Lapiel Gift Cards Available + Local Holiday Gift Guide!

Picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be pretty stressful! If you’re anything like us, you start off with the best of intention of getting it all done early only to wake up on December 20th wondering where all the time went. Which is why we thought we’d help you get a jump start on your Christmas list all while shopping local and keeping it simple.  We may not be Oprah, Gail or the hundreds of staff memebers who make it all happen, we do have some great local places to shop, eat and get your Christmas shopping done in no time. Starting of course with a Lapiel Gift Cards– perfect for even hardest to shop for person on your list.


Lapiel Local Holiday Gift Guide

Lapiel Laser Center Gifts

Lapiel Gift Cards

Our entire staff’s favorite gift to give around the Holidays has to be a Lapiel Gift Card. The best part about Lapiel Gift Cards is that they can be the perfect gift for almost anyone. Whether you want to treat someone to a relaxing Facial, our line of Eminience Organic Skin Care products, or even Laser Hair Removal, our gift cards come in any denomination and for a limited time only, these festive holders. We promise, your loved ones will thank you!

Lapiel Laser Center Nurse

Catalina’s Favorite Things

“My favorite product to give this time of year is our Mineral SPF Powder! Kids love it, Moms love it, and its perfect for Holiday Beach Vacations. It comes in many colors, but I like to give the translucent one it can be used for the whole family.

When I’m not shopping on Lapiel’s shelves, I like to visit another female owned and opperated buisness in Roscoe Village called Fixture. It’s a great place to find unique handcrafted gifts from local aritsts– including my handbag!”

Our Sun Defence Mineral SPF comes in 6 Shades and retails for $58. A Great Stocking Stuffer!

Shop Small Chicago

Photo courtesty of Fixture’s Instagram @ShopFixture

Check out Fixture‘s online store or visit them in store at 2108 W Roscoe, Chicago


Ariana’s Favorite Things

“As many of you know I swear by our Rosehip C+E Firming oil. I use it at night, in the morning and pretty much anytime I put on makeup! I love giving it as a Christmas present because it’s a luxurious treat for everyone from my best friend to my grandma. It also smells like a dream.

When I’m not giving Lapiel Gift Cards, my favorite gift,  I love shopping at The Spice House on Wells. They have the perfect hostess gifts (am I the only one who feels I’m never not going to a party around the Holidays?!) and I swear by the Ethnic Chicago Neighborhood Box #2.”

Rosehip Oil

Eminence Organic Triple C+E Firming Oil $110

The Spice House is located at 1512 N Wells, Chicago


Lapiel Laser Center Staff

Courtney’s Favorite Things

“#1 must have for Chicago winter is the Citrus lip balm. This little stocking stuffer will heal while it soothes, helping you kiss chapped lips good bye!
#2 Popcorn Asylum- My mother in law loved the “Asylum” Mix (Cheddar and Maple Syrup) so much last year that I’m going to get her the large “Pillow-Sized” bag this time around! This Lakeview shop is stepping up Chicago’s popcorn game using real ingredients and interesting recipes. The PB+J and Jalapeno Cheddar are other favorite flavors.”
Eminence Organic Skin Care Chicago

Photo Courtesty of @EminenceOrganics

Citrus Lip Balm $24

Popcorn Assylum can be found at  2823 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL


Aesthetician Chicago

Julie’s Favorite Things

“Eminence’s Tropical Vanilla day cream is my go-to gift no matter what time of year! I love it because it is both an SPF and a moisturizer so it’s like giving two gifts in one.

I prefer to give experiences rather than gifts. I usually meet my girlfriends for a holiday drink at Frasca or Cafe El Tapatio, they’re both so cozy and festive around the Holidays!”


Holiday Eminence Organic Skin Care

Eminence Organic Tropical Vanilla Day Cream $64

Frasca Pizzeria + Wine Bar is located at 3358 N Paulina, Chicago.

Cafe El Tapatio is located 3400 N Ashland and also happens to be the site of the Annual Lapiel Christmas Party!

Lapiel Gift Cards

Maria’s Favorite Things

(aka the Mini Intern)

“My favorite product at Lapiel is the Stone Crop Fizzofoliant because it helps with my acne and scrubs my face clean. Its fun to use because it turns into a foam.

My favorite place to go Christmas shopping is the new Target because it has something for everyone! Or Hazel, which is near my friends house”

Eminence Organic Chicago

Stone Crop Fizzofoliant $52

Hazel is a super cute place to find a great selection of Jewelry and eclectic gifts for all ages and is located at 1926 W Montrose, Chicago.

The brand new Lakeview Target is now open at 3300 N Ashland, Chicago

Happy Shopping & Cheers to a

Happy, Heathy, Hairfree New Year!



2017-12-07T16:21:18+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Specials|

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe For All Skin Tones?

You would be shocked by just how often we receive this question and by how many clients never thought that Laser Hair Removal was even an option for them. The long and and sometimes complicated answer is yes, it is safe for almost all skin types and tones so long as you are doing your research and making sure you find the right combination of Laser and Provider.

Read on to find out more about our lasers and the providers that allow us to treat such a variety of skin types as well as some questions to ask if you can’t see us here in Chicago!


Skin Type IV Laser Hair Removal


When it comes to hair removal there are so many different methods available to you.  So often women of color think that Laser Hair Removal is simply not an option for them or that the risks of burning, which can be higher for darker skin tones, outweigh the benefits of the kind of smooth skin that only Laser Hair Removal can provide. We are here to dispel the myth that Laser Hair Removal is only for those with light skin and dark hair, that in fact Laser Hair Removal is a great option for women of all skin tones! Here is a guide to asking the right questions to make sure that you find the right fit for your skin type.

What is your skin type?

Many Medspas, Lapiel included, use a handy guide called the Fitzpatrick Scale to set the guidelines for how they treat people of all skin tones. It is important to know where you skin falls on this scale and be able to ask whether or not the provider has successfully treated women with your skin type in the past. It is also important to answer your questionaires as honestly as possible, many women may come in thinking they are are a Skin Type III or IV when in reality they may be closer to a I or II.

Chicago Skin Types

We recently read an article on Refinery 29 that further dispels the idea that Laser Hair Removal is not for women of color.

“What’s even more frustrating is that women who have darker complexions, particularly those from African and Caribbean backgrounds, make the best candidates for laser hair removal, for several reasons. Firstly, their hair density is often greater than in other racial groups, and “the larger the hair follicle, the more a receptive target it is for treatment,” adds Dr. Maria Gonzalez, a dermatologist from the Royal Gwent Hospital. Moreover, their skin type doesn’t fare well with other types of hair removal: waxing, epilation and shaving can cause ongoing skin damage in ways that don’t affect lighter skin tones as much.”

What Lasers Can Be Used on Darker Skin Types?

Not all lasers are created equal. It is very important to make sure that you are choosing the right laser for your skin type.The most common laser used to treat darker skin types is the Nd:YAG laser. This particular Laser uses a wavelength that absorbs a very low amount of melanin in the skin, so there is little risk of hyperpigmentation or scarring, which is ideal for people of color.


Candela GentleMax Chicago


The GentleMAX by Candela is the Gold Standard for Laser Hair Removal in all Fitzpatrick skin types. Our providers have used this technology to safely and effectively treat our clients for over 14 years.

Who is doing the Laser Hair Removal?

Perhaps the most important part of the entire Hair Removal process is making sure you do your homework when it comes to selecting the right place to be treated. Here at Lapiel our treatments are performed exclusively by trained Nurses to ensure the safest possible outcome. You want to be sure that the person operating the laser has successfully worked with your skin type and knows what the proper settings should be. Don’t be shy, you should feel comfortable enough with your provider to ask any and all questions regarding your treatment.




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2017-12-01T00:19:04+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Laser Hair Removal|