Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spa Facials - Are They Necessary? - My review of the Signature Facial at Leah Chavie Salon in Chicago

When I was a young teen, my mom took me for my first facial. I remember feeling like quite the grown-up lady, as the esthetician at Georgette Klinger tried her best to smooth my teenage skin. It was my first spa experience, and I relished it. I added facials to my imagined adult to-do list - that list that held all the things I would most certainly be doing when I was *finally* an adult.

Well, life happened I hadn't had a facial since.

But finding a good spa with a specialist in facials was on my actual to-do list, so when I received a gift certificate for a spa facial at Leah Chavie Skincare while attending an Everything Healthy TV event, I immediately called up and arranged a late afternoon appointment.

Taking care of my skin is a priority
Leah Chavie Skincare salon is conveniently located in Lincoln Park at 2457 North Halsted. I was easily able to find free street parking. I was welcomed warmly, given a brief consulation, then sent to put on a comfy robe and relax in a softly lit room.

I've been blessed with pretty youthful skin. I have few wrinkles and am often mistaken for younger than my 40 years. I have always taken good care of my skin: I moisturize daily, use a high SPF sunscreen by day and a Vichy intensive night cream. I try to get enough rest, I eat healhily and exercise. I take vitamins. That said, I do have some sun damage from many summers spent entirely outdoors sans sunscreen. I realize that I need to take optimal care of my skin, to repair that sun damage as much as possible and to keep my skin as healthy as it can be. Though many feel that facials are unnecessary, I believe that regular facials help in this quest - not for youth but for healthy skin - after all, it is our biggest organ!

While the menu of services at Leah Chavie Skincare is extensive, I chose the signature facial, which featured a deep cleaning with a focus on balanced the skin, as well as a deep cleanse and focus on extractions. For one hour, I relaxed under a heated blanket while my face was gently cleansed and massaged. It was pure bliss!

Afterwards, my skin glowed. I felt refreshed and relaxed. I've vowed to add a monthly facial to my calendar. In an ideal world, I'd love to have a once a month body mask - Leah Chavie also offers a Thalassotherapy Seaweed body mask that I'd like to try before I slip into my swimsuit for the year.

How about you - what are your must-do beauty routines? Do you indulge in facials, body wraps. massages or other spa services? What is your go-to salon? Please share!
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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a gift certificate to Leah Chavie salon from @EverythingHealthyTV but I was not asked to post a review. All opinions are my own, as always!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review, Amy! And you are an example of how facial and well cared face would look like. I must say that you look pretty young for your age and it's great to know that you only have little lines. From now on, I will make sure to have regular facial care and will follow your routines! :) Thanks for blogging will do visit Leah Chavie on time. - www.sedonabluesage.com