Working Out, Not Breaking Out

Does sweating it out at the gym have you feeling like a breakout is impending? You could be right, especially if you don’t take the proper steps to avoid it. Sweating is a sign that your body is doing what it’s meant to do to expel built up toxins which will sit atop the skin. Active people actually produce more dead skin cells than the average person. Those dead skin cells trap oil and dirt and can cause breakouts. Keep up with your workout and still have flawless skin with these simple tips.

Cleanse before AND after. We already know that it is important to cleanse your skin after a workout, but did you know that a cleansing beforehand is just as important? Avoid harsh soaps and try a cleanser formulated to remove oil and sweat without drying out the skin. For example, try Rhonda Allison Beta Green cleanser available at Fitness Formula Club Spas (

Remove makeup. Your skin needs to breath while working out or else it can cause extremely clogged pores. If you can’t bear to be at the gym with a “naked” face, try using a tinted moisturizer instead.

Exfoliate. Make sure you exfoliate gently about every other day if you’re at the gym 5 days a week.

Tie your hair back. Also make sure to keep your hair off your face. This may help avoid potential breakouts. Grease and sweat can accumulate in your hair and your pores may end up drinking it up.

Follow the tips above and watch your skin continue to glow as you move from Vinyasa to Tread to Zumba. Remember your Spin class should be rough, not your skin!

p.s. Reduce the appearance of any skin imperfections with an Ortanic complexion enhancement service or custom airbrush tan and as always, if you can’t tone it, TAN IT! Book now

Peeling Back the Layers

Proper exfoliation is an essential for giving the skin a fresh glow, but more important than just doing it, is doing it correctly. Overdoing it or choosing the wrong method, can really damage your skin.

What exactly is “proper” exfoliation? Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the Stratum Corneum (the outer layer of skin). When you exfoliate you are stimulating new cells to rise from the basal layer to the surface. There are several types of exfoliants: Physical, Enzyme and Chemical. Physical exfoliation is done with mechanical brushes or dry brushing, exfoliating scrubs, and microdermabrasion. Enzyme exfoliants can be found in fruits and vegetables like pumpkin, papaya, avocado, lemon,orange, grapefruit, and many more. This is a gentle way to exfoliate and is recommended for first time use. These enzymes can be found in cleansers, masks and peels. Lastly, chemical exfoliation is performed using a beta- or alpha-hydroxy acid. These acids help to dissolve oils in the pores and loosen the bond between the cells to assist in cell turnover.

My skin looks fine to me, so why do I need this? Well, of course you look great….but sometimes its the things we can’t see now, that come back to haunt us later….things that are out of our control like pollution, age, diet, and weather. All of these and more may affect your skin’s ability exfoliate naturally. Particularly as we age, our cell turnover gets sluggish and exfoliating regularly, can give us the extra help we need to get things moving. Among other benefits, skin exfoliation removes impurities from pores, lightens and brightens the skin, evens skin texture, and maximizes the results of other products, like moisturizer, by allowing them penetrate the skin more deeply.

How often should I exfoliate? Depending on your skin type, you may exfoliate up to three times per week. In particular, if you have combination, oily or acne prone skin this is very important.
Also, if you have dry skin, three times per week can be super beneficial and provide you a smoother, glowing surface. If your skin is sensitive, only exfoliate once per week using a mild exfoliant to avoid broken capillaries and irritation. Remember, exfoliation is not only for your face, it is beneficial for the entire body! It will help with overall skin hydration and give you the smoothness you want.

When using professional exfoliating methods you can target and treat melasma,acne, fine lines, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation and scarring.

Questions? Stop in and for a free consultation with one of our estheticians and see which exfoliation technique might be best for you. Consider scheduling a brightening facial to which uses a wonderful Rhonda Allison Brightening Scrub and is a great jump starter to your skin care regimen. For your body, try HEMPZ Sugar Body Scrub also avail

Sunscreen in the Winter? But of course!

The need for sunscreen is not predicated on warm temperatures and the increased desire for Pina Coladas! Even when the sun’s rays seem moderate, sunscreen is imperative for ensuring your skin is protected from overexposure.

The intensity of the sun does not have a direct correlation to your level of sun exposure. There are two primary types of sun rays: UVA, which causes premature aging and UVB, which causes sunburns. The intensity of each varies from summer to winter. UVA rays are the same during the summer as they are in the winter or at any time of the day. UVA do not cause sunburn, but they but penetrates deeper into your skin resulting in the skin damage associated with aging or skin cancer. UVB rays typically burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with peak hours between the late morning and late afternoon. Sunburned skin doesn’t just cause discomfort; over time it can cause serious, permanent damage.

Wear protective clothing including hats, and gloves throughout the winter and be sure to use sunscreen on those areas to may be exposed while outdoors. We like Daytime Defense SPF 30 by Rhonda Allison which uses Zinc Oxide as a natural sun barrier (available at the Spa at Fitness Formula Clubs) and provides long lasting moisture.

Don’t Let Sunburn Ruin Your Event!

I have earned the hard way (again) that too much time in the sun equals sunburn and unsightly peeling!  Ugh. This weekend I’ll be attending a party for my brother in law’s 30th birthday and will now have to re-think my outfit since my legs, chest, and arms are peeling after my old fashion scorching on my recent beach vacation. Had I been wiser and spent more time in the shade sipping a cocktail and gotten an awesome custom airbrush tan when I returned home, my color would be perfect right now instead of uneven!
This month you can do a body polish to even out our skin beforehand for just $29 and get a deluxe tan for an additional $6.  This is one of those times where I tell you, “do as I say, not as I did”.  Get in for an Ortanic Tan today and don’t risk sunburn!

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Look Your Best Memorial Day Weekend

While summer does not officially begin until June 21st, the season always kicks off with a great Memorial Day weekend celebration! With the warm weather we have been having recently, we have already launched into tank-tops, flip-flops and shorts season! Don’t get caught with milky-white legs and colorless toenails! Think about getting an Ortanic tan and a maybe a pedicure at Fitness Formula Clubs at Union Station or West Loop to show off your assets! Tweet about your visit and receive 10% off your service all month long!

With so many happenings around the city, what will you do this weekend to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season – maybe a rooftop gathering, baseball game, the beach or a barbecue? Whatever you decide, make it a safe, fun and memorable holiday!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s just around the corner on Sunday….What will you do this weekend to celebrate? What will you wear?! There’s no shortage of places to celebrate this festive Mexican holiday, whether you have a taste for margaritas or cervezas, or want to enjoy the culture or a fiesta. No plans yet? Try one of these:

For authentic and chill, go to Zocalo on Friday, May 3 – 5, located at 358 W. Ontario Street (312-302-9977). For a festive and lively atmosphere, check out Drinko de Mayo on Friday, May 3 after 5:00pm, Howl at the Moon located at 26 W. Hubbard Street (312-863-7427). Looking for more swanky surroundings? How about Cinco de Mayo at Hub 51 on Saturday, May 4 (after 11:00am) – May 5, located at 51 W. Hubbard Street (312-828-0051).

Before you go out, stop at Pitaya for a cute new spring outfit! Pitaya is located at 1463 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Whatever you do this weekend, make sure you have an amazing Ortanic custom airbrush tan to complete your look!


Limited Time Offer!

It’s not too late to get a great looking tan for your weekend or special event.  Join us at any of our Ortanic locations between now and April 30th, and get your custom airbrush tan for just $40!  At Ortanic we create a custom formula to perfectly match the color you’re looking for, so you’ll never be orange or looking like leather!  Tan the healthy way.  Locations with free parking at Gold Coast, West Loop, and Lincoln Park. Book online now!

Say Goodbye to Winter and Hello to Spring!

It’s time to say goodbye to pasty-white winter skin and hello to a colorful, renewed you!
In spring, our wardrobe brightens, our coats get lighter, the days get longer, and we start to feel that hope and joy that seems to just emanate from everything that grows and everyone we meet. Of course before the May flowers blossom, there are those April showers….yes, we said it…rain. Not just any rain, but Chicago rain. The good news is that despite the gloomy, dank days already gone by and those yet ahead; you can get a spring-like glow, indoors –with an Ortanic tan. Just enough color to remind you that summer is right around the corner. Who doesn’t feel better with a little of that sun-kissed look when they glance in the mirror?

A little hint of color will have your friends wondering why you’re smiling so much, what secret you’re keeping, what you know that they don’t know. They won’t be able to put their finger on it; they’ll just see “something different,” that je ne sais quoi. You know what we mean.