Hydration: The Essence of Health

I see clients on a daily basis. During the initial consultation I often notice the tell signs of dehydration; dark circles, fine lines, pigmentation and acne are more than skin deep. Great skin is a reflection of what one puts in their body (digestion) as well as how one takes care of their skin.

Proper skin care is very important, here are my recommendations: 

1) Cleanse gently.
2) Exfoliate with the p50 formula appropriate for your skin type (essential to balance the pH of your skin and to ensure proper hydration).
3) Use a hyaluronic acid serum like Valmont’s hydra3 regenetic or Biologique Recherche’s Serum Yall o2 to keep skin plump & hydrated and, yes, looking younger.

Babies are born with a high level of hyaluronic acid, which keeps their skin plump and smooth. Unfortunately, the amount of hyaluronic acid in skin diminishes with age, most significantly after age 40.  While it’s not possible to maintain that perfect dewy baby-skin, it is possible to help restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content and give grown-up skin a younger, fresher, smoother, more supple and hydrated look. Applied topically it increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage. For those who get injectables hyaluronic acid prolongs the plumping effect.  All skin types, even oily, can benefit from using hyaluronic acid serum.

4) Mature and drier skin types should always apply moisturizer to prevent transepidermal water loss and to lock in the moisture .

To maintain optimal hydration we need to focus on proper nutrition and drinking plenty of water. Water is the body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of our body weight. All systems and organs in our bodies depend on water. We need water even for healthy bones.  As much as 75% of the body weight of a newborn infant is water, whereas some adults are as little as 45% water by weight.  When you become dehydrated the body pulls water from your tissues (skin) to maintain the concentration in your blood.  When this happens your eyes may look sunken, skin may feel drier it’s not going to be as elastic or supple, and so you will look much older.
The first symptom of dehydration is not thirst, it’s usually fatigue, feeling tired.
Healing with water is legendary… staying hydrated properly is scientifically proven to be essential.
At Rescue we emphasize the importance of hydration.  We prepare infused water daily and offer it to clients upon their arrival.  We offer two choices that I recommend to everyone to make at home as well:

1) Filtered ionized water infused with orange, cucumber and mint.
2) Filtered ionized water infused with lemon and lime (my favorite beauty booster in the morning).

As for nutrition (Philadelphia has amazing produce markets) try to incorporate a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, local fish, meats and cheeses.  Avoid processed food, sugars, white flour, soda, and saturated fat to maintain a healthy body and skin.

Here I’d like to share my “Skin Glow” juice recipe.  I use an Omega juicer, but any juicer will do the trick. :)

1 Cucumber
A few sprigs of Parsley
2 stalks of Celery
A handful of Kale
1 Apple
1/2 a Lemon
1 small piece of Ginger

Increase your energy and super hydrate with this simple juice… and don’t forget to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily!

Esthetician and Owner of Rescue Spa,

Danuta Mieloch

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Field Guide: 5 Awesome Beauty Stores (That Aren’t Sephora)

The best spots to stock your beauty arsenal.
BY  |  AUGUST 7, 2014

When the spa moved to 16th and Walnut, it expanded its services (hello, Best of Philly 2014 winner for blowouts!). But we really love the new location for its bigger, better selection of beauty products, now organized in a huge display section worthy of the luxury brands it carries. Here you can score hard-to-find products like Valmont and Biologique Recherche skincare, Keiko Mecheri and Serge Lutens perfumes, Chantecaille makeup, makeup shampoos and conditioners, and James Read self-tanning lotions. It’s basically the best of all European beauty brands in one sleek space.

Better yet: Their website makes it easy to shop online, too.

Go here for: The cult-favorite P50, which magically turns tired, dull skin into dewy-fresh perfection. See owner Danuta’s skin for proof.
1601 Walnut Street, Center City, shoprescuespa.com.

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Supermodel Linda Evangelista on P50

“I’m really into Biologique Recherche’s whole line, especially their P50 exfoliators,” says supermodel Linda Evangelista, spilling her beauty secrets in this Harper’s Bazaar article

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ODIN 04 PETRANA EAU DE PARFUM. The perfect transition spritzer for Fall.

This unique floral will transport you to a Jordanian desert landscape covered in blooming black iris, revealing its dark complexion from earth to air. A foundation of wild orris root and green violet leaf absolute slowly recede, revealing the heart of Petrana. Herbaceous coriander, spicy pink pepper and deep purple cassis float above the blooms infusing luminous freshness.

Top: Deep Purple Cassis, Pink Pepper, Herbaceous Coriander

Middle: Black Iris, Violet Leaf Absolute, Garden Heliotrope

Bottom: Wild Orris Root, Earthy Vetiver, White Musk


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“With sleek silver packaging and an ultra-efficient applicator tip, Le Stylo is the zippy sportscar of the liquid liner world. It goes from nought to Sixties in about 10 seconds flat, which is a blessing when you’re trying to look groomed and gamine but also get out of the door in the morning. It’s incredibly easy to achieve both a sleek, thin line or a more kittenish, dramatic flick and whilst not inky black, colour payoff is good and the effect is perhaps more flattering that a deep, harsh black. It’s water based instead of silicone based, so it’s easily removed and kinder to sensitive eyes. All in all, I think I’ve found the one.”

Did it have smudge-proof staying power?


Would you recommend it to a friend?


Was it worth the money?



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The perfect combination for summer…

Mix Gel ADN Silkgen, Serum Yall O2 and Fluide VIP O2 to hydrate, protect, and leave skin looking and feeling radiant!

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With only a few weeks left until Labor Day…

With only a few weeks left until Labor Day, it might be tempting to soak up the last of that summer sun.  Although many cite a “healthy,” dewy looking glow, as one of their top reasons they love the warm weather, the sun can be a mixed-blessing for your skin.  Sure the sun offers us plenty of Vitamin-D, but after thirteen years as a licensed esthetician I’ve seen the downsides the face can take after a beating from summer weather.

Apart from skin cancer, pores can be easily clogged with the products we use to protect them from the harmful UV rays. While you may see a decrease in outbreaks after a day at the beach, summer humidity draws out plenty of unpleasant oils and toxins in the skin that many are not aware of.  Ultimately, the glow we experience is usually a combination of sweat and oils that quickly turn the face into a breeding ground for bacteria.  If breakouts seem to plague your summer fun, getting a facial is a great way to detox the skin.

Deep pore cleansing the skin through the extraction methods we use in our Classic Rescue Facial is a surefire way to cancel out much of the post-sun damage. After a  purifying cleanse, exfoliation applied to the skin helps increase circulation and rejuvenate the cells by scrubbing away the dead skin.  Exfoliation doesn’t just keep your face silky smooth—it resets the skin to reverse uneven complexions.  If you often find yourself looking blotchy during the summer, on top of feeling extra-oily, sun is likely the culprit. The sun often causes pigmentation issues that lead to uneven skin tones.  Yet, giving the pores a good scrub is only a part of the process. Because the sun zaps many of the skin’s natural vitamins in the heat, a hydration mask can help to reset the balance in the skin.

Although these are the issues I’ve most commonly seen when a client neglects their summer routine, (call it one-too-many late night cocktails with the girls and forgetting to wash your face or dozing off on the beach for a few hours,) a quick consultation with an esthetician can help you combat the damage that’s been done and steer your skin back onto the right track.

As an esthetician, only part of my job is customizing the facial so that it will maximize the healing benefits for your skin. Serious care and consideration is put into every post-consultation so that you have a tailored home care regime that will keep you protected longer after the facial is through.

But don’t let that deter you from enjoying the rest of your summer! Just remember, keeping up with facials in the summer is not just healthy—it is absolutely necessary.

Esthetician, Jennifer Dalponte

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Town & Country: Pre-Wedding Facials that Make a Difference

Stress and late night planning do the skin no favors. Here are the treatments we recommend before you tie the knot.

Biologique Recherche Bio-Lift Facial, Rescue Spa, Philadelphia

Not for the faint of heart, a Biologique Recherche facial is for serious skin care seekers. The focus is less on relaxation and more on making skin look as beautiful as possible with electrocurrents, massage, and a series of masks.


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RACKED Philly: Summer Skin Reset

Between sweat, sunscreen, and SEPTA exhaust, summers in Philly aren’t too easy on the pores, and your face could likely benefit from a little refresher right about now. Something a little more effective than, say, a Biore strip, but less frightening than anything involving local anesthetic.Classic Rescue Facial at Rescue Spa, $110
Combining dermatology with soothing spa practices, Rescue Spa is pretty serious about facials. The Classic Rescue Facial, for instance, begins with a skin assessment, and it even treats the neck, decolletage, and hands with skin type-specific potions and serums. This is the spa that stocks the Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion you keep hearing about. Medical Arts Building, 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor; Rittenhouse Square



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