Hair & Beauty

6 of Melbourne’s Best Facials | How to Achieve Glowing Skin

By Iro Kotsimbos
23rd Apr 2014

Fact or fiction? A couple of fancy-schmancy skincare products are all you need for healthy, glowing skin.


While quality skincare shouldn't be underestimated, great skin is a result of homecare combined with regular salon treatments. You can cleanse and scrub all you like, but only the pro's can really get to and treat the source of your skin concerns.

With salons and spas aplenty, where does a girl (or guy, for that matter) go to pamper their precious skin? Who offers the crème de la crème of facial treatments?

Fear not, we have you covered! In what has been our toughest assignment to date (NOT), The Urban List travelled around town, using our mugs as testing boards, in order to bring you this list of Melbourne's best facials. Enjoy!

Take Off Skin & Body – Pure Radiance Facial | 60 minutes, $99

Let's be honest — the modern day girl-about-town leads a busy life, but heck, that doesn't mean skimping on skin care. The busy gal needs powerful and effective facial treatments, and when only the best facials in Melbourne will suffice, we recommend going straight to Take Off Skin & Body in North Melbourne. 

Led by owner Erin Laird, Take Off Skin & Body's expert team of beauty therapists offer complimentary skin consultations to accurately diagnose your skin and recommend the best treatment for each individual. However, if we had to play favourites, we'd definitely lean towards their Pure Radiance Facial. Customised and convenient, this results-driven facial is the bee's knees.

The minute you step into Take Off Skin & Body, you'll instantly feel relaxed…and that's even before the treatment has started! Once you're settled, your dull, dry skin will be thoroughly cleansed, before a so-good-you'll-snore face neck and shoulder massage. A super charged application of Vitamin C, fruit acids and antioxidants finishes off this spectacular facial, leaving you with a visage that is smooth to the touch, hydrated and well, radiant. The name doesn't lie!

The beauty of this facial though is the fact it's customised. Take Off Skin & Body will tweak parts of the facial to specifically treat your skin concerns (it's aaaall in the details!), using cosmeceutical grade products to really penetrate the skin's surface and deliver knockout results. We're hooked.

Skin Wellness – Rationale Epinova Photosonic Facial | 90 minutes, $250

When your skin is drier than a riverbed and duller than a rainy Melbourne afternoon, it's time to bring out the big guns. And by big guns, we mean the Rationale Epinova Photosonic Facial at Skin Wellness in Canterbury. 

The Eastern suburbs based skin clinic and beauty salon is famous for its specialised skin treatments, and once you've experienced the Rationale facial it's not hard to see why. After an initial skin analysis and welcome massage (ahhh, magic words!), Skin Wellness's expert skin coaches will perform a deep cleanse and enzyme peel using leading cosmeceutical skincare brand Rationale. Get ready to kiss congestion and dead, dry skin cells goodbye and welcome bright and hydrated skin with open arms.

But that's not all…more glorious massaging, a customised face mask, and LED light therapy follow, before the Skin Wellness skin coach finishes off by applying, what we like to call, Rationale's 'super serum' — a mixture of antioxidants that leave your skin absolutely glowing. With results this good, it's no wonder Skin Wellness are renowned for offering one of the best facials in town.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Skin Wellness are offering The Urban List readers a complimentary 30 minute back massage when you book in for the Rationale Epinova Photosonic Facial. Simply call 9836 0229 to book and make sure you mention The Urban List to redeem this exclusive offer. For further details, click here.

Aurora Spa Retreat – Signature Kitya Karnu Treatment | 60 minutes, $195

Located within St Kilda's Prince Hotel, the Aurora Spa Retreat offers some of the most luxe spa facilities we've ever seen. "How luxe?" we hear you ask. Well, the Kitya Karnu treatment takes place in your own private steam room, so that should give a fair indication! 

Kitya Karnu begins with a dreamy blend of Aurora Spa Rituals body oil and body salts applied all over the body, followed by an exfoliating massage using their Wattleseed & Walnut Re-Surfacing Cream. The serious scrubbing will leave you with a super smooth body that you won't be able to stop touching.

But really, it's the facial element that had us in a tizz. The products they use are ahhmazing — after trialling countless skincare brands to use in their facial treatments, the Aurora Spa Retreat team settled on Kerstin Florian — a range of products used in the best spas the world over.

The facial involves the creamy Kerstin Florian cleanser being used, before a generous application of their hydrating masque. The steam allows the skin to really soak up the goodness, leaving you with baby soft skin as a result. Mind you, this is all happening while a hair treatment and scalp massage is underway! Wowee.

Quite simply, Aurora Spa Retreat's Kitya Karnu treatment is HEAVEN. You need to try this!

Herbario – The Shubere Face Detox Treatment | 90 minutes, $280

Herbario on Chapel Street, Prahran is so much more than just your purveyor of facials. A holistic natural therapies clinic, Herbario is the place to go for cleansing and treatment for your mind, body and soul. That said, there's a reason why Herbario is known for offering one of Melbourne's best facials — they're damn goooood.

Owner and founder Valli Shubere has created a unique treatment called The Shubere Face Detox Treatment. It upholds a philosophy of maintaining body and skin hygiene culture through a holistic approach, addressing not only your skin but everything else that contributes to it — neck tension, internal blockages, allergies, etc.

After a comprehensive assessment, Valli will start intensive work on blockages in the jaw and sinuses, releasing tensions you probably didn't even know existed! After a deep and relatively forceful session (don't be scared, it's worth it) you can physically see the difference this has on your face. Droopy cheeks and swollen jaw be gone!

Next is the blissful relaxation part of the facial. A mix of over 20 natural herbs will be massaged into the skin, which, trust us, is up there with the most calming and de-stressing things you'll ever experience.

If you're after a facial that not only addresses skin health, but also recognises the connections throughout the entire body, Herbario is really the ultimate.

Miss Fox – Luxury Custom Spa Facial | 60 minutes, $145

For some serious head-to-toe pampering, you can't go past Miss Fox day spa on Little Collins Street — a classic beauty parlour that offers a truly decadent spa experience in the heart of the CBD. 

So which treatment has made it onto the list of the best facials in Melbourne? Let us present to you Exhibit A: The Luxury Custom Spa Facial — a popular treatment designed for ultimate hydration and relaxation.

Make yourself at home and relaaaax while the Miss Fox team start with a double cleanse and facial massage that is so good you'll likely find yourself nodding off. A gentle, but oh-so-effective, exfoliation, hydrating honey balm mask and hand, arm, and scalp massage will have you swooning before a spritz of rose-scented toner and nurturing eye, face, and neck treatment leaves you in total relaxation mode. To top it off, you'll be treated to a glass of Champagne and macarons at the end! #Winning! 

Miss Fox's Luxury Custom Spa Facial is 100% natural, with the hand-blended products featuring certified organic ingredients and natural extracts. The products used smelt good enough to eat…and, being completely natural, would probably be edible!

In short, you'll walk out of this facial completely relaxed and looking like you've spent the last three months doing Pilates, drinking green juice, and getting enough sleep (as opposed to copious amounts of hot cross buns, chocolate eggs, and booze). 

Me Skin and Body – DeAge DeStress DeToxify Facial | 60 minutes, $199

Located on Toorak Road in South Yarra, Me Skin and Body is a swanky skin clinic and beauty salon focusing on top-notch cosmeceutical treatments — think peels, skin needling, microdermabrasion, and LED therapy. 

Of all Me Skin and Body's luxurious treatments, the standout has to be the DeAge DeStress DeToxify facial — one hour of deep cleansing, exfoliation, massage and super skin hydration that leaves you in no doubt about as to why it's one of Melbourne's best facials.

The facial begins with an ultrasonic deep cleanse whereby surface impurities and dead skin cells are removed via ultrasonic waves. This is followed by an application of the Aspect Lactobotanical Peel, which, in essence, gobbles up all the dead skin cells and dissolves the 'glue' binding the crummy cells to the healthy cells. 

Next up is a multivitamin sonophoresis infusion (say what?!) to promote baby soft, plump and healthy skin. The machine used during the deep cleanse is used again, this time to drive the active ingredients deep down into the deeper layers of skin. We won't get into the nitty gritty science of sonophoresis, but it basically allows 1000 times more penetration of ingredients. 

To finish, you'll receive a heavenly face, neck, arm and décolletage massage plus an application of an aloe vera mask to complete the treatment.

The result? Skin that's instantly more 'glowy', more refined and clearer, with increased luminosity. That's a thumbs up from us!

Image Credit: Styloko, Y Spa and Well + Good.

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