ML - Michigan Avenue

2013 - Issue 8 - December

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THE SKIN WHISPERER Leah Chavie offers a safe haven for healthy skin. At 15, Leah Chavie began working the front desk of a salon in her hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota, later achieving medical aesthetician and laser technician certification; today, Chicago's preeminent aesthetician welcomes clients to her acclaimed skincare center for services ranging from radio frequency skin-tightening and laser hair removal to pumpkin facials and makeup applications. "This is a safe environment for people to be vulnerable in," says Chavie, "from young gals to experienced women who have good stories to tell." Having just launched an online store, Chavie now plans to create a storefront apothecary, branch into natural haircare, and add more services while continuing her one-on-one approach. "Even though we're tiny," she says of her intimate Lincoln Park space, "I want to be like a five-star hotel." For a fresh start: Think preventative, not corrective. Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and it's important to understand how your skin functions from the inside out. Educate yourself, and become a label reader to understand why you are using what you are using. Leading by example: There are six of us [at my salon], and everyone is an aesthetician. It's important for everyone to have that knowledge. Always learning: We do education once a month; Akilah Easter of Etiquette Femme has done several etiquette classes for us. Sweet home Chicago: I walk my two dogs on the lakefront every day, and I'm so grateful to walk by the camels in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Where else can you do that in a city? Guilty pleasure: Things that are horrible for your teeth, like jellybeans and Twizzlers. And I do like my wine, but who doesn't? 2500 N. Halsted St., 773-327-7051; MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 120-127_MA_FEAT_Beauty_Winter2014.indd 125 125 11/20/13 5:31 PM

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