When something great happens (think: promotion), we usually reward ourselves with a long, indulgent facial. It’s $175 well spent.

But facials are now an everyday treat thanks to the new Mud Facial Bar in River North, where--with the in-and-out precision we’ve come to expect from nail salons and blowout bars--you can get effective 30-minute treatments for just $40.

The colorful boutique has three pampering stations; you’ll fill out a simple questionnaire before your aesthetician chooses your skin’s treatment plan.

Mud’s simple five-step process--cleanse, exfoliate, apply mask, tone and moisturize--is modified to fit your skin type, so you get the best results possible.

And if you want to put your face on the path to greatness, you can buy five-pack treatment packages for $195 or 10 for $380. Or, for $10 a pop, you can add extras like extractions or a pumpkin peel. (Coming soon? A breast-milk facial. Yes, really.)

Facials just went from splurge to smart.

Mud Facial Bar, 676 N. LaSalle St.; 312-288-9614 or mudfacialbar.com

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