AVST range gives skin exactly what it needs…


Environ is a globally recognized professional skincare brand that is built on science. It originated in South Africa and was created by a plastic surgeon who passionately believes in using vitamin A to maintain healthy skin. “Environ skin care products have been formulated to combat and relieve the harmful effects of today’s harsh environmental changes, specifically pollution and ever-increasing doses of radiation from the sun due to the thinning of the protective ozone layer. Added to these are the modern-day effects of social and work stresses and poor diet.”

Having to work with so many vitamin A based products, I truly have fallen in love with the Environ AVST step up system, and I believe, unlike most modern days Retinol and Retin-A products on the market, AVST is gentle enough to introduce to clients with all skin types and conditions ranging from sensitive skin and even rosacea to combo/oily/acneic skin types.

The AVST range gives skin exactly what it needs because of its scientifically researched combination of vitamins A, C, E and antioxidants including rooibos tea, honeybush and specially selected peptides.  The step up system helps your skin to become gradually more comfortable by increasing the levels of vitamin A and peptides.  You don’t have to be extra careful with it and it will not make you super dry, flaky or sun sensitive like other brands’ vitamin A products.  You should use it every night as a moisturizer comfortably but I still would wear a sunscreen every day because simply put it’s a must in my routine and it should be in yours too.

Vitamin A is the only known element that keeps skin healthy and combats aging. It has proven to have the following benefits: 

  • Promote the skin’s natural moisturizing factor and give it a radiant glow.
  • Strengthen the skin’s outer layer to keep it firm.
  • Stimulate the production of natural proteins to keep skin looking healthy.
  • Support the skin’s immune system and helps prevent breakouts.
  • Assists in reducing the development of potential skin cancers.

My skin type is oily and not sensitive so I started on AVST3 and immediately saw a more nourished and radiant skin appearance and a smoother breakout-free skin texture. I love it!  If you are sensitive or have rosacea and any kind of easily induced skin irritation, I would start with AVST1 and let the vitamin A do it’s job. My job is my passion and skin is my playground.  I enjoy educating my clients and answering all the questions and concerns they might have.  Curiosity is highly welcomed in my world.  Schedule an appointment or consultation today and let me be your Rescue skin guru.

In Health,

Diana Yerkes


Ethnic Skin

My first facial was a disaster. I was 16 years old and had 2 zits. I used my babysitting money for a facial with a celebrated esthetician at a very well known spa and came out looking like I had done an exhibition round with Mike Tyson. And the ugliness didn’t end quickly either, My skin retained the marks of resulting hyperpigmentation for months. I was totally traumatized and resisted facials for years afterward.

I have thought about this experience many times since then. Was the esthetician really knowledgeable, skilled, worthy of her fame? Probably so. Was she experienced with ethnic skin? Obviously not.  Sometimes depending upon the area in which a spa is located opportunities may not exist for a lot of interaction with a diverse clientele.

If you are of Asian, African, Latino, East Indian or Native American descent, you may have had a similar experience. And if you are blessed to be bi or multi-racial unfortunately you also run the risk of a bad experience. It is essential that in seeking out your esthetician you ask the right questions to ensure that she is familiar with your skin type, its unique characteristics and quirks. But neither you nor she should paint your ethnic type with broad strokes as fine subdivisions exist in each one.

I know-you don’t want to offend anyone. You feel that this is a touchy topic. How do you even broach the subject? Oh pleeze, can we say “President Barack Obama?” Brown skin is not exactly in the closet anymore. Chat with the spa concierge before scheduling an appointment. A good spa will recognize the need for estheticians who are knowledgeable about diverse skin types. Rescue Rittenhouse Spa’s concierge staff is a virtual United Nations of gorgeousness. One of our concierges actually has an esthetic background. They can recommend skin specialists who understand your skin and the type of care it needs. And our product lines, handpicked by Danuta Mieloch encompass treatments for every
skin type around the globe. This summer my love affair was with Environ’s AVST gel moisturizer. Super light, perfect for normal to oily skin, made my skin glow. Environ hails from South Africa and has some of the best products I’ve seen for gently fading hyperpigmentation caused by squeezing those pimples in your bathroom mirror.

Often a consultation with your potential esthetician prior to scheduling an appointment will make you feel more at ease. Use your time wisely, an in demand esthetician is performing a courtesy when she does not charge you for a consultation. Narrow your concerns down to topics that can be addressed in 10-15 minutes.  You do not have to regale her with tales of bad facial experiences. She knows. Instead talk about what bothers you the most and a possible plan of action to place you on the road to beautiliciousness. Give her an idea of your skin care budget and the time frame you are working with. Your consultation is your first step to developing a relationship with your personal skin guru that can help you realize your vision.

Personally, I die for ethnic skin. As our world gets smaller I find myself even more intrigued by the “new” multi-racial combination skin types. Customization of skin regime and facials is now required to provide the ultimate service and experience. As a client you should demand no less for your skin. You can cherry pick and perform your due diligence or just relax and make an appointment with us at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa.

Love Ya,

Linda Harding