Around this time of year in a desperate effort to stay warm (if only in my mind) I begin to live vicariously. I live through my clients who come in for their Brazilian waxes in preparation for cruises. I live through anyone who is attending the Golden Globes or Oscars because it’s warmer in Cali than it is in Philly and the after parties are fabulous. And I live through my brides who are leaving for their honeymoons to beach locales like Bali or Tanzania. I find that burning fabulous scents at home helps a lot in creating a sensual winter resistant environment. I have always loved Rescue’s signature candle which is slightly exotic and smells like Japanese quince. Another favorite is the Nest line. Their scents are soft, very subtle and won’t jar the olfactory of your fiancé.
Don’t say no one told you; the “Running of the Brides” is almost officially upon us. This world famous bridal event, (which is not for the faint hearted), takes place at Filenes Basement in NYC on February 18. Recessionista brides-to-be will love this wacky crazy way to get a deeply discounted designer gown. Visit www.Filenesbasement.com for more information.
Speaking of waxing, my brides need to know that two weeks out from the wedding is not the best time to decide to get extreme waxing done. I highly recommend having your waxing done incrementally. It’s much less painful and easier on your “area”. As you plan your regimen to whip your skin into shape you can also strategize your waxing schedule with your esthetician to ensure that you can jump off the deck of that over-water villa in your skimpiest thong.
Just imagine, you and your man sitting snuggled up in luxurious robes on a cushy sofa with
champagne. Valentine’s Day is coming and a visit to Rescue Rittenhouse Spa makes the best date possible. If you’ve been having blackhead sightings on his nose, but refuse to let him use your Biologique Recherche P50 lotion now is a good time to get him into the spa. I’ll see you both soon.
If you are looking for a high powered anti-aging serum that boosts the efficiency of your skin’s vital functions then look no further. The anti-wrinkle action of the Prime B Cellular serum helps protect the tone and elasticity of the skin. It significantly improves skin texture and suppleness. I prefer to follow up with Prime Regenera I. It’s also great for guy’s post shaving with it’s anti-inflammatory qualities. Pick up your Prime B today, use morning and night!
With all the innovations for your face your hands are the culprits that will give away your age. Just like your face, your hands need care and protection. No worries, there are a couple of simple steps you can take to help maintain the youthful appearance of those over worked phalanges.
Exfoliating at least 2-3 times a week is a great way to remove dead skin and let a new radiant layer shine through. One of my favorite exfoliators is the One Minute Manicure. It has over 7 different oils combined with dead sea salt which makes for one effective yet gentle & hydrating exfoliant.
The care starts with exfoliation then continues with moisturizing. Carrying a portable bottle of hand cream with you is essential. Since you’re always using your hands they dry out relatively quickly. Also, being good about hydrating them will aid with dry cuticles and brittle nails. If you don’t have a favorite hand cream already, I’d suggest Deborah Lippmann’s Rich Girl Anti-Aging Hand & Cuticle Cream with SPF 25. Its always nice to have a moisturizer with SPF because not only does it hydrate it also protects you from skin damaging sun rays.
And last of all, you should always wear gloves when you step outside. Even if its for just a minute, because frigid air really takes a toll on your hands.
Pretty simple, right? Exfoliate, moisturize & protect three painless routines to keep your hands as ageless as your face.
Love is in the air, and Rescue Rittenhouse Spa has created the perfect Valentine’s specials for you and your sweetheart!
Champagne and a Rose Petal Mani/Pedi Duo: Enjoy some Rest and Relaxation with your loved one while receiving a relaxing Manicure and Pedicure with a rose petal soak and sipping a glass of the bubbly. $140 for two
Side by Side 90 minute Hot Stone Massage w/ Cocoa Aromatherapy: The warmth of the stones soothe your muscles while the scent of cocoa calms your soul. Relax afterward and finish with a mug of hot chocolate. $300 for two
Love the Skin You’re In: The ultimate facial experience, designed just for you! Start your facial with a soothing steam followed by a skincare consultation, microdermabrasion, rejuvenating massage, and finished off with customized serums and our famous electric current treatment. Stay and relax with a “Get Gorgeous” tea ceremony. $175
We will also be open on Sunday, February 13th in honor of Valentine’s Day. Secure your appointment by booking now.
- Make sure you cleanse well. I recommend the Clarisonic Pro brush especially if your skin is oily and you have large pores.
- After cleansing use a mild lactic acid based product like Lotion P50 to exfoliate gently.
- Since it’s winter I like to use a serum like Fluide VIP O2 in the morning followed by a moisturizer with an SPF.
- At night it’s time for repair. Cleanse, tone, and use products full of antioxidants, peptides, retinols and Vitamin C. My favorite is Environ’s AVST or Valmont Factor III, they both contain all of the above.
- Always use eye cream.
- Don’t forget to include your neck & decollete.
- Apply a moisturizer with an SPF on the back of your hands.
The balance between body and mind can affect the appearance of the skin. Exercise, meditate, drink plenty of water, eat healthy. Smile and be happy, that’s the best cosmetic!
Beauty Aficionado Founder & Aesthetician,
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Winter weather is finally upon us in full force and I must admit that this does not make me happy. I recently returned from Oracabessa, Jamaica where I had the opportunity to consult for the grand reopening of the GoldenEye Resort and Spa. Owned by legendary music producer, Chris Blackwell (who brought us U2 , and Bob Marley among others) the 52 acre property is a testament to organic and sustainable luxury vacationing. The spa which overlooks a breathtaking lagoon is grounded in the philosophy of totally eco-friendly treatments. A honeymooner’s paradise, Scarlett Johansson and new hubby stayed there recently. During my 2 weeks I found it funny how quickly my body readjusted to
warm weather and flip flops. Conversely upon returning to Philly my skin began protesting the cold in a big way. Excessive dryness and flakiness is not a pretty situation. Which leads me to the question for my brides-how are you winterizing your skin?
Lotions, dry oils, body butters are great products but can’t penetrate multiple layers of dry skin. Forced air heating, low levels of humidity, moisture evaporation from the skin’s surface at a rapid pace all contribute to dryness. If you have scheduled a winter wedding you must be as diligent with your body as you are with your face. The time to address dryness is not the week of the wedding. To get back on track schedule a sugar scrub treatment. It’s a great feeling to have your skin sloughed and hydrated
and having your therapist perform the service insures that all the hard to reach areas will be addressed. You’ll find that your home care products will perform better and the results will last longer. Venus, massage therapist du jour informed me that she has a few special customizations just for brides to make their skin extra dewy for that big day (She’ll be blogging about that later).
I really like the lotions by Get Fresh. My clients will frequently rouse themselves from their doze during the hand treatment portion of the facial to ask what I’m using. The aromas are bright but not overpowering and the lotions are luxurious enough to slather on after a warm bath or shower. We do know how hot water depletes the natural oils in the skin don’t we? Kai’s body butter is wonderful too. It has a richer texture and a light fragrance.
I wish everyone the best holiday season ever and everything you dream for in the New Year to come true.
Peace and Blessings
Linda Harding, Aesthetician