At one point or another, we’ve all needed to lie back, close our eyes, and let someone go to town on our skin. For a relaxing experience that’s sure to leave your face glowing, look no further than the fine doctors and spas of Marin County. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Eden Day Spa (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Facial picks see below.
Our 2023 Beauty category sponsor is NorCal Plastic Surgery.
We’ve broken it down by region: Southern and Central Marin.
With its tranquil atmosphere and serene gardens, Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa is here to rejuvenate and renew you. Feel free to take a plunge into its indoor pool or have a drink at the Tea Bar to de-stress, as they are here to make sure you experience the entire healing process — mind, body, and soul. For the environmentally conscious, worry not, as Cavallo Point uses organic and sustainably harvested ingredients for all of its skin care products, demonstrating a commitment to green living. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, 415.339.4767
This skincare and waxing boutique has a calm, modern atmosphere that’s sure to soothe even the most nervous of clients from the moment they walk in the door. They offer many specialized facial treatments to ensure that no matter what type of skin you have, it will end up glowing and refreshed. For those interested in something harder to find, they provide oxygen facials to banish lines and wrinkles. Hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm, Sunday 10am – 2pm.
328 Pine St, Sausalito, 415.324.7151
Master aesthetician and permanent makeup artist Eva Claiborne is known amongst her repeat customers as a skin care angel. She’s not only there to make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed, but also to ensure that you know exactly what she’s doing and why it’s going to work — a great way to reassure customers that they’re not getting snake oil cleansers. Claiborne has created her own skincare line, Titok Naturals, and is great with handling any type of skin, including sensitive types. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Historic Ark Row, 86 B Main St., Tiburon, 415.435.4326
EVO Spa is a lifestyle boutique with the goal of providing a safe refuge for unwinding and relaxing. For those interested in red light therapy, EVO offers the best of the best, designed to produce maximum results with maximum longevity. Check out the monthly specials to see if something in particular catches your eye, and don’t miss wellness options such as the detox foot bath or far-infrared sauna. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
800 Redwood Highway Frontage Road #216, Mill Valley, 415.383.3223
From Botox wrinkle reduction to Kybella chin contouring, it’s hard to beat the incredible selection available at SkinSpirit Marin. The staff is chock full of doctors, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners, resulting in a team that’s equipped for any dermal emergency. For the luxury of a spa experience with the science of the latest technology, SkinSpirit is setting the bar high and constantly delivering on that promise. Hours are Monday and Friday 10am – 6pm, Tuesday 9am – 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm.
800 Redwood Hwy Suite 610, Mill Valley, 415.383.3100
Laurence McKee started out working for her family spa at the age of 17 and has been full steam ahead ever since. She’s worked in both luxurious Paris and modern San Francisco, and has also been trained in Ayurvedic treatments. Turning Point provides not only facials, but also oncology skin care and LED light therapy. The state of the art technology and tailored treatments will leave your skin glowing and refreshed. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
655 Redwood Highway #275, Mill Valley, 415.902.0197
Located in an old Victorian home that’s been transformed into a shiny modern space, Alchemy Marin stands out from the crowd. The staff is warm, inviting, and ready to help you get the best service possible. After your comprehensive consultation, you’ll find yourself being offered the perfect treatment for the exact issue you’re dealing with, or just the refreshing facial your skin is craving. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 5pm, Thursday and Friday 11am – 7pm.
1135 Mission Ave, San Rafael, 415.295.7953
Along with being a top-notch esthetician, Dawn Patrice is also a licensed massage therapist and integrative health coach. Her specialty is giving clients flawless, acne-free skin, no matter your skin type or the stubbornness of your condition. Patrice has been operating in the Bay Area since 2008 and opened her Marin location in 2022. Her skill in not only the lasting results of her skincare treatments, but also her passion for holistic healing and total body wellness. By appointment only.
2 Wintergreen Terrace, San Rafael, 415.577.0259
Boasting 40 years of aesthetical and clinical experience, owner and clinician Katayoun seeks to provide the most memorable experience possible. From the moment you walk up to the front desk, the team at Eden Day Spa will help you feel at ease. If you’re looking for a Dr. Babor Peel to revitalize your skin or an LED facial to help with stubborn acne, schedule a consultation and see what the estheticians can do. The price points also are known for being a bargain for the high-quality service provided. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
411 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, 415.464.9111
Gloss Beauty in Larkspur invites guests to sink into relaxation for truly nourishing beauty rituals. With a modern, comprehensive approach to beauty, founder and owner Tess has helped Marin look fabulous for over 20 years. Gloss offers facials, waxing, acne treatments, and lash and brow services, plus a boutique full of perfectly curated beauty products from cult-classic serums and masks to the latest lip balms, face oils, fun little gifts, and pick-me-ups. Hours are Monday through Friday 10am – 3pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm.
1127 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.457.3067
Glow Skin Marin was created by expert esthetician Abbie Rodriguez to help clients understand and improve the health of their skin. Rodriguez provides advanced facial therapies, with over two decades of experience helping clients achieve their skin goals. Glow Skin Marin is a private skin care studio located inside Gloss Beauty Larkspur, where you will receive one-on-one attention in a beautiful, serene setting. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm.
1127 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, 415.519.0878
International Orange (IO), a day spa named for the paint color of the Golden Gate Bridge, was built with the vision to create a bridge to your better side. Expertly trained staff guide guests through therapeutic massages and customized facials. Want to extend your experience? Take advantage of the steam room and sauna, and relax on indoor and outdoor lounges. IO also offers a curated selection of skin and body care, artisan wares, and daily wellness essentials. Hours are Sunday, Thursday, and Monday 10am – 6pm, Tuesday 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 10am – 7pm, Friday and Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm.
2421 Larkspur Landing Cir Suite 43, Larkspur, 415.563.5000
Resonance Marin is a holistic healing sanctuary. Gia DiMatteo, a licensed acupuncturist and clinical bodyworker, and Daniella Inbar, a brand developer and designer, combined their talents to open this premier luxury spa in 2017 and have been going strong ever since. Inbar + Co. — a full range of skincare, body care, pain relief, and aromatherapy products — is completely plastic-free, sustainable, non-toxic, and used exclusively in all services at Resonance Marin. By appointment only.
26 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, 415.891.3328
Willa Young has been providing quality, healthy treatments at The Facial Studio for over 20 years. Her deep-pore cleansing cannot be beat, the Decleor products used are top-notch, and the emphasis on results will leave you more than satisfied. Book in advance! Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
5643 Paradise Drive # 9, Corte Madera, 415.927.3223