A Master Facialist’s 3 Simple Rules For Glowing Skin This Holiday Season

Her craft is all about the ‘art of the genuine.’ –Thrive Global

1. Cleanse your skin thoroughly at night to take all the party makeup off. I recommend double cleansing to be extra thorough. My mom used to preach “If you don’t cleanse your skin at night you age 7 days faster.”

2. You only have one skin, look after it. Create a daily ritual of cleansing, layering your serums and moisturizing.

3. You only have one life, live it beautifully. Make time to relax, sleep, eat well, exercise, and have beautiful experiences.
Esthetician and Founder of Rescue Spa,

Danuta’s Winter Essentials

It’s important to take special care of your skin in the winter. Here are a few things you can do to keep skin moist and healthy all season long… 

  • Use a humidifier when the air is dry.
  • Put moisturizer and oil on your body immediately after bathing.
    Create a ritual of applying oils like Body Oxygenant followed by MSRH Corps.
  • Wear natural fibers, such as cotton and silk, because they allow your skin to breathe.
  • Cover up when the air is dry, to hold moisture in.
  • Focus on proper nutrition and drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid things that trigger allergic reactions. Use detergent free of dyes and perfumes.
  • Mature and drier skin types should apply and reapply moisturizer to lock in moisture.
  • Let’s not forget hands (telltale sign of age). Apply hand cream and cuticle oil often.
  • Don’t forget to wear gloves while doing home chores and while outdoors.
  • Practice a good skincare regimen:
  1. Dry skin can happen at any age, but it’s most likely a concern if you’re 50 or older. This is because the glands that make oil for your skin get smaller as you age and produce less.  Many popular soaps and cleansers “clean” your skin by removing oil. This strips the skin, which often causes dryness or breakouts to worsen. At Rescue we always recommend a gentle milky cleanser like Lait VIP o2. Use with a washcloth to buff away dry flaky skin and reveal the fresh skin that lies beneath. Washcloths are super gentle on the skin and most importantly, they don’t cost much. 🙂

  2. Once your skin is properly cleansed it is extremely important to balance the pH of your skin. Our favorite product for this step is Lotion P50 1970.During the winter I personally use P50 1970 at night and P50W in the daytime (this gentler formula is fantastic for winter). *A reminder to the health conscious: all Biologique Recherche products are paraben-free and safe to use.


  3. After you’ve applied P50 follow with a hylarounic acid based serum to keep skin plump, hydrated and, yes, looking younger! Babies are born with a high level of hyaluronic acid, which keeps their skin plump and smooth. Unfortunately, the amount of hyaluronic acid in skin diminishes with age, most significantly after age 40. While it may not be possible to maintain perfectly dewy baby-skin, these serums help to restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content. Applied topically hyaluronic acid increases hydration, improves elasticity, and reverses free radical damage. All skin types, even oily, will benefit from using hyaluronic acid serum. *For those who get injectables it prolongs the plumping effect.

    LayerWinter skincare is like your winter wardrobe, it’s all about layers! I always layer my serums, starting with the lightest texture and finishing with the thickest. Here is my current mix of serums and creams for daytime: AmniotiqueLe Grand Serum, Yall o2, Creme Dermo RL, and Fluide VIP O2.


  4. Your evening routine is another story. Winter is time to bust out the big game changers like MBR’s liquid surgery serum, followed by MBR Extraordinary Cream. Mind you I’m over 50 and the names alone provide a feel-good-factor (I’ll take liquid surgery anytime, no pain or risk involved).

    For younger gals I suggest Environ’s Cquence 3 serum. It’s packed with peptides, vitamins, and retinol to address antiaging in one simple step.

    I also highly recommend keeping the skin challenged by alternating your regimen every other night. Currently I’m alternating MBR Extraordinary cream with BR Le Grand Creme (*available in January).

    For a dry skin solution I love Vintners Daughter Active Botanical Serum – a clean beauty favorite of celebrities. It has a loyal following for good reason. This cult product is a powerful sustainably crafted oil that delivers skin all the essentials, moisture, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.

    Valmont Regenera II is another winter staple. It’s a rich cream-balm that solves dry skin, lips, cuticles, patches, etc. Love… love… love!


  5. Rescue Spa Facials are always geared to problem solve. Whether it’s dry skin, brown spots, redness, irritation, or inflamed acne, Rescue Facials are always customized to focus on what your skin needs. With the right combination of products and high-tech tools, our estheticians can really create change in the skin over time to help you achieve your greatest complexion.


  6. Last but not least. Cold weather is the best time to develop healthy rituals and ceremonies. Taking care of my skin is a daily practice.
    Create your own magic, have fun in your mini beauty apothecary ….
    Light a candle….
    Mask often….
    Take a bath…
    Breathe….
    Get cozy in slippers and wrap up in cashmere …..
    Practice self love, cultivate wellbeing, sing, dance and feel like a goddess ….

Happy Winter :)))

Rescue Spa Founder,
Danuta Mieloch

New York City’s Best Facial -Into The Gloss

 

“I’m standing in the middle of a room struggling with the snaps on a terrycloth cover-up. It’s a Saturday morning and I’m at Rescue Spa in New York City, its brand new, dazzling (and huge) location on 19th Street. Danuta Mieloch, the spa’s founder and owner, is about to give me a facial in what is to be my very first encounter with Biologique Recherche. I’m nervous, I’m excited, and then—once I’m snapped in—comfortably cozied up beneath warm sheets as Danuta gets to work on my face. Just over an hour of consulting, cleansing, steaming, toning, balancing, massaging, and micro-current-ing later, I emerge as if in slow motion from the immense facility doors and down Park Avenue. I can feel my face glowing. Even if it stinks of Biologique Lait Crème (reminiscent of an NYC sewer) it was worth it; my skin hasn’t looked or felt this good in ages.

I’m not surprised, though. The recommendations for Biologique Recherche can’t come through the Into The Gloss comment section fast enough. (In fact, whenever we link to the products, it’s usually to Rescue Spa’s ecommerce site—very few places carry it online.) In the days following my appointment, every time I caught a glimpse of myself passing a mirror, I had to do a double take, thinking Wow, the lighting is really good in here before realizing that it was actually just my skin. I can’t speak to the rest of the spa’s offerings yet—it flaunts a nail salon (whose fireplace literally used to belong to Jackie O), a beverage bar, a hair salon, and endless massage rooms—but I probably will sooner than later. I already can’t wait to go back.” —Anna Stevenett

“I actually don’t love facials. Something about them makes me anxious. I like to be in control–of my time, of my products, of my extractions. But I would wholly give myself over to Danuta anytime I’m in need of a little skin rejuvenation from here on out. The hour-plus I spent with her during my Bio-Lift facial bent the linear notion of time and I felt like I was there being pampered for days on end. I could give you a number of reasons why this facial goes down in my book as unparalleled, but I’ll pick the most important one: extractions that don’t leave any redness. Seriously. They didn’t even hurt! That’s worth a lot in my book.

But really folks, talk to any 10 facialists in New York and emerge with at least 15 different opinions about what you should do for your skin. It’s a hard world out there for a beauty editor just looking for truth. But Danuta didn’t try and impart any new tenets on my skin—in fact, she said it looked pretty good! (Never underestimate the value of positivity on your ‘glow’.) She used a handful of things I don’t normally mess with on a daily basis—microdermabrasion and P50—but not in a scorched-earth attempt to rid me of having skin in the first place. Too much of that and you’ll end up with a complexion that doesn’t quite know what to do with itself. None of that at Rescue Spa. I glowed when I left; I glowed even harder three days later. And did I mention the extractions didn’t leave me with any redness? Because really—that’s golden.” —Emily Ferber

 

Everything I Used To Get Perfect Skin On My Wedding Day – The Cut


“Celebrities are always raving about their facialists, but what about those of us who can’t afford to go to the spa every other day? Ashley introduced me to Rescue Spa, which has been a godsend. It’s reasonably priced, and owner Danuta Mieloch knows her shit. (Oh, and Naomi Campbell was casually checking out the first time I walked in.)

Mieloch has a realistic approach that’s easy to manage on your own. Her team recommended that I invest in steamer to cleanse and hydrate my skin, so I bought one from Dr. Dennis Gross. I set the 15-minute timer and leave it running when I cleanse my skin on weekends. Since I started using it, I’ve seen a real improvement in my pore size and skin texture.

The steamer opens my pores up for the Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant, which I leave on for 20 minutes. Read any reviews on this mask and you’ll know it’s got a cult following — for good reason. Within a month of steaming, my face stopped breaking out as much. I’d even lost all the pimples hidden underneath my skin’s surface, which I’d been trying to shed for months. When I wash this stuff off and immediately follow it with Vintner’s Daughter Oil, I look like I got a facial for half the price.”

Read the full story on The Cut.

 

Sneak Peek: Rescue Spa NYC

For many years, New York clients have begged owner Danuta Mieloch to open a second location.  “I wanted to find a neighborhood that is central, thriving, and blossoming.  While enjoying lunch across the street at ABC, I spotted this storefront and knew I had to find a way to make it happen,” Danuta explains of her choice of locale.  She set out to create a beauty sanctuary and haven, where New Yorkers could embrace the Rescue Spa philosophy and enjoy the timeless luxury and refinement of her award-winning day spa.  The luminous, serene space will encourage clients to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and care for themselves from the inside out.

Connoisseur: Danuta Mieloch’s Favorite Things (via Shoppist)

Connoisseur: Danuta Mieloch’s Favorite Things

Photography by Courtney Apple.

BY    The founder of Rescue Spa is a longtime fixture on Philly’s beauty scene, but now, after fielding desperate pleas from our neighbors up north, she’s expanding beyond her Rittenhouse outpost with an NYC location, slated to open later this summer. 

Favorite Things

Jewelry staple: A gold charm necklace from Town Home in Rittenhouse [above, left]. “All of my friends and family know I have it and usually get me additions.”

Little luxuries: A men’s rose gold Panerai watch, a great handbag, and a comfortable pair of Gucci loafers. [above, right]

On my nightstand: A Tivoli radio [above, left] and a stack of magazines.

Morning fuel: “I make myself a green juice in my Omega juicer — lemon, apple, ginger, parsley, celery and kale.”

Recent splurge: A lightweight sweater by The Row.

Collection: Buddha and Ganesh figurines [above, right], old perfume bottles and antique Lalique glass.

Beauty Arsenal

Favorite fragrance: Odin 11 or Il Profvmo’s Ginger [above, left], depending on the season.

Skin-care essentials: Biologique Recherche. “I always have Lait U, Lotion P50 1970, Masque Vivant, Fluide VIP O2 and sunscreen.”

Go-to gadget: LightStim LED Light Therapy, a UV-free at-home light system that helps regenerate skin cells.

Must-have makeup: Valmont foundation, L’Elixir des Glaciers, in Rosy Beige [above, right]. “It’s like a tinted serum for your skin.”

New product: “I turned 50 this year, so currently I’m testing Liquid Surgery Serum by MBR. It comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s worth the splurge!”

Out and About

Oyster House

Photo by Jason Varney.

Currently working on: Rescue Spa’s second location, at 29 East 19th Street in New York City.

Favorite bar: Center City’s Oyster House [above] during happy hour, for a glass of wine.

Next vacation: Paris and the South of France. “Poland is also a regular stop, to visit my mom.”

Favorite market: Reading Terminal Market. “It’s busy and overwhelming, but I have my favorite stops.

Exercise: Ashtanga yoga, jogging and anything outdoors.

Favorite boutique: Montaigne Market or Colette, both in Paris. “They’re like mini galleries.”

Published as “Connoisseur: Danuta Mieloch” in the June 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine.  Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/shoppist/2017/06/03/connoisseur-danuta-mieloch/#u1hHE0Ug0A77k2o1.99

 

HOW TO UNDO SKIN DAMAGE BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY

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While common skin ailments are troublesome no matter what stage of life you’re in, they can feel especially exacerbated when you have a wedding on the horizon. You’re of course your own worst critic and things are often not as bad as you perceive, but the idea of high-definition photography and hundreds and pairs of eyes examining you can leave even the most low-key bride nervous. Lucky for us, Danuta Mieloch, Esthetician and owner of Rescue Spa (soon opening an NYC location!), filled us in on what you can do to correct almost any problem plaguing your appearance. Keep in mind that according to Danuta, “It takes daily self-discipline to cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize, and protect your skin to achieve the goal of perfection. The sooner you get started, the better!”

Sunspots
While avoiding direct sunlight should always be the goal, this isn’t always a practical (or fun!) solution. However, unsightly skin damage very well may result. “Lighter skin tends to develop freckles and sunspots, whereas darker skin becomes patchy and shadowed. Luckily, there are several options to correct this, but know that not all spots can be treated equally.”

Many treatments like hydroquinone and RetinA can be rather harsh and actually increase the problem. To be on the safe side, start with a balancing and regulating skincare regimen while slowly introducing more acting ingredients. “Retinol is not as harsh as RetinA, and should be used up to two nights a week. This will work especially well when alternated with Vitamin C and IPL treatments. Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 Pigm 400 is a product you can safely use daily. Rather than hydroquinone, it uses kojic acid and niacinamide to effectively reduce pigmentation while still respecting and protecting the skin.”

Unfortunately with this ailment, patience is the key. “Whenever pigmentation doesn’t respond quickly to treatment, it means the damage is deep and will take time to surface. Often times during treatment it can appear darker before it begins to lighten.”

Breakouts
Acne doesn’t just plague the face, and spots on the chest and back are certainly not what you want people looking at when you’re in your dress. “To cleanse hard to reach places, rely on the genius Aquis Back Scrubber. Lotion P50 1970 should be applied across any problem area to remove every trace of sweat and oil buildup, the major cause of acne. To further treat, try Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All Over Blemish Solution.”

If you’re noticing this problem more than normal leading up to your wedding, you very well may have your amped up SoulCycle routine to blame. Make sure to shower as soon as possible after every workout.

Acne Scars
While some at-home exfoliating treatments will help to lessen scarring caused by acne, serious results are best achieved by the pros. “This is especially well treated by clinical laser treatments as well as regular professional microdermabrasion to soften and smooth your skin,” explains Mieloch.

Keratosis Pilaris
Unless your dress is long-sleeved, you want your arms to be in tip-top shape before your walk down the aisle. Those pesky red bumps that plague so many is a condition called keratosis pilaris, caused by a buildup of keratin. “My go-to treatment is P50 Corps as well as dermalac lotion to remove the dead skin cells,” says Mieloch. “Follow with a good body moisturizer since this condition is more likely to appear if you have dry skin.”

Written by Casey Sharbaugh for Over The Moon
Photographed by Paul Reynolds Photography