Face to Face

At Home vs. At the Spa

Which is better: a facial at home or in a spa? A professional treatment seems the obvious choice. But with at-home facials improving in quality and becoming easier to do, how do you decide? The answer lies in knowing when to do which facial.

The Oxygen Lifting & Hydrating Facial, Nao Salon & Spa Skin-care specialist Nivea Cruz deep-cleans pores, works out toxins with a massage, then airbrushes your skin with hyperbaric oxygen, infusing Intraceutical serums with Atoxelene (known as the noninvasive Botox). The Results An age-altering glow and plump skin that lasts up to a week. The Time Factor It takes two hours so if you have the time to spare, make a day of it and head upstairs for a blowout. $450. At 609 Madison Ave., New York; 212-752-1111; naonewyork.com.

Radiant Facial Mask, La Mer Beginning with a serum to calm the skin, this seaweed mask uses La Mer’s deconstructed water and white algae to calm, brighten, and plump up your skin. The Results After eight minutes you peel off the mask and your skin looks instantly refreshed. The Time Factor When you’re in a hurry and need to glow tonight, the Radiant Facial Mask is a very effective emergency fix. $320 for six; 888-888-4757; neimanmarcus.com.