While common skin ailments are troublesome no matter what stage of life you’re in, they can feel especially exacerbated when you have a wedding on the horizon. You’re of course your own worst critic and things are often not as bad as you perceive, but the idea of high-definition photography and hundreds and pairs of eyes examining you can leave even the most low-key bride nervous. Lucky for us, Danuta Mieloch, Esthetician and owner of Rescue Spa (soon opening an NYC location!), filled us in on what you can do to correct almost any problem plaguing your appearance. Keep in mind that according to Danuta, “It takes daily self-discipline to cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize, and protect your skin to achieve the goal of perfection. The sooner you get started, the better!”
While avoiding direct sunlight should always be the goal, this isn’t always a practical (or fun!) solution. However, unsightly skin damage very well may result. “Lighter skin tends to develop freckles and sunspots, whereas darker skin becomes patchy and shadowed. Luckily, there are several options to correct this, but know that not all spots can be treated equally.”
Many treatments like hydroquinone and RetinA can be rather harsh and actually increase the problem. To be on the safe side, start with a balancing and regulating skincare regimen while slowly introducing more acting ingredients. “Retinol is not as harsh as RetinA, and should be used up to two nights a week. This will work especially well when alternated with Vitamin C and IPL treatments. Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 Pigm 400 is a product you can safely use daily. Rather than hydroquinone, it uses kojic acid and niacinamide to effectively reduce pigmentation while still respecting and protecting the skin.”
Unfortunately with this ailment, patience is the key. “Whenever pigmentation doesn’t respond quickly to treatment, it means the damage is deep and will take time to surface. Often times during treatment it can appear darker before it begins to lighten.”
Acne doesn’t just plague the face, and spots on the chest and back are certainly not what you want people looking at when you’re in your dress. “To cleanse hard to reach places, rely on the genius Aquis Back Scrubber. Lotion P50 1970 should be applied across any problem area to remove every trace of sweat and oil buildup, the major cause of acne. To further treat, try Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All Over Blemish Solution.”
If you’re noticing this problem more than normal leading up to your wedding, you very well may have your amped up SoulCycle routine to blame. Make sure to shower as soon as possible after every workout.
While some at-home exfoliating treatments will help to lessen scarring caused by acne, serious results are best achieved by the pros. “This is especially well treated by clinical laser treatments as well as regular professional microdermabrasion to soften and smooth your skin,” explains Mieloch.
Unless your dress is long-sleeved, you want your arms to be in tip-top shape before your walk down the aisle. Those pesky red bumps that plague so many is a condition called keratosis pilaris, caused by a buildup of keratin. “My go-to treatment is P50 Corps as well as dermalac lotion to remove the dead skin cells,” says Mieloch. “Follow with a good body moisturizer since this condition is more likely to appear if you have dry skin.”
Written by Casey Sharbaugh for Over The Moon
Photographed by Paul Reynolds Photography
To achieve this gorgeous bridal look I started with a Biologique Recherche cleansing and toning routine with Lait U, P50 1970, and Finishing Serum Fluide VipO2. I also applied Serum Silk plus on the cheekbones for extra hydration and to enhance a dewy glow. Once the skin is perfectly prepped I begin applying makeup from the luxurious Chantecaille line.
On the eyes, I used a neutral light colored pebble in Sesame to wash out any discoloration then blended darker colors into the lash line. The brows were enhanced with Oak brown retractable pencil from Chantecaille. For the complexion, we mixed some Rose de Mai oil with Vanilla Future Skin color foundation for an extra supple natural texture. On the apples of the cheeks she is wearing “Emotion” powder blush and on her lips the beautiful “Primrose” lip chic color mixed with “Tone” lip liner.
The look was finished with the famous Chantecaille rose water to set the makeup.
Makeup Artist, Veronica Lopez
So let me begin by saying yes. I got married. And probably the thing I was most focused on was my skin and hair. Obviously, I cared about the rest but hey, it’s my thing. Beautiful skin is your best accessory I always say.
I’m going to address body skin first. Exfoliate. Really. Everyday. Invest inP50 for the body or just swipe the same version for your face on your shoulders and arms. A body lotion containing lactic acid is also a nice way to hydrate and exfoliate. Just watch the sun as some photosensitivity can occur. Derma-Lac lotion layered with the Vitamin A,C, & E body oil from Environ is what I recommend. Especially if you suffer from keratosis pilaris. Check with your esthetician for particulars. Use a sugar scrub all over your body a few times per week. Follow every shower with a rich body cream and at least one other time per day.
Six months before your wedding is the time to up your skin care game. Schedule regular facials, become dedicated to your regimen. No more going to bed without washing your face let alone skipping an application of P50 1970. Your esthetician will guide you but YOU have to do the homework. I’m using Masque Vivant mixed with either Masque VIP 02 orBiomagic Masque (all from Biologique Recherche) 3 times a week to keep my completion clear, hydrated and bright. Daily application of SPF 45 to your face, neck and decollete to keep your skin protected from sun damage, tan lines, and aging. Jan Marini makes a fantastic product that doesn’t leave your skin white like other physical blocks do. Add a facial scrub to your routine twice a week. And if for some reason you aren’t using P50 1970 from BR, start. Serums, moisturizers and eye creams are all important steps to every routine. Make sure yours contains them all.
The week of your wedding isn’t the time to let stress take over your skin. A thick coat of Prime Renewing Pack from Valmont is an excellent way to de-stress your skin. Massage it in for 5 minutes and let it penetrate for 15 more. Pay attention to your water intake to keep puffy eyes at bay. Stay away from new products or treatments the days before your wedding. If you haven’t been getting regular facials, have your facial 2 weeks before your wedding. I had my final Biolift facial just 2 days before I said “I do”. What about you?
Veronica Lopez is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist. At Rescue, her main focus is makeup application, facial waxing, lash extensions, and brow/lash tinting. She loves to apply her artistic talent to enhance the beauty of each client’s face. Veronica is very passionate about makeup and perfecting complexions with the stroke of a brush. She has been in the industry since 2009 and has grown rapidly. Lopez has done a broad range of events from; weddings to non-profits and professional photo shoots with well-known establishments such as Health Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Best of Philly Magazine, Johnson & Johnson, Five Below, Reinhard Modeling Agency, The Red Ball, Sh. Cosmetics, Duke and Winston and many others.
There’s no better way to unwind and beautify before your walk down the aisle than with a stress-relieving massage, a glow-boosting facial or some pretty polish—with your brides- maids soaking it all in right alongside you, of course. Whether you’ve decided on a low-key bachelorette party or you simply want to gather your best girls for a bit of pre-wedding pampering, you can’t go wrong with a few hours spent at one of the Philadelphia area’s most luxurious spas.
Rescue Spa 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Rittenhouse, 215-772-2766
The Vibe: Once you step off the elevator into this modern European oasis, it won’t take long to forget you’re in the center of a bustling city. The brightly lit space is the epitome of elegance, with dark wood, white-washed brick, soothing gray walls, and a long manicure table lined with high-backed Victorian chairs.
The Services: To ensure glowing, gorgeous skin for your Big Day, treat yourself to Rescue’s Luxe Facial—a new addition to the menu that combines microdermabrasion, a topical peel and non-invasive electric currents, to achieve firmer, more radiant skin. As for your girls, they’ll want to book blowouts in Rescue’s salon, indulge in manicures and pedicures with the talented Kelly Jean Collana, and have a go at the lash extension services now being offered by the spa’s primary makeup artist, Victoria Roggio.
The Experience: Rescue’s relaxing, intimate atmosphere is best suited to smaller parties (say, the bride and two or three girlfriends), since you’ll be sharing the lounge—which has a huge, comfortable couch that’s perfect for everyone to gather on between treatments—and locker room (complete with showers and a steam sauna) with the spa’s other guests.
Ask For: When you give the spa a call, ask to speak to the general manager, Aggie Otrebska, who will help coordinate the appointments for your entire party. Catering: Rescue is strictly BYO; you’re welcome to bring along a bottle of bubbly and a light snack or cupcakes to nibble on during your stay.
Read more at: http://www.phillymag.com/philadelphia-wedding/2015/12/10/local-bridal-guide-7-spas-in-philly-the-burbs-that-can-pamper-you-your-maids-for-your-wedding/
Photography: Alison Conklin
Being engaged comes with plenty of excitement, and one aspect many brides-to-be look forward to is their engagement shoot. It is very important to have the right makeup and hair for your engagement session. The photos look best when they look like ‘you’. But in case you’re still a little unsure of things, here are five tips to keep in mind when it’s picture time.
- Pick a good primer, I honestly believe that it is a very important step whenever I am doing makeup for a photo shoot or a wedding. It helps to even out the skin tone and works great as a base for the rest of the makeup. I really like to use a base like By Terry’s Brightening CC Lumi-Serum ($89.00) it comes in 4 different shades and offers luminosity and a beautiful glow to your complexion. It brightens your skin as well and gives a dewy finish to the overall look.
- Go full coverage. A foundation with full coverage, like Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($42), will cover just about everything. And if you’re worried about cake face, never fear. Heavy foundations like this were made with cameras in mind, and your photographer’s lens won’t be able to detect it.
- Be blushed and bronzed. These two products work together to make you look gorgeous, so leaving one out can make you look flat. Pick up your favorite blush, Chantecaille Playfull Cheek Creme Refill ($33.00) and start by sweeping the blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Then contour below the blush with the bronzer Compact Soleil Bronzer by Chantecaille ($45).
- Choose a good lipstick Chantecaille Hydra Chic ($35.00) that will last thought the photo shoot. I highly recommend something hydrating but still with some pigment. Your lipstick will make your lips look more fool and pop in the pictures. Feel free to add some lip gloss just to give your lips more volume and shine, By Terry Gloss Terrybly Shine ($44.50)
- Get a good blow out or loose curls. From your engagement party and bridal shower to your bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner, having a simple, go-to hairstyle that makes you look and feel great is key. You will feel pretty and like yourself! . We have two great hair stylist who specialize in blow outs and great hair styles ($45): Erica DiVario and Patty Gibbons
* Have some options for your wardrobe The primary guideline for both women and men is that you wear clothes that you love, that make you feel confident and comfortable.
Makeup Artist, Victoria Roggio
Victoria Roggio is a Philadelphia based makeup artist and beauty blogger. Since her childhood days, Victoria has always been fascinated with art and professional makeup artistry. She spent years shadowing her mother, a makeup artist in Moldova, and working as her apprentice.
Later, Victoria was trained at the world-renowned Make Up For Ever Academy in Paris, France. She is certified by MAC Cosmetics, Estee Lauder Group, USA. Drawing inspiration from her European upbringing and her natural passion for the fashion industry, she brings innovative ideas as well as personal finesse and style to every individual project.
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