The average price for a facial might range from about $75 to $150, but it can vary according to the service, the spa and the area in which you receive it [source: The Cost of Facials]. If you crave the experience of a luxury spa in the heart of the city, be prepared to pay hundreds of dollars. But if you're on a budget, you may be able to find good cleansing and toning facials for less than $20.
One of the more expensive facials might be a three-hour, $750 Grand Luxe Facial offered at a spa in California [source: Sherman]. At the other end of the spectrum, students at cosmetology schools offer facials for rock-bottom prices as part of their training. You probably won't be treated like royalty, but the facial itself will contain all the essentials and might be just the ticket if you don't have a lot of money to spend.
Before you book your first facial, do your research. Talk to friends, family and colleagues to find out about spas you're interested in. If you find a couple of spas, salons or even cosmetology schools that seem promising, visit before setting up an appointment to check out what they have to offer and talk to the staff. Look at cost and the types of facials offered, but also consider the "vibe" of the place. Since facials aren't medical treatments and aren't typically regulated by the FDA, it's up to you to make the decision that's right for you.
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