Sweat. Grime. Smog. Sun damage. Whether you're aware of it or not, your skin goes through a whole hell of a lot on a day to day. And although I'm sure we all try our best to give our skin the TLC it needs, we could all use a little help.

This is where facials come in. Practical for both men and women, facials are super useful for ridding the skin of what we can't remove ourselves; whether it be extracting deep gunk in our pores or exfoliating dead skin cells.

Most dermatologists and aestheticians recommend getting a facial anywhere from once a month, two twice a year depending on your skin's needs. It's important to note that facials are not a miracle cure for beautiful skin. As my dermatologist put it, "Getting a facial is a lot like getting a dental cleaning - it'll make your mouth really clean, but it's no use if you don't brush your teeth."

That being said, facials are great to get your skin ready for the summer season. Lucky for you, we've picked some of the best spots in Toronto to get the job done.

Photo cred - @pureandsimpleca

1. Pure + Simple // Various Locations

Perfect for sensitive skin, Pure + Simple only uses natural ingredients for their spa treatments; free of parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances and dyes. Their facials are holistic and effective without being harsh or irritating. Visit one of their 4 Toronto locations for a free skin assessment and mini makeover!


2. Beauty Bar Medical Clinic // Various Locations

Just as beautiful as its clients, Beauty Bar Medical Centre is a top Toronto destination for its famous HydraFacial. HydraFacial cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, hydrates and protects all in one. It improves pore size, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation, and brown spots. If you're looking for one skin splurge - this is it.


3. Stillwater Spa @ The Park Hyatt Hotel // 4 Avenue Road

The number of amazing treatments you could get done at Stillwater could take up the majority of this article, but one we would recommend is their city restoration facial, specially designed to rid your skin of all the Toronto gunk it doesn't need.


4. Serenity Spa and Lounge // 238 Wellington St.

Serenity is a great place for any spa needs, from mani-pedis, threading, to their custom Dermalogical facials. Algae masks and eye masks can be combined any facial treatment making it all the more indulgent.


5. Hammam Spa Toronto // 602 King St. W

It may not look like it from the outside, but the Hamman is a perfect in-city escape. Its grotto style Mediterranean decor makes you feel like you're anywhere but King West. Customize your facial with Dermalogica or Skinceuticals skin care before unwinding in their steam room.


Photo cred - @findedeinhotel

6. The Spa at The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto // 60 Yorkville Avenue

So maybe you can't afford the lifestyle of a permanent Four Seasons resident - doesn't mean you can't pretend for a day in the spa. Their 60-minute facials are equipped with mud masks and skin brightening vitamin-C treatments. Feeling extra decadent? You could always opt for their gold-infused facial, which includes copper-enriched lactid acid peel and and gold serum.


7. Province Apothecary // 16 Kensington Avenue

Since skin absorbs every product you use, you're going to want those ingredients to be good ones. Province Apothecary only uses organic ingredients in their facials, making the chances of irritation super low. All the ingredients in Province Apothecary's facials are locally grown and custom selected for your skin-type.


8. Holts Salon & Spa // 50 Bloor St. West

Shop till you drop - that first layer of skin that is! The spa at Holt Renfrew offers express facials that last less time than your lunch break for a mid-day refresh.


9. Laya Spa & Yoga // 986 Queen St. West

Exercise is amazing for your skin. The owners of Laya Spa & Yoga knew what they were doing when they opened their spa as a functioning yoga studio! An amazing spot to zen out and truly unwind, Laya offers a variety of both different spa treatments and class times to fit a variety of schedules and skins.


10. The Old Mill Inn & Spa // 21 Old Mill Road

An Etobicoke classic for a reason, the Old Mill has clients that keep coming back for their top-knotch service and quality treatments. One of the most popular facials? Their oxygen rejuvenate treatment.


Photo cred - @thetenspot

11. The Ten Spot // Various Locations

While this isn't a full facial, it is most definitely the cheapest facial on our list for a bargain $45!! Appropriately named "The Quicky" this guy's sure to get you glowing.

Any places we missed? Let us know, below!

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