Beauty School: Five Facials Under $50

Short, sweet treatments we love
Fabu Face Spa
Photograph by Caroline Kilgore

Rejuvenate Spa’s Minifacial, $20 (Wednesdays only, cash only) The spa caters to Downtown workers on the go, and on hump-day you can snag this treatment (normally $50) for a song. It includes a cleanse, steam, exfoliation, a mask, and hydration with all-organic products. The esthetician even taught our tester how to make similar concoctions at home. 303 Peachtree Center Avenue, Suite AL-112, 404-577-4877,

Float Spa’s Minifacial, $35 ($21 for members) This tidy, earthy spot in Inman Park bills itself as “the affordable spa experience.” The minifacial saw us cleansed, exfoliated, masked, and moisturized with products by local line Silky Smooth Urban Oasis, and we emerged softer, cleaner, and—in a welcome twist—fit for public appearance. 240 North Highland Avenue, Suite F, 404-228-4423,

Fabu Face Spa’s Men’s Fitness Facial, $45
Inside a cozy, pale blue treatment room, our tester received a daily cleanser from the Jack Black product line, a papaya- and pumpkin-enzyme exfoliating mask of Fabu’s own invention, a carrot vitamin mask, herbal toner, and Jack Black SPF 20 moisturizer—plus plenty of hot towels and gentle massages. Bliss. 335 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite E, Decatur, 404-377-6363,

Jazmin Spa’s Hydra Flash Facial, $45 The regimen features a precleanse, cleanse, exfoliation, and colloidal mask using only Dermalogica products. By the end we felt so warm and tingly we didn’t want to move. The best endorsement? Getting an unsolicited compliment on our complexion later in the day. Three intown locations, including 506 Moreland Avenue, Suite B, 404-521-3002,

Invigo Spa’s Minifacial, $45
(15 percent discount for members) Our experience consisted of a cleanse, enzyme peeling cream, a high-frequency wand to zap bacteria, and a gel mask, plus intermittent hand, shoulder, and head massages. We loved the crisp, citrusy scent of the Pevonia Botanica skin care line as well as the smooth morning-after results. 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 125, Marietta, 678-905-7377,