Top Ten Natural and Organic Facials

By Denise Yee / September 12, 2011

Ananda Facial 

60 minutes, $180
Where to book: Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills
Product line used: Ila (Sanskrit for “Earth”)
Favorite take-home product: Ila Face Oil for Glowing Radiance. This is a cult product that stars organic Rose Damascena Otto essential oil from India, a super-nourishing ingredient.
This facial is best for: Tired, lackluster skin. My jet-lagged skin ate up this treatment that included some great techniques like manual lymphatic drainage and marma point massage. Added energy work left my skin looking luminous.
—Mary Bemis

Enchanted Facial

90/120 minutes, $225/$295
Where to book: Encantado Resort & Spa, Santa Fe, NM
Product line used: Naturopathica
Favorite take-home product: Naturopathica Purifying Enzyme Peel because it is a really effective exfoliant that doesn’t involve scrubbing, and it is high in beta-carotene (making it a powerful antioxidant), thanks to the pumpkin. A win-win.
This facial is best for: All skin types. The products, loaded with herbal enzymes and natural actives, are customized to your skin. Nice touch: A tourmaline gemstone massage.
—Rima Suqi

Miraval Nurture Facial

80 minutes, $225
Where to book: Miraval, Tucson, AZ
Product line used: Nature by Red Flower
Favorite take-home product: Bioactive Berry White Peat Exfoliant. It has a subtle scent and is gentle enough to use on face and body. It has sea salt but also seeds of strawberries and blueberries so there’s the added antioxidant quality.
This facial is best for: Normal to combination skin. This is a rejuvenating facial that includes an intensive eye treatment designed to reduce puffiness and fine lines. Also includes acupressure massage that helps boost circulation.

Spa Montage Anti-Aging Facial

90 minutes, $305
Where to book: Montage Laguna Beach
Product line used: Earth Matters and Spa Technologies
Favorite take-home product: Earth Matters Revitalizing Oil and Spa Technologies Marine Repair Cream
This facial is best for: Mature skin. This signature facial, created by Anne Bramham, uses a connective tissue firming massage technique that stimulates the collagen and elasticity of the skin. An antioxidant-rich red-algae mask helps rehydrate skin.

Cowshed Facial

60 minutes. $145
Where to book: Cowshed Spa, Soho Beach House, Miami
Product line used: Cowshed Spa
Favorite take-home product: The Lavender Cleansing Cream. It felt luxurious on my skin, and the divine scent was soothing. Knowing it was wild-crafted from flora and fauna, and chemical-free, made me feel even better.
This facial is best for: All skin types, as it’s customized. Esthetician Kyanna Scott, gave me a revitalizing and hydrating facial that was antioxidant packed and included
a custom mix of evening primrose, raspberry, and cranberry seed oils.
—Donna Paul

Lymphatic Facial

60 minutes, $150
Where to book: Mii amo, Sedona, AZ
Product line used: Eminence Organic
Favorite take-home product: Tie between the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, a gentle rice-powder and lactic-acid exfoliant, and the Lime Stimulating Masque (it’s very hot and not for delicate skin types!).
This facial is best for: Oily and/or mature skin. This stimulating facial is especially good for circulation and helps reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, as well as pigmentation. Esthetician Lisa Mullen also used the Clarisonic in this thorough facial.

The Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial

90 minutes, $245
Where to book: Auriga Spa at The Setai Fifth Avenue, New York City
Product line used: The Organic Pharmacy
Favorite take-home product: Toss up between the Carrot Butter Cleanser—a lush all-in-one cleanser/makeup remover with shea butter, calendula, and rosemary—and the Flower Petal Mask, which gently exfoliates and instantly brightens.
This facial is best for: Dry skin. Although it gets tailored for each client, the service is great for nourishing and revitalizing dry skin, thanks to lots of high-grade rose-and rose hip-infused gels and serums, gentle exfoliators like oat and milk, and hydrating honey.
—Sandra Ramani

Mehta Face Lift Massage

60 minutes, $75
Where to book: Jivana Holistic Day Spa, Burlington, VT
Product line used: Shankara
Favorite take-home product: A tension-free face! This Ayurvedic-inspired facial massage helps to reverse damage to your skin and can aid in the delay of aging skin, says owner Cathie Barre.
This facial is best for: All skin types, but especially for the 30+ age group
and anyone who is stressed. The profoundly relaxing massage works on the muscles of the face, neck, and shoulders. The wonderful sequence of massage techniques releases blockages due to stress, allowing energy to flow freely from head to toe.

Signature Elements of Nature

75 minutes, $155
Where to book: The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House
Product line used: Naturopathica
Favorite take-home product: The Primrose Eye and Upper Lip Treatment Cream. It felt good—cooling and soothing with a light fresh scent that wasn’t overwhelmingly rose. And it made my skin feel great. Plus, I love the fact that one product works two areas.
This facial is best for: All skin types, but it is highly recommended for stressed, dull, and dry skin.

Anti-Aging Facial

50/80 minutes, $130/$190
Where to book: Solage, Calistoga, CA
Product line used: Marie Veronique Organics
Favorite take-home product: There were two that stood out: The Exfoliating Cleanser and the Anti-Aging Oil.
This facial is best for: Mature skin. I loved the wonderful facial sculpting massage and the products that were high in essential fatty acids. My skin felt fresh and awake after this treatment given by the very talented Tomoko.


Photo Credits:
Four Seasons photo: Aimee Rentmeester Flynn
Aurgia Spa photo: Robert Reck

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