50% off all Anti-aging Laser Treatment Packages & Laser Hair Removal Packages, Peoria, IL

SAVE Big this September with 50% off ALL Anti-Aging Laser Treatment Packages & Laser Hair Removal Packages at The Aesthetic Studio at The Couri Center.  Hurry!  Ends September 30, 2018!  

Anti-Aging Laser treatments & Hair Removal Packages treat:

  • Unwanted hair on the face & body
  • Unwanted pigmentation
  • Wrinkles & fine lines
  • Stretch marks & scars
  • Brown spots, age spots & sun spots
  • Rosacea & facial veins

Must use package by 2-29-19.  Not applicable with Studio Rewards.

Complimentary Consultation and Pricing:

For more information and specific pricing based on your areas of concern, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation now:  info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

Dr. Couri’s Favorite Antioxidants By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

If I could recommend my favorite supplements and skincare products, I would have to say that those rich in antioxidants are my pick.   Every day, our bodies, especially our skin, which is our largest organ and our main line of defense from environmental toxins, are exposed to the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Antioxidants can counter free radical activity.  Some of the most powerful antioxidants include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and resveratrol.


Vitamin E: d-alpha tocopherol. A fat-soluble vitamin present in nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, and apricots. Vitamin E has been shown to help strengthen the immune system and can reduce the incidence of menopause related hot flashes. Remember that Vitamin E is a natural blood thinner, so if you are currently taking a blood thinner, consult your physician before starting Vitamin E.  I recommend 800 mg of mixed tocopherols daily.

Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries.  Vitamin C is critical for collagen production, as well as for the production of new cells and tissue.  We lose collagen as we age, so supplementing with Vitamin C can be an important part of our anti-aging regimen.  I recommend 2,500 mg of Vitamin C daily.

Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. Because beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body there is no set requirement, but I recommend 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily.  Beta-carotene will be present in your high-potency multivitamin.


Taking a good quality, high-potency multivitamin as well as supplementing with the above mentioned antioxidants should be a part of your daily wellness routine.  However, supplements should never replace eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants.  There is absolutely no substitute for what nature intended us to get from our food, especially a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruits.


The importance of antioxidants applies to the health of our skin as well as our entire body.  I will share with you my favorite antioxidants for the skin, products that I consider “must haves”.  I will never go without these products as they have made an incredible difference in the health of my skin.


One of my absolute favorite skin care products is Vitamin C serum.  A high-potency Vitamin C serum or cream should be the first product you apply to freshly cleansed skin in the morning so that it can be absorbed immediately. Use just enough to cover the skin, as too much Vitamin C on the skin can be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. I recommend waiting five minutes to allow the Vitamin C to be absorbed by your skin before you apply any other facial product.  Once absorbed by the skin, Vitamin C offers advanced environmental protection from free radicals and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens the skin’s complexion.  The Vitamin C serum that I use and highly recommend is C E Ferulic from Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).

Another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Retinol Cream.  Retinol is a weaker version of retinoic acid, a high potency Vitamin A cream.  Retinol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade the appearance of age spots and blemishes.  It is able to help slough off old skin cells and stimulates new cell formation.   I encourage the use of Retinol nightly as part of your skin care routine.  If you have trouble with Retinol irritating your skin, try using it 2-3 times weekly instead of every night and work up to using it nightly.  Since Retinol can cause photosensitivity to the skin, do not use Retinol if you are currently undergoing laser procedures like laser hair removal.  Also, make sure to use a good quality sunscreen every single day. My favorite sunscreen is Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB.  Two of my favorite Retinol products are Skinceuticals Retinol and Nia24 Intensive Retinol Repair (all available at the Couri Center).


Lastly, another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Resveratrol.  Topical Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in red grapes, has been shown to protect us against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation and free radicals. Topical Resveratrol can also enhance skin’s radiance and elasticity.  The Resveratrol serum that I use every night before moisturizing is Resveratrol BE by Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).


If you have any questions about which supplements are right for you, please come in and talk with our Registered Dietitian Leslie Rusch-Bayer.  If you need help personalizing your skin care regimen, come in and talk with our Licensed Esthetician Leslie Gilstrap.  We are here to help you in any way we can.


To Your Health,

Dr. Couri







Goodbye Summer Sun Damage With NIA24® By  Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

As summer comes to an end, many of us look in the mirror and see the results of too much sun. This can include fine lines, uneven skin tone and sun spots.  If this is a concern for you, NIA24®has just what you need.

The first step includes exfoliating and prepping the skin for repair.  Our Rapid Exfoliating Serum is a leave on resurfacing treatment that loosens dead skin cells (allowing them to shed away) for brighter, smoother skin.  Antioxidants and botanical extracts such as Prickly Pear, Red Algae, Rose Bud and Willow Bark Extract help the exfoliation process as well as controlling oil.

Key Benefits:

  • Loosens dead skin cells for better exfoliation
  • Targets rough, dry patches that clog pores (and cause acne of not properly exfoliated)
  • Gentle enough for daily use when initially incorporated into skin care regimen
  • Can be used twice a day

The second step includes repairing damaged skin.  Our Rapid Depigmentation Serum is a concentrated, light textured product that lightens dark spots, brightens and evens skin tone.  Vitamin C, Willow Bark extract and Sugar Beet are the main antioxidants and botanical extracts that will help reduce pigment production, improve tone and texture and hydrate the skin.

Key Benefits:

  • Helps lighten dark spots caused by sun damage, age and prolonged overall discoloration of the skin
  • Be patient-results will be seen in 12 weeks
  • Can be used twice a day

As with all NIA24®products, these serums contain Pro-Niacin which strengthens the moisture barrier of the skin, increases cell turnover, and improves tone, texture and discoloration. Once you’ve put the work into your skin don’t forget to apply NIA24®SPF 30 Sunscreen everyday, which will keep the sun damage at bay.  If you have any further questions or would like to set up a NIA24®skin regimen come see me for a Free Consultationat the Couri Center Aesthetic Studio.


To healthy skin, Leslie A. Gilstrap



A concentrated night face serum with pure antioxidant-rich resveratrol to reveal visible radiance and firmness

Resveratrol B E is a first-of-its kind night treatment that combines a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol, synergistically enhanced with 0.5% baicalin and 1% pure vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) for optimized anti-aging antioxidant performance. This patented antioxidant cocktail neutralizes free radicals, supports skin’s natural antioxidant defenses, and reveals visible radiance and firmness.

  • Neutralizes free radicals caused by environmental aggressors and supports skin’s natural antioxidant defenses
  • Diminishes visible signs of aging, improves the appearance of skin radiance, firmness, and density
  • Paraben, fragrance, and dye-free
  • Ideal for normal, dry, and combination skin types

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your Free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today!

SkinCeuticals Retinol Creams



SkinCeuticals high-concentration retinol cream is available in two strengths and ideal for most skin types with visible aging concerns. Enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies to provide maximum efficacy, these retinol creams improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, skin texture, and blemishes with minimum sensitization.

Helps reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone

  • Preserves optimal retinol stability and minimizes irritation commonly associated with the use of retinol
  • Ensures maximum amount of retinol reaches the target site

One of the most widely researched and proven skincare ingredients available today, retinol is shown to help improve the visible effects of aging. This potent ingredient helps promote cell turnover to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and blemishes. Formulated with pure retinol and bisabolol (derived from chamomile), SkinCeuticals retinol night creams are designed to ensure maximum efficacy while minimizing irritation commonly associated with the use of retinol creams.

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your Free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today!




Born from decades of skin cancer research that led to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants, Skinceuticals high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.  Clinically proven topical antioxidants, corrective serums and creams, feature pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that have the scientific proof to back up their claims.

By combining a customized at-home regimen with powerful in-office treatments and targeted skincare solutions, the result is healthier skin with visible improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging.

SkinCeuticals philosophy centers on three main pillars: PREVENT. PROTECT. CORRECT.  These principles work synergistically to provide the healthiest skin possible, and optimal anti-aging results.

To customize your skin care regime, call 692-6838 to schedule your Free consultation with our Licensed Esthetician today!


Waxing Services

Waxing Hair Removal now available at The Aesthetic Studio at the Couri Center

Sometimes, laser hair removal is not for everyone. If you prefer waxing or cannot have laser hair removal, we now offer waxing services!  Leslie Gilstrap, LE, has over 10-years experience in waxing and is a certified Cirépil professional.

The Couri Center proudly uses Cirépil depilatory wax, a low-temperature, hypoallergenic wax that may be used with or without strips.  Unlike traditional methods of waxing, Cirépil wax sticks to the hair rather than the skin, reducing the pain of waxing by 50%!  Cirépil wax encapsulates the hair, removing it from the root while leaving the skin undamaged.  When the integrity of the skin is uncompromised, there is reduced inflammation, redness and downtime for you!

What’s to love about Aesthetic Studio Cirépil waxing services?

  • Remarkable results and ultra smooth, soft skin
  • Less Painful: Cirépil adheres to the hair rather than the skin so you feel virtually no pain.
  • Less Redness: With Cirépil ingredients and our gentle hair removal technique, you have less inflammation and redness.
  • Fewer Ingrown Hairs: Cirépil wax remove all hair from its root, thus avoiding ingrown hairs.
  • Long Lasting: Results can last 2-4 weeks.  Up to 4-6 weeks with regular waxing.

Schedule your service today: 692-6823 or email us: info@couricenter.com





What is an IPL Photofacial? By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

If you keep your ears open in any medical office the term Photofacial may come up. But what is a Photofacial? A Photofacial is an anti-aging treatment that uses Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to penetrate and treat pigmented skin. Photofacials are non-ablative, so no skin is removed during the treatment. IPL technology targets discoloration, sun damage and broken capillaries, revealing clearer skin. Patients like it because there is very little discomfort or downtime. Multiple treatments (3-6) are usually required to achieve the best results and are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

What results can I expect from IPL?

  • Decreases appearance of sunspots and pigmentation
  • Repairs small blood vessels that have surfaced due to sun damage or maturity
  • Stimulates collagen and improves skin tone
  • Minimizes wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Reduces enlarged pores
  • Diffuses skin redness and Rosacea

The treatment itself does not take very long depending on the area being treated (15-60 minutes). Keep in mind it’s not limited to the face just because it’s called a facial. Other popular areas are hands, arms, chest and shoulders. Common side effects are redness, swelling, dryness and crusting of deeply pigmented spots. This all will subside rather quickly through your skin’s healing process. We can discuss complete expectations during your initial consultation, which is always complimentary.

Patients should have realistic expectations of results, as some damage can lay very deep in the skin. Most discoloration will fade however not all of it will be gone. And of course the key to keeping any skin treatment looking fresh is SUNSCREEN. I like NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF 30 100% mineral sunscreen, $49 available here at the Couri Center (I’m happy to provide a sample too). Without proper protection and limited sun exposure, the treated areas could reappear.

If you’re interested in finding out how your skin can benefit from our IPL Photofacial, please schedule your complimentary consultation with me. I look forward to discussing the right treatment options for you.

To healthy skin,


Leslie A. Gilstrap


June 2018 Laser Hair Removal Sale


Sale:  30% off Laser Hair Removal Package for your Underarms*

Free yourself from the constant need to shave your underarms and save! Our state of the art laser technology gives you safe, effective, permanent hair reduction. Treatments are fast, easy, and practically pain-free.

Benefits of our state of the art laser hair removal:

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Safe
  • Convenience (no more shaving/waxing/tweezing!)
  • No more unsightly ingrown hairs or bumps
  • Amazing, smooth results

For more information, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation here: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

*Package must be started during June 2018.

May & June Sales