Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique
2457 N. Halsted St.
For:The trend watcher
Why go:At her Lincoln Park locale, Chavie offers the kind of buzzy treatments celebrities like Kim Kardashian get. Take her CryoStem Signature Facial ($225): Chavie uses a serum infused with live stem cells in this Frankenstein-chic experience, which boosts collagen production, hydrates, and minimizes the appearance of pores. Typically, results are visible for about four weeks, since, alas, cells do eventually die off.
Take home:C-Stem Concentrated Anti-Aging Serum, $115
100 E. Walton St.
For:The clean-living purist
Why go:This Gold Coast spa is like a farmers’ market for your skin. Elina Fedotova changes the formulations of her handmade organic products seasonally. For instance, she adds extra emollients and proteins to her preservative- and fragrance-free moisturizers in the winter to boost hydration.
Take home:Dry Complexion Firming Cream, $80
851 W. Randolph St.
For:The DIY type
Why go:Filled with live plants, natural light, and swinging macramé chairs, the Instagram-friendly West Loop shop offers 60-minute appointments at a mask bar ($38). Shoppers learn to whip up concoctions themselves using any combination of locally supplied ingredients, from a range of powders with names like Sea, Matcha, and Charcoal to rotating liquid mixers such as coffee from Dark Matter and honey from Bike a Bee.
Take home:Heavy Face Oil, $34
4809 N. Ravenswood Ave.
For:The tech junkie
Why go:Former chemical engineer Anisa Noor combines scientific processes (i.e., a hyperbaric oxygen mask) with holistic natural products in her Ravenswood studio. The 12-Step Hi-Tech Facial ($225) layers a whopping 10 to 12 separate treatments — including extractions, serum infusions, and LED light therapy — into an hourlong session, which Noor claims leads to permanent improvements in texture and tone.
Take home:Correct & Control Serum, $42
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