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The Best Facials for Younger-Looking Skin

The latest facial treatments replace fluff and soft music with ingredients and technologies—stem cells, micro-needles—to deliver real results

Beverly Hills: Age Control Apple Stem Cell Facial,  Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, $450

For this 90-minute treatment, Dakar, a go-to for celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, chose the stem cells of a very specific variety of Swiss apple for their rejuvenation and self-preservation properties. These cells are included in the peel, exfoliant and treatment-cream portions of the facial, made even more effective by an LED red light, which helps the cells penetrate more deeply into the skin.


Boston: SkinPen, Ardan MedSpa + Salon, $300

Micro-needling is one of the hottest buzzwords in the land of anti-aging; injured skin, it turns out, naturally repairs itself by producing brand new cells. In this 30-minute treatment, tiny needles pulsed into the middle layer of skin create very precise “micro” injuries to stimulate new cell growth and create more collagen, helping to reverse sun damage and reduce acne scars and stretch marks. Expect some slight redness for a couple of days.


New York: Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion Therapy Treatment, Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa at The Core Club, from $400

The newest treatment from Joanna Czech, fashion’s favorite facialist, calls on a not-so-common combination of both wet and dry exfoliation (not a dead skin cell will remain!), as well as microdermabrasion using sapphire granules, to help increase the production of collagen. LED therapy to finish sends light waves deep into the skin, signaling to create new cells. Together, you’ve got radiant skin from the moment you walk out the door.


New York: Vitaglow, Shirley Madhère, MD, $825

The New York–based plastic surgeon takes a holistic approach to every skin-care patient, working on “lifestyle adjustments”—diet, exercise and sleep—before and after treatments. The 20-minute Vitaglow consists of microinjections of a cocktail consisting of multi-vitamins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid followed by a cooling face mask for zero recovery time. The results: great skin nutrition, serious radiance and increased firmness after multiple sessions.