Relax at Tranquility

The journey towards beauty, health & wellness begins at Tranquility.

The Tranquil Bride February 7, 2015

Will you be one of the 2.5 million brides to walk down the aisle this year? If so then chances are the stress involved in planning a wedding is in full swing. There is so much that goes into planning a wedding, but don’t neglect one of the most important things of all…you!!! Every bride wants to look and feel her best on the day of her wedding so here is a complete time line to get yourself ready for the big day!
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Now is a great time to start thinking about your skin and how you want it to glow the day of your wedding! Not only your face, but your whole body. Start with regular monthly facials to focus on deep cleaning, exfoliation and hydration. If you’re trying to clear specific issues such as acne, pigmentation, or fine lines and wrinkles, consider doing light chemical peels to get your skin in it’s best shape ever. At this point it is a great idea to invest in a quality skin care system that you can also do at home as maintenance along side your professional treatments. Your skin will have the best results with at home care, as well as professional care.
Now is also a great time to start thinking about your back, shoulders, and arms. All those areas that will be visible when you’re in your gown. Doing monthly body scrub treatments will keep skin soft, smooth and looking healthy!
3 Months before the wedding-
Start deciding on what you want your make up to look like. Meet with several makeup artists to see which one suits you best. Bring pictures of what you envision your look to be.  It’s usually a good idea to have one to two trial runs with your makeup to make sure that it’s perfect. Take pictures of yourself after each one and analyze them to see what you like and what you’d like to change. That way there are no surprises on the day of. At this point you will want to schedule your appointment for the day of the wedding. This is not something you want to procrastinate on.
If you’re considering a sunless tan for the wedding you will want to start doing trial runs for this also. No bride wants to walk down the aisle with streaks, or orange skin. Take into consideration the cut of your gown and the colors chosen for your makeup so that everything balances itself out.
Waxing! When to wax depends on how fast your hair grows and how sensitive your skin is. If you’ve never waxed before, now is a good time to start. You want to know ahead of time what potential reactions you could have, how red you’ll be, will you have temporary bumps or blemishes from waxing. Like your make-up and hairstyle, you will want to do a few trial runs with your wax as well. Your final waxing should be done no sooner and no less than 7-10 days before the wedding. Make sure you refrain from any antibiotics, steroids, retinols, and make sure that you are not sunburned, all which can cause irritation, and skin lifting. If a waxing mishap should occur, you’ve allowed yourself time for the skin to heal.
1 Month before the Wedding-
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Tranquility Nail Room

Nail Care

Start doing weekly manicures to get your hands ready for photos…and that new ring! Decide what you will be doing color? French? No-chip? That way you can be prepared. The same care and attention needs to be given to your feet as well!
Eye Lash Extensions      .
Brides love doing eyelash extension for several reasons. They look and feel natural, they last 2-3 weeks so they’re perfect not only for the wedding day, but also the honeymoon, you can choose different lengths for a more dramatic look and best of all they stay put if crying should occur, and since you won’t have to wear mascara you won’t have to worry about runny black streaks down your cheeks!
If you’re interested in having eye lash extensions done for your wedding, it is recommended that you have the initial lash set applied 2 weeks prior to your wedding and then have your final touch-up done 1-2 days before the wedding. Doing a trial run ensures that you don’t have any reactions  to the eyelash adhesive and that the length and look is exactly what you want!
The body always looks it’s best on the outside when it looks good on the inside. While you should be doing the following year round, it’s imperative to do it consistently as your wedding day approaches.
Make sure to get plenty of water, plenty of sleep and try to keep stress to a minimum(I know that part seems impossible).
Load up on fruits and veggies, and lay off as much salt as possible to reduce any bloating and water weight gain.
Make time for exercise , meditation, or yoga to relax you.
The day of-
You’ve worked very hard over the last year! Your day will be here and gone in the blink of an eye. Enjoy every moment and don’t sweat the small stuff! Get Tranquil at Tranquility!!! Check out all that Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center has to offer by clicking here!
Health and Happiness,
Nikki, Tranquility Esthetician
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St. Charles, IL 60174

Happy 13th Birthday Tranquility! September 5, 2013

Happy Birthday Tranquility! 13 years of growth from a one-woman show to a house of many! On September 5, 2000, Beverly Miller, Esthetician, opened the doors to Tranquility Skin & Body Care at the Stone House in downtown St. Charles, IL.  “I was everyone- receptionist, esthetician and cleaning lady,” stated Beverly.  By 2003, Tranquility moved into a larger space to accommodate the growing staff  of another esthetician, a nail tech and a general manager/business partner, Loreta Lescelius.

Now known as Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center, Beverly’s vision has continued to expand into the present 4000 square-foot space at 113 N. Second Avenue, St. Charles, IL, adding an infrared sauna & steam shower, yoga sanctuary, and multiple treatment rooms.  No longer “just a spa”, Tranquility has blossomed into a haven for beauty, health and wellness.

113 N 2nd Ave

Tranquility was built on Beverly’s principle that, “Taking care of the skin is a lifelong commitment.  It’s taking care of the skin and aging gracefully… It’s about health and wellness.”  Relax at Tranquility with services including:

Tranquility logoSpa Servicesrelaxation

Skin Care & Waxing

Massage Therapy

Natural Nail Care

Eye Lash Extensions

Infrared Sauna & Steam

Tranquility logoWellness Serviceshealing

Chiropractic Care

Natural Medicine


Yoga Therapy & Classes


Energy Healing

Tranquility logoAdditional Servicessupport

Permanent Make-up

Sound Healing & Meditation

Wellness Workshops

As a THANK YOU to all the supportive and loyal patrons, Tranquility is offering a 13% discount on select products each month for the entire year!  During September all Anti-Aging products and serums are 13% off.  “Like” Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center on Facebook to find out about upcoming sales, promotions, events and for knowledge & inspiration.

Here’s to another 13 years and beyond!

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Emily Loveland, DC



Putting Your Best Face Forward…The Final Touch 1 Month May 30, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,Cosmetic Surgery,Events,Make up & Lashes,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 4:23 pm

I am still alive and kicking! I can’t believe it’s been one month since my laser peel. My skin is feeling and looking fabulous. I am being very careful not to get any sun on my face, so if you see some lady walking around St. Charles in a big beach sun hat1 month peel, just honk and wave 🙂  It’s just me out on a walk.1 month peel side

This is me!! No make-up at all. I realize it is hard to tell from these pictures, but the texture of my skin is soft and smooth. The lines around my eyes and mouth are almost completely gone. The hyper-pigmentation is considerably improved. It is truly amazing.

Today,  Amy Hornstrom, our permanent make-up specialist, is going to enhance my eyebrows. As you can see from the picture, they are a little sparce in areas. I usually fill them in with powder on a daily basis, so this will save a step in my regimen.  I am really looking forward to seeing the end result and sharing this with all of you as well. after eyebrowsBefore (below) and directly after (right) . Looks Amazing !!!! Thanks Amy 🙂                                                      



Putting Your Best Face Forward… The Final Touch Day 5 May 7, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,Events,plastic surgery,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 7:50 pm

Good Afternoon! It’s a good thing I work in a spa, otherwise, it might be a little harder to explain why my face is peeling off 🙂 I got through the da, yesterday, and was able to educate clients and staff as to the healing process my skin is going through. Very exciting, if you ask me. I went home and washed my face for the 4th time and most of the peeling is gone. The redness has subsided quite a bit and the skin that is unveiling is flawless.! 🙂 No lines, no broken capillaries, no hyperpigmentation. It’s amazing.

I’m on my way to see Dr. Haddle for the post procedure check-up. Can’t wait to hear what he says. Everyone in the office was ecstatic about the results and how quickly I’m healing. Dr. Haddle says the increased healing is due to the PRP process which he does. It stands for platelet rich plasma, which has healing and growth factors secreted from plasma cells that were taken from my own blood. He applies this after the procedure and immediately sees the redness of the skin lessen. I am truly shocked by how quickly my face has transitioned. I’m still a little shiny from the occlusive ointment. He said I can wear make-up starting Thursday, but, heck!!! Why would I do that and cover up this work of art that he has created. The fine lines, pigmentation and large pores are all but gone. Just a little flakiness left. By Thursday, I can get back to my regular skincare routine and start using my Clarisonic  (gently!). The biggest factor is protecting my skin from the sun with a good sunscreen.

Dr. Haddle also said that the effects of the laser continue to increase collagen production for 6 months. WOW!

Thanks for following along. I will post again on Thursday. We are planning a follow-up presentation with Dr. Haddle at Tranquility in July, so stay tuned for more info on the date and time. In the meantime, feel free to call Dr. Haddle’s office at 630-232-9090 for a consultation appointment. He is truly a wonderful doctor!

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Putting Your Best Face Forward…. The Final Touch Day 4 May 6, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,plastic surgery,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 11:20 am

Sorry about missing my post yesterday. I was having computer issues and couldn’t get the pictures to download.

What a beautiful day it was! Hope you were all out there enjoying it for me. The good news is that I’ve gotten a lot of work done  these past few days.

As for my face! The peeling has begun! And so has the itching.  It is very tight after I wash it and I can’t wait to get the lotion on it. It feels like sandpaper to touch. The skin just starts coming off as I wash it and apply the cream. The skin is nice and smooth where it has peeled off.  It’s going to look great.



Putting Your Best Face Forward….The Final Touch Day 3 May 4, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,Events,plastic surgery,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 1:30 pm

photo (27) So my story is….. I just got back from spending a glorious weekend in St. Tropez! Unfortunately, I fell asleep on the beach for three days! 🙂 As you can see, that’s about what I look like right now. I am following Dr. Haddle’s instructions to the letter. Washing my face 4 times a day and applying the occlusive ointment. It is slightly tender to the touch, but nothing unbearable. Similar to how a sunburn feels after a few days. I should start to experience some peeling today and there is a little bit of itchiness and tightness to the skin. The next picture is a close up so you can see what the skin looks like. I’m not sure how it will look on your computer. I can see tiny little dots all over my face from the laser. Or it looks like I slept on a screen. It’s very interesting to see how the skin repairs itself and the healing process it goes through. Our skin is such an amazing organ that protects us from so many things. We really take it for granted. Believe me, this skin is going to be treated even better than it has been from now on!

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Putting Your Best FaceForward….. The Final Touch Day 2 May 3, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,Events,plastic surgery,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 4:30 pm

Hello again,

Thanks again for all the great comments from my faithful followers 🙂 You guys crack me up! As you see today, I have more redness and color than yesterday. It’s definitely more red in person than this picture shows. There is absolutely no pain. It feels very tight and it’s tender to the touch like a sunburn, but there is not the burning sensation you have with a sunburn.

I have strict instructions to keep my face very clean. I have to wash it 3-4 times a day for these first few days. I apply a special ointment to keep it very moist. No make-up or other products until day 7. I will be going back to work on Monday, so if you have an appointment with me next week, you’ll get to see the real me!

So far, this has been an very easy experience. I am able to get a lot of work done and since the weather is only good for ducks, I don’t have to feel like I’m missing my wonderful long walks. photo (26)


Putting Your Best Face Forward….Final Touch Day 1 May 2, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,plastic surgery,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 4:13 pm

Hi Everyone,

Today was the laser resurfacing with the Co2 laser. Piece of cake!!!!!! Honestly!! At least so far anyway 🙂 I went in at 7:30 am with my driver, Sue. I had applied numbing cream this morning at 7:00.  When I got to the office, Dr. Zak was there, ready to go. He explained the anesthesia and his nurse started the IV. He is so caring and compassionate, I felt very confident and prepared. The next thing I knew I was waking up. Felt a little groggy. Sue took me home, I had some breakfast , took some advil and put two bags of peas on my face, then fell asleep. Right now, it feels like a sunburn. Thank you Dr. Haddle for all of your reassurance. You are the best!

I can’t believe I post these pictures of myself!!! Although, I figure I see all of my clients without make-up, under the magnifying lamp and after I’ve destroyed their hair with a scalp massage, so why shouldn’t I share! I hope that with me sharing my journey, it will help people understand these procedures better and not be so afraid of them.

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Thanks for your thoughts and kind words of encouragement. See you tomorrow 🙂


Putting Your Best Face Forward….. The final touch May 1, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,Events,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 10:28 am

Hi Everyone!

Time sure flies! It’s been 3 months since my facelift! For those of you who have seen me, thank you for your care, support and compliments. I do feel great about the results. I don’t look in the mirror and focus on those saggy jowls anymore because they aren’t there! Yippee! Thank you Dr. Haddle!!

So, tomorrow, I go in for the final touch. Yes, one more very important step. The laser resurfacing. This is what Dr. Haddle calls the “paint job”. As he explains, the facelift is restoring and repositioning the structure of the house, now we have to do the finishing touches and improve the actual skin. The canvas needs buffed out and painted, so to speak. The facelift deals with the muscles and restoring the foundation, it doesn’t actually affect the skin texture. The fractionated laser treatment helps diminish fine lines, increase collagen production, minimize large pores and correct discoloration or hyperpigmentation. It also will help to blend the scars. What more could you ask for! The procedure takes about 45 minutes, but I will be under anesthesia, so I will be there for a few hours. The initial downtime is 5-7 days, where it will look and feel like a sunburn. No make-up for the first week.  I will be posting pictures again, so be prepared. I’m sure it won’t be pretty in the beginning. It sounds like I’ll be staying inside this weekend :). This is the same treatment Dr. Haddle did around my eyes during the facelift and my eyes look amazing.  After a few days it will peel and there will be new, pink, soft skin. Obviously, it will be important to stay out of the sun for the next few weeks and to where a good sunscreen. There can be redness up to 6-8 weeks due to the increased collagen production and healing process that the skin is experiencing.

Wish me luck for tomorrow. I will be sharing this experience with you again, so stay tuned.  Enjoy this beautiful day!!!



Putiing Your Best Face Forward…. 1 month! March 2, 2013

Filed under: Confidence,Make up & Lashes,Skin Care & Waxing,Yoga Workshops — relaxattranquility @ 10:37 am

photo (19)Hi Everyone! Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes. I am truly very blessed to have so many wonderful friends in my life.  It has been a week of celebrating AND the 1 month mark of my facelift journey! So hard to believe. And thanks to Dr. Haddle, I keep looking younger every day. HeHe!

I have been given a clean bill of health from Dr. Haddle. WooHoo! I can resume my exercise and go back to my yoga classes!!! Hurray!  I can’t wait until Monday! I don’t have to sleep elevated anymore. Everything is healing well, including the little patch behind my ear. I still have tightness and swelling in the outer perimeter of my face, especially jaw area and neck. Dr. Haddle explains that there are many stitches underneath in these areas, so that is normal. Still a slight feeling of numbness as well. But every day, I see a difference in how things feel. This week I feel as though my energy level is returning to normal.

I can color my hair next week ( a good thing since the gray was starting to give me away 🙂 ). I can also get my eyebrows permanently tattooed by Amy Hornstrom, Tranquility’s newest permanent make-up artist. I have some areas that are uneven and have wanted to have this done again, so we will show you the results of this as soon as I do it.

I am very pleased with the outcome of this journey so far. Dr. Haddle, his staff and Dr. Zak were all wonderful and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the care that I had. Keep following the progress, although I may only post once a week now. Remember to join us for Part 2 of the presentation at Tranquility on Thursday March 28 at 7 pm to see what happens next!


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