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Glow Medi Spa in Toronto.

Henry Lin

There are two big reasons to book at Yorkville's Glow Medi Spa: 1) the Dr. Babor Collagen Booster Facial – it's like event dressing, but for your face; and, 2) that delicious feeling you get when someone asks what foundation you're wearing and you can say, "I'm not wearing any!" Those plagued by dark circles will know how liberating it is to ditch the concealer. And the facial's cooling creams lull you deep into a state of bliss.

Insider Tip

While the Toronto International Film Festival's visiting celebs may have hit the Hazelton Hotel spa for Valmont's prestigious Vitality of the Glaciers facial, local luminaries make sure to book time with Merline Beckford, Glow's Babor specialist. She boasts a depth of experience with the line, and 90 minutes in her care has you looking like an ascetic woman unfamiliar with late nights, greasy food and hangovers.

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Her client roster boasts on-air personalities, who certainly would have needed to step up the glow factor when interviewing, say, the ever-dewy Elle Fanning (14) on this year's red carpet.

The Game Changer

Glow Medi Spa is one of the few facilities in Toronto equipped with the Fraxel Dual Laser, the updated version ideal for scars, wrinkles and melasma (skin discoloration). Spa founder Dr. Diane Wong invests continually in new technology. Her clinic has a variety of laser- and light-based treatments and can treat even the most dire vein issues with sclerotherapy. It's also one of the few places in Ontario that offer the sought-after Babor line.

The Basics

Glow Medi Spa, 129 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, Ont., 416-920-9998; $225 for a 90-minute facial.

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