In serious need of a pamper session? When pencilling some well-deserved self-care into your busy calendar, a ‘one facial fits all’ philosophy just won’t cut it. Whether you’re after a tailored approach or a luxurious experience, a results-driven treatment or a face-sculpting massage, we’ve scoped out the facials designed to suit your needs. So go ahead, put your best face forward with our insider’s guide to the best facials in town.
Best Scalpel-Free Facelifts
The F.Sculpt at The Facialist, CBD
Using expert massage and lymphatic drainage techniques, this incredible facial was designed by renowned holistic facialist and The Facialist founder Ashleigh Scott, to lift, tone and firm the facial muscles. A facial fitness protocol like no other this treatment uses specialised massage techniques to stimulate blood flow, then sculpt and tone the facial muscles. Working deep into the jawline, defining the cheekbones and lifting the eyes. If you want something even more effective, opt for the F.Sculpt+, which adds on intra-oral (buccal) massage or even the F.Sculpt Intense, which sees the addition of micro-current which contracts the muscles to keep them lifted for longer.
The Buccal Massage at Skinography, Ponsonby
Nothing uplifts the face or leaves us feeling taut and about five years younger than this unique facial. Designed to get into every crevice and muscle of the face, the buccal massage is similar in nature to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), as it helps to move stagnant lymphatic systems and any associated puffiness away from the face. Specially-trained facialist Kate Michelmore (one of the only practitioners in New Zealand qualified to deliver this technique) will treat your face to a rigorous massage using repetitive strokes that awaken and lift your muscles and get rid of tension (particularly in the jaw and cheeks). We like to see this treatment as a ‘summer shred’ for your face because of the way it results in a noticeably slimmed-down and glowing visage. And while this is the perfect pre-event treatment, its effects are far more long-lasting when undertaken regularly.
Best for Hydration
Codage Hydration Facial at Spring Spa, various locations
Bring your skin out of its winter hibernation with a hefty and necessary dose of moisture. The Codage Hydration Facial at Spring Spa is our go-to offering an intensely nourishing facial that regenerates and moisturises skin, boosting vitality. With an enzyme peel that gently stimulates cell renewal to restore radiance, skin is left soft to the touch and perfectly glowing.
Best for Clean Beauty Lovers
U Beauty Resurfacing Facial at East Day Spa, CBD
The ultimate indulgence for those seeking a clean approach to anti-ageing, East Day Spa’s U Beauty Resurfacing facial is designed to revitalise, lighten pigmentation and minimise fine lines, creating a smoother and brighter complexion. The treatment marries a holistic, healing massage flow sequence using rose quartz gua sha to detoxify and strengthen the skin and improve its health and radiance. Clean actives including hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin C and antioxidants are then released from revolutionary Siren Capsules to hydrate, repair and reverse ageing. This is all enjoyed in East Day Spa’s utterly beautiful, recently-refurbished new space.
Best for an Instant Glow
OxyGlow Treatment at Skintopia, Herne Bay
Those seeking instantaneous radiance should look no further than Skintopia in Herne Bay. In the 60-minute OxyGlow treatment, your complexion will benefit from the intraceuticals oxygen machine followed by the MediLUX LED light to hydrate, repair, rejuvenate and heal. A treatment adored by beauty aficionados across the city this facial is designed to be a skin quenching saviour that lifts, tones and hydrates the skin. Like all Skintopia treatments, the facial is customised based on your skin’s unique needs to feature two options of LED light that suit your top skin concerns. These include rosacea, acne, an impaired barrier, stressed skin, eczema and dermatitis.
Best Luxurious Experience
The Ultimate Haute Couture Facial at Park Hyatt Auckland, Wynyard Quarter
Employing highly active algae-derived V-TOX cream from London’s revered facialist Linda Meredith, Park Hyatt’s Ultimate Haute Couture Facial utilises oxygen to infuse the product into the skin. Oxygen therapy is an important component of skincare technology, thanks to its role in supporting collagen production, and the results from a 90-minute facial speak for themselves with skin feeling substantially plumper and smooth. Administered in some of the most indulgent surroundings ever seen in this city, an afternoon here is the antidote to life in the fast lane.
Best Results-Based Facials
Osmosis Medi Infusion at Clinic 1
Designed to improve all skin conditions, including oily/congested skin, acne, rosacea, dryness, anti-ageing, dullness and pigmentation, Clinic 1’s Osmosis Medical Infusion is a powerhouse, multi-faceted facial. Suitable if you want a more intense facial treatment (with exceptional results), this facial combines powerful liposomal ingredients with the benefits of rejuvenating facial massage and can be tailored to your skin concerns using specialised powder blends, actives and masks. The experience includes a consultation, double-cleanse and enzyme exfoliation, followed by your tailored infusion deeply massaged into the skin. The massage incorporates lymphatic drainage to improve circulation and distribution of lymph fluids.
The Power of Three Facial at About Face, Ponsonby
A potent treatment that includes a skin peel, LED light therapy and an active vitamin infusion via Sonophoresis the ‘Power of Three’ facial will leave you with noticeable results. You can count on this facial to leave your skin feeling plump, dewy and hydrated, and it’s a go-to for several of us in the Denizen office.
Iontophoresis Facial with a Synergy Peel at Room 9, Newmarket
Room 9 director and skin specialist Amelia Story is an advocate for introducing regular peels into everyone’s routines, as an effective way to get instant results that also have long-term gains. Her Synergy peel, while light and not at all aggressive, will help the skin renew and replenish. This peel can be added to any one of Room 9’s facials, like the Iontophoresis facial that uses an Ionzyme DF II Machine to help the product penetrate even further into the skin.
Best Seasonal Appointment
Sothys Seasonal Facial at Chuan Spa, Cordis Hotel
A considered, individualised philosophy is what underpins this luxurious one-hour treatment. Designed to offer each recipient exactly the kind of attention their skin needs, with a focus on treating the skin against any mitigating seasonal conditions, both relaxation and effectiveness go hand-in-hand here as Sothys’ excellent products work their magic. This treatment will get your skin in the best shape for the long summer season ahead.