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New Product Alert! Alastin Skincare HA Immerse Serum

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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An Esthetician’s Point of View with Nicki Loizzi, Licensed Esthetician


From our Licensed Esthetician, Nicki Loizzi – Favorite Exfoliating Skincare Product

I am fortunate to work at such an incredible practice that takes skin health so seriously, which is why I am always excited to walk my patients out to the checkout counter located in our very own store, here at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, called Chicago Skin Science. We carry the biggest selection of skincare I’ve ever seen at a practice because we know that each patient’s skin needs, as well as the budgets, can vary.  

I make sure that at the beginning of every appointment I ask what my patient is currently using at home and if they feel like it’s working. After carefully listening to what they are currently doing and their level of satisfaction with what they already have, it is my job to be a “skinvestigator” (as I call myself), to see what they are missing from their routine so that I can suggest products to help their concerns and/or assure that the products they have already invested in are working to their full potential. There truly is no point investing in expensive serums and moisturizers if one is not exfoliating your skin properly because the skincare products are essentially just sitting on top of the skin instead of penetrating deep into the dermis. 
I’ve noticed a common trend in what the majority of patients are lacking- an exfoliating step to their skincare regimen (and no, a scrub with beads in it will not suffice), which is why I am so happy we carry our own CCSD Reverse Peel Pads which are 15% glycolic acid and come in a convenient pack of 60. I recommend patients start incorporating these easy-to-use, inexpensive (about $42) pads every other night after they cleanse their skin and prior to putting on serums/moisturizers/night creams for a variety of reasons since glycolic acid…
  • Helps prevent acne
  • Slows down the aging process 
  • Treats hyperpigmentation
  • Aids in reducing the appearance of scars
  • Improves the overall appearance of skin
“Glycolic acid has a small molecular structure, giving it the ability to travel deep into the layers of the skin. Once there, the acid dissolves excess sebum and dead skin cells, revealing smoother, brighter, and younger-looking skin.”

Call or text our office at 312-245-9965, to book your consultation with me so I can help further educate you on what we offer! We can take a deep dive into how we can help assist you in your skincare needs and overall skin health goals!

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New Product Alert! PCASkin Overnight Lip Mask

The PCASkin Overnight Lip Mask is on the CSS shelves and ready for purchase! A great stocking stuffer for anyone in your life!

What does it do?

  • Hydrates and nourishes lips while helping retain moisture
  • Fights visible signs of aging and minimizes the appearance of lip lines
  • Soothes and conditions chapped, tight lips and reduces flakiness
  • Helps skin maximize its overall natural overnight rhythm of repair and protection

What’s in it?

  • Hydrates and nourishes lips while helping retain moisture
  • Fights visible signs of aging and minimizes the appearance of lip lines*
  • Soothes and conditions chapped, tight lips and reduces flakiness
  • Helps skin maximize its overall natural overnight rhythm of repair and protection

How do you use it?

Apply nightly to the lips.  Can be used every night.   Great to pair with filler to help relieve post injection dryness!

Who is it good for?

Anyone and everyone who wants supple, soft, hydrated lips!

Purchase yours in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App! Available for download on the Google Play Store or App Store.

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New Product Alert: Alastin SilkSHIELD All-Mineral Sunscreen

Alastin SilkSHIELD All-Mineral Sunscreen

The Alastin SilkSHIELD All-Mineral Sunscreen is:

  • Lightweight, fast-absorbing, broad-spectrum sunscreen that blends in sheer.
  • Hydrating, non-irritating formula helps to improve and repair the skin’s barrier function.
  • Provides protection from UVA/UVB, IR rays, pollution, and blue light.
  • Formulated for use following a cosmetic treatment and generally sensitive skin.
  • Non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, and oil-free.
  • Supports the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen.
  • It’s a great anti-aging, moisturizing SPF all in one!

How to use it:

Apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure, alone or under make-up, as needed. Reapply after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours. Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor.

What’s in it?

  • Zinc Oxide – 19.95%
  • TriHex Technology® – Works with the skin to help clear out damaged elastin and collagen and support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Supports the skin’s natural barrier function and repair
  • Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone – Highly effective hyaluronic acid booster, antioxidant, and anti-irritant
  • Ectoin – Helps provide protection from blue light and can repair existing sun damage within the skin
  • Phytoene/Phytofluene – Powerful antioxidants to help further protect the skin

Purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App!

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What it does:
The CSS Lip Plump with SPF 30 is multi-functional lip treatment that helps to restore hydration and youthful volume.  A proprietary complex of stimulating ingredients draw beautiful, natural color.  Immediately lips appear more plump and rosy, with lasting benefits to lip hydration and overall health.

  • Broad spectrum SPF 30 protects from UVA/UVB and free radical damage to promote long term lip health
  • Multiple weights of Hyaluronic Acid draw and seal in moisture
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 supports healthy collagen production
  • Oil, Paraben, gluten and fragrance free
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
Key Ingredients:
  • Homosalate 15%
  • Octinoxate 7.5%
  • Octisalate 5%
  • Avobenzone 3%
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Willow Bark
  • Spearmint Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
How to use:
For best results use 2-4x daily.  Visible volume and natural color typically lasts 1-2 hours.

Purchase in-store, online or through our CSS App! Available for download on the App Store or Google Play Store.

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ASPIRE Rewards Is Now Even More Rewarding!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership between ASPIRE Galderma Rewards and Alastin Skincare which means Aspire members can receive more benefits than ever before! You can now earn Aspire points with a qualifying ALASTIN Skincare® product purchase at our Chicago Skin Science store! Achieving your skin goals has never been easier — or more rewarding.

$200-$299 of Alastin products bought in one transaction earns you 100 Aspire points (which equals $10), $300-$399 gets 300 points ($30) and $400+ earns 500 points ($50). Aspire points can be redeemed for discounts on future Galderma treatments at CCSD like Dysport, Restylane, Sculptra and more! Sign up for ASPIRE Galderma Rewards for FREE and download the app today.

*Offer terms and conditions apply. For details, see ASPIRE Galderma Rewards Consumer Loyalty Program Terms and Conditions here:

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Here comes the sun! Get your glow on with these summer safe sunscreens

Chicago Skin Science sunscreens

Here comes the sun! Get your glow on with these summer safe sunscreens

The first rule of a sun-safe summer is to always wear your sunscreen. We offer an impressive SPF lineup for every age, budget, skin type and tone! Listed below are some of our most popular sunscreens with patients and staff alike. You can shop in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App – available on the Google Play store or Apple App store.

  • Perfect For On-The-Go Protection
      • Chicago Skin Science Protect Powder – Mattifying oil control powder sunscreen with skin perfecting touch of color. Protects against visible signs of aging with potent antioxidants and easy to reapply SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection.
      • Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder Brush – A powdered sunscreen with a hint of color that’s easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Contains 24% Zinc oxide for a physical SPF 50 protection that’s water resistant 80 minutes. (Available in Fair, Medium, Tan, & Deep)
  • Tinted Sunscreens
      • Chicago Skin Science Protect Physical Defense – Matte physical sunscreen cream with antioxidants, SPF 50 UVA/UVB Protection, elegant universal tint. 
      • Alastin Hydratint Pro Mineral – A lightweight universally tinted physical SPF 36 broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s also rich in antioxidants. Water resistant up to 40 minutes, paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free. 
      • Neocutis Journee – An all-in-one day cream that combines PSP technology with antioxidants and SPF 30 broad-spectrum sun protection. This is one of Dr. Jacob’s holy grail skincare products!
      • Revision Intellishade TruPhysical – 5-in-1 sunscreen that corrects, protects, conceals, brightens and hydrates skin! This anti-aging, tinted sunscreen moisturizer contains 100% mineral SPF 45 broad-spectrum protection.
      • Elta UV Elements SPF 44 – Chemical-free, tinted sunscreen in a 100% physical moisturizing base. Gentle for even the most sensitive skin types, including post-procedure. Contains a universal tint and water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  • Facial (non-tinted) Sunscreens
      • EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 – A sheer, lightweight yet moisturizing sunscreen specifically formulated with hyaluronic acid.
      • EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 – Formulated with high-purity Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, discoloration, and photo-damaged skin.
      • EltaMD UV Replenish SPF 44 – Hyaluronic acid rich sunscreen offering SPF 44 broad-spectrum protection. Non-chemical, non-tinted, oil-free and water resistant for up to 40 minutes. 
  • Body Sunscreens
      • EltaMD UV Lotion Body SPF 30 – A moisturizing sunscreen for the entire body. Transparent zinc oxide offers SPF 30 protection and is suitable for all skin types. 
      • EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50 – Specially formulated for active lifestyles. Contains beeswax for extra water resistance and anti-sweat technology. 
      • EltaMD Aero SPF 45 – Great for all skin types, full-body, continuous spray (even upside down)! Water resistant (80 minutes) SPF 45 sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. 
      • EltaMD PURE SPF 47 – Physical sunscreen that’s great for children and sensitive skin types. CHEMICAL FREE, untinted, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Sunscreen Sticks
    • SkinBetter Science sunbetter SHEER SPF 56 – A truly transparent layer of broad-spectrum protection regardless of skin type and tone. Easy to apply  stick sunscreen and water resistant for 80 minutes. 
    • Cerave SPF 50 – Broad-spectrum sunscreen stick that’s lightweight and oil-free. Contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
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Skincare Price Increase – April 1st, 2021

Updated Skincare Pricing For 2022

Due to updated pricing per our suppliers, beginning April 1st EltaMD Skincare and SkinCeuticals will be raising their prices on some of their products that we sell in our store. Be sure to stock up today! You can purchase in-store, online or through the Chicago Skin Science app available on the Apple and Google Play stores. Below are the expected price increases, if you have any questions please feel free to call us at 312-245-9965 option 4 to reach our helpful store associates and we will be happy to assist you!

Product Current Price April 2021 Price Amount Increase
UV Aero SPF 45 $33.50 $34.50 $1.00
UV Clear SPF 46 $36.00 $37.00 $1.00
UV Clear Tinted SPF 46 $38.00 $39.00 $1.00
UV Daily SPF 40 $29.50 $30.50 $1.00
UV Daily Tinted SPF 40 $31.50 $32.50 $1.00
UV Elements SPF 44 $35.50 $36.50 $1.00
UV Lip Balm SPF 36 $11.00 $11.50 $0.50
UV Lotion SPF 30 $36.00 $37.50 $1.50
UV Pure SPF 47 $26.50 $27.50 $1.00
UV Replenish SPF 44 $33.50 $34.50 $1.00
UV Sport SPF 50 $25.50 $26.00 $0.50
Foaming Facial Cleanser $27.50 $28.00 $0.50
Traven Foaming Facial Cleanser $11.00 $11.50 $0.50
Moisture Rich Body Creme $28.00 $29.00 $1.00
So Silky Hand Cream $20.00 $21.00   $1.00
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The Best Moisturizers For Hands Dry From Coronavirus Handwashing

The Best Moisturizers For Hands Dry From Coronavirus Handwashing

If you’ve been keeping up with the CDC’s recommendations for protecting yourself from the COVID-19 virus (we hope you are), you’re probably feeling the effects of washing your hands for 20 seconds several times a day. Here are some of the best products from Chicago Skin Science that will save your hands from the toll of constant cleaning. Our providers also suggest that you use warm, not hot, water to avoid stripping your skin barrier of even more of natural oils. Try to choose a soap that is moisturizing and fragrance free. Finish with one of the following moisturizers immediately after hand washing to lock in hydration!


There’s very few skin issues that a little Aquaphor can’t handle! It’s an affordable option that’s perfect for on-the-go use.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment – $12.96

  • Great for dry, cracked, irritated skin
  • Helps restore smooth, healthy skin


Perfect for the whole family, Avene Xeracalm Balm restores dry hands that are prone to eczema.

Avene Xeracalm Balm – $33

  • Ideal for redness, itchy, eczema prone skin
  • Approved by the National Eczema Association
  • Formulated without any preservatives, parabens or fragrances
  • Suitable for infants, children and adults


Want to heal dry, cracked hands without the feeling of greasiness? This is the one for you!

Avene Cicalfate Hand Cream – $25

  • Restores and brings relief to dry, cracked hands
  • Lasts through up to 5 hand washings
  • 91% noticed reduction of tightness, tingling, heat/burning sensations, itching
  • 51% reduction of redness, roughness, thickened skin, blisters and cracks


This hand cream is a wallet AND hand saver enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream – $15

  • Helps repair, restore and protect rough, dry, and irritated hands
  • Formulated with essential ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid
  • Non-greasy cream that helps repair your skin’s natural skin barrier while protecting from the harmful irritants and allergens that your hands encounter every day


Go beyond just moisturizing with Elta’s hand créme by also brightening skin tone and protecting against pollution!

EltaMD So Silky Hand Créme – $19

  • Clinically proven to moisturize dry, flaky skin up to 12 hours
  • Helps maintain moisture, even after hand washing
  • Protects against urban pollution
  • Brightens the appearance of skin tone
  • Has “quick dry” ingredients that doesn’t leave an oily or sticky residue
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Product of the Week: Skinbetter Science Interfuse Treatment Cream

Skinbetter Science Daily Interfuse Treatment Cream
for face (and neck!)

This is for the patient wanting to correct or prevent deep wrinkles and sagging skin. Also beneficial for anyone who needs help with background redness on the skin.

Key Factors & Key Ingredients

  • Collagen boosting serum – Improves the appearance of skin sagging, lines, and wrinkles. Firms the feel of the skin for a more lifted and contoured appearance.
  • Uses proprietary delivery technology that drives a unique messenger peptide blend to help bring the look of firmness back to the skin.
  • A blend of messenger peptides targets the nourishment of five types of collagen, all critical to skin density.
  • Helps reduce redness – Offers an immediate smoothing effect from a neuro-calming peptide.
  • Provides a breathable layer of moisture, through an exclusive blend of hydrating ingredients, to help give the skin a radiant glow.
  • Can also be used on the neck for improved resiliency of the skin.


This is a daily cream that can be used morning and night. Use after cleansing, after any other serums you may use, and before your daily/nightly moisturizer, although some skin types (the oilier types) may find it hydrating enough to use as their moisturizer. Use AM/PM. Safe for all skin types and during pregnancy or nursing.

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Product of the Week: Neocutis Bio Serum Firm

Neocutis Bio Serum Firm
Combines the two Neocutis technology powerhouses: rejuvenating growth factors and proprietary peptide treatment with results in less than a week. That means, for those of you familiar with the previous Bio Serum (without the “firm”), this is a different product with different fabulous ingredients.
Key Factors & Key Ingredients
    • Growth factors rejuvenate the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles AND redefine the look of facial contours.
    • Peptides restore by improving texture, tone, elasticity, and firmness AND support collagen and elastin production.
    • Acetyl Glucosamine brightens skin tone and gently exfoliates.
    • Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin boosts hydration.
    • Pullulan aids in skin tightening and improving elasticity.
    • Glutamine supports collagen production.
    • Good for all skin types and pregnancy safe!
    • While everyone can benefit from this, this is a good one to recommend to a patient with deep wrinkles and sagging skin concerns. 


Cleanse face, apply Bio Serum Firm, then follow up with any other moisturizers or creams, then SPF! Use this product AM & PM for best results.
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Product of the Week: iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex
This clear, lightweight cleansing gel is powerful, yet gentle enough for hypersensitive skin. Excellent for all skin types and all ages!
Key Factors & Key Ingredients
  • Deep-cleanses skin and pores without drying and stripping the skin of its essential natural oils, excellent for blemish-prone skin, yet safe for sensitive skin!
  • Smooths and softens the skin and gives the appearance of smaller pores.
  • Includes: 
  • Chamomile Flower Extract, a highly active antioxidant, which helps protect against the visual effects of photo-damage while providing calming properties.
  • Centella Asiatica, a powerful antioxidant, with nourishing properties that help diminish the appearance of premature aging.
  • Sugar Cane Extract, gently exfoliates the skin for a renewed complexion.
  • White Willow Bark Extract, exfoliates the skin and deep-cleanses pores.
Use AM & PM. Apply gel to face, mix with water, cleanse, remove and carry on with the rest of your routine!