Mother Daughter Day

Maybe it’s genetic, the way mothers and daughters tend to share a mutual love of pampering. My 14-year-old daughter recently jumped at the chance to get a “teen facial” at EGEA Spa in Evanston, happily declining an important social engagement and even getting up early on a Sunday morning in order to spend some quality time with her mother. Located in a storefront space on Sherman Avenue, EGEA’s pale yellow and light blue color palette, complemented by blonde hardwood floors and soft mood music, is a cue to what lies ahead. After filling out some forms, we were given sea green spa slippers and led into a chic and luxurious changing room/waiting area (reminiscent of Chicago’s Four Seasons Spa, we thought), where we changed into thick white terrycloth robes and drank cucumber water and green tea. We could have easily spent the afternoon here, but estheticians Kinga and Stephanie appeared and led us into our treatment rooms. I had the 24K Gold Facial, which uses pure gold to remove toxins and improve smoothness and hydration. My daughter’s teen facial focused on cleansing, exfoliation, and skin care education. Both of us were impressed with the attention to detail: the ultra-comfortable heated beds, the extra-wide terrycloth headbands that really cover your hair, the “hand facials” and upper body massages that were included, and the unhurried, skilled approach of our estheticians. We left, armed with glowing skin, goodie bags filled with samples from the All Things Pure BioElements line, and a relaxed attitude that carried us through the rest of our day.

—Kerrie Kennedy