renovated interior of this internationally renowned spa in Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel reflects both Moroccan and French design influences for an escape without the pricey plane ticket.
Prices: $170 to $285, depending on the treatment and the date
Must try: The Beauty Elixir Ritual ($175-$185, 60 min.), which uses the yin and yang philosophy for an unforgettable facial. Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir cools, while warm towels soothe, leaving your skin dewy and energized.
Blitz Facial Bar
Find it: 1133 Queen St. E, 803 Queen St. W, 155 Roncesvalles Ave., 65 Queen St. W, blitzfacialbar.com
The atmosphere: With four locations across #the6ix, this modern facial bar is the solution for busy ladies who want to glow on the go.
Prices: $38 to $190, depending on the treatment
Products: Body Blitz
Must try: The Blitz + Glow ($48, 30 min.), a quick fix for a blah base. This facial contains all the ingredients for radiant skin: deep cleanser, toner, moisturizer, luxe argan oil serum, SPF and more.
Spa My Blend
Find it: 181 Wellington St. W, spamyblendtoronto.com
The atmosphere: Nestled on the 5th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, this chic spa is the epitome of indulgence with high-ceilings, velvet drapery and copper accents in its private facial room.
Prices: $190 to $210+, depending on the treatment
Must try: The Red Carpet Glow ($199, 75 min.), a TIFF-themed facial that uses Clarins’ Anti-Aging line for reinvigorated skin and makes sure you’re ready for your close up.
Find it: 1518 Dundas St. W, provinceapothecary.com
The atmosphere: Owner and founder Julie Clark has dedicated herself to creating organic products that help the environment and make her clients feel good. If you suffer from sensitive skin, this might just be your holy grail of facial spots.
Prices: $55 to $100, depending on the treatment and aesthetician
Products: Province Apothecary
Must try: ‘The Custom’ Organic Facial ($100-$120, 75 min.) for first-time clients. It includes a consultation, free samples, a custom serum and (of course) a personalized facial targeted to treat your unique skin needs.