Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Benefits of Glycolic Peels
Chicago ladies--today's Groupon in a must. For $55 (a $100 value) you can get a Glycolic Peel or Microdermabrasion at Logica Spa in River North. Glycolic peels are the lightest peels you can do, so this is a great start for someone who has never tried them. According to Logica Spa's website....

"Known as a "lunchtime procedure" due to their short duration and rapid recovery time, glycolic peels can be used to remove superficial wrinkles and dry patches of skin, as well as treat sun damage and acne scars. There is no downtime with the gylcolic peel. Some dryness, flakiness and redness should be expected, as the top layer of skin falls away to reveal the smoother, healthier skin beneath."

I've had a few gycolic peels, and I love them! (I know they sound scary, but they aren't--and this is coming from a girl who's passed out getting a flu shot.) The last time I went to get a facial, the very nice esthetician told me she recommended a glycolic peel instead (no extra charge) because my skin was so dry and dead from the winter winds, so a facial wouldn't penetrate. She recommended the gycolic peel and the results were great. (Just keep in mind you won't want to work out later that day.)

Microdermabrasions are also great and are very similar to peels. They will also exfoliate, getting rid of dead skin and with it fine lines, mild scarring, uneven skin tones, dull skin and skin damage.

Good luck and keep looking beautiful!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Keep It Clean!

After a long winter, your skin likely looks a little dull. One of the most important parts of any skincare routine is deeply cleansing your face. Especially in big cities like Chicago, it's important to clean out all the dirt and grime before you hit the sheets.

What many estheticians now recommend is the Clarisonic cleansing brush. (I currently have the Mia design.) As one esthetician told me, you can buy all the expensive creams you want, but if you're just applying them on dead skin, they can't penetrate. That's where Clarisonic comes in. The company boasts that in just 60 seconds, the brush removes 6 times more makeup and 2 times more dirt and oil than cleansing with just your hands. (Often times my brush has the makeup or dirt on it to prove it!) Your skin will feel cleaner and healthier than ever before. If you have sensitive skin like mine, you'll probably need a sensitive or delicate brush. 

The brushes are pricey, usually around $150, but keep in mind companies like the Skin Store, often have deals for 20% off and free shipping. And as I tell people, can you really put a price on your skin?

If you want to try a cheaper version, several friends have bought Oil of Olay's Pro X Cleansing Brush and they rave about it. Those run around $29.99.

Let me know your favorite way to cleanse!

My New Blog

Welcome everyone! As many of you know from my other blog, Bright Lights, Sweaty Armpits, I'm a product junkie. If it promises better skin, I'll try it. If it says it will reduce lines, I'm there. If it guarantees better radiance, you know I'm in. From peels, microdermabrasion, Botox and photofacial laser treatments, I've tried just about everything. This blog will help you find the best bang for your buck and let you know if the expensive treatments and products are worth it. I'll also help you track down the best deals.