Where to Get a Great Facial in NYC

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Wellness Editor13 February 2018

Whether you’re after an affordable skin fix, a high-tech anti-aging solution, or something a bit more luxurious and indulgent, New York—one of the most well groomed cities on the planet—has your facial needs covered.


There are currently five of these one-stop skincare shops around the city, offering 30, 50 and 75-minute facials tailored to your specific complexion concerns. A session at Heyday sits somewhere between a pampering spa facial and a tech-y dermatological one. Expert skin therapists employ gadgets, goopy products, gentle extractions, and facial massage to leave you thoroughly dewy. Don’t forget to pick up recommended products in the retail section before you exit, to tide you over until your next appointment.

Britta Beauty

Those of a wellness-y disposition will love Britta Beauty’s signature Facial Attunement—a treatment that incorporates Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic massage methods to address the anatomy of the face, not just the surface-level blemishes. As a holistic esthetician, Britta exclusively uses clean beauty products that are literally pure enough to eat (a berry, royal jelly and honey mask smelled particularly delectable when we tried the treatment). After she’s loosened your facial muscles with the gua sha technique—gliding a flat tool made from cool, polished jade stone along your jaw line—you’ll feel as if you’ve had a very gentle facelift.

Skin Spa New York

Get a classic facial, complete with a face steam and extractions, at this no-frills NYC spa chain. A 50-minute session is $69–$80 and includes a deep cleanse, tone, and exfoliation. If you’re after something a little more heavy-duty, you can opt for microdermabrasion or a power peel to slew off any lackluster cells and leave you all together glowier.

Facial Attunement | © Britta Beauty

Wellness at Yoga 216

Yoga 216’s in-house esthetician, Heidi Kinney, specializes in spa treatments rooted in Ayurveda. Known as “the science of life,” this ancient Indian healing system treats health imbalances according to the individual’s natural constitution, known as a dosha, and this Ayurvedic facial will enhance your complexion using the same method. Taking into account your skin type, internal imbalances and any environmental factors that could be affecting your pores, Heidi uses dosha-specific cleanses, masks, and herbal exfoliations, plus marma massage (which focuses on acupressure points on the face) to give you an entirely personalized, totally relaxing experience.

Tribeca Beauty Spa

The thing that sets this downtown spa apart is incredible facial massage; skin treatments incorporate three specific techniques that focus on pressure points and lymphatic drainage. Working in tandem with deep exfoliation and hydrating masks, your whole face will feel higher, tighter, softer, and virtually luminous by the time your therapist has worked her magic.

CAP Beauty

This “clean and pure” beauty emporium is a go-to for those who prioritize natural skincare products and avoid suspicious-sounding chemicals like the plague. The shelves are packed with lotions, serums, and adaptogens curated to fit CAP‘s inside-out beauty ethos. In the treatment room, specialist “lift” facials are designed to reduce signs of aging using acupuncture and massage, with an effectiveness that can (kind of) compete with botox.