There’s a hair salon, nail studio, and 14 treatment rooms where you can get an array of treatments from high-tech facials (the Oxylight Facial is an over-the-top combination of micro-current, ultrasound, oxygen therapy, and more to lift, tighten, and smooth) and pore-shrinking laser therapies to life-affirming massages and detox body wraps (you’re slathered in antioxidant-packed sea mud, which leaves skin insanely silky). The two-floor space is posh—and sprawling—and we can’t recommend enough their Bio Seaweed Gel manicure, which uses 5-free polish, LED light to set the pigment (as opposed to potentially harmful UV light), and lasts about a month. A facial with founder/skin-whisperer Danuta Mieloch is transformative—her touch is exquisite and you emerge looking totally glowy.
Healthy fats: the good fats we need and love. Think avocado, almonds, coconut oil. We crave comfort foods during wintertime, says Danuta Mieloch, a skincare goddess, master esthetician, and owner of Rescue Spa in NYC and Philadelphia. She encourages us to increase our healthy fat intake to keep skin supple and looking its best. A cooking classic, we love extra virgin olive oil because it’s also loaded with vitamin E and let’s face it, if it’s cold out, we are eating pasta. Dressed over noodles, salads, etc., this healthy fat packs a serious punch and moisturizes our skin from the inside out. Easy skin solution and oh, so good.
Vitamin D: contributes to skin cell growth and repair. Healthy skin normally means hydrated skin and vitamin D helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging. The body produces vitamin D on its own through sun exposure, so it’s very easy to become deficient especially during the cooler winter months when we’re stuck indoors with Netflix. Danuta Mieloch (owner of Rescue Spa) encourages her clients and herself to take a higher dose of vitamin D during the winter months to make sure skin is kept in tip-top shape and healthy for optimum hydration. Bonus: she drinks hot lemon water with ginger to keep colds away (we love her).
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In 2004, aesthetician Danuta Mieloch left NYC, where she’d spent a decade tending to the pores of fashionistas all over the city, to open a place in Philadelphia. She was looking for a change of pace.
What she got was a steady stream of New Yorkers who would make the hour-and-fifteen-minute commute to Philly just for her pampering facials at Rescue Spa.
“We had constant requests to open in [NYC],” says Mieloch, 51, who was born in Poland and trained in Paris.
So, this past winter, Mieloch opened up a Rescue Spa in the Flatiron District, conveniently across from chic veggie-forward restaurant abcV, with which she shares many customers. The serene spa offers manicures, blowouts, massages and body treatments, but most come for Rescue’s lifting, massage-centered facials, completed with products from cult-favorite French skin-care brand Biologique Recherche.
The results-driven line is beloved by well-to-do skin-care junkies, who shell out for items such a milk cleanser ($33), brewer’s yeast mask ($70) and P50 1970 ($67 for 5.1 oz), a holy-grail product that exfoliates, tones and brightens the skin. For a while, ordering through Rescue Spa’s Web site was the only way to purchase the products in the US, although the supply source has since expanded.
A few months into her return, Mieloch says she’s found a handful of differences between New Yorkers and Philadelphians. While Rescue’s Bio-Lift facial (1 hour, from $200) is the most-requested service in the smaller city, Gothamites are more likely to ask for the Fix It All facial (90 minutes, from $300), which includes mild microdermabrasion, gentle peels, massage and a finale of microcurrent and brightening light therapy.
“I think New Yorkers are sort of like, ‘I’m getting in, I want everything done,’ ” says Mieloch. And while those in Philly often needed Mieloch’s guidance with developing a skin-care regimen, she says, “The New York client is really educated with what is out there, what they should be doing.”
Still, Mieloch says she has a few lessons for locals.
First and foremost, lay off the facial oils. “People use too many oils — especially young people with breakouts,” says Mieloch. She worries that without any stabilizers, the lipids can break down and clog pores. “Oil oxidizes on your skin . . . it turns rancid really quickly.”
Those who do use oils need to exfoliate carefully, she says, “so you’re not just putting more oil and [balms] on the skin that already has buildup,” she says.
New Yorkers should also watch out for the city’s grime. “Pollution is a big deal,” says Mieloch. “Different kinds of environments can have an effect on your skin — you get a buildup, you get blackheads, you get rough skin.”
She recommends double-cleansing for the purest clean (either with two different cleansers, or the same one twice), removing the first with water and the second with a washcloth for a gentle manual exfoliation, and finishing it off with chemical exfoliation via upward swipes of P50 toner on a cotton pad.
“You have to take special care of your skin during the winter months when the humidity is low and heating systems dry out the air,” says Danuta Mieloch, renowned esthetician and owner of Rescue Spa with locations in both Philadelphia and New York City. She suggests moisturizing often with products rich in hyaluronic acid and avoiding any harsh ingredients that could trigger an allergic reaction. And for brides, Mieloch says it’s especially important to “establish a good skincare regimen now, and make sure to follow through with it on a daily basis.”
Truth be told, every product from cult-favorite French brand Biologique Recherche is worth splurging on, but this anti-aging serum should be at the top of your list. With 27 active ingredients (think amino acids and cranberry and wasabi extracts), Le Grand Serum firms and hydrates tired skin—and gives your face an unbelievable glow that’s sure to garner compliments.
Le Grand Serum, $163, Biologique Recherche available at Rescue Spa
– by Alexandra Leshner for BRIDES
“Founder of Rescue Spa, Danuta Mieloch, who treats blackheads in her clients and trains her staff estheticians to do the same, said to avoid ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. “It tends to dry skin out to the point that the skin overproduces sebum, causing a vicious cycle. This makes it much more difficult to get rid of blackheads.” – mindbodygreen