There are many stresses and strains that our current life places upon our faces, and it’s no secret that these really don’t help when you’re trying to get that perfect, glowing and radiant skin.
Looking for a better alternative than trying to fix those regular breakouts with expensive skin-care products that don’t always live up to what’s on the label?
What could be better than treating yo’self to a little self-indulgent skin therapy? Lie back and relax and let the professionals take care of business. We’ve compiled a list of the best facials Melbourne has to offer, each with its own method to help scrub away those skincare worries and allow you to and ease the tensions from both the inside and outside.
Sense Of Self
If you’re the type of person who appreciates the aesthetic side of life than Collingwood’s all-encompassing day spa Sense Of Self will be your top choice for some facial treatment. Their ‘New Standard Of Wellness’ is perfectly encapsulated in their minimalist and enlightened space that features a full bathhouse as well as massage and facial treatments.
They offer their own signature Gua Sha facial treatment, aimed at increasing the blood flow and reducing the inflammation that builds up in our facial and sinus tissue. This is one of the newest and best facials Melbourne has on offer, not only is it incredibly cost-effective at $70 it also finishes with an ultra-hydrating San Ceuticals face mask that’ll keep your face feeling fresh and clean for days.
What: Gua Sha Facial
How long: 30-Minutes
How Much: $70
Aurora Spa Retreat
Skin can be as temperamental as the Melbourne weather, so what better way to help fight off those unhelpful breakouts than through Aurora Spa? Aurora Spa is a leading, urban spa that was established over 20 years ago and can be found within the Prince Hotel in St Kilda. With over 20 products available to the public, you can now take their skincare range home with you when you leave. Aurora Spa offers one of the best facials Melbourne has with over 20 treatments and packages, so you’ll always find a way to treat yourself here.
A must try-for-yourself is their award-winning Kitya Karny Treatment valued at $290. Included in this package is a private steam room, nutritious hair treatment and hydrating facial cleanse, and full-body exfoliation and massage. This full-body experience will leave your body feeling mindful, your skin glowing and you feeling more relaxed than you could’ve ever imagined.
What: Kitya Karnu Treatment
How long: 60-minutes
How much: $290
Rationale is known for their scientific approach to skincare, with a product range that is based on laboratory research there’s no anecdotal evidence or lofty claims to their treatments. Along with the top-shelf skincare, they also offer science-backed facial treatments at their stores across Victoria.
Our top choice out of Rationale’s extensive list of treatments is the CryoGenic Resilience Facial, now it may sound intense and somewhat dystopian but this hour-long treatment is aimed at calming and clarifying our skin complexions. Utilising their signature skin-cooling technology, the facial soothes, and cools the skin, increasing the radiance and glow of the face and increasing its tolerance of daily environmental damages. This one is a little bit more pricey than others but it’s got all the science behind it to prove its worth.
What: CryoGenic Resilience Facial
How long: 60-Minutes
How Much: $230
Made By Self
This hidden little gem off the back of Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn is home to one of the best facials Melbourne has. This bespoke studio has taken a fresh look into the world of skincare, with a holistic and integrative approach that focuses on increasing antioxidants, helping you cleanse your skin and keep it fresh well after your visit. Made By Self has over seven different facial treatments all with their own unique focus, so there’s something for every skin type.
Our recommendation is to go all out with the East Meets West/Gua Sha Facial, a 90-minute face focused session that combines traditional Chinese medicinal massaging with the latest in Western skincare. The aim of the treatment is to rejuvenate the skin by getting the blood moving and opening up the energy sanctums to help alleviate muscle stress and tension, along with a Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich mask that’ll do the heavy lifting from the outside.
What: East Meets West/Gua Sha Facial
How Long: 90-Minutes
How Much: $215
Take Off Skin & Body
Take Off Skin & Body is a leading skin care clinic located in North Melbourne. With treatment offerings ranging from Cosmeceutical Facials to LED Light Therapy to Aspect Peels, there is a skin treatment that suits everyone. They also offer skin consultations, so their aim is to understand what skincare treatment works best for you and customising these to suit your needs to give you the best result.
Our personal favourite has to lie with the Pure Radiance Facial. At only $135 dollars, you’ll feel as though you’re making money with the results you get. Using potent ingredients, this facial aims to make your skin feel firmer, relaxed and invincible. With a heavy focus on mind and body relaxation, Take Off Skin & Body is the perfect place to unwind and work to get that glowing skin you’ve always been dreaming about. This facial is definitely all in the name, so be sure to check it out.
What: Pure Radiance Facial
How long: 60-minutes
How much: $135
Little Company along with its skincare is all about the aesthetic, and they’ve got it in spades at their Melbourne flagship in Cremorne. Although the vibe is laid back Litte Company is focused on delivering results, their Skin Quiz helps identify your issues and tailor a personalised approach to help you achieve your glowing goals. With treatments that go well beyond skin-deep, the holistic approach at Little Company is what has made the boutique so damn popular.
Our choice here is the Ritual facial, a 90-minute sensual experience providing a renewal to your skin’s energy and flow. Utilising multiple sensory sensations including sound, scent and light the session provides an all-encompassing renewal of the heart, body, mind, and soul and leaves you feeling light and fresher than ever.
What: Ritual Facial
How long: 90-Minutes
How Much: $249
Need a little treat yourself before, during or after work? Look no further than Miss Fox. Located on Little Collins Street, this will become your favourite new safe haven. Awarded World’s Best Beauty Salon 2018, Miss Fox is taking beauty boutiques to a whole new level. Miss Fox offers a range of services, from their salon to their skin clinic to their day spa, and they also cater for a great range of consumers, such as those with allergies or pregnancies.
The next facial to hit our list is their Luxury Aromatherapy Spa Facial. If your skin is feeling dry and heavy and you’re looking for a nourishing cleanse, then this facial is perfect for you. In a facial where medical science meets sacred healing, Miss Fox uses hotel towels, masks, oils and other ingredients to help naturally rejuvenate your skin. All facials are customised to you, with their aromatherapy and natural crystals through a skin and sensory level. This unique facial will take you on a relaxed journey where you’ll feel as though you’ll no longer need a holiday.
What: Luxury Aromatherapy Spa Facial
How long: 60-minutes
How much: $225
Me Skin And Body
Located in South Yarra, Me Skin and Body will be your latest go-to for all things skin, facial, eye and body treatments. This beauty salon and skin clinic specialising in paramedical treatments like peels, skin needling and microdermabrasion. Their friendly staff will help make you relax and feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. If you’re looking to get rid of that dry, old skin and make way for a brand new one, then look no further.
Me Skin and Body are using up-to-date advancements within the beauty and skin industry, and these are helping to transform their consumer's results in drastic ways. The treatment that won its way into our hearts goes to the Deage DeStress DeToxify Facial. Your transformative journey starts with a deep cleanse that works to get rid of your dry skin, followed by a multivitamin infusion to make sure that your smooth skin is rejuvenated and give you back that baby skin you thought was lost forever. Throughout this process, you’ll receive a face, neck and décolletage massage tailored to your needs. You’ll walk out of Me Skin and Body as a brand new person, and you’ll be left counting down the days until your next appointment.
What: DeAge DeStress DeToxify Facial
How long: 60 minutes
How much: $210
Located at the Langham in Melbourne, Chuan Spa is a unique retreat that uses holistic therapies to provide a platform for their guests to detox, escape the mundane and to achieve the glowing skin they’ve always wanted. A contemporary spa that is up-to-date with therapies and advances within the industry, Chuan Spa is home to one of the best facials Melbourne has on offer with professional therapists to help their guests receive the highest quality experience, and get the results they pay for.
A facial that we’ve taken a deep shining to is the Ultimate Glow Facial, which will make you feel younger and younger by the second. Through a thorough cleansing to remove dry skin, they use Vitamin C ingredients to rehydrate the skin and aim to help those problem skins repair and be calmed. In case you needed any more convincing, Chuan Spa has gone ahead and given complimentary access to their Tri-Bathing Ritual for guests. Experience The Langham Melbourne pool, saltwater jacuzzi, heated sauna and river stone snails showers.
What: Ultimate Glow
How long: 60-minutes
How much: $189
Nourish Spa & Skin Clinic
The epitome of professionalism and friendliness, Nourish Spa & Skin Clinic is defining their own mark within the skin and health industry and we’re absolutely loving it. Located in St Kilda, this spa and skin clinic works hard to provide its guests with a unique but special experience. An outlet to escape the pressures of every day and a place to go to receive professional
Less is more, keep things simple, you know how the motherly sayings go. Who would’ve thought they could actually be right? Nourish Spa & Skin Clinic are showing simplicity is sometimes key, and their Nourish Signature Facial is a great example of this and is why it is one of our favourites. This facial works to cleanse, exfoliate and rehydrate your skin, leaving you feeling reborn. This facial also includes a deluxe massage of the face, neck, shoulders and scalp. You’ll feel like a new person walking out of here.
What: Nourish Signature Facial
How much: 60-minutes
How much: $130
Skin Day Spa
The last (but certainly not least) place to hit up for a worth-your-money facial is Skin Day Spa. Located in St Kilda, Skin Day Spa will be your new favourite home away from home. With a range of experiences on offer, such as facials, waxing, led light therapy and organic massages, you’ll have to be dragged out of this place.
What could be better than 75 minutes of a hydrating and nourishing massage? Absolutely nothing. Skin Day Spa is offering up their own take on rejuvenating facials, and we’re talking massages on massages on massages. The final facial to hit our list goes to the Super Hydrating Spa Facial Hydrate and Nourish, and all we can say is wow. With glycolic treatment to help shed away your old skin and make way for your new one, a performance face mask to hydrate your skin and then a full body massage. You heard right, face, neck hands and feet, the whole works. You’ll walk out of this place looking fresher than you’ve ever been before.
What: Super Hydrating Spa Facial Hydrate and Nourish
How long: 75 minutes
How much: $169
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