Look Hot, Stay Cool.

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FOR FACE…

Micro Facial –  ($160)  We all know that applying and reapplying sunscreen in the summer is non-negotiable.  However, the “summer gunk” that SPF’s leave behind can take a toll on our skin.

Enter Mini Micro.   ($75)  Deep cleans the pores and diminishes fine lines without downtime.  Win win!  *Use Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare Medi Spa Peels 1 x a week as maintenance in between facials.

Brow & Lash Tint (Brow $25 – Lash $30)  It is just too hot and humid to worry about your makeup.  Allow tinting to enhance your features without all the work.  Beyond waterproof, your brows and lashes will appear natural yet thicker and more defined for days.  *Don’t forget to schedule designer brows for the most enviable arches. 

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FOR HANDS…

Bioseaweed Gel Nails – ($45 manicure only)  All of the pros of gel nails with none of the cons? Yes, please!  Perfect to get before your next getaway as it lasts approximately 2 weeks.  Does NOT contain the 5 notorious chemicals found in traditional gels.  Nails are set with LED Light, unlike traditional gel which uses damaging UV rays. You can also look forward to an upgraded and comfortable steam removal!

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FOR HAIR…

Summer Hair –  ($40 and up)  Frizz. The struggle is real.  Maintain your sanity by scheduling an appointment for aGlaze and Blowout.  You’ll leave with silky smooth hair that shines and defies humidity. *Calling all balayaged, bottle blondes, platinum, and silver hair…  Davines Silver Alchemy Conditioner is a summer must-have to stave away brassiness. Use 1 x a week to maintain the perfect color.

FOR BODY…

Brazilian & Bikini – (Brazilian $50 – Bikini $30)  The best way to get beach ready in an instant!  *Opt for Fur Stubble Cream daily to keep ingrown hairs at bay.

Lift & Sculpt – (60 min – $125 )  If you’re searching for a next level bikini body boost, look no further. This whole body treatment stimulates, exfoliates, tones, and firms like no other.  *At home we recommend massaging Lotion P50 Corps all over the entire body with Biologique Recherche’s Body Glove, excellent for toning, exfoliation, and stimulation.  Follow with a moisturizer such as Crème Reparatrice, which is exceptionally firming.  *Don’t forget to apply sun block on all areas exposed to the sun.

Velashape III –  (per consultation)  The answer for those looking to tighten up stubborn areas such as the buttocks, thighs, back of arms, and tummy.  Results vary but typically can be seen in as little as 3-6 sessions.  *Reach forBiologique Recherche’s Creme Anti-C for areas prone to cellulite.

Confessions of a Wax-Fearing Drama Queen

Alright, I admit it. Getting waxed is not my strongest suit. On my life skills list, it falls somewhere in between reaching things on the top shelf and trigonometry. It’s not something I’m proud of. I will say, I am half Mexican, first generation, so those roots run pretty deep (puns always intended). The struggle is real for me – every new esthetician that I see asks me what my ethnic background is, because I look like your average white girl until you’re up close and personal.

Is this too much information for you already? If so, I suggest you stop reading now, because it’s about to get even realer.

My first waxing experience happened on a table in my friend’s dorm room, featuring sugar wax, someone who may not have been licensed, and a bucket to catch my tears. Needless to say, I hobbled away bruised to high heaven with a patchy bikini line and a waxing phobia to haunt me for all eternity.

I am so not one of those women who scoffs at waxes, saying “I don’t even feel it anymore”. I don’t think I will ever be such a seasoned veteran, though I envy the lack of nerve endings that must make this sensation possible. Not gonna lie, it hurts, every single time. I get nervous like I’m about to sing the National Anthem at the Superbowl before I go in, and I start sweating through my shirt as soon as I get on the table.

BUT I have learned some tricks along the way that have taken me from trembling baby chihuahua on the waxing table to wincing wonder with a wax in the books every 5 weeks, and they’re coming at you live:


1. EXHALE

The power of breathing is a wonderful thing. It works in daily aggravations, child delivery, meditation, etc etc. Not so long ago, I learned this trick that has actually changed my hairless life: When the esthetician is applying the wax, deeply inhale. Right before the strip is pulled, begin a long, steady exhale that continues until the strip is gone. Focus on the breathing and find your om. It really is amazing. I’m not saying “you don’t even feel anything!”, but it’s certainly the closest I’ve ever come to it.


2. PREPARE

Help yourself out with some ibuprofen or a shot of tequila. It definitely works, no matter what the haters say.


3. IN N OUT

No, not the burger place (not that I’d disagree with treating yourself after a little wax). The greatest gift an esthetician can give, in my humble opinion, is a quickie wax. I was in a bind last week in desperate need of some hair removal. I booked a Lotus Wax with our very own Chrissy Dress, esthetician extraordinaire and fitness guru on the side. I kid you not, this woman had me in and out of her room in 7 minutes flat. That’s including dressing, undressing, cleanup, and coaching/entertaining me through it all (her stories can actually distract you from the fact that hair is being ripped out of your tender little body). She was professional, hilarious, and lightening fast, which you know I appreciate most of all.

4. EXFOLIATE
My Mexicanness is real, especially in the ingrown hair department. I’ve tried all the serums, creams and sticks that my bank account can support, and here’s what I’ve found. You need a one-two punch if you really want to nix the ingrowns for good – exfoliation and prevention (see next). First, grab yourself an exfoliating glove or towel for the shower. If you’ve got a serious situation downstairs, start by using it daily with your body wash all over. Later on, you can switch to using it twice a week. It’s amazing for getting rid of dead skin cells that are trapping the ingrown hairs, leaving you buffed and beautiful. Your ingrowns will start to expose themselves, not to mention the rest of your body will feel like a baby’s bottom. Throw it in the laundry with your towels on hot weekly to make sure it’s nice and clean.

5. PREVENT
Even though you feel like you’re the ingrown exterminator come shower time (just me?), exfoliating is not enough. You need to fortify your efforts with some product to leave on the skin throughout the day or night. I recommend the PFB Vanish, a roll-on gel (no cleanup) that specifically targets screw-shaped hair that winds itself into the skin. Apply twice a day if you’re in cleanup mode, or once a day if you’re merely trying to prevent ingrowns. This stuff works fast (within 48 hrs) – a trait that I’m into when it comes to body hair maintenance if you can’t tell. This also works wonders on the beard area, so le boyfriend can use it too!

6. HELP YOURSELF OUT

  • Shower. Come in nice and clean. It helps the wax stick in all the right places, prevents bacteria from entering hair follicles, and keeps our estheticians keep doing what they’re doing and not switching careers.
  • Wait until your hair is at least 1/2 inch long (aka a pinky nail’s length) to get waxed, otherwise you’ll go through all the drama of a wax and walk out still hairy. Wax needs substantial hair to attach to, so grow it a little. If you’re a first timer with a hippie situation going on, give the whole region a trim down to 1/2 inch, trust me.
  • Don’t even think about shaving in between!! Put down the razor. Gone are the days of stubble in your nether regions – your hair will grow in slower, finer, and less aggressively all around. The first wax is always the most painful, because the hair is coarse and the roots are deep. As soon as you shave in between waxes, you basically start over. Give yourself (and your water bill) a break and stop shaving!
  • If you’re using feminine washes (which I do not recommend for a host of reasons), beware. They cause the wax to adhere to your skin, not your hair, so be sure to stop the feminine washes at least 2 days before the wax.
  • Try to get your bikini area waxed in the middle of your cycle. The closer you are to that magical time of month, the more painful it will probably be. If you’re in a bind and need that last minute wax before vacation, mentally prepare.

Let me know if you have any additional questions, concerns, fears, or even your own horror stories. I’m always here to talk at lauren@rescuespa.net!

xo Lauren

DESIGNER EYEBROW SHAPING BY VICTORIA ROGGIO

Eyebrows are your most important feature, providing a frame for your face. We’ll accent your natural size and shape with careful trimming and tweezing to create balance, symmetry and harmony.

  • To shape the brow, tweezing is the best option for accuracy.
  • Tweezing works virtually the same way as waxing- pulling the hair out from the root – which means the effects last far longer than shaving.
  • The best tweezers are the ones from Tweezerman. However the type that works best for you is personal preference.
  • Victoria’s favorite brow products are: Revita Brow and Tweezerman Browmousse

To schedule an appointment with Victoria please feel free to email her at victoria@makemeuppretty.com or by calling the Rescue Spa concierge at 215.772.2766.

Designer Eyebrow Shaping: Price $40

 

Photo Credit: Morina Photography: http://www.morinaphotography.com/

Winter Bridal Tips

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.

Love ya,

Linda Harding
(Aesthetician)

The Art and Bliss of the Bikini Wax

There are many wonderful reasons to invest in a bikini wax at Rescue. The result of this service leaves the skin smooth and soft and the appearance is neat and clean.  Waxing gives you a longer result in hair removal and avoids the inconvenience and discomfort of razor burns.  Your esthetician can provide you with the outline and style you are looking for.  From the basic bikini zone with neat lines and shape to the totally bare lotus style, this service leaves a woman feeling fresh, clean and confident.

-Aesthetician,

Jeni Dalponte