Beauty treat: Six of the best luxury facials

Relax in Elizabeth Arden's treatment room at its new boutique on Queen Street.

Relax in Elizabeth Arden's treatment room at its new boutique on Queen Street.

Whether you want pure pampering or an active, results-based facial, one of these options is bound to boost your skin and mood.

Ultimate Arden Facial, Elizabeth Arden Boutique
90 minutes; $175 (Auckland)

Arden's chic city spa opened last year, offering express services such as makeovers and manicures. Now its treatment room has opened, for longer services such as indulgent hot stone massages and luxury facials. The facial we tried was one of the best we've had – the pampering portion was extremely high. Most facials throw in some sort of massage while a mask is working, but this one offers separate hand, foot, neck, shoulder and scalp massages (hot stones included). An enzyme peel and rich collagen mask ensure it's not merely a feel-good experience – your skin will be plumped and glowing afterwards. (Available in Auckland only.)

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302 Enzyme Peel at East Day Spa
45 minutes; $90 

East Day Spa is our go-to for a sense of peace in the city, but they also offer seriously effective treatments. Their new 302 Enyzme Peel is a their clinical facials, and it's pretty much the ultimate in brightening and hydration. With plenty of vitamin A and C, it'll leave you glowing, and the effects continue over the next couple of days. They say it's perfect before a big event, but we tried it a few days after a long flight and our skin thanked us. If your skin thrives on exfoliation, this is a must-try. (Available in Auckland and Wellington.)

Ultraceuticals Vitalfusion 
45 minutes; $85 - $120

This is officially called a hydrobrassion – exfoliation and infusion followed by a sonophoresis infusion, customised to your skin. Basically, application with a tingly vitafusion tool opens up small spaces between skin skills so vitamins applied to the skin by ultrasound penetrate to greater depths. Skin is left feeling super smooth. (Available at various clinics, such as About Face, in New Zealand.)

Caci AHA Rapid Exfoliator Anti-Ageing Facial 
30 Minutes; $90

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Caci Clinic is New Zealand's exclusive stockist of Murad, a pioneering dermatological brand. Murad facials are results-driven (rather than merely relaxing), and this facial aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Concentrated glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells to achieve a softer, smoother complexion. The idea is to speed up cell turnover and encourage healthy skin, improving skin texture and tone with each treatment. Caci recommends a course of six treatments for maximum results, but with just one facial, our skin glowed for a week. (Available nationwide.)

Osmosis Rezenerate Facial at White Spa and Float Lounge
60 minutes; $175

There is so much to love about this experience: the warm cocoon of blankets, the sweet organic unguents, the facial massage. But the centrepiece is the space-agey Rezenerate wand, with its "pyramid-shaped nano structures", which painlessly pierce the skin, ostensibly to help the products soak in. The experience was so relaxing we almost fell asleep, and our skin straight afterwards really did glow. We were less keen on the red rash that made a brief appearance that evening. A week later, our skin was unusually tight and dry (we were warned this might be the case) but two weeks on, the texture seemed finer and makeup went on like silk. (Available in Auckland only.)


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Me Skin and Body Dermafusion Facial Treatment, Melbourne
90 minutes; $260 (NZD)

A favourite among beauty bloggers, Me Skin and Body in South Yarra is a must-visit when you're next in Melbourne. This three-part facial is ideal for those who struggle with hormones, pigmentation, ageing, combination or dehydrated skin. First, a microdermabrasion technique using tiny diamond tips is applied to the surface of your skin, exfoliating dead cells. The beautician then applies a lactic facial peel to rehydrate your skin, before finishing with a Vitamin C booster to stimulate fresh new skin cells. Let it be known, this facial doesn't come cheap but it's a must-try for those who are serious about their skin concerns. Prepare to leave a little flushed after your treatment. 

 - Sunday Magazine


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