Leah Chavie

Transitioning your winter skin routine for spring and summer temperatures.

It has been a brutal winter and it’s time to shed and shake it all off. With warmer temperatures right around the corner we need to adjust our hygiene and routines!


The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is affected by our diet, hormones, genetics and lifestyle. Every day our skin changes based on the above factors and when we throw in weather, climate changes, lack of sleep, traveling, variable water pH, and STRESS our skin reacts and responds accordingly.

It’s important to be in tune with your body and understand and recognize what your body needs.

I use my LC Dual Action Toner from head to toe when I get out of the shower everyday to balance and restore my skins PH to maintain its natural hydration. Next, I layer on a serum such as LC Vita C spray or LC Lilac Plant Stem Cell Serum followed by coconut oil.

Tips for Transitioning Seasons :

  • Exfoliate once a week to shed the skin from head to toe.
  • Clean your make up brushes and change our pillowcases on a regular basis.
  • Adjust your sunscreen according to the weather changes and apply more as needed if you are going to be exposed in the sun.
  • Try using natural products as much as you can. For the body I like coconut oil or a jojoba oil. I love aloe especially for a sunburn and I keep a live plant in my kitchen.

It is important to recognize what your body needs and wants on a daily basis, it’s the only skin you have. Bottom line protect and prevent!

Everything We Go Through Makes Us Stronger

“Why do you do so much stuff to your face?” “You don’t need that.” “I think you are fine just the way you are.”  “Why did you do another procedure?”

People always ask me questions like this. Sometimes it can feel like a compliment and other times I feel judged or misunderstood. I try not to get too caught up in what others think and use these situations as a chance to explain who I am and why I doing the things I do.


My experience with plastic surgery and facial reconstruction started by necessity not vanity…


At a young age I had major plastic surgery after an incident at a family reunion baseball game. A baseball to the face destroyed my nose, adenoids and also left me needing to get my tonsils taken out. Five surgeries later resulted in removing cartilage from my rib to rebuilding my nose as well as reconstructive surgery to rebuild my teeth, gums and lips. 


Throughout my experiences I have learned so much about the body and it’s amazing power to heal. I love educating myself on new procedures and treatments and often times the best way for me to understand them is to try them on myself. I don’t do stuff to my face because I am unhappy with how I look or because i’m striving to be perfect. I just like too. It’s my THING!! I’m a beauty junkie! My skin is my sin.


I love trying new things!


When you do something everyday you get used to it. It becomes routine.  It is important that I get out of my comfort zone and try new things. Understanding how my clients feel helps me to serve them better. There is a huge element of trust and vulnerability when you get a procedure done. It is important that I get services done so I do not loose touch with the client experience. 


My most recent procedure…Threading

Six weeks ago I got threading at Renew U Medispa by Christopher. The procedure does the following: strings go under your skin, connect to the collagen and yank everything up and rejuvenate new cells.  


My Physician:Christopher Rosenbarger 
PA-C , Physician Certified …His Thread of Choice: Les Encres (they are the closest to the ones available in Europe and South Korea


This company makes three types, most only make PDO threads. 
PDO (POLYDIOXANONE) are used for pull and lift. PLLA (POLY L LACTIC ACID) is used to create volumePCL (POLYCAPROLACTONE) used to create callogen.


The principal of threads…

  • Threads are used to create lift without volume. Basically, if you like the way you look in the mirror holding your face up, this is what threads help with. – Threads do not replace fillers in that fillers are for fat pad and bone atrophy. – Threads can also be used to improve skin texture and appearance by stimulating collagen far better than laser and skin heating modalities. This is seen in treating the chin, eyes, between the brows, and eye lids. Results far exceed any laser or chemical peel. 

An experienced provider can use the different types of threads and different chemical structures to improve a variety of issues not resolved in a natural way with fillers or neuromodulators.

My Experience:

Simply put, Christopher was amazing and his customer service was outstanding. His calmness and expertise helped ease my anxiety and pain. He explained the procedure every step of the way. It was a detailed and delicate which made me feel safe and comfortable. 

Recovery time wasn’t easy but it got better every day. I am so thankful I did this procedure, mostly because I now know first hand how it works. I am thrilled with the results and feel like the youthful glow is coming from the inside out. I made it through. I dealt with the pain. Just like hard times in life… we get through them and come out better than ever. Everything we get through makes us stronger.

In my opinion, you can’t be a beauty expert if you don’t do the treatments.

How I Became a Skincare Expert

I’ve loved all things beauty since I was a little girl. My best friend had one of those big Barbie heads, and I loved applying makeup on her. Once, I accidentally cut her hair off when I was experimenting with what I thought were the latest and greatest hair trends of the 80s (Sorry, Nikki, that was me!) Even though we were playing with dolls, the relationships were always the most important part to me. From a young age, I was always trying to make people feel comfortable, smile and laugh.

I have never been shy, and when I started working at Rocco Altobelli, a concept salon, at age 15, I loved going to work every day at the training academy. It was about so much more than technical skills. We took etiquette classes and learned about voice inflection and verbiage, so that we wouldn’t just be great at what we did, but also polished professionals. I was like a sponge, absorbing any and all knowledge that was available to me. I quickly worked my way up to a management position, where I stayed for seven years.

In my early twenties, I attended aesthetic school and massage school, then started working for the Day Spa in Minnesota. Shortly after turning 30 I took my next step on my career path and accepted a position with Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. This led me, a single girl from Minnesota and my Bichon Frise, Sparky, to the beautiful city of Chicago, where I’ve been ever since.

It was intimidating at first because I had a lot of territory to cover—basically all of Illinois up to Kohler Water Spa. I had to learn my way around, figuratively and literally, real quick (thank you, Garmin). Once I got into the swing of things, I started participating in trade shows and educational seminars all over the country. I met Envy Medical, the creators of Silk Peel Dermalinfusion systems, at a trade show in LA and started supporting the Silk Peel through education and sales. That role opened doors to countless opportunities, connecting me to doctors and Med Spas, and fueled my passion for education.

Through years of endless product obsession and a fearlessness to try any service, I became my own guinea pig. I have experienced a LOT and enjoy sharing what I have learned, whether the results were good, bad, or amazing! I strive to understand the hows and whys of every treatment and product, and I love to share knowledge, educate and create discussions around our skin.

My passion and expertise came to fruition when I opened my own spa, Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique in 2010.

The journey I have been on has allowed me to gain expertise and hands-on knowledge in so many different facets of the health and beauty industries. I am proud that each experience, challenge and mentor I have encountered has taught me something that I can now apply to my own business.

In my continuous quest for knowledge, I am constantly researching and educating myself. My clients know I buy and try everything on myself before sharing it with them. Being in this industry, I am obsessed with seeking out new products and services to try and understanding if, how, and why these items work so I can provide the best guidance to my clients.

My passion is continuously learning and sharing that knowledge with the world. At nearly 44 years old, I’ve learned when in comes to health and beauty, less is more—except for learning and growing along with my clients. I hold myself to the highest standards because nothing is more important than these relationships.

Aesthetics is a partnership between you and your professional. It’s a journey you take together in which education, communication, and trust are the key stepping stones, so make sure you’re in the hands of an expert—even if they once gave Barbie a bad haircut.

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