Everything’s coming up roses

Everything’s coming up roses—at least, in the skincare world. In addition to smelling lovely, roses have been used for thousands of years for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties. Which would explain why it’s being touted as the hero ingredient of the summer… and why you need to try this:

Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Primer ($88)

The botanical-based line’s newest skincare addition is sunscreen like you’ve never seen it before. Silky smooth, it glides on before your face makeup as a perfect primer and leaves no trace of chalky residue.

 

Fashionista Philly Talks ‘Summer Skincare’ with Esthetician Joana Kula

Fashionista Philly met with Rescue aesthetician Joanna Kula for some great summer skincare advice…


In the city of Philadelphia, there are mediocre over priced spas where you can get your nails done or maybe an okay facial. Toppers anyone? Ouch no comment.. But if you want the best of the best you head over to 1601 Walnut street to Rescue Spa. Ever since Rescue opened its doors back in 2004, it has ranked as one of the best spas in Philadelphia. The Owner Danuta Mieloch is a skin care genius who trained under the renown Dr. Yvan Allouche in Paris. As soon as you enter Rescue, you feel whisked away from the busy streets of Philadelphia into a secret beautiful and serene setting where the staff caters attentively to their clients. Rescue is my go to spa, and their facials are such a treat for your skin especially with the changing seasons. The summer time is no exception to when your skin needs extra attention. Lucky for all my followers Rescue aesthetician Joanna Kula stopped by to offer some great advice and info for all you skin care lovers:

Q: What are the most common skincare problems that surface up in the summer?
A: Summer always comes with many skin problems, mainly increased oiliness and tendency towards breakouts due to sweat, humidity and environmental elements. I also see a lot of dark spots and pigmentation from increased UV exposure, sometimes dryness and dehydration from indoor air conditioning.

Q: We often hear that should you adjust your skincare from winter to summer is this always true and what are some great tips to help make the transition smooth?
A: If you live in a seasonal climate, where the temperature shifts from one extreme to the other, changing your skincare routine is definitely a good idea. I recommend switching to lighter products that are more water-based during the summer months. If you live somewhere that is warm or cool most of the year, you can tweak your routine as needed, but it may not need to change too much. A professional facial will help keep your skin in optimum shape and help it transition better.

Q: What are some great summer skincare products that you recommend to your clients this time of year?
A: Biologique Recherche Fluide VIP O2: a light moisturizing fluid that instantly plumps, hydrates and oxygenates the skin. It creates a perfect canvas for makeup, but can also be used on its own as a lightweight moisturizer.

Jan Marini Physical Protectant: this in my opinion, is the perfect sunscreen. It’s a sheer, non-greasy formula with purely physical filters and a broad-spectrum SPF 45. It contains micro-sponges to absorb excess oil, along with antioxidants to help combat free radicals. The best part is that it’s tinted, so it doesn’t go on white or pasty. Apply it over a light moisturizer and you’re pretty much good to go, no foundation required.

Valmont DNA Repair Serum: if you spent a little too much time in the
sun, this serum will help prevent long-term damage. Use it at night to boost cell regeneration and promote healing.

Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads: These exfoliating alpha-beta peel pads will not only get your skin smooth and clear, but will add a touch of summer glow to your complexion, without the UV damage.

Q: Sunscreen is very important during the summer but finding the right sunscreen can be tricky, not all sunscreens are created equal what sunscreen brand do you prefer and why?
A: For me, a good facial sunscreen must be effective and cosmetically elegant, meaning that it can layer easily with other products like moisturizer and foundation. It should not look obvious on the skin or feel heavy and sticky. You always want to look for a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 30 or higher. Jan Marini, Institut Esthederm and Natura Bisse lines all offer some great options and can be found at shoprescuespa.com

Q: This is the time of year when people go away on travel, what are some great travel tips for readers to help keep their skin in good shape while traveling?
A: Staying hydrated is key. Traveling can really deplete your skin of precious water and nutrients and in some cases can be extreme depending on the destination as well as the means of travel. I always recommend Valmont Prime Renewing Pack as an emergency skin saver for frequent travelers. It’s a mask/cream that can be massaged in and left on overnight. It does wonders for tired, dehydrated skin.

Q: Rescue Spa has been a big success since it first opened in the city. What do you think is the key to your success?
A: I think one reason Rescue Spa has been so successful is due to its high standards and the level of integrity not found in other spas. Rescue is not about gimmicks. From the amazing products, to the knowledgeable team of experts who are passionate about what they do, Rescue has constantly delivered on its promise and I think that is what keeps clients coming back.

Q: What are some important things readers should look for when selecting a spa?
A: #1: A professional, courteous and knowledgeable team who show
enthusiasm for their work and can provide a relaxing and comfortable experience for the client.  #2: Cleanliness: I cannot stress enough the importance of this detail.  If there is any doubt that a spa is not following proper standards or regulations, I would not take the risk.  #3: A good spa should offer a range of products suited for all skin types as well as services that can be customized to a client’s specific needs. Instead of a standard “cookie cutter” approach, the therapists must be able to ask the right questions and adapt the treatments accordingly.

Q: How often should a person stop in for a facial throughout the year?
A: Anywhere from monthly to seasonally is appropriate depending on the person’s lifestyle and budget. Being consistent is the most important thing to remember. Also following a good home care regimen will help to maintain the results in between treatments.

Q: Are there any new services/products you want to talk about being
offered at your spa now, and any upcoming events?
A: We are currently offering the following summer specials:
http://www.rescuespa.net/spa-services/specials/summer-specials-2014/

Q: What are some of your most popular services that are offered at rescue spa?
A: Rescue is known for its facials, but offers a full menu of services
from waxing to massage, body treatments, nails, hair and makeup.

Click here for more information.

You can spend an entire day here and literally feel like a million dollars when you walk out. There is something for everyone, even men.

Special thanks to Joanna and the staff at Rescue!

Stride Into Summer with a Smart Sun Approach…

Sun exposure without protection is the most damaging thing you can do to your skin.  Here are some tips for a safe and fun time in the sun:

  1. Use a broad spectrum UVA (aging) UVB (burning) SPF of at least factor 30 every day.  UV rays reflect, that’s why you need to wear sunscreen even while in the office, car, and shade.
  2. Reapply SPF often. Every 2-3 hours. Give your skin time to absorb sunscreen before exposure (about 15-30 minutes). Use liberally.
  3. Don’t forget your lips, neck, hands and all other exposed areas.  Remember to wear a hat & sunglasses to prevent squinting and damage to your eyes.
  4. Avoid staying outdoors in peak sun hours 10am-3pm.
  5. Some medications & products (antibiotics, cortizone, retin-A, acids, etc) increase risk of UV damage.  Check with your doctor.
  6. To get that sun kissed look we recommend applying self tanner before you go into the sun. James Read’s sleep mask is so convenient it works while you sleep!
  7. There is no such thing as a healthy tan.  If you like a bronzed look do it gradually using Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Bronz Repair for face and body .  It revs up melanin production while protecting from both UVA and UVB rays.
  8. After sun and swimming apply After Sun Repair and Huile Benefique to keep your skin hydrated.  When you’re back from vacation be sure to use Tan Enhancing Lotion to prolong the glow you got from Adaptasun Bronz Repair!
  9. Your summer skincare routine should be simple.  Switch to lighter serums and moisturizers such as Cellular Water Gel,Gel Adn Silkgen.  Use multitasking products like French women favorites: Lait Concentrate by Embryolisse any time for face, hands, feet, and body.  Exfoliate regularly to get rid of build up. Instead of mascara try an eyelash tint.  Visit our salon for an instantly fresh look via a summer haircut & glaze. At home and on the go be sure to protect your tresses with Rene Furterer’s suncare line.  Don’t forget about your brows. Forgo pencil in the summer and try a shape & tint for an effortless summer look.  Strong brows & bright lips are in!
  10. Sit back, relax, let the good times roll. Make sure to enjoy this summer and take a vacation.

Esthetician and Owner of Rescue SpaDanuta Mieloch

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A Dual Review of What’s New: Starring Raymond Pettibon and Iris Apfel

A Dual Review of What’s New: Starring Raymond Pettibon and Iris Apfel in T Magazine.  Their comments on the James Read Sleep Mask are 100% brilliant!


“I used to tan. That’s why I look like an old shipwreck. I’ve got barnacles and bumps and spots and everything. I’m afraid to use this because I don’t want to get any kind of reaction, but I think it’s a great idea.” – Iris Apfel

“It definitely makes you tanner. I normally have a dark complexion, so much so that I remember coming home with the family from Tijuana and the border patrol asking me questions, as if my parents were bringing home a Mexican orphan.” – Raymond Pettibon