Ortanic Holiday Glow! Plus: FFC Members Get 50% off All Month Long

Offset that little black dress or tuxedo with a shimmery, holiday party-worthy glow – Ortanic will put the finishing touch on your holiday outfit! Plus: FFC Members take 50% Off an Ortanic Tan all month long.

Stop by the Spa at FFC or go online to www.ortanic.com/book-now to schedule and appointment.  Appointment spaces fill quickly!

Surprising Things That Cause Skin Damage

Although you may have known about some of the skin saboteurs on this list, we’re pretty sure there are others you may not have realized can add up to a whole lot of skin damage. We’ve compiled a list of things you should look out for!

Sleeping With Your Makeup On

While sleeping with makeup on is one of those things I am sure we all do once in a while (or even know it might be bad for our skin if we do it all the time) we also don’t think about the effect it has on our skin and what it’s doing to it at night.

Skin mostly repairs itself at night. Therefore, coating your skin with makeup instead of a repairing serum or moisturizer will do nothing but clog pores, which can result in not only breakouts, etc., but possibly even bacterial infections! The residue that stays on your skin can even make you sick.

Keep makeup removing wipes next to your bed just in case you come close to skipping washing your makeup off. Your skin will thank you!

Drinking Coffee

This may come as a disappointment to some of you, but drinking coffee is a major reason for not only dry skin, but wrinkles too! (Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles.) Quench skin by drinking lots of water. Add fruit slices like orange or lemon to enhance the flavor.

Skipping Meals

Thinking about skipping a few meals to keep your waistline smaller? Think again! Skipping meals deprives you of nutrients and essential elements and can actually cause skin to age faster and dry out more quickly. Always try to include vitamin C (Oranges), B3 (peanuts), E (avocados), and vitamin A (Sweet Potatoes) in your meals to add to your skin’s health.

Hot Showers

Who can say no to a long, hot shower? It’s hard. While the occasional steamy shower is great, it actually strips away the outermost layer of the epidermis which can cause scaly, dry skin. If your skin starts to turn red and itch in the shower, it’s a sign it’s time to step out.

Excess Sugar & Salt

Overdoing it on your sugar intake can take a major toll on your skin. When you consume too much sugar, it damages the collagen nestled in your skin (responsible for your skin’s elasticity), which can leave you with sag. Fight your sweet tooth and grab organic fruits like mango and pineapple instead.

Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture out of your skin and leave it dry and dull (and prone to more wrinkles!) Avoid too many salty treats and invest in a hydrating moisturizer.

Try eliminating these items for at least 6 months and see how the overall appearance of your skin has improved! Which of these did you not know about? Which are you most guilty of? Let us know in the comments, or share your skin tips with us on social with the hashtag #FFCChicago! 

Summertime Indoor Activities To Take Outside

The weather is beautiful in Chicago and it looks like summer is here to stay — for now. We’ve gotten used to spending time indoors that it might be a hard time adjusting to the outdoor. The best way to do so is to take some of your favorite activities outside and enjoy the weather! Here are a few indoor activities that would be even better outside! Enjoy…

Movies? We all love to head to the theater for a good movie, but with the beautiful weather you can enjoy a movie even more! Create a personal outdoor movie theater experience by grabbing a few folding chairs and projecting a flick onto the garage door. Chicago also features outdoor movie series during the summer in the park.

Catch a concert or play outdoors instead of visiting a museum or indoor theater. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of outdoor cultural experiences. Find some free performances in public parks or check out a local street fest or art exhibit.

Call a friend outdoors instead of chatting indoors. Head for a bench or grassy spot and phone a friend who is sure to lift your spirits. Or just wear a headset for show and have a heart to heart with yourself.

We all love parties and get togethers with our closest friends and family. Host a rooftop or pool party instead of an indoor get together. There is sunshine…a cool breeze and you don’t have to worry about anyone spilling beer all over your carpet.

The cubicle and home office aren’t the only places with internet access. Use the Wi-fi outdoors instead of working inside. Grab the laptop, sit on a park bench and get some work done in a new environment.

Step outside for a mid day meal instead of eating lunch in front of the computer. There is some evidence that shows chowing down in front of the computer causes overeating, so head to a nearby park bench for some more mindful munching.

Now since you will be spending all this time outside, make sure to use sun screen and schedule your next Ortanic Appointment to make your skin summertime Chi ready.

Beautiful Healthy Summer Hair

We always talk about our skin when it comes to keeping it soft and hydrated…especially throughout the summer months. But what about our hair? The intense sun rays in the summer and the super dry heat and humidity can do some damage to our hair and make it dry, frizzy and unmanageable. It can sometimes even change the color of our hair. There are a few things we can do to help stop that process or even prevent it! Here are some ways to keep your hair soft, shiny and silky throughout the summer months.

Let us start with washing your hair. Most of us don’t need to wash our hair every day and should not. Our scalp produces sebum which moisturizes your scalp naturally and keeps it hydrated. Try to skip a day in between washes and when you do wash your hair, wash your scalp only and then rinse. The shampoo you have on top will make its way down to your ends as you rinse. And that is all you need as shampoo can also be very drying to the hair.

Conditioner would be the next step. Make sure you only put conditioner on the ends of your hair. You can rub just a little on the top of your scalp, but it’s really unnecessary. The oils that our scalp produces keeps the top of our head fully conditioned naturally. That’s why the hair on top of our head is a lot healthier than our ends. Putting conditioner on the top of your head can also make your hair greasy faster..this will ensure that you will not need to wash your hair on a daily basis.

Just how we use masks on our face we also need to use masks on our hair. Try at least once a week. You can purchase one or you can make one yourself. If you purchase one, look for one which has a lot of protein ingredients as well as Keratin to make your hair shiny and strong. Your best bet would be to leave it overnight for best results then shampoo and condition. The results are amazing! Now if you are someone who would like to try to make your own hair mask at home, here is a good protein filled mask that will do wonders for your hair especially if you do it once a week.

½ banana
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 egg whites
blend, apply and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse off. The protein-packed egg whites help strengthen hair..especially the split ends.

Most of us blow dry, straighten and curl our hair. This is all not bad to do as long as you are using a heat protectant before you do so. The heat protectant will seal your hair and protect it from the heat to make sure it doesn’t dry it out and make it frizzy.

Start these steps now to make sure you have beautiful healthy hair before the summer comes! And, of course, come in to get your Ortanic tan. Warm weather is just around the corner.

This Blog is written by Ortanic Coordinator, Kat Maj. The opinions in this post are her own. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

Top Hair Trends For Spring 2015

Spring is here and that means it’s the season of no muss, no fuss hairdos leaving you more time to have fun! Some of this season’s styles are simple enough for just about anyone to do. A wet look, a casual braid or bun, and, most importantly, bed hair are becoming extremely popular this season. You can choose slicked or tousled styles. Either way, styling your hair has never been so easy and stylish at the same time.

Shiny, slicked or wet-looking hair is probably the biggest trend of this season. You might be wondering how you can achieve this look without looking like a complete grease ball! That would be by using the right products, as well as the right amount of them. You can use mousse, gel or hairspray. When using mousse, just use a handful.You can style it straight back or toss it to the side. With gel or hair spray, you can just spray a little on the sides of your hair and slick it to the back. And just like that you are out the door! I told you this was going to be easy breezy.

If hair is not tousled or slicked, you can put in in a low or medium-low messy ponytail. Nothing much to this process but a hairbrush and a hair tie.

Braids, braids, braids… This is one of my favorites! I used to love putting my hair in a french braid when I was younger. Looks like I will have the opportunity to do it again. French braid, side braid, half braid. Anyway you do it you will be making a fashion statement this season! You can always Google some hairstyles to get a better idea of different types of braids.

Enjoy these wonderful and fun ways to style your hair this spring, and don’t forget to come in for your custom airbrush tan! We have some awesome specials on products and packages that you don’t want to miss out on.

Blog written by Ortanic Coordinator, Kat Maj. The opinions in this post are her own. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

Natural Remedies For Spring Allergies

As spring creeps up on us, so do our allergies. Spring is also the time to decide whether you will be fighting those allergies with over-the-counter medications, or if you will opt to take the more natural route… Which I, personally, think is the best and safest way. Some anti-allergy medications can make us feel drowsy and sluggish, and that is definitely not the way we want to greet the sun! Try these remedies once you feel an onset of your allergy symptoms, and continue to enjoy the wonderful weather Chicago spring has to offer!

Probiotics are a great way to lower your allergy symptoms by improving digestion and boosting immunity. You can find probiotics in yogurt and Kefir. Enjoy either of these for breakfast or as a snack throughout the day. You can also find probiotics in fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi (spicy Korean pickled cabbage). If you include any of these into your daily diet, you’ll feel better in no time!

Increasing your Vitamin C intake can also help with the formation of histamines. Your daily recommended intake when sick is 1,000 mg to 2,000 mg a day. A delicious way to get your Vitamin C throughout the day is fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice! Most of FFC’s Fit Cafés are able to freshly squeeze orange or grapefruit juice for you to get your day started on a healthy note.

Fish oils rich in Omega 3 fatty acids act as an anti-inflammatory and help ease allergy symptoms. The DHA in fish and fish oils has been found to be the best preventative option for allergy disorders. You can get fish oil/DHA supplements to take daily or you can enjoy a fish for dinner a few times a week for the same benefits.

The most interesting of all of these to me is that consuming honey produced in your region can gradually make you more immune to the common allergens found there. Thanks, bees! Honey is also known for the soothing effects it has on irritated throats caused by allergies.

Try these great natural remedies and enjoy the spring season! Don’t forget to book your Ortanic tan, since you will start to show more skin within the next few weeks!

Blog written by Ortanic Coordinator, Kat Maj. The opinions in this post are her own. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

Sweet Valentine’s Looks

Sure it’s fun to do makeup and hair on any day… but it can be even more fun to do it on Valentines Day! Whether you have a romantic evening planned, a last minute date, or a night out with friends, here are a few tips on getting the perfect sexy Valentines Day look.

Let’s start with hair. Research on the hottest, sexiest hair trends for Valentine’s Day surprisingly shows that very natural over the shoulder hair is what’s in! Simply wash your hair, apply a volumizing mousse to the roots, flip your head over and blow dry, combing your fingers through it. When your hair is dry mist with a flexible hold hair spray and throw it to one side.

You don’t want to over do it with makeup. Less is more when you want to achieve a romantic look. So what is the key to achieving a rosy glow? Try using a pink blush with a hint of warmth, and of course don’t forget to add a shimmery highlighter just over the cheekbones. For your lips, skip the deep red lipstick and try a lip gloss with an orange tint to give just a hint of color and a little plump to those smackers!

Brown sultry eyes look good on almost all skin tones and eye colors. Whether you choose a deep brown eyeshadow for a dramatic look, or more of a tan hue for a natural glow, you can’t go wrong! Colors in the brown family will match just about any outfit and can be paired with virtually any lip color.

Whether you’re dining out a Alinea or just hanging out at home with your sweetie or besties, try to incorporate a hint red into your outfit. If you think red clashes with your skin or hair, you can always use it in an accessory such as a clutch, jewelry, or shoes. It never hurts to be just a little festive, does it?

Your look, of course, will not be complete without a perfect Ortanic custom airbrush tan! Go ahead and show a little skin and enjoy a great evening out!

Happy February and Happy Valentines Day!
Blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

Fashion and Beauty Trends 2015

2015 is here to deliver lots of new colors and laid back styles. As fashion history will repeat itself, some of these looks we have seen before. That said, I’m happy to say they have a fresh flare! Need a frame of reference? Think retro 70’s – Joni Mitchell Meets Runway Femme Fatale. Here are a just a few of the trends about to hit the stores….and your closet!

Military Green has made its way onto the runway of many fashion designers in the Spring 2015 collection. This look can be achieved easily with cargos and army jacket and there are affordable options at many retailers.

Loose Denim is making its way back into our closets and it’s a good time to try out a wider-leg jean or bell bottom. But don’t throw out those skinny jeans just yet! You can capitalize on another 2015 trend… Bright (But Understated) Bags. Why not pair a Tangerine boho bag with black or dark skinnies and a flowing custard blouse to add a splash of color?

Makeup for 2015 has gone Plum Crazy! Plum can be both subtle and dramatic, depending on how it is applied and what shade you’re using. Lighter shadows in the daytime, with a dark lipstick and / or dark shadow and liner in the evening with a soft lip can make a nice contrast.

Last but not least, natural beauty simplified…Air dried hair! Let your hair dry naturally and add a little frizz taming serum for a tousled, feminine look. You can wear it down with your natural waves and curls or you throw it into loose bun or ponytail for to add a little more drama

It probably goes without saying, but no look is complete without an Ortanic airbrush tan to enhance your natural beauty.

Happy New Year Everyone. Looking forward to seeing you at Ortanic!

Blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

5 Skin Care Tips You Shouldn’t Overlook This Winter

The cold winter days are upon us. I am super excited about the holidays and spending time with my family – but much less so about terribly dry winter skin! I know I am not the only with this problem during this season. We tend to do less to take care of our skin in the winter months – probably because our skin is less exposed. However, remember that it is just as important to take care of your skin in the winter as it is any other season. Here are some tips on just how to do that in the coming months:

Get a Different Moisturizer

You may have found that your favorite moisturizer that works wonders in the summer, spring and fall just isn’t doing the job once the weather conditions change to cold with a chance of freezing! You’ll need to change it up for a few months. Find a moisturizer that is “oil based” rather than “water based” as the oil will create a protective layer on your skin and may help protect it from the harsh cold weather. Try to look for non clogging oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose, and almond oil. Avoid shea oil and any type of butters; those work wonders on the body but will only sit on top of the skin on your face and clog your pores.

Embrace Sunscreen

This may come as a surprise, but sunscreen isn’t just for the summertime. Winter sun combined with snow glare can still cause plenty of damage to your skin. The most important places to apply sunscreen during these cold months are the face, neck, and hands as they are the most exposed during that time. It’s been said that one can tell a person’s real age women in particular) by looking at her neck and hands, so be advised — take care of these delicate spots!

Give Your Hands a Hand

The thinnest skin on our body is on our hands, therefore it needs the most attention during this time. Hands are often exposed to the cold and need to be very well taken care of to avoid dryness and itchiness. Make sure you are moisturizing as much as you can and wear gloves when you are outside; doing both will help keep your hands hydrated and keep your skin from cracking.

Embrace Humidity

Heating systems and space heaters blast really hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers help put moisture back into the air which can help prevent your skin from drying out. Place humidifiers throughout your home to help disperse moisture into the air throughout and combat dryness.

Don’t Forget Your Feet!

How about those feet? Look for lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin to moisturize dry, cracked, and scaly feet. Also, exfoliate the feet the same way you would exfoliate your face; a few times a week. Put moisturizer on immediately afterward while pores are open which will help the oils absorb into the skin.

Last Resort

Lastly, if it comes to the point where your skin is just so extremely dry and itchy, try a soothing and calming oatmeal bath with warm water (not too hot… that can make it worse)
Chicago air may be dry and bitter, but you don’t have to be! Stay moisturized this winter and don’t forget, you can take advantage of a little extra healthy glow with an Ortanic custom airbrush tan. I hope to see you soon!

Blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com for a consultation!

Foods for Healthy Skin

We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” That’s never been more true than it is today. With the chemicals found in and amount of processing of many shelf foods, our bodies’ organs are at risk for crisis. Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it is imperative to keep it as healthy as possible. Remember, you excrete toxins through your skin, so if you put non nutritious foods in your belly, when you sweat they come out only to sit directly on your skin!

Here are some yummy foods that do a great job of protecting skin from premature aging and promoting a healthy glow from the inside out.

Green Tea – Green Tea is filled with the amazing antioxidant EGCG, which provides protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Whether you apply it directly to the skin or drink a nice cup of tea, its antioxidants work to prevent DNA damage and help repair existing damage. Drinking green tea is also hydrating, one of the most important factors for healthy, glowing skin.

Yogurt – Yogurt is a great source for vitamin A, which is very important for maintaining vibrant skin. Vitamin A helps the body produce collagen, which is responsible for your skin’s elasticity.

Salmon – Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. Wild salmon contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin that helps fight wrinkles and sagging.

Kiwi – Kiwi is one of the most potent sources of vitamin C. It is essential for maintaining connective tissue. Kiwi, papaya and guava are all excellent sources of collagen producing vitamin C. Eating one kiwi a day can improve your skin over time.

Dark Chocolate – Surprise! Dark chocolate is actually good for your skin. There is a myth that chocolate causes adolescent acne. Not true! When eaten in moderation, the flavonols in dark chocolate not only protects the heart and blood vessels, but also protects the skin from sun damage. When applied directly to the skin, natural cocoa butter is an excellent emollient that helps preserve the skin’s moisture and elasticity.

It’s never too soon, or too late, to start eating well! Try incorporating a few, or all, of these foods into your diet and see how incredible your skin will look. Then stop into Ortanic and we’ll give your healthy skin a healthy glow!

Blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.