Let's face it: Facials in Los Angeles are a dime a dozen. And while you can definitely give yourself a spa-worthy treatment at home (and by all means, we definitely recommend making it a Sunday night tradition), nothing is going to come close to the skill, expertise, and TLC you'll receive from a trained professional, especially when you get to work with the crème de la crème in Los Angeles.
So in the spirit of showstopping skin, we're revealing the best facials in Los Angeles: five near-magical treatments boasting five-star status where results, experience, and loyal celebrity followings are concerned. (But fear not, as you can get in on the magic even if you're not on the A-list.)
Shani Darden Skin Care
Not only has celebrity esthetician Shani Darden cultivated a loyal following in Los Angeles, thanks to her amazing skincare line alone (celebrities and beauty editors alike swear by the stuff!), but she's also garnered a well-earned reputation for providing one of the best facials in Los Angeles—period. (Plus, she doles out daily skincare tips on her Instagram—bless.) Having studied and worked alongside some of the best dermatologists and estheticians in the business, Darden is known for her deft, knowledgeable, and caring approach to skincare and her ability to treat a wide range of skin woes—from conditions like acne and rosacea to sun damage and pigmentation. Her treatment M.O.: strictly business with an emphasis on peels, extractions, microdermabrasion, and LED lights for a results-driven experience.
She has also developed her own products, Texture Reform ($95) and Retinol Reform ($95) serum, to which clients (and the Byrdie staff) are wholeheartedly devoted.
Kate Somerville Clinic
Virtually a Hollywood legend (and an absolute must if you seek top-tier luxury and elegance à la carte for your facial experience), the Kate Somerville Clinic is known for its relaxed and cozy ambiance (it's nestled inside a series of bungalows on Melrose Place, after all) and is widely appreciated for its emphasis on clinical skincare and advanced technologies.
Though the clinic boasts a wide variety of customer favorite facials, we suggest the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment, which has been attributed to many a red carpet glow: Prepare for 60 minutes of pure bliss in which skin will be treated with hydrating hyaluronic serum enriched with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. As a parting step, oxygen is added as the serum penetrates parched skin cells for incomparable hydration. Skin is left soft, supple, and glowing.
Kerry Benjamin Stacked Skincare
With astute knowledge and experience pertaining to skin troubles like acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea, Stacked Skincare founder, Kerry Benjamin's celebrity-loved facials are one of the best in Los Angeles. Featuring maximum customization based on each client's individual needs, Benjamin not only treats the unique needs of her clients' skin through a process she refers to as "stacking," but afterward, she'll also take the time to walk you through her prescribed at-home regimen so you're able to maintain your glow in between appointments.
As mentioned, Benjamin approaches her facials with a "stacking" system designed to target troublesome skin by combining exfoliation, serums, and tools to encourage deep penetration and lasting results. With an emphasis on customization, Benjamin's facials can include a combination of all or some of her Santa Monica spa's signature treatments, including Dermaplaning, Extractions, SilkPeel Microdermabrasion with Custom Serum, Light Peel, Mask, Microneedling, and Oxygen Therapy.
If a "Hollywood Glow" is what you seek, look no further than the light pink walls of celebrity esthetician Angela Caglia's tranquil and private Skin Spa. Not only does the setting feel like a French fairy tale (equipped with cucumber-lavender water, slippers, and robes), but Caglia's client-loved facials only utilize the best cutting-edge products, techniques, and technology, ultimately delivering the radiant, safe, and yes, instantly noticeable results distressed skin dreams of.
Though each facial will be individually customized to cater to the skin's individual needs, Caglia's Skin Spa offers numerous options (all equally luxurious) such as the La Vie en Rose Power Facial, a 50-minute number featuring eco-luxe and certified-organic ingredients and other such skin-saving indulgences as rose quartz, LED, micro-current massage, and a gentle peel with a hydration infusion.
La Prairie Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
The coveted menu of facials at the La Prairie Spa—located inside the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills—are nothing short of indulgent. And honestly, that's probably an understatement. Steeped in the brand's commitment to legendary Swiss skincare, the La Prairie Spa effortlessly combines science, purity, and innovation with the warm and relaxing ambiance courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria (truly, it's a match made in heaven).
With six lust-worthy facials to choose from—all of which are divine—clients can choose the length of their facial (either 60 or 90 minutes) in addition to their specific service. You can't go wrong, but we recommend the Perfecting Radiance Facial in which drops of Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold noticeably rejuvenate the skin's appearance, while gently heated masks encourage maximum absorption of the elixir.
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