While judging a book by its cover is sometimes frowned upon, it is often the only way to quickly gauge aesthetic choices or break ties for the Pulitzers. Ensure favorable judgment with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get a choice of any microdermabrasion or chemical peel at Robledo Medical & Wellness Center in Skokie (a $150 value). Some people may achieve optimal results with multiple sessions.
Aesthetic experts at Robledo Medical & Wellness Center do away with dull skin cells to reveal the younger, more radiant complexion beneath. Dubbed the “lunchtime peel” even though it fills mouths with smiles instead of soups and sandwiches, microdermabrasion sloughs off stale surfaces with fine crystals, evening skin tone and smoothing skin texture with little or no downtime. Chemical peels delve more deeply into epidermal arenas, tapping acids produced by fruits and plants to stimulate natural cellular renewal easier than a lemonade-stand food fight. Glycolic 30% treatments gently exfoliate to eliminate sun spots and evidence of aging, whereas the 60% formulation takes a more aggressive approach, banishing blemishes and ingrown hairs along with freckled freeloaders. Other available peels include salicylic 30%, modified Jessner 14%, triplex, and synchronized quadruple salchow.
Chemical-peel clients can return to their standard routine post-treatment, as long as they promise to maintain moisture levels and welcome new skin with regular waves and high-fives. Sensitive skin may experience mild redness that generally disappears within 24 hours.
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Licensed massage therapist John Slipke helps allay aches with neuromuscular therapy, a medical-massage technique that aims to ease muscle pain, bursitis, and injury-related discomfort. At the start of each appointment, Slipke chats with the client to pinpoint probable causes of tenderness, which may include sciatica, plantar fasciitis, or repeatedly watching Old Yeller. He may also identify pain triggers by analyzing the body's posture. Throughout the session, the client shares feedback, noting when pressure alleviates aches and crackling when attached to a guitar amplifier. After the kneading massage, Slipke crafts a custom wellness plan-including a pain-prevention regimen-with the clinic's internist or chiropractor. Robledo Medical & Wellness Center does not offer prenatal massages.