Photo: Courtesy of the Peninsula Spa.
We heart Chicago, but there are a few things about urban life that top our list of annoyances: dirty windowsills, grimy feet that result from walking around the city in our favorite summer sandals, and weather-inducing skin irritation. But, before you abandon the Windy City for the sake of your complexion, listen up.
Beauty authority Daily Glow just released a report on the best and worst zip codes for your skin based on an analysis of the 55 largest cities in the United States. The results were determined by comparing cancer rates, climate statistics, and dermatologists per capita. And guess what? Chicago came in at number five, only being topped by Portland (number one), San Francisco, Seattle, and Baltimore. So, just what is it that's responsible for our complexion perfection? As you probably already guessed, it's not the air. Rather, we have the highest number of skin-care pros available — who knew? And in case you're curious about who came in last, you may want to reconsider moving to Phoenix or Las Vegas if you want to keep up with appearances.
If this is motivating you to get a facial (it should), then we suggest you try out the rad new booking service Pretty Quick from Chicagoan Coco Meers. Just type in what you're looking for, when you want to go, and what 'hoods you're willing to travel to and you'll get a list of tried-and-trusted pros to choose from. So, what are you waiting for? We've got to keep our number five alive!