Entries by Ortanic

Your Wedding Tan: For Better or For Worse

You’ve planned every last detail, from the guest list and the favors to the appetizers and music playlist, right down to the font on the place cards. You spent hours trying on dresses until you picked the perfect one; even your future MIL approves. Now think about slipping into that dress on your big day, […]

4 Reasons You Should Tan BEFORE Your Vacation

Even if you enjoy the Midwest winters, I’m sure we could all use a little getaway the last month of the season, right? If you close your eyes, you can feel the warm sun on your face, hear the waves crashing on the beach and taste that frozen margarita on your tongue. You’re also probably picturing […]

Why You Should Tan During Winter

Sub-zero temperatures, snow, and ice don’t immediately come to mind when one thinks of a “sun-kissed glow” although, arguably “skier’s tan” is a real thing… but not likely the look most are going for. During the winter, much of our skin remains covered up under ponchos, turtlenecks, and assorted North Face accessories. So why, you […]

Why You Should Be Dry Brushing Daily

We’ll admit there are some daily rituals and spa services that seem quite indulgent, eccentric and over-the-top, if not completely unnecessary. Dry brushing is NOT one of those! Dry brushing is an ancient practice in cultures on at least four continents, who have been employing it with slight variations for centuries. Nowadays, it’s all the […]

February Events in Chicago We Think You’ll Like

Hey friends! Brrrrrr it sure is cold out there and the groundhog says there will be six extra weeks of winter this year. The cold weather may have you hibernating but you know, you can’t stay inside forever! Valentine’s Day is on its way, and there are plenty of ways to commemorate the holiday whether you […]

Using Essential Oils for Healthier Skin Part 2 – The Recipes

  As you read in Essential Oils Part I, essential oils such as frankincense, tea tree, and rosehip have been used for centuries all around the world to heal the skin. There are thousands of recipes that people from east to west rely on to care for their unique skin types and specific skin conditions. […]

How To Use Essential Oils For Healthier Skin

You may be thinking, “Wait, I thought oily skin was bad!” Yes, oily skin can be problematic; however, using essential oils for skin conditions has been shown to have amazing effects on the health of your skin as well as providing anti-aging benefits. First, let’s talk about what essential oils are. Essential oils are pure […]

Mid-Summer Days & Nights: How To Incorporate Summer Color Trends

Earlier this spring, fashion-devotees watched the runways in Paris to see what colors would dominate this year’s spring and summer collections. Would this summer be ruled by bold, bright hues? Colorful designs inspired by photography? As we soon discovered, this summer took on a much lighter, fresher, nature-inspired palette that ranges from soft rosy hues […]

Skin SOS: Hyperpigmentation? Freckles? Dark Spots? We Can Help!

As a young girl, I admittedly envied the dusting of freckles across my friends’ noses and cheeks. I remember how cute their freckles were and to me (whose skin is olive-based and plain in comparison), I often wished I had freckles like “Little Orphan Annie.” Today I know better. Fast-forward 30 years and as an […]

How to Heal and Camouflage a Sunburn

FFC Gold Coast Esthetician Shawn Flemming shares a few tips on how to properly (and quickly!) heal and camouflage a sunburn, just in time for beach season! At one time or another, we’ve all experienced a sunburn- whether it’s because we stayed out too long in the sun, forgot to wear sunblock or thought that we […]