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The NEED TO KNOW Summer Tips for flawless & radiant skin

Going into summer 2024, everyone wants the best skincare advice and tips to combat summer heat, prolonged sun exposure, and how to get that glow!  CCSD asks Alexis Jawny, our License Esthetician here at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology. Q: What are your top summer skincare tips?  A:  HYDRATION!  Especially in the summer due to our bodies losing more water from sweating. We need to replenish that water loss by staying hydrated. Best way is to apply a Hyaluronic Acid serum. My favorite is the Alastin HA Immerse because it helps the skin’s ability to naturally increase its own high-molecular hyaluronic acid production. Giving the skin an instant boost of hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.   A: SUNSCREEN!  We must protect our skin from harmful UV rays even on cloudy days. Too much unprotected sun exposure can lead to sunburns, pigmentation, premature aging and potential skin cancer. I always recommend using a mineral based sunscreen because it reflects UVA and UVB rays. Tinted sunscreens are extra beneficial to melasma patients or patients with more hyperpigmentation. The iron oxide helps block visible light and blue light which also contributes to pigmentation forming. I love the Elta MD Elements Tinted SPF. It is an all mineral sunscreen that is tinted to eliminate the white cast most mineral sunscreens leave. A: ANTIOXIDANTS! The sun can cause unstable molecules, called free radicals, to damage cells in your skin. Applying a topical antioxidant can help neutralize the unstable molecule, reducing its capacity to damage the skin. Your skin will have a more even skin tone and summertime glow. I LOVE the Alastin C Radical Defense serum. This Vitamin C uses Sodium Ascorbate which defends against free radical damage and conserves elastin production. The only Vitamin C on the market to do so! Plus, it has a creamy texture that is nonirritating on the skin! Q: What is the best treatment for summer? A:  I highly recommend getting a Diamond Glow Microdermabrasion! It is the perfect summertime treatment because there is zero downtime and no interference with sun exposure. In these hot months it is important to exfoliate, have a deep cleanse and enhance hydration. The Diamond Glow can provide all three of those concerns in one treatment. Your skin will feel soft, plump and hydrated. Perfect before a vacation or wedding! I even like to combine it with a dermaplaning for better product penetration, make-up application and removal of peach fuzz. The treatments complement each other very well! Q: What is the best product to have with you this summer?  A:  My favorite summertime product is the SkinBetter Science Sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact. This sunscreen uses its tone smart technology to match any skin tone and blend well into the skin. I use it has my make-up coverage for the summer. It provides beautiful coverage without feeling heavy or greasy while still being protected from the sun! The compact case makes it very easy to carry around and convenient for reapplication throughout the day! For more information, connect with us for a personalized skincare consultation. Our office is located downtown Chicago, IL on the corner of Grand/State. 515 N State Street, Floor 9 - Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60654 Call 312-245-9965 opt 2 to schedule.  View our very now skincare store located at the office, 

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Day of Beauty Virtual Event 2023

Click HERE for your Day of Beauty virtual event access! Our most popular event of the year, Day of Beauty, is just around the corner! Mark your calendars to join us virtually on October 12 from 12:00 am - 11:55 pm CST to enjoy these event specials: Save 20% on skincare product purchases at using code "DOB23" at checkout! All Day of Beauty orders will receive a free curated skincare sample bundle, and any orders over $500 dollars (after discount) will get a luxury swag bag, while supplies last. Event-only discounts on our most popular esthetic, injectable, cosmetic, and body sculpting services at! Enter for a chance to win FREE cosmetic treatments and skincare products such as Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Alastin, DiamondGlow & more! (event-day purchase needed to be eligible for product raffle. $500+ is necessary to be eligible for winning a treatment raffle.) Virtual all-day event, shop whenever you want on Oct. 12th! 10% of our net event proceeds will go to the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. No registration is necessary, just mark your calendars now so you don't miss out on all the savings this October 12th! Hope to (virtually) see you there!

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Caroline Sheppard’s PA-C AM to PM Skincare Routine

Our PA – C, Caroline Sheppard’s AM to PM Skincare Routine   Everything in her regimen is from Chicago Skin Science. Skincare products that are hand selected by our Board-Certified Dermatologists – Backed by science to guarantee results   AM Regimen   First, Caroline starts with elta MD’s Foaming Facial Cleanser, a gentle enzyme and amino acid blend loosens makeup, oil and other impurities on the skin and in the pores – Safe for the entire family.   Second is Revision Skincare’s C+ Correcting Complex 30%, highest percentage of Vitamin C on the market. C+ Correcting Complex Helps to support the skin’s natural production of Vitamins C and E.   Last, Caroline uses elta MD’s UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46. EltaMD UV Clear is fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic. Hydrates while also shielding you from harmful sun damage.   PM Regimen   After Caroline has cleansed with the elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser, she always begins with the iS Clinical Active Serum which is a botanical retinol made with 100% natural ingredients. This multi-tasking serum improves the appearance of aging, acne-prone and dull complexions.   Next is a moisturizer like, Alastin Skincare Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology helps to restore and maintain skin health for a vibrant, youthful appearance. Last applied is the Alastin Eye Treatment used daily to reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. As needed, Caroline will use RevitaLash for longer lashes.   All of these products are available online at Same-Day Delivery within 10-mile radius and domestic delivery available. Walk-ins and Store Pickup is welcome!

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Dr. Jacob’s AM to PM Skincare Routine

Dr. Carolyn Jacob’s AM to PM Skincare Routine Everything in her regimen is from Chicago Skin Science. Skincare products that are hand selected by our Board-Certified Dermatologists – Backed by science to guarantee results.   AM Regimen First, Dr. Jacob starts with iS Clinical Cleanser, a clear, lightweight cleansing gel is powerful, yet gentle enough for hypersensitive skin. Second, PCA C&E Advanced, an antioxidant that brightens skin, prevents and reduces discoloration, firms and calms skin. Last, One of Dr. Jacob’s holy grail skincare products, Neocutis Journee is a multifunctional day cream that’s a blend of PSP (growth factors), hyaluronic acid, powerful antioxidants AND broad-spectrum SPF 30 to help rejuvenate, hydrate, protect, nourish and revitalize skin’s appearance, all in just one application!   PM Regimen After Dr. Jacob has cleansed with the iS Clinical Cleanser, she always begins with the SkinBetter Science™ Regenerating AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream which provides visible skin rejuvenation with real retinoid efficacy with little to no irritation. To finish, a moisturizer like Alastin Skincare Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology helps to restore and maintain skin health for a vibrant, youthful appearance.   As needed, Dr. Jacob will use UpNeeq to give whiter, wider, brighter eyes. Also, RevitaLash for longer lashes.   Twice a day Dr. Jacob uses the Alastin Eye Treatment and Alastin Neck Complex.   All of these products are available online at Same-Day Delivery within 10-mile radius and domestic delivery available. Walk-ins and Store Pickup is welcome!

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SkinAESTHETICS – All About Vitamin C

SkinAESTHETICS NEWSLETTER  ALL ABOUT VITAMIN C  Written by: Angie Nesci, Licensed Aesthetician   With Spring officially here, many of us will plan to spend more time outdoors, so there is no better time to discuss an essential skincare ingredient that we all should be using daily, vitamin C. I know we have all heard of, used, or seen skincare products containing this legendary ingredient, but what makes it so legendary you ask? Because it works! But how does vitamin C work on the skin? Does it have the same effect on the skin as eating foods rich in vitamin C have on the body?   Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to neutralize free-radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are known to damage healthy cells in our skin and our bodies by causing oxidative stress. When you cut an apple and leave it exposed to oxygen, it turns brown, this is a result of oxidation. The same way it is important for us to consume foods rich in antioxidants to support our body’s immune health, topical antioxidants support our skin in its fight against outside aggressors like UV exposure and chemical pollution.   The easiest way to understand the benefits of vitamin C is that helps keep our bodies and our skin healthy. Daily use of a topical vitamin C has been shown to help fight the signs of premature skin aging, help promote collagen, improve discoloration in the skin, and boost skin radiance.   But are all vitamin C skincare products created equally? Unfortunately, not all products contain a stable form of this wonderful antioxidant. Our skincare experts here at CCSD recommend using serums that contain between 10-30% L-ascorbic acid or THD ascorbate, as these are the most active and purest forms of vitamin C.   So, when is a good time to incorporate a vitamin C serum into your skincare; honestly…yesterday but there is no time like the present to start working towards healthier and more youthful skin.     PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A DAILY VITAMIN C  Revision C+ correcting Complex  Skinceuticals CE Ferulic   Skinbetter Science Alto Advanced Defense Serum   PCA C&E Advanced     Schedule a skincare consultation with our aestheticians to customize a daily regimen with vitamin C that is suitable for your skin type and skin concerns.    These products are available at Chicago Skin Science /   CSS is located at 515 N State Street Suite 900 next door to Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology.   We welcome walk ins, store pickup & domestic delivery. For those within a 10-mile radius – we offer same day delivery.  

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Chicago Skin Science’s Product of the Week 4/10

PCA SKIN REBALANCE MOISTURIZER A nourishing, light moisturizer that hydrates, calms and soothes normal to sensitive skin. Hydrating formula helps keep skin calm and balanced Powerful antioxidant protection Unique, feather-light texture   NOTEABLE INGREDIENTS Borage seed oil - calms the skin.  Evening primrose seed oil - calms the skin.  Vitamin E - a powerful antioxidant that strengthens and protects the skin.  Niacinamide - hydrates the skin.  Price: $57   This product holds true to its statements and calms skin while providing powerful antioxidant protection, this daily moisturizer provides light hydration to keep skin soft and balanced.  Check out the array of PCAskin products available on the Chicago Skin Science website.    Chicago Skin Science is located at 515 N State Street Suite 900 next door to Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology. Open during business hours for store pickup. Domestic shipping & same-day delivery available within a 10-mile radius.  

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Chicago Skin Science’s Product of the Week 4/3/23

Epionce Enriched Firming Mask  A mask that is soothing upon application and quickly absorbed by the skin, the Epionce Enriched Firming Mask is a pleasant end to anyone’s evening skincare routine. Upon waking the user will find skin to appear quenched and smooth without excess product or residue. I have thoroughly enjoyed this product as an addition to the more intensive anti-aging and prescription products in my skincare regimen. Though not scented this mask has a beautiful aroma brought on by its array of botanical oils and extracts giving dry, aged, or treated skin the opportunity to glow. The Enriched Firming Mask is $42 and is available for domestic shipping and store pick up.    Key Benefits  Extra hydration for firmer looking skin  Helps soothe and calm irritating factors  Helps reduce visible redness    How to Use  Evenly apply to clean skin. Leave on for 5-10 minutes then rinse. For additional hydration, do not rinse. For best results, use weekly.  Pro tip… this product behaves beautifully under the Omnilux Mask LED Phototherapy, recommended by Chicago Cosmetics and Dermatology Estheticians.     Key Ingredients:  Meadowfoam Extract (limnantes alba): A very rich source of fatty acids, which is a key component of skin structure and appearance, it’s a natural hydrator to help keep skin feeling moisturized, and improves the appearance of rejuvenated skin.  Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii): A natural source of moisturization for skin, it has a soothing and hydrating effect when applied to dry skin.  Orange Fruit Extract (Citrus aurantium dulcis): In addition to anti-oxidant benefits, it has properties to help improve the visible appearance of unwanted dark spots.  Willow Bark Extract (Salix alba): A botanical source of Salicylic acid, a common ingredient that helps prevent and diminish blemishes.  Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus tinctorius): Rich in fatty acids, which is a key component of the skin, Safflower Seed Oil is naturally hydrating to help maintain moisture in the skin. It is also full of antioxidants and helps calm redness caused by irritation.  Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima): A very rich source of linoleic acid, which is a key component of skin structure and appearance, it is also rich in vitamins, improves hydration and calms the skin.  Lavender Extract (Lavandula angustifolia): A rich source of flavonoids and antioxidants. It has been used in herbal medicine to soothe and calm irritation in the skin.  Date Fruit Extract (Phoenix dactylifera): Used in Chinese herbal medicine, it is also an effective anti-aging ingredient. It contains phytosterols, ursolic acid, and antioxidants which are known to help improve the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.     

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Chicago Skin Science’s Product of the Week 3/27

For The Ultimate Protection and Glow A lightweight, all-mineral, broad-spectrum tinted sunscreen that hydrates and protects skin from harmful UVA/ UVB rays while providing a soft, glowing appearance. This week’s product of the week is Alastin Skincare’s HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36. BENEFITS  Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection SPF 36 with a lightweight all-mineral formulation. Evens and brightens skin with a glowing tint for most skin tones. Powerful antioxidants help protect skin from pollution, IR rays and blue light. Provides long-lasting hydration. Fragrance-free reef-friendly formulation. Water resistant 40 minutes. No white residue. Winner of SHAPE "Best Tinted Moisturizer 2021" Beauty Award.   Enjoy the sunshine and maintain a clear complexion as this product is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic! 🌞 Price: $64   Chicago Skin Science is located at 515 N State Street, the corner of Grand/ State downtown Chicago in River North. Domestic Shipping & Store Pickup available during business hours.

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The Best CSS Skincare For The Summer

Summertime in Chicago means long beach days, weekend trips and relaxing with friends and family at the park. (plus so much more!!) Here are some of our very own Chicago Skin Science products we carry that are perfect for the hot summer days ahead. Whether it’s clogged pores, hyperpigmentation or just sun protection, here are just SOME of the best CSS skincare products for the Summer: First and Foremost – SUNSCREEN! EltaMD Clear SPF 46: A CCSD Staff and Patient favorite!! Formulated with high-purity Niacinamide to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, discoloration, and photo-damaged Skin. Available in Tinted or non-tinted and great for acne-prone skin! EltaMD Daily SPF 40: A sheer SPF with lightweight moisturizers, formulated with hyaluronic acid. Available in Tinted or non-tinted! EltaMD Elements SPF 44: A chemical-free tinted sunscreen, purely physical with a universal tint – one of Dr. Rachel Pritzker’s favorite SPF’s! Congested Skin Be Gone! Cleansers For All Skin Revision Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser: Just one bottle is a 3-month supply! This soap and sulfate free formula also contains unique amino acids that provides a comfortable clean feeling to even the most irritated and dry skin. Because let’s face it, your skin can also get dehydrated too with this sun! EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser: This PH balancing foaming cleanser contains bromelain enzymes to gently exfoliate but not overly strip the skin. Perfect for those wanting a clean feeling without compromising the skin’s moisture barrier. Also available in a travel size perfect for weekend getaways! Get Your Tone On This Summer! Revision Exfoliating Facial Rinse: This bad boy should definitely last the whole summer because it’s a professional-size of 16 fl. oz.! If you’re prone to acne or blocked comedones, this is the toner for you. Containing witch hazel astringent, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid, your summer forecast is looking clear! PCA Skin Nutrient Toner: Need a gentler toner that’s still exfoliating AND smells like a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? Then this toner is for you! Boost your natural brightness with this toner pumpkin wine enzymes. Hydrate Without Feeling Greasy Avene Tolerance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Cream: This gentle moisturizer will restore the skin barrier while not feeling too greasy on the skin. It contains D-Sensinose postbiotic derived from Avène’s famous Thermal Spring Water to help hydrate and keep any skin type feeling comfortable. CSS Revive Moisturize: Don’t forget we carry our very own lightweight day cream! This affordable cream contains hero ingredients like moisturizing ceramides and Vitamins A,C,E to fight free radicals. Summertime Antioxidants Are A Must! Skinbetter Alto Advanced: This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Vitamin C serum! Alto Advanced is a super-potent antioxidant serum that helps shield the skin against the effects of internal and external free radicals. Vitamins C and E, plus 17 additional antioxidants brings a new level of comprehensive defense. Avene A-Oxitive Water Cream: This elegant antioxidant only costs $42 and contains 1.8% ascorbyl glucoside (derivative of Vitamin C) which supports collagen and brightening. It also has Vitamin E for free radical defense, HA hydration, and mother of pearl  luminescence. Roll Back The Clock All Summer Long Neocutis Biogel Firm: We LOVE LOVE LOVE this PSP (processed skincare proteins) powered hydrogel! It’s super lightweight and is great for oily skin. Reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate and tighten all in one product! Neocutis Journee Firm: Dr. Carolyn Jacob‘s holygrail skincare product! This one-and-done anti-aging product contains PSP technology, protecting antioxidants AND an SPF of 30! Just use in the AM and you’re ready to go!

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Product of the Week: Alastin HA Immerse Serum

Designed to immerse your skin with moisture at the surface, this newest groundbreaking product from Alastin Skincare helps amplify the skin’s natural ability to create hyaluronic acid deep within for fuller, more youthful-looking skin over time. Our product of the week, Alastin HA Immerse Serum, not only instantly hydrates the skin, but also contains Octapeptide-45, which aids the skin’s ability to naturally increase its own high-molecular hyaluronic acid production deep within the skin for long-term, skin-plumping, anti-aging, and hydration benefits. This form of HA is the same molecular weight as the HA naturally found deep within your skin. That means it delivers the form of HA that your body needs, helping to promote plumper, more hydrated skin in a natural way. HA IMMERSE SERUM layers seamlessly under makeup and other skincare and is recommended for daily use as well as complementing dermal fillers. What is Hyaluronic Acid? Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the hottest ingredients in skincare right now! It has the power to hydrate, making skin look instantly dewy and plump, while decreasing the appearance of roughness, fine lines, and wrinkles. But what is hyaluronic acid exactly? Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, a substance with the ability to retain moisture, that occurs naturally in the body. Your skin’s natural HA is responsible for volume, moisture, and plumpness. Along with age, external factors like sun damage, smoking, and diet decreases  hyaluronic acid production, causing signs of aging. When used in skincare, hyaluronic acid is considered an extremely powerful hydrator that’s great for all skin types. It acts as a humectant with the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, HA is one of the most effective hydrators out there. What Makes HA Immerse Serum Different? There are dozens of hyaluronic acid serums on the market—but not all hyaluronic acid products are created equal. When comparing HA products you’ll find two central differences: the molecular size of HA used and additionally ingredients the product contains. Alastin HA Immerse Serum is a breakthrough and clinically-proven formula that both immediately hydrates skin at the surface while also increasing the skin’s natural ability to create hyaluronic acid (HA) deep within. For instant hydration, HA Immerse Serum utilizes the most essential form of hyaluronic acid, high-molecular HA, that mimics the HA naturally found in the skin. For deeper hydration, Alastin developed a proprietary peptide, Octapeptide-45, which helps the body’s ability to naturally stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration. Alastin’s HA Immerse Serum includes additional ingredients to further promote skin hydration. Large molecule Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer supports the skin’s ability to retain moisture, while Silver Mushroom Extract provides and encourages additional skin hydration. Hexapeptide-11 helps prevent the production of enzymes that breakdown HA, helping your body’s ability preserve its natural HA.

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Just Added: Heliocare Ultra

Summer is just around the corner! In anticipation of more sunnier days ahead, we just added Heliocare Ultra to our store! Only available from Dermatology offices, Heliocare Ultra helps maintain your skin’s ability to protect itself against the aging effects of free radicals. An antioxidant should be a vital step in your skincare routine, so protect yourself from the inside out! What Are Free Radicals? Free radicals are everywhere. We are exposed to free radicals every day. Alcohol, tobacco, chemicals, and sun radiation are all common ways we are exposed. Antioxidants can help! Fighting free radicals with antioxidants helps replace their missing electrons and disrupts the damaging oxidation chain reaction. How Does Heliocare Ultra Work? But how does a capsule help your skin protect itself? Heliocare Ultra contains a double dose of Fernblock® Polypodium leucotomos extract (compared to regular Heliocare capsules), a clinically proven ingredient that’s derived from nature itself. Found in the wilds of Central and South America, the once aquatic Polypodium leucotomos fern adapted to live on land by creating its own protection from the harsh effects of free radicals in the environment. For centuries, this unique fern has been used to treat many skin-related conditions, promote skin resilience and a youthful appearance! Click here to read a scientific publication on Polypodium leucotomos extract. Start Defending Your Skin! Daily Heliocare use helps protect your skin from the effects of free radicals that can cause wrinkles, discoloration, and other signs of aging! Take 30 minutes before going outside (morning is ideal) IN ADDITION to your topical sunscreen. When prolonged sun exposure is anticipated, take a second capsule 4 hours after the first. Heliocare Ultra is also great for those who are sensitive to the sun due to medications or cosmetic procedures like Tretinoin, laser resurfacing or chemical peels. Heliocare does not replace sunscreen or sun protective clothing, but works in conjunction them! Buy Heliocare Ultra today, online or in our store!

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New Product Alert! Alastin Skincare HA Immerse Serum

What is it? The Alastin Skincare HA Immerse Serum breakthrough formula that delivers instant hydration for smoother, more radiant-looking skin — while helping amplify skin’s Hyaluronic Acid levels over time. Helps instantly boost skin hydration at the surface for smoother, more radiant looking skin. Proprietary Octapeptide-45 helps the skin’s ability to naturally increase its own high-molecular hyaluronic acid production deep within for long-term skin plumping, anti-aging, and hydration benefits. Provides both instant and long-lasting results. Helps to increase natural levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin which works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Elegant, fast-absorbing, lightweight formula layers seamlessly under makeup and other skincare. Recommended for daily use and complements dermal fillers.   What’s in it? Octapeptide-45 – Helps to stimulate HAS2 in fibroblasts, enzyme that stimulates HA production. Encapsulated into a proprietary phospholipid delivery system for increased absorption and activity. Hexapeptide-11 – Helps prevent the production of enzymes that breakdown HA, helping your body’s ability preserve its natural HA. Sodium Hyaluronate Cross polymer – Crosslinked HA that has 50x more water binding capabilities than HA, it works to retain water on the surface of the skin resulting in excellent skin moisturization. Silver Mushroom Extract – Provides and encourages skin hydration. Hydroxy Methoxyphenyl Decanone – Potent intrinsic HA booster that also provides exceptional antioxidant protection. Xylitylglucoside (Zye-li-tal-glue-co-side), Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol – A complex of three natural sugar compounds that enhance the skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid. Who is it for? Anyone that wants a boost in their hydration and wants to increase their natural HA! Purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App. Free to download for iPhone or Android.

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