Men's Atelier at the Waldorf Astoria
With cozy private rooms and plush leather chairs, this sophisticated grooming haven is a popular destination for Michigan Avenue power players. Third-generation barber Oscar Zamudio suggests new clients try his Spa Shave treatment: Expect an hour of hot steam towels, luxe pre-shave oils, and a rich hydrating mask. If you like it smooth up top too, Zamudio's head shaves are first-rate.
$85 for the Spa Shave; $65 for a head shave
11 E. Walton St.; 312-646-1310; waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com
Magazine St. Barber Shop
Thanks to complimentary coffee from Café Du Monde, most patrons get their caffeine buzz while being clipped, but if you're not in the mood for lively chatter, check out owner Cesar Rivera's collection of treasures, which include a nickel-plated towel steamer, a hot-lather machine, and antique Koken barber chairs. Customers rave about the hand-blended pre-shave oil that took Rivera five years to develop and the three layers of shave cream.
$40 for a shave
4224 Magazine St.; 504-267-7823; magazinestbarbershop.com
NEW YORK CITY
Decatur & Sons
Thorin Decatur, who served in the Marine Corps before trading in his fixed blade for a straight blade, believes the secret to a great shave is heat therapy, which "softens the facial hair and skin" and allows for a nick-free, super-close cut. Ask for the house shave and you'll be treated to heated eucalyptus towels, a warm, minty pre-shave oil, hot shave cream, and a flawless straight-razor finish.
$45 for a shave
75 Ninth Ave.; 646-470-7288; decaturandsons.com
Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop
Outfitted with original 1940s chairs and accessories, vintage Playboy magazines, and cigarette machines, the shop exudes a vibe that's as nostalgic as owner (and horror-movie fan) Todd "Sween" Lahman's signature shave. "We are devout practitioners in the old ways of barbering," he says. That means white coats, hot lather, straight razors, and a fragrant splash of Stephan's Bay Rum aftershave.
$30 for a shave
4639 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-667-9690; sweeneytoddsbarbershopla.com
Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop in Los Angeles.
Most facialists use a steamer to unclog pores, but Skoah co-owner Andrea Scott is bucking that trend. "Steaming is irritating, less effective, and not the best option for many skin types," she says. Instead, impurities are purged from the skin with a two-way exfoliation process: a glycolic-and-malic-acid toner followed by a glycolic mask, which softens pores for easy, painless extractions. A treatment mask and a massage follow.
$85 for a men's facial
641A Tremont St.; 857-350-4930; skoahboston.com
Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts
The celebrity facialist's spa offers some of the most cutting-edge technology in skin care. Ask for an oxygen treatment: You'll get a dose of Somerville's own DermalQuench Liquid Lift, which "combines oxygen, vitamins, and hyaluronic serum under hyperbaric pressure to deliver unparalleled moisture and age-defying results," Somerville says. In other words, say goodbye to fine lines and dryness.
$260 for the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment
8428 Melrose Pl.; 323-655-7546; skinhealthexperts.com
The Spa at the Setai (pictured, top)
The experts at Setai remove dead skin cells with an exfoliating purifying scrub and a fruit-acid peel, then apply a renewing mask and repair serum to target fine lines. Another perk: Facialists use effleurage, or light, gliding strokes often employed in Swedish massages, to promote deep cleansing and concentrate on pressure points to help flush toxins from the skin.
$175 for the REN Facial for Men
2001 Collins Ave.; 305-520-6000; thesetaihotel.com
NEW YORK CITY
Kiehl's Spa 1851
Book the Men's Refueling Facial when skin looks dull or tired: A pro will cleanse and exfoliate via microdermabrasion or a customized peel, perform extractions, and apply a pore-cleansing mask. You won't walk out the door without SPF, either: "It's extremely important that sun protection is used, because peels remove a layer from the skin that takes about 48 hours to restore," says facialist Ana Santos.
$170 for the Men's Refueling Facial
157 E. 64th St.; 888-SPA-1851; kiehls.com
The Gentleman's Facial is the best-kept secret for guys burdened by the drag of a daily shave. Facialists at this Alexandria spa repair razor-sensitive zones with a mud-based mask, then apply a unique raspberry extract that combats redness and brightens dull skin. "Post-facial care is all about keeping the face decongested," says spa director Matthew Punsalan. So before you hit the sack, wash your face again to let skin breathe.
$110 for the Gentleman's Facial
1600 King St.; 703-894-3434; lorienhotelandspa.com