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Five Above-and-Beyond Services to Try Right Now

1 The amino acids and protein in caviar are said to minimize wrinkles and fine lines. Try the caviar facial at Channing's Day Spa (54 E. Oak St.; 312-280-1994, channings.com), $165; or the Perle de Caviar facial, a combination of pearl and caviar proteins, at the Four Seasons Spa (120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-649-2340), $140 for a 50-minute session.

2  The popular ruby facial at the Four Seasons Spa (120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-649-2340) uses the oil from crushed rubies to hydrate the skin. The treatment also includes shiatsu massage on the face, an African foot massage, and a three-layer mask. $225 for 80 minutes.

3  Some of the newfangled barbershops touting old-fashioned services can leave your face irritated and sore; not so at Truefitt & Hill Chicago (900 North Michigan, 6th floor; 312-337-2525), where the hot-lather shave ($55) gently coaxes your beard back into puberty. We also recommend the hand and forearm massage ($30), which can be performed while you're under the barber's blade.

4  You'll walk taller after an active and invigorating session of body enlightening at Exhale Spa (945 N. State St.; 312-753-6500) on the Gold Coast. The therapy—basically assisted yoga with light massage—allows you to stretch longer and more deeply than you could ever achieve on your own. $155 for 60 minutes.

5 Just opened in September, Silken Tent (2300 Chestnut Ave., Glenview; 877-774-5536, thesilkentent.com) is a tranquil retreat for massages and New Age-y treatments such as detoxifying footbaths and cupping. But the service that knocked off our socks was the combination hydrating facial and spa pedicure, performed simultaneously on a massage table with a built-in soaking bowl. $170 for 65 minutes.




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