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Ten Spa Destinations to Pamper Your Face, Men's Included

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Winter skin is a finicky thing. Uneven dryness, major dullness, and a general lack of sunlight leave our dermis looking kind of sad. A little splurge (or in some cases, mega splurge) should be allowed to rejuvenate over these short, slow days.

Any of these facials from notable spas around town are worth working into your budget, and if not, we always have Pinterest for at-home remedies—though DIYs don't typically come with mini-massages.


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Exhale Spa Fairmont Battery Wharf

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If you want good scenery, this is it. The second Exhale flagship offers facial services ranging from healing light therapy to ultrasonic waves, as well as potent mushroom enzyme masks to exfoliate. Most treatments are 60 minutes, and range in price from $95 (30 minutes) to $225.

Bliss Spa at W Boston

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You can expect to find all the usual bells and whistles of any Bliss spa (luxe nail space, lounges, retail, brownies), including of course, signature treatments they are known for: the Triple Oxygen (75 minutes, $165) and Youth As We Know It (60 minutes, $190) facials, as well as a handful more.

Bella Sante The SPA on Newbury

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Bella Sante is an award-winning retreat from Back Bay's streets, featuring more than 10 different facial renditions, many of which have 50 and 80 minute options. The signature uses "Aromaplasty" by Decleor Paris for a beautiful smell, and all services include a hand, foot, or scalp massage—bang for your buck. Prices from $115 upward.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental knows that men need luxury skincare too, offering "Gentleman Essentials" treatments using products from The Refinery by Aromatherapy Associates. Its Power Lift Facial (110 minutes, $355+) is the ultimate service, with micro currents and massage, whereas the Refinery Facial (80 minutes, $200+) is a more standard option. Take note: this is the only Forbes Five-star awarded spa in the state.

Emerge Spa & Salon

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A slew of facials and peels, including a Gentleman's Facial (60 minutes, $150) and Deluxe Eye Treatment (35 minutes, $135), ensure a cure for every ailment. The signature facial is centered on aromatherapy and has extras like scalp and foot treatments (90 minutes, $175).

G2O Spa & Salon

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Known as Boston's "green spa," G2O offers facials priced from $115 to $185, including a 60 minute, $140, organic clarifying facial for acne-prone skin.

Equinox

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Don't just work on your buns when stepping into Equinox; make sure you indulge in the Spa's cranberry revitalizing facial ($200), perfect for aging skin, using an exclusive recipe developed by experienced chemists and senior director, Nicole Vitale. An awesome treatment to protect skin from winter.

Brad Duncan

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Brad Duncan's namesake spa is nationally recognized for its totally custom treatment. Simply select your desired duration (starting at 60 minutes for $150), and the estheticians will guide you from there.
Relative to others on this list, Etant is quite affordable and gets crazy good Yelp reviews. Its custom facial priced at $95 and many others hovering around $130. The pumpkin peel facial is particularly packed with antioxidants.

Skoah Boston

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The Vancouver-based company describes its service as "personal training for your skin," which lets you build a custom facial for $160. Until January 25 they offer a $75 winter prep facial. The location also sells the Skoah line of products.

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Exhale Spa Fairmont Battery Wharf

If you want good scenery, this is it. The second Exhale flagship offers facial services ranging from healing light therapy to ultrasonic waves, as well as potent mushroom enzyme masks to exfoliate. Most treatments are 60 minutes, and range in price from $95 (30 minutes) to $225.

Bliss Spa at W Boston

You can expect to find all the usual bells and whistles of any Bliss spa (luxe nail space, lounges, retail, brownies), including of course, signature treatments they are known for: the Triple Oxygen (75 minutes, $165) and Youth As We Know It (60 minutes, $190) facials, as well as a handful more.

Bella Sante The SPA on Newbury

Bella Sante is an award-winning retreat from Back Bay's streets, featuring more than 10 different facial renditions, many of which have 50 and 80 minute options. The signature uses "Aromaplasty" by Decleor Paris for a beautiful smell, and all services include a hand, foot, or scalp massage—bang for your buck. Prices from $115 upward.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental knows that men need luxury skincare too, offering "Gentleman Essentials" treatments using products from The Refinery by Aromatherapy Associates. Its Power Lift Facial (110 minutes, $355+) is the ultimate service, with micro currents and massage, whereas the Refinery Facial (80 minutes, $200+) is a more standard option. Take note: this is the only Forbes Five-star awarded spa in the state.

Emerge Spa & Salon

A slew of facials and peels, including a Gentleman's Facial (60 minutes, $150) and Deluxe Eye Treatment (35 minutes, $135), ensure a cure for every ailment. The signature facial is centered on aromatherapy and has extras like scalp and foot treatments (90 minutes, $175).

G2O Spa & Salon

Known as Boston's "green spa," G2O offers facials priced from $115 to $185, including a 60 minute, $140, organic clarifying facial for acne-prone skin.

Equinox

Don't just work on your buns when stepping into Equinox; make sure you indulge in the Spa's cranberry revitalizing facial ($200), perfect for aging skin, using an exclusive recipe developed by experienced chemists and senior director, Nicole Vitale. An awesome treatment to protect skin from winter.

Brad Duncan

Brad Duncan's namesake spa is nationally recognized for its totally custom treatment. Simply select your desired duration (starting at 60 minutes for $150), and the estheticians will guide you from there.

Etant

Relative to others on this list, Etant is quite affordable and gets crazy good Yelp reviews. Its custom facial priced at $95 and many others hovering around $130. The pumpkin peel facial is particularly packed with antioxidants.

Skoah Boston

The Vancouver-based company describes its service as "personal training for your skin," which lets you build a custom facial for $160. Until January 25 they offer a $75 winter prep facial. The location also sells the Skoah line of products.