Ahh, those halcyon days before adolescence -- when blemishes were entirely unheard of, and wrinkles lined only my play clothes. To get back to that time, via my face anyway, here are the experts I turn to.
You'll drop some dough on Milk + Honey's signature facial, but you'll leave looking like a million bucks. Mine involved a couple of peels, both of which made my skin tingle -- but the compliments I got afterward? More than made up for it.
A few months back, I used a Groupon on Amore for a microdermabrasion treatment -- my first. The procedure was quick and mostly painless, and my skin glowed for days: no easy feat in winter.
I'll be honest: The only time I got a facial at LakeHouse Spa (at Lake Austin Spa/Resort), I was so distracted by the foot scrub that comes with it that I nearly fell asleep. But the facial itself, which smells like roses and allows for "collagen repair" (that's my esthetician talking, don't ask me to elaborate) left my palor pretty and only slightly pink. Unlike other facials, this was one of the only ones whose lovely effects continued to last well after my visit.
The tough love of facials. Away Spa's is a more aggressive, scientifically-liberal treatment than others, but I actually loved it. My skin was a touch pink afterwards, but my pores haven't been that clean since probably birth.
A sweet hippie facial, Paloma uses all-natural products on your face only -- but those products very much get down to business. Owner/esthetician Evette Richards is a jedi with that extractor tool too, chasing out stray impurities with an expert squeeze.