Save Your Skin

Well we’re here — smack dab in the middle of summer. Indeed all the things we love about summer are the very same things our skin hates! A warm, breezy beach day, a dip in the pool, an afternoon at your BFF’s backyard barbecue are oh so much fun, but the sun is wielding its powers all the while, leaving you with damage that may not be seen until it’s too late. Think about following these simple steps to save your skin and still enjoy all of your favorite summertime activities:

Step One: Stay Hydrated
Heat, chlorine and a few martinis can take a toll on our bodies, and it reflects on our skin. Combatting the effects of summer does not need to be an extravagant ordeal. Something as simple as not drinking alcohol for a week and eating a healthy diet will make a tremendous difference to your skin. Make sure you try to stay away from sugars, salts and processed foods. Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and, when drinking alcohol, be sure to enjoy a glass of water between cocktails to help to avoid a hangover. Your body and skin are thirsty, don’t deprive them!

Step two: Exfoliate and Moisturize
Your body has a buildup of dead skin cells from the sun and other outdoor elements. Give it a proper exfoliation for good skin turnover. This is easily done in the shower once or twice a week for both your face and body. For the body, I recommend Hempz Sugar Body Scrub Polish, since it’s gentle, yet effective. It also smells amazing! For the face, I have been using Derma Peel by Rhonda Allison. It’s an enzyme exfoliator and helps with deeper cell penetration for greater cell turnover. Once all those dead skin cells are gone you can nourish your skin with a great moisturizer to unveil the gorgeous skin underneath. We all know there’s nothing like soft, silky smooth skin.

Step Three: Add a Nighttime Anti-Aging Regimen and Get Some Sleep!
Most of us are already using some type of moisturizing serum or face cream post shower. It’s time to switch it up for a month or two… or even for longer than that. Add an anti-aging moisturizer or cream specific for nighttime to your daily regimen. Why? Because when you’re sleeping, your body is working to renew and regenerate itself. Nighttime is the best time to use any type of serums or anti-aging products. After you apply, brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea and get some zzz’s. And make sure you are getting at least six to eight hours of sleep each night. You’re welcome. 😉

Step Four: Protect with SPF
Just because summer is coming to an end in a few weeks, or you already have a tan, does not mean it’s time to put away the SPF. The sun’s rays are just as damaging in the colder seasons as they are in the summer time. Always include an SPF moisturizer in your daily skincare regimen. By taking the time to revitalize your skin now, you’re protecting it from future damage.

Step Five: Get a Custom Airbrush Tan!
The summer will inevitably come to an end, but that doesn’t mean your tan has to! Remember, our Ortanic tans are free of nasty smelling chemicals, and never leave you streaky or orange. So come get an Ortanic custom airbrush tan and keep your summer glow all year long!

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

Intern Tries Airbrush Tan for First Time

5 ortanic-best-custom-airbrush-spray-tan-chicagoFree airbrush tan to “model” for aesthetician trainees? Sign me up!

The color tone was my choice. My options ranged from “vacation tan” to “summer glow.” Being just five days from the 10th anniversary of my 21st birthday, I opted for “birthday tan.” What I got was a glorious, natural bronze that looked like the sun and I hugged just long enough before it got weird.

I had never had an airbrush tan before, so I can’t compare this experience to any inevitably streaky horror stories. But I’ve done the tanning bed thing, and even the rotisserie chicken-on-the-beach thing, neither of which are the safest, or the healthiest, of options.

Ortanic is fantastic if you need a tan in a hurry, without the havoc UV rays can wreak. In the 20 or so minutes between checking in and walking out, you’ll receive a custom blended, natural looking tan that should last five to seven days.

When I walked into the room (that thankfully featured a small space heater), Elizabeth, my Ortanic aesthetician-in-training, talked me through the details. She told me some color options. She talked about the pre-tan buffer, which gets sprayed on rougher, drier areas like feet and ankles, hands and wrists, elbows and knees, and post-tan bronzer (available for purchase when you need to touch up between tans). She also told me not to shower or work out for eight to 10 hours, and asked me to remove my jewelry (which I would also not be able to put back on for eight to 10 hours).

I undressed (you must wear underwear but a top is optional) and stepped into the booth I’ve seen turn people in the movies shades closer to carrot than copper. But no orange spray would be coming out of those holes. Ortanic is done by hand. The booth is, however, equipped with suction to keep the excess spray away from you, so someone with blond hair like mine won’t leave with bronze highlights.

After applying the buffer, Elizabeth started at my feet with her spray gun, which shoots a surprisingly cool mist (thank goodness for the heater!). Since Ortanic is naturally derived, it smelled sweet, not chemically, thanks to its sugary base. She didn’t miss a spot!

Elizabeth and Kat, Ortanic coordinator (who stays in the room with trainees), did mention that I would be darker immediately following my session (thanks to the bronzer), and that my actual tan would darken and set underneath throughout the day.

Once I was totally sprayed, Elizabeth dusted shimmery powder on areas that tend to sweat, including my lower back, décolletage and underarms.

That very day people complimented my tan (most were surprised I had turned about four shades darker overnight), and when I told them it was Ortanic, they immediately mentioned how natural it looked. Two days, a shower and multiple hand washings later, the bronze powder has washed away and I am left with what looks like I just returned from a three-day stint in Mexico.

While I’m sad it won’t last the summer, knowing I have the option to look this “healthy” tan, and it actually is a healthy tan, will keep me coming back for more.

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 (ffc.com/spa).

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!

Vote for Ortanic!

Best of Citysearch is running their annual “Best of” contest. Ortanic Gold Coast is nominated as one of the Best Spray Tan locations in Chicago.

Please click on the link to vote. They ask you to log into Facebook to verify your vote. The Ortanic spray tan vote link is: http://www.citysearch.com/best/chicago/spa-beauty/sunless-tanning.

Please share this with your friends and have them vote for Ortanic!

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!

Salud!

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!