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Calming Facial for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin

Kelly Cison | October 18, 2012 | 1:49 PM
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Hair and make-up: Rachel Reiman
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1. Remove eye make-up and lipstick with Makeup Dissolver.
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2. Pre-cleanse skin with Makeup Dissolver. Remove with cool water. Do a second cleansing with Bioelements Sensitive Skin Cleanser or Decongestant Cleanser.
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3. Remove with cool water; spritz with Equalizer.
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4. Apply a small amount of Lip Buff to clean, dry lips with finger. Massage gently for 1 minute. Press damp gauze over lips to liquefy sugar crystals, then remove excess.
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5. Blend 1 white scoop EnzymeTherapy mixed with 1 white scoop Emergency Soothing Powder and 17 pumps Softening Gel. Apply to face and neck. Steam for 4-5 minutes.
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6. Remove EnzymeTherapy. Perform extractions (if necessary). Blot with Active Astringent or Seawater Catalyst.
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7. Massage with three pumps Hazelnut Oil using gentle effleurage movements for 10 minutes, or massage for 6-8 minutes with Sebum Control Massage Treatment.
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8. Remove product; spritz with Equalizer.
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9. Blend a serum of 8 pumps Softening Gel, 2 drops Soothing Concentrate and 2 drops Capillary Antidote. Apply evenly over face.
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10. Directly over the Power Treatment, apply GelTherapy, CremeTherapy, or Restorative Clay. Leave on for 10 minutes.
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11. Gently remove mask; spritz with Equalizer pre-blended with Calm Down Booster.
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12. Apply appropriate Bioelements Specific, then Bioelements Moisturizer or Sun Protector. Apply Complexion Color Tinted Treatments to lip and eye area (optional).
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A hip city spa helps soothe and protect skin irritated by overexposure and daily stress.

 Calming Facial for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin

Photography: Brian Warling
Hair and make-up: Rachel Reiman

The Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park has it all—artsy coffee shops, trendy eateries and funky boutiques. As of last fall, it also has a spa that encompasses all of the style the area has to offer: Call it skin care with flair. Spa Soak, co-owned by estheticians Jennifer Olson and Emily Eisenberg, fits right into the mostly-independent retailers that line the streets, and caters to a 30-something crowd with bread-and-butter basics like facials and massage. Housed in a brick building that was originally a leather factory, the wide-plank hardwood floors, huge windows and high ceilings create an authentic ambience that appeals to both men and women.

“Couples treatments are also very big for us,” says Olson. The spa is open seven days a week to accommodate their clients, but is still booked full on the weekends.

Perhaps its newfound popularity has to do with the targeted treatments they offer, which bring about real results. One new service at the spa is the Bioelements Calming Facial for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin, designed to address irritation, dehydration and blotchiness due to a variety of conditions, including skin stressed from environmental pollution or daily city living. That means Wicker Park residents really can have it all—an urban attitude and fresh, glowing skin.


Calming Facial for Rosacea and Sensitive SkinTherapist: Jennifer Olson
Salon: Spa Soak, Chicago, Illinois
Products: Bioelements
Snapshot: To deep-pore/deep-tissue cleanse, soothe and calm skin.
Contraindications: none
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $140

Recommended Home Care:

Daily: Bioelements Sensitive Skin Cleanser, Bioelements Stress Solution to protect and soothe
1-3 times a week: Bioelements Gel Therapy 10-minute hydrating mask

In the Red

 Calming Facial for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin

While there is no known cure for rosacea, symptoms including redness, visible blood vessels and bumps or pimples on the face can be controlled through treatment.

  • 14 million Americans have rosacea
  • 70 percent of rosacea patients say the condition has affected their confidence and self-esteem
  • 41 percent report missing public or social events because of rosacea
  • 30 percent have missed work courtesy of the National Rosacea Society



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