Beer Enzyme Facial
THIS BUD’S FOR YOU Even though it’s nothing new for spas to serve spiked beverages, this was the first time we were offered a frosty mug of beer before a facial. That’s how they roll at Exsalonce Salon & Day Spa, the Roscoe Village spot that serves Miller High Life before its new Beer Enzyme Facial. The service uses a cream made from the brew to exfoliate gently, dissolving dead cells from the skin’s surface. It’s made exclusively for the spa by a doctor at Northeastern Illinois University, and according to Exsalonce owner Tony Odisho, the “Champagne of beers” has the most enzymes of all hops they tested. The actual facial involves the usual suspects: a lot of steam, hot towels and minor extractions, plus a customized application of Dermalogica products. Then comes the beer enzyme cream: As Katie, Exasalonce’s aesthetician applies it, you’ll notice a slight sting—that means it’s working. Thankfully, though, its scent is more sweet and citrusy than it is bar-room floor. Throughout the treatment, extra time is spent massaging the feet, hands and shoulders—which, combined with our subtle beer buzz, put us in a completely relaxed, trancelike state. After the hour-long service, our glowing, refreshed face was ready to hit the pub. $75. 2150 W Roscoe St (773-327-4848).