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Between freezing temps outside and sauna-like conditions inside, our skin has been looking worse for the wear. For a radiance-boosting fix, we’re turning to the same ingredient that’s been helping us ward off the superflu: vitamin C.

We recently stopped by Mario Tricoci--the Chicagoland spa and salon powerhouse--for the Cellular Age Reverse facial ($145). We’re suspicious of promises to turn back the hands of time, but we were curious about the serum used in this treatment, Juveel, and its superhigh concentration of Vitamin C (79 percent).

An aesthetician mixed the Juveel on the spot to retain the wrinkle-tackling potency of the magic C. She brushed the serum onto our face and let it work while giving us a sleep-inducing foot massage.

If you have sensitive skin like us, opt to have the facial performed using Tricoci’s high-tech DermaSound machine (a $45 upgrade), which cuts down on redness and irritation by exfoliating via gentle wave vibrations rather than abrasive acids or scrubs. The technician moved a beeping metal wand over our face, then showed us the debris it collected. (We were vaguely horrified).

The result of all this science-lab skincare? Our dry patches disappeared and our face looks fresh and nourished--almost as if someone cast a post-vacation spell on us.

Mario Tricoci, 900 N. Michigan Ave. (and other locations outside the city); 847-202-1900 or tricoci.com

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