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European Med Spa
272 East Deerpath Road, Suite 102
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Office Phone: 847.432.4111
Direct Phone: 847.436.1864

All About Dry Brushing

dry brushingAfter your day trip to Magdalena Med Spa in Lake Forest, don’t overlook purchasing a dry brush for its many health and beauty benefits. 

Brushing your skin may not be something you’re familiar with, but it has a lot of benefits for your whole body. Not only will you feel relaxed and less stressed while you do it, but you’ll also reap the benefits of brushing long after you’re done.

Benefits of Brushing Your Skin

Your largest organ is your skin, and it’s more than just what you can see. Your skin contains layers of cells, nerves, and glands that protect your body from the outside world. Your skin is packed with nerve cells that send messages directly to your brain.

Your skin also plays a role in detoxification. When your skin itself has toxins and dead skin cells clogging the top layer, it reduces its ability to detox your body.

When you dry brush your skin, it removes dead skin cells for more radiant looking skin, and it also helps boost your lymphatic system’s ability to remove waste in your body.


The top layer is your skin has up to 20 layers of dead skin cells. Brushing removes some of these dead skin cells, which exfoliates your body and help your skin look and feel better. This can also unclog pores, so you could see fewer blemishes on your body.

By removing dead skin cells, brushing also encourages cellular turnover for more radiant looking skin. It’s also said to help reduce ingrown hairs.

Improve Circulation

The act of brushing, moving a brush over your skin, boosts circulation. This helps your body circulate lymph fluid, which can help carry waste to be eliminated quicker.

Reduce Cellulite

One benefit that most women like is a reduction in cellulite. When your skin is dry brushed, the fat deposits below the skin get softened, which helps the fat get distributed more evenly in the body. While this doesn’t eliminate fat, it can reduce the appearance of cellulite.

It Feels Good

Many people like brushing because it just feels good. It’s almost like getting a massage all over your body. With better looking skin afterwards, many women find that their moods are boosted during and after the session.

Brushing your skin can help reduce stress, especially when done in a quiet, relaxing environment.

Boosting the Lymphatic System

Your lymphatic system helps your body remove waste products. It has many miles of tubes in your body that move waste to your blood to be eliminated. When this system doesn’t work, toxins and waste products can build up in your body, which can lead to disease or inflammation. Brushing your skin can help detox your body and get rid of waste.

What is Dry Brushing?

Brushing is exactly what it sounds like: brushing with a dry brush.

While it’s not a complicated process, there are some guidelines that will make it a more positive experience.

You should use a gentle brush and use soft pressure on your body if it’s your first time. As you do it more often you may move to a firmer brush with more pressure so you get more benefits from your session.

Skin brushing is generally done on the feet first with strokes going from your feet towards your chest to encourage lymph fluid to flow where it drains.

After the feet and legs, your palms and arms are next. Finally, the stomach and armpits are done in a circular motion.

For your face, back, and abdomen, you should switch to a softer brush.

Brushing your skin shouldn’t hurt. It should feel like a massage with smooth, soft strokes. Your skin might turn pink after a session, but it should not be red or stinging. It shouldn’t hurt; if it does hurt, you may need to modify your technique.

With all of these benefits for your whole body, you’ll want to add dry brushing to your routine after your next visit to our Lake Forest location. Call today to book your appointment.

Why medical skin care lines are more effective than over the counter

medical skin careYou know the importance of ensuring that your skin is always well cared for. That’s why many people like you visit professionals like Magdalena Med Spa in Lake Forest.

The skin plays a huge role in the impressions people leave on those they interact with. Therefore, it’s critical to ensure that breakouts and other skin issues are treated properly and completely. Healthy skin will help give you that youthful appearance that makes you look young and happy.

However, when buying skin products, you need to ask yourself which are better- medical skin care lines or over-the-counter medication? Here are some things to consider when making that decision.

Skin Care Effectiveness

One thing you will realize soon enough is that over-the-counter treatments may not be as good as advertised. The truth is that they do a poor job of treating specific conditions.

When you try an over-the-counter product, you may notice some effect on the skin. However, if your condition is serious, it may not be treated. These products do not have sufficient amounts of active ingredients to get into the skin and make changes at the deeper layers.

One of the reasons why over-the-counter treatments do not work is that they are meant for the general population. For example, if the product is meant to treat dry skin, it is made strong enough to bring temporary relief, but it is not strong enough to completely treat the skin, especially in the case of extremely dry skin.

Over-the-counter treatments tend to only treat the upper layer of the skin. This is the part that you can see when you look in the mirror. Working only on this section makes it difficult to completely heal the condition. Sure, you will get some relief; however, it will not be long-term. Once you finish using the product, the condition may return. It may actually end up being much worse, making it necessary to consult an expert.

Self Diagnosis

Most over-the-counter medicines allow customers to self-diagnose and self-medicate. This means that when a patient walks in and requests skin care products for dry skin, this is what will be offered. The products need to be mild because the person’s diagnosis may be wrong.

Also, they will hurt their skin if they use strong products for the wrong reasons. However, medical skin care lines are accurate since doctors have tested the patient and identified the problem-causing issue. The drugs used in these instances are strong enough to possibly provide permanent relief.

FDA Approved Skin Care

The FDA closely monitors the ingredients and concentrations used on medical grade skin products. It tries to ensure that the ingredients are safe for use. These products are meant to treat skin conditions that are somewhat chronic and cannot be treated with over-the-counter medication. Because they are meant to get under the skin, it is necessary to ensure that the ingredients used and their concentrations are safe.

Unlike over-the-counter products, these get much more scrutiny to ensure the safety of their users. They are also tested by researchers to find out if the manufacturer’s claims hold up. As a patient you are likely to find out a lot of information on the medication and how it may affect the skin with prolonged use. This information also helps your doctor prescribe the best possible dosage.


One of the main reasons why people do not buy medical skin care products is the incorrect assumption that they are expensive. This may be true when you consider the initial cost of treatment, but the long-term expenditure on over-the-counter medicines can add up significantly. At times, these products cost the same as medical grade alternatives or are much more expensive.

Independent cosmetic or department stores may sell the OTCs at a much higher price than what you thought. This is because companies do not dictate retail prices. Since the ingredients are not as concentrated, you end up using much more products than you would if you opt for over-the-counter drugs. You spend all that money for products that give you the impression of working to give you healthy skin when they are actually not effective at all.

Medical grade products from specialists like Magdalena Med Spa, on the other hand, work effectively. If the initial cost is a bit higher than that of over-the-counter alternatives, you will use fewer products. The products will also work faster and much better. You, therefore, get drugs that are effective for much less. The assumption that many people have on the price is, as a result, wrong. Medical grade drugs are more affordable because they have a higher concentration of ingredients that work on all layers of the skin. You also do not pay for their costly marketing on TV infomercials. Their prices do not also hike based on the area that the department or drug stores are located. The prices remain constant for a long time. You also get to have the drugs prescribed by a doctor, which will give you peace of mind that the product will work without harming your skin further. Doctors know the ingredient concentrations and will prescribe to you the right dosage. You are also certain that your skin condition will be treated from its root. So, you will not suffer from the condition again since the likelihood of its occurrence is minimal.

Contact Magdalena European Med Spa in Lake Forest for more information and to schedule your consultation and treatment today.

5 Reasons Why Eyelash Extensions are Better Than False Eyelashes

5 Reasons Why Eyelash Extensions are Better Than False Eyelashes

Long dark eyelashes are an enviable feature that go a long way toward accentuating the eyes, but sometimes take a lot of work to achieve. Using an eyelash curler and mascara certainly helps, but anyone who has tried out false eyelashes can speak to the unmistakable boost to their appearance that comes from longer and thicker lashes. Applying false eyelashes has its drawbacks though, which is part of why getting eyelash extensions is an increasingly popular alternative for those seeking a out long and dramatic eyelash look. Here are five reasons to choose extensions over false eyelashes.

They last much longer

According to Allure, lash extensions last 3-4 weeks but can be filled in to extend their life. That is an appealing number, considering that false eyelashes need to be reapplied daily. Touchups to extensions can keep them going for much longer though, and they only fall out when our natural eyelash does. The amount of time they stay is a direct reflection on how quickly each person’s eyelashes fall out and are replaced. Some people’s extensions can even last closer to 8 weeks before needing to be filled in.

They look natural

Lash extensions look like real eye lashes, only longer. They don’t need to be held on with a glue strip on the eyelid and hidden with makeup, and they fall out naturally over time like real eyelashes do. At Magdalena European Med Spa in Lake Forest, IL we have an assortment of eyelash styles available to choose from so anyone can achieve the look they desire. Extensions can look thick and dramatic without looking fake, or look subtle for a boost to natural lashes.

You can consult with an expert at Magdalena European Med Spa in Lake Forest so we can help determine the best option to meet your specific needs. Eyelash extensions come in different materials including silk, mink and synthetic. The adhesive used is hypoallergenic and can vary depending on specific needs or allergies. One of our consultants can even help determine what length and thickness will look the most natural and last the longest on your eyelashes.

They cut down your morning (and evening) routine

While it is still important to carefully care for lash extensions in order to extend their life, once they are applied they take very little effort to maintain. False eyelashes must be reapplied daily, which can be a time intensive process. Applying them straight can take several tries. They also require care and storage when they aren’t being used, and each new pair must be cut to size.

You also don’t have to worry about extension removal at the end of the day like you do with false eyelashes. Another perk of eyelash extensions is that mascara only needs to be applied to the tips (as opposed to starting at the root). This speeds up the makeup application process and cleanup process, as well as extending the life and look of the extensions.

They are Safer

For those who are worried about getting adhesives in their eyes during application, that isn’t a concern with lash extensions. Your eyes will be shut during the entire application process so that there is no chance of the glue getting into your eyes. It is recommended to use a certified and professional technician like one of us at Magdalena European Med Spa in Lake Forest who can safely apply extensions that will look great without bothering your eyes. We will also ensure the best and most lasting results.

According to Consumer Health Digest, users can develop eye infections from contact with dirty false eyelash strips. The health of our eyes is important, which is why reusing false eyelashes can be risky. Starting over with a new pair every day or worrying about risk of infection is another downside of false eyelashes.

You Don’t Have to Apply Them or Take Them Off Yourself

While some may be able to wrangle a friend to help with applying false lashes before a big event or night out, generally users are on their own to struggle to get them looking good. Come meet with one of our professionals so that we can give you dynamic eyelashes without any effort on your part. Taking off false eyelashes can be intimidating, considering the risk of pulling out real lashes. Extensions fall out with natural lashes over time, so you don’t have to worry about yanking them off and causing damage.

For those who aren’t sure about extensions, contact us to learn more about the process and pricing, and to see if they are a good option for you. We look forward to helping you achieve the look you desire.

Learn how Dermasweep can give you better looking skin

Learn how Dermasweep can give you better looking skin

Learn how to get better-looking skin and where you can get this revolutionary skin therapy in Lake Forest.

Introducing DermaSweep at Magdalena European Med Spa

Having regular spa treatments is the best way to fight the effects of aging and keep your skin healthy with a youthful glow. What’s the right treatment for people with complex skin problems who don’t want injections, surgical procedures, and harsh irritating treatments? If you’ve tried other treatments that didn’t work, it’s time to try something new.

What is It?

Traditional microdermabrasion is an exfoliation process that gently sands away dead skin cells leaving you with a smoother skin surface. This revolutionary treatment does much more than standard microdermabrasion and micro resurfacing techniques. It is a new and innovative skin therapy that improves circulation and helps your skin absorb more beneficial nutrients. It successfully treats, heals, and prevents:
• Hyperpigmentation
• Acne
• Signs and effects of aging
• Dry damaged skin

This treatment uses a 3-pronged approach to skin resurfacing and restoration. The treatment begins with an exfoliation using a proprietary bristle-tip system that gently removes the top layer of skin, which helps to improve skin tone, texture, and facilitate collagen production. Next, it improves circulation in your skin. Increasing oxygenation helps to rid your pores of impurities and prepares your skin for the final treatment phase. Finally, you’ll receive an infusion of one of our protective, nourishing, or restorative serums.

Features and Benefits

How it works.

The key to this treatment is the exclusive, patent-pending treatment wand. Your technician uses assorted treatment brushes and tips to gently lift and exfoliate the upper-most layer of your skin. The wand has a vacuum that removes dead skin, cleans your pores of blackheads, whiteheads, and sebum plugs. Your technician will use various tips to continue stimulating blood flow to firm and tone the epidermis layer. Next, you’ll receive a customized infusion designed to meet your skin’s most important needs. Your technician will choose from 3 types of SkinFusions and will mix a custom infusion treatment to target multiple problems.

Why you need it.

Coupled with SkinFusion is to your skin what exercise and nutrition is to your body. If your skin is dull and dry, EpiFusions rehydrate your skin. They also deliver ingredients that help to lighten discolorations leaving you with brighter skin. To correct fine lines and wrinkles, PremiumFusions deliver DNA-repairing enzymes that reverse the effects of aging and restore a youthful appearance. For acne and blemish-prone skin PeelFusions deliver purifying antioxidants and hydroxy acids.

It’s is more than just a facial treatment. It treats age spots, lightens dark blotchy patches and reduces crepey skin on arms and hands. It reduces crepiness and thin saggy skin around your neck and shoulders. It also treats puffiness and dark circles under your eyes, droopy eyelids, fine lines and crow’s feet around your eye area.

Pros and cons.

It’s a safe and painless treatment. You may feel some tingling during the treatment, but that means it’s working. Afterward, you’ll feel some tightening and your skin will have a mild pink glow.

A single treatment generally takes 20-30 minutes. However, for maximum results you may need 3-6 treatments done at 2-week intervals.

DermaSweep vs. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals to scrub your skin. You’re prone to experience irritation during the procedure and skin sensitivity afterward. Your technician can select different brushes and adjust the speed to make the treatment gentler on your skin. Microdermabrasion is only exfoliation, nothing more. You’ll need to supplement it with additional spa, medical, or at-home treatments. The SkinFusions includes high-quality nutrient-rich serums targeted to treat specific skin conditions. It’s like having multiple treatments all-in-one. It can take several days to see really see the results of microdermabrasion. Clients see instant results with this new technique, many noticing improved skin tone and texture the same day. Many also notice, within the first few days after treatment, how much better their at-home skin care regimen works. Their daily cleansing regimen is more effective. And they use less product because their skin absorbs moisturizers and daily acne treatments better.

Customer Reviews

Satisfied clients say that just one treatment:
• Gets rid of wrinkles and hydrates better than skin peels and microdermabrasion.
• Isn’t harsh and leaves skin smoother, more plump with a radiant glow.
• Is a comforting painless facial massage. There’s no recovery time. You can use makeup and your regular skin care products immediately after treatment.
• Clears up rosacea without irritating sensitive skin.

DermaSweep Treatment in Lake Forest

Microdermabrasion can leave your skin sensitive after a treatment. While, many facials don’t fully exfoliate your skin. We solve the problem by infusing your skin with essential healing nutrients after every treatment. It’s safe, gentle, and you’ll see immediate results.

Contact Magdalena European Med Spa in Lake Forest for more information and schedule your consultation and treatment today.

November me time

One of my favorite uses for essential oils is using them in the bath. It is so nice to have a good soak. Sometimes I like to soak to relieve my occasional sore muscles but oftentimes the soak is to help me relax. Taking a hot, relaxing bath is a great way to unwind!

I like to mix my essential oils with epsom salts first to not only help the oils disperse throughout the water, but to experience the benefits of the magnesium rich epsom salts.

If you aren’t the bath type, you can easily reap the benefits of epsom salts by soaking your feet!!

Essential Oils for Relaxation
There are many oils that people like to use for relaxation purposes. I like to diffuse them, rub them on my body with a carrier oil, add to a spray bottle and use as a pillow spray and add to my epsom salts for a relaxing bath. I love adding oils and epsom salts to my daughter’s baths as well!

Benefits of epsom salt according to  Epsom Salt Council.

My general rule of thumb is 4-8 drops of essential oils for 1-2 cups of epsom salts. Here are 20 of my favorite relaxing bath salt recipes!

4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Frankincense
4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Lavender 2 drops Orange and 4 drops Cedarwood
4 drops Cedarwood and 4 drops Vetiver
4-8 drops Stress Away
2 drops Ylang Ylang and 4 drops Stress Away
4-8 drops Gentle Baby
4-8 drops Peace and Calming
4-8 drops Lavender
4 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 drops Lavender and 3 drops Cedarwood
4 drops Peace and Calming and 2 drops Lavender
2 drops Ylang Ylang 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops Orange
4 drops Stress Away and 4 drops Frankincense
4 drops Valor
4 drops Valor and 2 drops Lavender
4 drops Roman Chamomile and 4 drops Frankincense
4 drops Frankincense and 4 drops Sandalwood
4 drops Sandalwood and 4 drops Lavender
4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Geranium and 2 drops Roman Chamomile
add 1 drop of Rose or Neroli to any of these combos if you are lucky enough to have a bottle!!!

Here is how to become a Young Living  Essential Oils member and how to order:


3# Things to Add to your Diet for Healthy Skin


Beauty may only be skin deep, but caring for your skin starts with some of your body’s most basic functions. That’s why taking care of your skin is more than simply applying serums and creams. Keeping your skin its best also requires proper sun protection, plenty of sleep, and a healthy diet that includes a variety of vitamins and minerals.

A diet full of healthy, unprocessed food is an easy way to care for your skin at its structural level, but lots of Young Living supplements also contain ingredients that support healthy-looking skin. Check out a few of my favorite noteworthy beauty boosters and some of  essential oil-infused favorites that include them!


You’ve heard people buzzing about antioxidants and free radicals, but do you know what they are? Free radicals are reactive molecules that can cause cell damage, and exposure comes from daily living, including things like your body breaking down food, time in the sun, and pollution.

Super C - Dietary Supplement - Young LivingLongevity Essential Oil Supplement - Young LivingWhen it comes to neutralizing these molecules, antioxidants play an important role. Add these defenders to your diet by looking for richly colored fruits and veggies (think blueberries, blackberries, cherries, plums, kale, spinach, and beets) and nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and CoQ10.

I  love using: Longevity and Super C.


OmegaGize3 - Young Living Dietary Supplement Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Think “healthy fat” is an oxymoron? Think again! Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids on a structural level since they are part of cell membranes and help with cell function. And your body can’t create these fats on its own—you can only get them directly from food. That makes a diet rich in omega-3s especially important. To up your intake, eat food like walnuts, leafy greens, flax seed, and fresh or canned fish.

I  love using: OmegaGize


We’re not just talking about whiting out your nose to protect it from the sun’s rays. The trace mineral zinc is actually a little-known skin saver. That’s because your body’s cells, particularly skin cells, rely on this mineral to function. It helps support the skin, in addition to promoting balanced oil production. Add some zinc to your diet with lobster, crab, oysters, cashews, almonds, chicken, chickpeas, and other beans.Master Formula - Young Living

I  love using: Master Formula

For healthy-looking skin that feels truly cared for, don’t skip the beauty basics! Fill your diet with these nutrients and nourish your body from the inside out.






Cozy up to the Fall Season


October note from Magdalena…

With Fall comes less humidity, lower temperatures and skin can quickly reflect that.
Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, is a term commonly used in skincare, but many people are unfamiliar with what it actually means and why it is so important for your skin. Here is everything you need to know about transepidermal water loss and its effects, as well as some tips for achieving and maintaining the look and feel of smooth, hydrated skin.
What is Epidermal water Loss? Continue reading

September to Remember

September is Magdalena’s birthday month…. so let’s celebrate!
You asked we listened.

Introducing the first ever Annual Beauty Sale!

Facial or Microdermabrasion
buy 5 get 1 free – $400/6
Bespoke Facial or Microdermabrasion
($80 savings)

buy 10 get 2 free+1 – $800/13
Bespoke Facials or Microdermabrasion plus 1 extra Gift Certificate to give to friend or family member
($240 savings)

Dermasweep Treatment “workout for your skin”
(Epi, Peel or PremiumFusion available)
buy 8 get 3 free – $1400/11 treatments plus 1 extra Gift Certificate for a friend or family member
($525 savings)

SkinPen Microneedling “collagen induction therapy”
buy 3 face&neck get 1 free – $1050/4
includes post treatment products
($350 savings)

And to sweeten the September deal our
Lash Bar
is officially open, with an introductory offer of $125
for an exclusive Classic Full Set (regular $175)
Hurry and put your lashes on…

We offer exclusively Borboleta eyelash extension method and products.
Please stop by, click or call to purchase a series for you or as a fabulous gift.
Due to products price changes, all our series expire 12 months after purchase.