World’s Top 10 Facials

Courtesy Dior Institut

Kate Somerville, Los Angeles

In 2004 Somerville opened an unassuming clinic in an old Hollywood mansion on Melrose Place with just three treatment rooms and an emphasis on simple skin maintenance and treatments. Since then she’s expanded to 14 rooms and offers services like the Dermal Quench facial, which removes debris and exfoliates lackluster skin with an enzyme scrub and mask, then infuses the skin with oxygen through a spray device. Skin is left dewy, cheeks are flushed, lips healthily plump, and dark circles lightened. $260. At 8428 Melrose Pl., Ste. C; 323-655-7546;

Jurlique, Beverly Hills

The one-hour Biodynamic Beauty facial uses Jurlique’s newest line of antiaging and refining products sourced from organic flowers and verdure in South Australia. $130. At 358 N. Beverly Dr.; 310-285-9820;

Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua, Hawaii

Following a $180 million redo, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua opened its new spa: 17,500 square feet with 15 treatment rooms, half of which feature outdoor garden showers. The treatment to get here is the 80-minute customized Organic facial (book head aesthetician Kimi Pagco). After a consultation, Pagco cleanses and tones with Naturopathica’s organic botanical products. She then, very gently, performs just the necessary extractions (no blotchy red skin), finishing with a mask and, the best part, a sublime scalp massage. $225; 808-665-7079;

Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid

The 80-minute Forever Young & Glycolic facial exfoliates and revives dull skin. Afterward, head upstairs to Kanu for the restaurant’s Wellness Selections in a setting reminiscent of great Adirondack camps. $165. At 7 Whiteface Inn Ln.; 800-903-4045;

Kinara, New York

While Olga Lorencin-Northrup hasn’t yet opened an outpost of her cult West Hollywood spa in Manhattan, she did recently bring her signature Red Carpet facial ($80–$150) to the boutique department store Takashimaya. Ignore the clichéd name: You’ll feel your skin transform—literally. This treatment, a must before any major event, involves a peel so strong, you’ll actually feel the dirt fizzing away. Sure, it might sting a bit, but a soothing blue algae mask follows—and the compliments at the soirée will be truly worth it. Don’t have time? Takashimaya offers an at-home version ($145). At 693 Fifth Ave.; 212-350-0117;

Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa, Grand Cayman

Two years ago La Prairie’s precious metal of choice was gold; last year it was platinum, seen in its new $1,000 cream. And at the Silver Rain spa at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, you can experience the concoction via the Platinum Rare Infusion, an add-on to any 60-minute facial, which includes two generous applications of the cream. The benefits? Antiaging, but the key is balancing the skin’s electrolytes for ultimate energizing, moisturizing, and protection. One-hour facial, $195; 15-minute infusion, $175; 345-815-6900; (also at Ritz-Carlton’s La Prairie spas in Beverly Hills and New York).

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Clinic, London

From a simple three-room space on Draycott Avenue, Sarah Chapman combines cosmeceutical science and conventional beauty therapy in her 90-minute tailor-made Skinesis facial, in which she handpicks products from Environ, Agera, and her own eponymous line (which she just launched in the States, available at Bloomingdale’s and Space NK). Her massage technique can iron out worry lines, and her advice comes from a balanced, intelligent place informed by passion, not a marketing spiel. With British frankness, Chapman will call a sun spot a sun spot. No wonder her regulars—from acne-prone teens to octogenarians resisting cosmetic surgery—have more serious things on their minds than just luxury treatments. Chapman’s facial somehow restores faith in natural beauty. $185. At 106 Draycott Ave.; 44-207/589-9585.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

For serious sun damage, acne, and rosacea, the 80-minute Vitamin Infusion facial delivers a nourishing cocktail of vitamins A, C, E, D, B3, and B5 deep into the skin using the Somme Institute’s molecular compound formulation. $250;

Dior Institut, Paris

Nestled in the basement of the Plaza Athénée, Dior’s first hotel spa features four antiaging Soin Jeunesse facials ($215–$400), which start with a 20-minute back and neck massage. The idea is that a youthful-looking face begins with an entirely relaxed body. Performed in one of five large treatment rooms furnished with computers used to diagnose clients’ skin as well as updated versions of Dior’s emblematic chairs, the facials target specific needs (wrinkle prevention and correction, skin firmness) using products from Dior’s Capture Totale line. For decadent pampering, book the two-hour Miracle treatment ($615); it incorporates products from the L’Or de Vie collection, which was developed in partnership with Château d’Yquem vineyards and boasts very powerful antioxidant properties. At 25 Av. Montaigne; 33-1/53-67-65-35.

Omorovicza Boutique and Spa, Budapest

On the city’s posh Andrássy Avenue, this one-treatment-room spa offers facials ($130–$215) using a finger-massage method specific to Hungarian beauty rituals. The skincare line, based on the country’s mineral-rich thermal waters, includes new firming oils, buffing balms, and shaving creams available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman ($25–$300). At 2 Andrássy Ut; 36-1/302-4604;