As the weather shifts, it's time to refresh and rejuvenate our skin as we prepare for colder, harsher winter weather. Here are three options blending science and nature to get your skin in tip-top shape at Chicago's best spas and beauty boutiques.
Chicago's first green beauty boutique is also the city's only vegan and organic apothecary spa. Lena Rose in Ravenswood is owned by momtrepreneur Jenny Duranski, who firmly believes that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.
Botanically-based facials here are entirely customized to your skin needs and the farm-to-facial approach means you'll enjoy fresh fall ingredients including cinnamon, chai, pumpkin, ginger and apple. Duranski recommends hydrating with toner and hydrosols throughout the day to plump skin and she recommends applying body oil after a shower. “Don't forget about the rest of your body in the fall and winter months,” she says. “A lightweight body oil like olive or avocado oil glides ever so gently onto skin to deliver essential fatty acids while wrapping your body in moisture.” $110 for a 60-minute custom apothecary facial, 4668 N Manor Ave, 872-806-2552
The Waldorf Astoria Chicago is the only hotel spa in Chicago to offer the SilkPeel, a high-tech exfoliation that leaves your skin feeling like silk. This is as intense as non-invasive treatments come, so results are immediate. Your face will be instantly brighter, and the glowy complexion just continues to improve over the next few days.
For autumn, the SilkPeel facial includes a pumpkin enzyme mask, which helps to even skin tone and protect and nourish the skin. The buzzing machine doesn't make for the most relaxing facial experience, but the results are worth it. You can always zen out in the Waldorf Spa afterwards. When you book a facial, you have access to all spa amenities for the day, including the serene indoor lap pool, Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, sauna and fitness center. $180 for 30-minute treatment, $280 for 60-minute treatment, 11 E Walton St, 312-646-1300, 312-646-1310
The quick and painless Light & Laser facials at Skin Laundry are an easy and affordable solution to keep skin looking young. Skin Laundry opened its first location in Santa Monica in 2013 and just arrived in Chicago this June, opening its first Midwest location inside Ulta at the new Ulta Beauty on Michigan Avenue. That means you can earn Ulta rewards for booking appointments too.
The two-steps facial begins with a gentle laser to vaporize dirt and debris and then IPL helps fade blemishes and scars for smoother, brighter skin. The laser feels like a light tickle and the light is gently warming. For problem skin, five facials per month are recommended to start, working your way to bi-monthly treatments for maintenance. First facial is free, $65 thereafter with package options, 430 N Michigan Ave, 312-527-9045