Between the season’s drier air and blasting the indoor heat, winter certainly does a number on your skin, leaving many with a dull, flaky complexion, acne or flare ups of annoying inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. One of the most effective ways to combat the environmental effects that come with the colder months is a facial, a skincare procedure that often involves steam, exfoliation, massages and lotions. From oxygen-infused treatments that promise smoother, younger skin to hydrating ones that leave you with plumper, rejuvenated skin, facials have fast become one of the most popular spa treatments in Pittsburgh. Both men and women may benefit from facials and the countless options offered at these five spas and salons named the best places for facials in Pittsburgh.
EsSpa Kozmetika Organic Skin Care in Pittsburgh
17 Brilliant Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
All of those people who believe chocolate is bad for the skin clearly haven’t experienced EsSpa Kozmetika Organic Skin Care in Pittsburgh’s stimulating hot cocoa facial, which promises to diminish fine lines, add hydration and enhance skin’s clarity. At $175 for an 80-minute treatment that includes a post-facial cup of hot chocolate to maximize results, you’ll not only achieve visibly healthier, more radiant skin, you’ll get a blast of antioxidants thanks to a fusion of oxygen and chocolate. Chocoholics and beauty junkies alike rave about the incredible pure chocolate aroma that accompanies the treatment and massage. The hot cocoa facial is the perfect indulgence for fall and winter — without the calories.
Natural Esthetic Services
727 Hite Road
Harwick, PA 15049
One of the more common reasons women give for not treating themselves to a spa treatment is lack of time. Now, thanks to Natural Esthetic Services’ one-hour signature facial, there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to a relaxing, rejuvenating facial. Each one-hour signature facial is just $65 and includes a consultation and skin analysis, deep cleaning, exfoliation, steam, extractions, a customized treatment mask and shoulder, neck and facial mask. You’ll also receive product recommendations tailored to your specific skin needs, which may be purchased at Natural Esthetic Services.
642 Washington Road
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
If you’re one of many who experience the uncomfortable winter itch that accompanies the season’s lower humidity, the Hydra Facial from Mount Lebanon’s Spa Vivace will transform your patchy, dry complexion into supple, glowing skin. Your face will feel more hydrated and comfortable after this ultra moisturizing treatment that uses an indulgent combination of creams, aromatherapy oils and elixirs. The Hydra Facial is priced from $95 and additional add-ons are available to treat everything from fine lines to puffiness. Salon Vivace is committed to providing its clients with the best products and services, which range from body treatments and hair styling to spa packages and waxing.
Eva Szabo European Skin Care
5932 Penn Circle South
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
The damaging effects of summer skin strippers, such as chlorine and too much sun, can linger months after you’ve packed away the sandals and swimsuits. For the perfect post-summer facial, turn to Eva Szabo’s 30-percent glycocolic facial available for $42 at the salon’s Shadyside location. Using a 30-percent glycocolic blend of natural fruit extracts, this facial minimizes sun damage, erases stubborn dead skin cells, softens wrinkles and fine lines, and promotes skin cell renewal. Complete your winter skincare regimen with a body bronzing for $45 or a $40 mini pedicure.
Anna Skin Care
5541 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Any day spa voted by Pittsburgh Magazine as having the best facial in Pittsburgh is certainly worthy of your afternoon, and Anna Skin Care is no exception. The spa offers six types of facial treatments, including its sensitive repair facial, a fantastic option for those with rosacea, broken capillaries and inflammatory skin conditions that are aggravated by colder weather. This 75-minute facial is priced at $85 and features a calming, soothing treatment designed specifically for those with reactive and sensitive skin. Each facial begins with an optional foot soak to get you in a relaxed, stress-free state and features the spa’s Oxygen Glow Therapy and warm stone face massage guaranteed to please on winter’s coldest days. First-time customers receive a $10 certificate from the Anna Skin Care website valid toward any facial treatment, including the sensitive repair facial.
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.