Beauty treatments to help you look and feel youthful

Beauty treatments to help you look and feel youthful

Written by: Julia Perla Huisman
May 3, 2018


For most women, looking their best is about so much more than physical appearance. The old adage, “If you look good, you feel good” still rings true. For reasons deeply psychological and  probably even biological, the universal truth is that a woman who walks out the door feeling pretty is more likely to exude confidence and courage all day long.  

Esthetician Norma Smith, of Norma Smith Skincare Clinic in Merrillville, knows this well. Smith and her RN Shelly Giannini perform treatments for the skin and body, including jet peels, microdermabrasion, acne treatment, and radiofrequency, which is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment. 

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For most women, looking their best is about so much more than physical appearance. The old adage, “If you look good, you feel good” still rings true. For reasons deeply psychological and  probably even biological, the universal truth is that a woman who walks out the door feeling pretty is more likely to exude confidence and courage all day long.  

Esthetician Norma Smith, of Norma Smith Skincare Clinic in Merrillville, knows this well. Smith and her RN Shelly Giannini perform treatments for the skin and body, including jet peels, microdermabrasion, acne treatment, and radiofrequency, which is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment. 

“When you take advantage of the newest technologies to stay younger looking, you will feel better about yourself and have more confidence,” Smith says. At her clinic, health education plays as vital a role as the treatments themselves, so that the overall effect is successful. 

Giannini adds, “Body treatments, along with healthy eating habits and exercise, will give the best long-lasting results. It all goes hand in hand.” 

Both women agree that mothers especially tend to neglect their health and beauty in order to be more available to those under their care. Of course the irony is that if moms took better care of themselves, they would in fact become better caregivers to their loved ones. Convincing them of this can be challenging, however. “We all know our mothers at this point in our lives,” Giannini says. “Sometimes they may need a little loving push.” 

To help you with that push, we’ve identified a few local spas and clinics offering treatments that relax and rejuvenate, a gift Mom would surely welcome for Mother’s Day. 

NORMA SMITH SKIN CARE CLINIC
103-B W 86th Ave, Merrillville
myskincarespecialists.com 

For 23 years, this clinic has been the go-to spot for state-of-the-art skin and body treatments. Norma Smith does extensive research to identify the best practices in her industry and also to educate her clients on how to maximize their treatments. Some of the most popular services here are the jet facial, which unclogs pores and stimulates collagen; microdermabrasion, which removes dead cells; and radio frequency for the face and body, which tightens the skin and eliminates cellulite. Quality skin care products, carefully vetted by Smith, are available here as well. 

SPA BLU at BLUE CHIP CASINO
777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City
bluechipcasino.com 

One of the primary highlights at Blue Chip Casino is spa blu, a 10,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center. Some of the newer luxury health and beauty treatments offered at the spa include the blu KPS organic anti-aging facial, which firms and adds volume to the skin. There’s the blu slim wrap, which assists with cellulite reduction, and the salted Himalayan body wrap that exfoliates and moisturizes the skin. The spa features individual lounges for men and women, along with steam rooms and whirlpools. Following their time at the spa, guests can head downstairs for a meal at William B’s Steakhouse. 

VANIS SALON & DAY SPA
Locations in Crown Point, Schererville and Valparaiso
vanis.net 

Photo Credit: Illustration by Melissa Washburn
Photo Credit: Illustration by Melissa Washburn

NORMA SMITH SKIN CARE CLINIC
103-B W 86th Ave, Merrillville
myskincarespecialists.com 

For 23 years, this clinic has been the go-to spot for state-of-the-art skin and body treatments. Norma Smith does extensive research to identify the best practices in her industry and also to educate her clients on how to maximize their treatments. Some of the most popular services here are the jet facial, which unclogs pores and stimulates collagen; microdermabrasion, which removes dead cells; and radio frequency for the face and body, which tightens the skin and eliminates cellulite. Quality skin care products, carefully vetted by Smith, are available here as well. 

SPA BLU at BLUE CHIP CASINO
777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City
bluechipcasino.com 

One of the primary highlights at Blue Chip Casino is spa blu, a 10,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center. Some of the newer luxury health and beauty treatments offered at the spa include the blu KPS organic anti-aging facial, which firms and adds volume to the skin. There’s the blu slim wrap, which assists with cellulite reduction, and the salted Himalayan body wrap that exfoliates and moisturizes the skin. The spa features individual lounges for men and women, along with steam rooms and whirlpools. Following their time at the spa, guests can head downstairs for a meal at William B’s Steakhouse. 

VANIS SALON & DAY SPA
Locations in Crown Point, Schererville and Valparaiso
vanis.net 

Vanis is best known for its top-of-the-line hair care services, but the salon offers an extensive list of spa treatments as well. In addition to several massage varieties, there are body wrap treatments that help relieve stress, exfoliate the skin and give the skin a healthy glow. There are facials to fit every need, and even a custom facial that comes with a skin care analysis and treatment customized to the client’s skin care needs. While all of the services can be purchased individually, Vanis also offers packages that include a full day or half day at the spa, and men can get in on the self-care too, with the Men’s Day Retreat option.  

SERENITY SALON & SPA
3075 Village Point, Chesterton serenityofchesterton.com 

Nestled in the picturesque Coffee Creek neighborhood in Chesterton, this salon features services and environs that mirror the serenity promised in its name. Body treatments like “Tropical Oasis” take the client to another place, away from the stressors of everyday life. Serenity offers a host of massage and reflexology options, along with facials and acne treatments. Spa packages can be purchased here too, and Serenity’s other services include hair care, manicures and pedicures, waxing and makeup.