How The Estheticians Do It: DIY Eye Patches with Diana Yerkes

Rescue Spa NYC Lead Esthetician, Diana Yerkes

Watch Diana share her quick & effective DIY Eye Patch method:

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My go-to Biologique Recherche serums for eye patches:

Serum Placenta: instantly reduces puffy eyes.
Serum Elastine Purehydrates and smoothes fine lines. Prevents wrinkles.
Serum Oligo Protein Marines: reduces dark circles and bags under the eyes.

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Babylights by Barbarann Lathropp

We all want baby-soft skin, but what about baby hair? Babies have gorgeous (and natural!) subtle highlights. Fortunately #babylights are trending, and one of the best ways for grownups to steal the look!

Not sure if babylights are for you?
If you have very fine hair and want noticeable highlights but nothing as dramatic as ombré or as thick as balayage then babylights are the answer. The result is subtle but beautiful.

Still not sure?
Schedule an appointment with Barbarann Lathropp and she will help you achieve the color of your dreams.

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Régime des Fleurs – Perfumes for everyone and candles inspired by the ancients.


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Pour Tous Collection
Perfumes for everyone drawn from the sublime drama of the botanical world. Régime des Fleurs is exquisite small-batch perfumes, formulated and handmade by Alia Raza and Ezra Woods.

Artefacts Collection
Perfumed candles inspired by the ancients housed in beautiful ceramic vessels.

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Shop The Collection

Falling Trees

Falling Trees

Fresh. Smoldering. Majestic.

Cacti

Cacti

Vivid. Quenching. Crisp.

Glass Blooms

Glass Blooms

Satin. Confectionery. Fragile.

Willows

Willows

Cool. Dignified. Powdery.

Gold Leaves

Opulent. Tonic. Heady.

Swans

Swans Candle

Orris, sandalwood, white violet, carrot seed, white pepper, balsams and musks.

Naiad Candle

Egyptian mint, elemi, olibanum, shiso, jasmine auriculatum, vanilla, vetiver.

Thaleia Candle

Orange blossom, jasmine sambac, gardenia, tuberose absolute, aqua marine, bigarade, Sicilian cypress, cedar.

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How The Estheticians Do It: Micro-currents

About Joanna!

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Does your skincare regimen currently include micro-current? If not, then I recommend that it should.

A professional micro-current machine is one of my most used skincare tools, both in the treatment room and at home. My clients are always amazed at the results.

Treating the skin with micro-current is like giving it new energy and life – think extreme yoga for your face. It’s a natural way to treat the signs of aging and promote active skin regeneration for truly lasting results, not to mention the immediate lifting effect.

If you’ve experienced our signature Bio-Lift Facial, you know what I’m talking about.

Luckily, there’s a way to get the benefits of this technology at home with two of my favorite personal micro-current devices available at Rescue Spa.

Let’s start with:

The ReFa CARAT

The cutting-edge technology of the ReFa CARAT beauty roller uses a built-in solar panel to generate a mild electric current that’s similar to what our body produces naturally. Its platinum-coated design and the smooth gliding motion is a testament to fine Japanese craftsmanship and quality.

The award-winning ReFa CARAT is available in different sizes to fit the face, body and delicate eye area. My clients love the ReFa CARAT S. It’s the brand’s smallest device and fits perfectly around eyes, lips and between the brows.

How to use the ReFa CARAT?

You have the option to use the device as is, over makeup, or with your favorite serums. Simply roll the device back and forth, following the direction of the muscle and allow the gentle current to work its magic. You’ll notice an immediate glow from increased circulation and drainage of lymphatic fluids.

Try it with a hyaluronic-acid based serum for maximum hydration and plumping such as Valmont Moisturizing Booster or Biologique Recherche Serum Yall-O2.

Another great advantage of the ReFa CARAT is its portability, making it a perfect little companion on your travels. You can even keep one at your desk for a quick and easy “lunchtime lift.” And since it captures solar or artificial light, it’ll never lose its charge. (ReFa CARAT is available for purchase in spa or by telephone at 215-772-2766 extension #3.)

Next up:

The NuFace Trinity Pro Facial Trainer

You’ve probably seen the NuFace device before, but this Pro version is as close to professional strength micro-current as you can get at home, and it requires only five minutes a day for a full facial workout. The stimulating current works by passively exercising the muscle to lift, tone and tighten, while oxygenating the skin and increasing circulation.

How to use the NuFace Trinity Pro?

The NuFace must be used with a conducting medium such as a gel or water-based serum.

STEP 1: Apply your gel. I recommend the NuFace 24K Gold Primer. It contains gold particles with either a brightening or firming complex to boost skin’s overall radiance and elasticity.

Tip: For sensitive or acne-prone skin, I’d go with something gentler such us the Santa Maria Novella Aloe Gel Viso Corpo as a substitute. It will calm, soothe and help to reduce inflammation.

STEP 2: Turn on the device and hold it for a few seconds, focusing on individual muscle groups. You’ll hear a “beep” when it’s time to move to another area.

Tip: Use oxygenating water to re-wet the skin and keep the gel from drying out. I love Biologique Recherche L’Eauxygenante spray for a dose of oxygen and powerful antioxidants.

STEP 3: Remove gel and apply your treatment products.

Although the NuFace is FDA cleared for facial toning, it may also help reduce breakouts due to electric current’s natural anti-bacterial properties. I generally see an immediate reduction in redness and swelling when I use it on problem areas.

Almost anyone can benefit from micro-current and while nothing comes close to the results of a professional Bio-Lift facial, a micro-current device such as the NuFace Pro or ReFa CARAT can help you maintain those fabulous results longer.

So schedule a Bio-Lift facial and don’t forget to give your skin a regular dose of micro-current at home.

Once you try it, I promise you’ll be hooked!

Joanna Kula ~ Esthetician

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Now Hiring All Positions for Rescue Spa NYC

Join our talented team!
RESCUE SPA NYC (29 E 19th St) is now hiring. If you have a minimum of 2 years experience in the industry please send your resume & cover letter to jobs@rescuespa.net

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Rescue Spa Special: Summer in the City!

Summer Specials 2017
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Escape the heat! Rescue Spa is Open this Sunday July 23rd.  Schedule your appointment now.
215-772-2766

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Balayage
From the French word meaning “to paint or to sweep”, Balayage is a highlighting technique that will give your locks a beautiful and believable sun-kissed look.  Whether you’re going on vacation or want to look like you just came back from one, Balayage is the perfect summer trend!
$195 and up

Toner / Glaze / Blowout
Do you want luxurious hair that gleams in the summer sun, without the commitment to color? Then you are the perfect candidate for this toner & glaze hair treatment finished with a night-out worthy blowout. You’ll be ready to take on City Sips with lavish hair.
$80

Natural Brows
The best brows are maintained, but not overly done. Get the #wokeuplikethis look with our Designer Brow and Tint. Crunched for time? You can achieve bold & beautiful brows over your lunch break!
$50

Mini-Micro
The scenario: You’ve been applying SPF religiously, daily (and your future self is grateful). But it’s currently summer and you’re beginning to notice that the heat, humidity, and city smog has left your skin a bit dull and congested. Polish away the build up with a 30 minute Microdermabrasion, the perfect pick me up to revive that summer glow!
$75

Gel Manicure
Squeezing in that last vacation before autumn approaches, and don’t want to take your chances at a nail salon overseas? Try our Bio Seaweed Gel Manicure—the healthy alternative to typical gel nails, for 2+ weeks of high shine, chip-free gel nails.
$45

Lift & Sculpt
Our Lift & Sculpt is like a Rescue Facial for your entire body! Flaunt glowing toned skin from head-to-toe.
$125

Request appointments online here!

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Philadelphia Magazine’s BEST OF PHILLY 2017: Beauty Treatment “BEST LUNCHTIME FIX”

Philadelphia Magazine has awarded Rescue Spa with the 2017 BEST OF PHILLY: Beauty Treatment “BEST LUNCHTIME FIX”

High Frequency Zit Zap at Rescue Spa
An esthetician waves her electrode-tipped magic wand that emits argon gas along with an electrical current to generate oxygen, kill bacteria and calm inflamed skin—effectively disappearing that date-ruining zit away for a cool $25.

1601 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-772-2766 | www.rescuespa.net

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How The Estheticians Do It: Hyperpigmentation

Summertime is the time to protect your skin.

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Questions regarding hyperpigmentation come up in 7 out of 10 appointments and it’s safe to say that it is one of the main concerns in skin treatment rooms. In this post I would like to discuss the ways to prevent hyperpigmentation and share some of my favorite products to treat this common skin disorder.

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin (the pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes its natural color) in the patches of the skin. It is a skin condition that affects every ethnic background and skin tone and is mostly associated with aging. Pregnancy or hormonal fluctuations, UV radiation and photo aging, chemical or UV burn, genetics and allergies are just some of the more typical factors.

Daily use of a broad spectrum sun protection is a sure way to prevent hyperpigmentation caused by exposure to the damaging sun rays. Exfoliation is essential to reduce the build of dead skin cells and to promote skin cell regeneration for brighter skin every day.

Professional treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and IPL are all effective.

Active Ingredients to look for in products are:

  • Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids
  • Arbutin
  • Kojic Acid
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Glabridin/Licorice Root Extract
  • Retinoids
  • Epidermal Growth Factor

Some of my personal favorite treatments to combat hyperpigmentation include:

CLEANSE

Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2 is an “antipollution” cleanser that brightens and unifies the complexion, eliminates impurities and calms the epidermis.

TONE

Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM400 is the newest formulation of the beloved P50. It enhances epidermal renewal and helps regulate melanin synthesis while respecting and protecting the skin. Lightens the skin, reduces the size of pigmentation marks and prevents them from appearing. Inhibits melanin synthesis. Improves the strength and quality of the epidermis. Unifies and brightens the complexion. Balances pH on the skin’s surface.

TREAT-SERUM

Valmont Clarifying Infusion Brightening Serum is an ultra-concentrated treatment that decreases melanin production and fights hyperpigmentation. It increases skin brightness and complexion evenness to reveal perfectly even-toned skin.

Serum PIGM 400 is a brightening, spot-correcting serum that illuminates the complexion and fights free radicals. It is my personal favorite. Paired with Creme PIGM 400, this powerful duo fights pigmentation and reveals glowing complexion.

Clarifying Lotion and Intensive C Boost by Environ is another great combination for combating visible skin pigmentation. The Clarifying Lotion is a light, non-oily lotion that nourishes the skin with important water-soluble ingredients that inhibit the production of melanin. It maintains the skin’s natural acid mantle and can either be used on small, easily defined pigment blemishes, or as a whole face and neck solution for extensive uneven skin tone. The Intensive C-Boost contains a powerful form of vitamin C ideal for sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and capillaries as well as for the maintenance of a healthy skin.

TREAT MASK

Valmont Clarifying Pack is a clarifying cream-mask that is rich in illuminating ingredients. Provides visible brightening effect, mattifies and tightens the pores. Just after one treatment the skin is flexible, soft, and gleams with a new radiance. Use it once a week in addition to your current masque treatment.

Environ Revival Masque is a powerful combination of Lactic, Mandelic and Asiatic acids formulated to target the effects of photo-damaged skin and the appearance of uneven skin texture.

The Beautigenix Brightening Mask is a Korean sheet mask that reduces the appearance of sun and age spots, removes signs of fatigue, gives skin a radiant and brighter look, evens skin tone and texture – also improves mild acne. All and all, a perfect on the go solution for someone who has uneven skin tone, dark spots or sun damaged skin.

MBR Beta-Enzyme is a gel-masque based on mild hydroxy acids in combination with a papain enzyme complex for smooth, clear and more radiant skin.

TREAT-INTENSIVE CURE

Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT is a real anti-pigmentation face-lift that resculpts the skin injecting it with hydration. Packed full of scientifically selected ingredients, the Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT serum with its concentration of 15% active stabilized bio-integral cells and expert brightening complex, delivers a complete firming and brightening solution. Whether used as an occasional 12-day treatment or throughout the year, Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT revitalizes, progressively lightens natural skin tone, redefines and intensely hydrates the face, neck and décolleté area. The skin’s firmness and ability to bounce back are visibly improved, pigmentary spots visibly attenuated while the facial contours are resculpted and the oval of the face redefined.

  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is one of the more difficult types of pigmentation to get rid off. These red or brown regions of pigment are usually associated with acne, chemical burns, eczema or dermatitis. One of my favorite products to tackle it is Sebuspot by Environ – a mild gel for use on inflamed areas of the skin. It helps reduce congestion and residual redness while at the same time drying up skin blemishes.

MOISTURIZE

Biologique Recherche Creme PIGM 400 is a concentrate of brightening, anti-age spot and protective ingredients.  Its multipolar formulation helps correct existing pigmentation imperfections and prevents new age spots from forming. The complexion becomes increasingly luminous and the skin appears more even. Best when paired with Serum PIGM 400.

Institute Esthederm Clarity System Whitening Brightening Repair Day Cream regenerates and restructures the skin, protects, prevents photo-aging, cell damage and the risk of redness and inflammation.

MBR Luminous Pearl Extreme works on delivering both multi-active anti-aging effects as well as a perfectly balanced and illuminated complexion.

PROTECT

Biologique Recherche Protection UV helps protect the epidermis from the harmful effects of UVA, UVB, and infrared rays. The formula rich in anti-aging, soothing, anti-spot and moisturizing active ingredients helps prevent skin aging and dehydration.
MBR High Protection Face Cream SPF30 protects the skin from sunburn, aging, wrinkles and pigmentation spots which can be caused by excessive exposure to the sun. It smoothes and mattifies skin appearance for an even and healthy tan.
Institute Esthederm Photo Regulator helps reduce pigmentation spots by reducing the contrast between the hyper-pigmented areas and tanned skin. This helps to ensure a consistent and harmonious tan safely.

Summer time is the prime time to protect your skin and prevent stubborn hyperpigmentation caused by excessive sun exposure. Wear a hat, polarized sunglasses and be mindful when out and about. You only have one skin, take care of it now and enjoy the compliments later!

Diana Yerkes

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Biologique Recherche Brand Ambassadors

2017 marks the launch of our Brand Ambassador Program in the US as well as the 40th Anniversary of Biologique Recherche.

Watch 3 of 4 Biologique Recherche Brand Ambassadors, Aida Bicaj, Danuta Mieloch and Rebecca Johnston, deliver secrets about their partnership with Biologique Recherche. 

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Bar soaps get love from millennials raised on the liquid stuff

“Due to client demand, Rescue Spa, a luxury day spa in Center City, now carries three-dozen bar soaps, up from just six kinds it sold three years ago. Older clients who have used commercial bar soaps for years appreciate the skin-softening benefits of natural soaps, said Kim Zimmerman, Rescue Spa’s e-commerce and marketing director. “And millennials appreciate the eco-conscious packaging, that they’re organic, and Korean beauty products are all the rage,” she said, noting that the best-sellers are natural organic Gounjae soaps selling for $14 to $19 and wrapped in traditional Korean paper called hanji.  And Morihata’s black charcoal soap, $32 for 3.8 ounces, is popular among teenage boys (bought by their mothers) for bacne (acne on the back), she said.”

by Terri Akman, FOR THE INQUIRER via philly.com

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