Fall’s Finest at Rescue Spa

Autumn is all about beauty and fashion let Rescue help you make the transition.

Celebrate a classic European facial customized for your skin’s needs according to the change of seasons. We have the best tools up our sleeves (microdermabrasion, electric currents, peels, masks, lotions and potions!). You will see significant improvement instantly.

Transition into fall with the shades of autumn via the classic mani/pedi. Leave the pastels behind and switch to darker, shimmery colors. Muted tones like gray, moss and deep bronze are on trend.

Allow our makeup artist to apply autumnal colors with daring accents, a smokey eye, and classic red lipstick. Frame your face with Designer Eyebrow Shaping, emphasizing your features in a stunning and unique way.

Replenish and Regenerate your entire body with a Hydrating Body Wrap.

Out With the Old Skin-In With the New

As summer begins to wind down, a lot of my clients are becoming aware that their skin, formerly tanned and glowing, is beginning to look a bit flaky and tired. My ethnic skinned folks are experiencing record levels of hyperpigmentation as well which is not so cute. I am recommending for everybody a cocktail of Environ’s Clarifying Lotion (which I’ve begun using) and C-Boost. The intense combo of anti-oxidant and alpha-hydroxy quickly whips the skin back into shape and you have the immediate result of a brighter fresher looking skin. On ethnic skin I’m seeing astounding results; dark marks are fading quite rapidly replaced by smoother even-toned skin. Who has time to wait?


For my brides-to-be with late fall and winter weddings eminent this is a great time to begin a brightening regimen. If however you are getting married within the next five weeks and your skin is o.k. now is not the time to try something new. Just be sure to book a short series of bridal facials to ensure fabulous looking skin.

Aren’t award winners great? I always want to know their secrets of how they reached that level.  A few weeks ago I interviewed our own multi-award winning owner Danuta Mieloch. Last week I was granted an interview with her contemporary, Christine Hays, Vice President of Spa Operations for Oberoi Hotels. The Oberoi Hotel has been named Best in the World by Conde’ Nast and their spa has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Excellent!

Hope everyone was safe and warm during Irene.

Love Ya,

Linda Harding

Stay safe and cozy!

It seems like this year’s summer is ending on a stormy note!  The weekend at home for me means lots of organizing my makeup, products, and tossing out any oldies.  Old makeup can be very creepy.  So let’s toss:

  • Mascara 3 months (after opening)
  • Eyeshadow 1 year (after opening)
  • Powder 6 months (after opening)
  • Foundation 6 months (after opening)
  • Lipstick 6 months (after opening)
  • Eyeliner Pencil 1 year (after opening)
  • Liquid Eyeliner 6 months (after opening)

and for skincare….

  • Cleanser and Scrubs 6 months (after opening)
  • Toner 6 months (after opening)
  • Masks Up to 1 year (after opening) if it’s in a tube
  • Moisturizers 6 months (after opening)
  • Serums Up to 1 year (after opening) if it’s in a pump
  • Sunscreen 3-6 months (after opening)
  • Body Moisturizers Up to 1 year (after opening) if it’s in a pump
  • Shower Sponges and Washcloths should be changed often.

These are my personal regulations and I try to keep up with it.  A rainy weekend for me means a total body scrub,  definitely a face mask, coating my hands and feet with a thick cream, reading my favorite book or watching a La Dolce Vita movie.  Make sure you get flowers and candles to keep you happy, enjoy your weekend inside and Be Safe!

Esthetician and Owner of Rescue Rittenhouse Spa,

Danuta Mieloch


Summer in the City

Last Friday as my husband and I strolled down Walnut Street trying to burn off some calories from overindulging at Sansom Street Oyster House we came across a portrait in the making. A gorgeous bride posing for the photographer in front of Rittenhouse Square, wearing a wonderfully sumptuous creamy dress with the train swirling in front of her. She was flanked on either side by seven groomsmen, immaculately tuxedoed in black. Her bridesmaids all wore a vibrant shade of fuchsia which looks best on tanned skin, which they all had. As I watched them I wondered if they were spray tanned, sun tanned, self tanned? (Because that’s the way my esthetician mind works). Anyway, it struck me that as we creep toward the end of summer most skin can use a good professional body treatment, like a hydrating wrap. Wraps are great to remove the dry buildup that accumulates from too much sun exposure. And even if you are still beach bound on the weekends and determined to tan it up until October, it’s still a good idea right about now to give your skin a treat by sloughing away the old tan to make way for the new.

If taking time out for a body treatment cuts into your summer fun time then pop in to Rescue and pick up some body care from Lalicious. This product line has some of the most la luscious products ever. Body scrubs, cleansers and butters with names like Sugar Kissed and Vanilla Whipped that smell good enough to eat. And they make perfect gifts for your college freshman girls heading off to school. Put them in a cute basket (suitable for dorm room storage) and wait for the hugs.



Congratulations to my very talented, witty and beautiful client Gina Colantonio for, celebrating the two year mark for her very popular blog “Here Comes Gina”. This is my go to blog for hot picks from books to fashion to house wares but I only read it in private because she makes you laugh out loud.


Linda Harding

Forget botox!

The key to beautiful skin in my opinion is a mix of science, common sense, clean healthy living, a simple skincare regime practiced daily, and Erika’s juices (optional). So the latest Rescue craze? We all enjoy Erika’s concoctions Pangaea Earth Foods. But quite frankly that’s not all the Rescue estheticians are doing. We’re here to promote healthy clean living.

The Rules
1. Don’t smoke. It smells bad, ages you faster and causes cancer.
2. Don’t sunbathe. It gives you a rough, uneven skin tone, ages you prematurely and (like smoking) causes cancer too.
3. Don’t yo-yo diet. It causes sagging skin.
4. Don’t over use skincare products. We see clients using a ton of skincare products and often times they contain too-harsh, medical grade ingredients not suitable for daily use. (Use meds only when in need. Severe acne, outbreaks, dermatitis or other medical conditions only).

In my opinion all estheticians have fabulous skin, the kind that is envied by dermatologists. We don’t over laser. We don’t botox. We don’t inject. We just use simple care. Daily practice makes perfect.  Besides prevention is a cheaper and safer way to maintain beautiful skin than costly visits to the plastic surgeon. My straight forward advice would be to maintain your overall health by eating well, exercising, drinking water, and following a simple skincare routine. Cleanse, tone, moisturize, protect (SPF 30+). Stick to it… smile and voila!

Owner of Rescue Spa and Esthetician,

Danuta Mieloch

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From Bridal to Babies

Most of my brides-to be use P50 Lotion by Biologique Recherché. It is one of my go to products to whip pre wedding skin into perfection. But what happens after the wedding when the decision is made to add another little member to the family? For months now I have been raving about Cellcosmet, a botanically based, triple patented skin care line from Switzerland. I am obsessed with their Activator Gel and Toner which makes the skin extremely soft, supple and luminous with absolutely no redness or irritation. It is the perfect transitional product to use while pregnant or while trying to become pregnant (and beyond). I know that the idea of weaning oneself off P50 is traumatic, (I personally have witnessed my clients hyperventilating) however when my future mommies see the results of their Cellcosmet facial all is right again with the world.

Philadelphia has been in the throes of a vicious heat wave and we’re all looking for creative ways to stay hydrated. Our very own Erika Ianoale has a watermelon-mint juice from her Pangaea Earth Foods line that is too good; super hydrating, negligible calories and simply delicious. Kudos to Erika for keeping us juicy.

Rescue Spa Esthetician,

Linda Harding

Vacation Skin

It’s impossible for me to plan a vacation away without checking out the spa scene at my chosen destination. This time I set my sights on Hotel Villa Rolandi in Isla Mujeres because of their extensive Thalassotherapy department. I booked a Balneotherapy treatment which reminded me of a new-age Jacuzzi on steroids with its alternating programs designed to stimulate or relax different body parts through varying degrees of salt water pulsation. The Vichy shower was interesting too although I found the experience of being massaged while being rained upon a bit distracting. When I introduced myself to the estheticians they were super charming and proudly showed me their retail department which carried a single product line. I must admit that I felt a sense of relief to have such an extensive international selection of skin care products to work with and offer my clients at Rescue. There’s no place like home.

Is it possible not to have oily breakouts when vacationing in temperatures of 90 degrees and higher? My skin loved my Valmont cleansing gel, and Purifying Pack clay masque which I obsessively used every night to refresh my skin before hitting the town. During the day sunglasses were the standard but evenings I relied upon my beauty staple, Blinc eyeliner which didn’t budge or smudge.

Upon my return to Rescue, I will make it a point to have a facial using the Ultrasound machine to deeply but gently remove the nasty buildup of sun block that tends to clog pores and cause skin irritations. It’s easy to forgo skin care in the summer because we look so sun-kissed but now is the time to book regular facials to keep your skin healthy, hydrated and happy.


Linda Harding

VelaShape: Post Pregnancy

After having my son nearly four years ago, I was challenged by the results of post pregnancy. I tried everything. Diets, exercise, and diet pills — which was a huge mistake. I felt like no matter what I did I couldn’t shed the “extra” saggy skin, and surgery was not an option. I had heard of the Vela Shape that “celebrity moms” were trying and decided to give it a try. I received five treatments on my jelly belly and thighs, and was extremely impressed with the results. I left more attractive and was able to fit in my jeans without the help from Spanx. I recommend Vela Shape not only to my clients, but to all my friends to get that extra little boost in confidence they need to truly be a hot mama.



Shannon Mansor