Upgrade your ‘beauty sleep’

Lazy girls, rejoice (from your couch—no need to get up). We’ve rounded up products that do all the work while you sleep, so all you have to do is slather them on and wake up prettier.

You could spend your night dreaming of a sandy beach vacation, or you can just cover yourself in this face bronzer and wake up looking like you actually went on one (we recommend both). The silky aloe-and-hyaluronic-acid-spiked gel delivers a super subtle golden tint that’s incredibly natural, and though the formula contains DHA, the smell is still subtle. Plus, it soaks in quickly, so the only thing it tans is you—not your sheets.


REVITABROW ADVANCED EYEBROW CONDITIONER: This the peptide-based brow conditioner is a Best of Beauty winner for a reason: With regular nightly use, the sparse patches in your brows—and all evidence of the overtweezing we did in our teen years—seemed to almost disappear completely.


VALMONT PRIME RENEWING PACK: This rebalancing treatment mask gives skin an instant beauty boost. Slather it on before bed in place of your night cream and wake up with perfectly dewy hydrated skin!



MOLLIDERM: Wake up with baby soft hands and feet. For best results scrub hands and feet before applying a nice thick layer of Molliderm.  Cover with socks and gloves and hop into bed. Easy peasy.

FOOTLOGIX CRACKED HEEL FORMULA: If you just can’t stand to sleep in socks you can still banish callouses with your eyes shut! Footlogix is a convenient mousse formula that is not heavy or sticky. Designed with Dermal Infusion Technology for severely dry, cracked heels and calluses. It moisturizes and protects extremely callused, cracked skin, and is permeable allowing skin to return to its natural functions (important for diabetics).

: This stuff goes to work as you sleep to regenerate the hair fiber deep down. Upon waking, hair is delicately scented, regenerated and protected. It is shiny, supple and manageable.  Awesome for those with malnourished hair who don’t have time to use hair masks.


Weird Skin Ingredients to Try Before Everyone Else

Salmon sperm might not sound as pleasant as, say, silver, but according to this study, it might be the savior your skin is missing. In the study, researchers asked male subjects to rub “DNA-Na from salmon milt” (a.k.a. salmon sperm) onto their skin for 12 weeks. By week four, skin elasticity was “improved significantly,” water content had increased, and more the 90 percent of the subjects “felt improving roughness of the skin.” Plus, it promoted the production of hyaluronic acid.

The DNA that is used by Valmont comes from the Canadian
salmon milt. Thanks to a patented extraction process, its molecular structure remains intact. The DNA is said to be « HP » which means highly polymerized. When ingenuously combined with three essential macro-elements (Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium) HP DNA becomes Triple DNA. Selected for their oxygenation and cellular regeneration properties, these three macro-elements provide the DNA molecule with the benefits of the mineral world.

Interested? DNA is in all Valmont products! We love Valmont’s DNA Repair Serum



Fermented foods—think kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, and plain yogurt—may not smell pleasant, but they’re full of enzymes that promote a variety of health benefits (healthy digestion, improved immunity, and more). Fermented skin products follow the same line of thinking, and are already a huge trend in Korea (a.k.a. they’re bound to make their way to the U.S. in the next year or so). Here’s the gist: Skincare products with fermented ingredients actually pack a more potent punch because the fermentation process makes the nutrients more concentrated, and thus more easily absorbed. The most common fermented ingredients? Fruits, plants, herbs, and yeast. For example, Biologique Recherche’s Creme Dermopurifiante and Masque Vivant are made with brewers yeast.

What Can LED Lights Really Do For Your Skin?

Can simply sitting under a colored light for a few minutes actually transform your skin? LED light therapy devotees claim that it can do everything from eliminate acne, calm rosacea and eczema, prevent wrinkles, and heal scarring. And unlike lasers, LEDs promise to be completely painless. Given that most cutting edge beauty treatments seem to involve some sort of discomfort, LEDs sounded too good to be true. I headed to the Rescue Spa in Philadelphia to check it out for myself.

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, work by sending healing light into the deepest layers of your skin. The healing benefits of LEDs were originally discovered by NASA when researchers found that cells exposed to LEDs grow up to 150 to 200% faster than cells not exposed to the light, ultimately speeding up skin’s natural healing process. Each light color offers a distinct benefit: Violet is antibacterial and zaps blackheads; anti-inflammatory green can heal rosacea; orange lightens skin tone; red stimulates collagen and intracellular ATP production to help reduce wrinkles, and blue soothes irritated, acne-plagued skin.

The results aren’t just skin deep: the Rescue Spa promises that LED treatments are an energizing, rejuvenating, stress-relieving experience. Why wouldn’t I sign up? The treatment is done after a traditional facial so that your esthetician—in this case, owner Danuta Mieloch—can determine which light will work best for your  skin type. She chooses blue light to calm and clear my skin (it’s been acting up). I am handed a pair of protective glasses and engulfed by three hinged panels of blue light for 15 minutes. It’s not uncomfortable, but if you’re prone to claustrophobia you may not love the feeling of light-filled panels surrounding your face just  6-inches away. Really all you have to do is relax and let the warm lights work their magic for about 15 minutes…

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“It’s not exactly a toner, and it’s not quite a serum. But it doesn’t really matter what you call it when you consider that practically every facialist and beauty editor we know is obsessed with Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V. This breakout obliterator has got niacinimide (which controls redness), lactic acid (which cleans out pores), sulfur (which sops up oil and makes your skin produce less of it), and something along the lines of unicorn tears (to account for the nearly supernatural results).”

Allure Magazine

Get groomed (locally) this Movember


You will find no pink at Rescue Spa (1601 Walnut St.), a 7,500-square-foot urban oasis in the heart of Center City. All amenities are featured in a sleek, grayscale setting that screams GQ masculinity. When asked about the importance of men’s grooming, Rescue Spa owner Danuta Mieloch responded, “Men’s grooming is essential. It’s quite simple to have your nails shaped, eyebrows trimmed, and any excess ear & nose hair groomed. Pedicures are an easy way to take care of tired feet, get rid of calluses, and maintain healthy feet.”

The spa offers specially adapted “man”icures and pedicures for the male in mind. $25 for a “man”icure or $40 for a pedicure. 215.772.2766

It has become much more acceptable to see men in the salon, a destination once only for women. Many area businesses have started to offer specific services targeted towards male clientele.

Alex Kacala for Philly.com