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

NEW at RESCUE! ReFa 4 Carat

Dual rolling designed to deliver consecutive kneading.
Awaken the beauty within, with double the pleasure!

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ReFa 4 CARAT features four multi-angular rollers that provide 360-degree coverage. The spacing and angle between each roller is precisely calculated to deliver a “double kneading”, a mechanism to replicate the continuous and consecutive kneading by a skilled hand.

The four rollers draw in the skin from all angles, tightening not only the face, but the neck, hip, and waist as well.  Read all about it!

Amazing Products You’ve Never Heard Of *And if you have: We’re calling you next time. – Allure

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Amazing Products You’ve Never Heard Of
*And if you have: We’re calling you next time. – Allure

Sure you can spell “exfoliation” — in Korean. You can cite the RPM of the Dyson hair-dryer. And when someone says she likes her Fetish with a touch of Orgasm? You know the statement is entirely PG. But friends, you do not know it all. And we’re about to prove it. Our editors convinced beauty-world icons to tell us the products that they didn’t want to tell us about. Their secret weapons. Their holy grails. We guarantee you’ve never used these products before* — and now you’ll never stop.
Refa S Carat Roller
Recommended By: Val Garland, Makeup Artist
“If a makeup rule exists, Garland is backstage breaking it. Lipstick gets smudged. Eyeliner gets blurry. And flowers are more likely to end up on the face than in the hair. But underneath all the creativity, Garland’s real gift is perfecting skin – which is where this roller (that’s it above) comes in. “I plunge it into ice or stick it in the fridge, and then just go up and down on the face,” she says. “It feels like a facial, and it’s a great way to depuff the skin — especially around the eyes. When I’m working on a celebrity or a nervous client, it’s also a great way of making them feel relaxed. “

 

GOUNJAE – Organic, Chemical Free Products from Seoul, South Korea.

Stop By The Spa For A Perfect Last Minute Stocking Stuffer!
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At Gounjae, not a single soap or oil is made without receiving special care and attention. They carefully handle every step of the process – from selecting the best ingredients to the packaging of products. A simple Philosophy: to use only organic and chemical-free ingredients to deliver the benefits nature has promised!
 

PSA: This Is Not a Sex Toy

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It’s a de-puffing, tightening, turkey-neck-fixing face roller — and it works.
 
Really. It’s a platinum-coated face and body roller, made in Japan, obsessed over in Korea and now carried in Philly. The premise: A solar panel on the handle converts light into a micro-current, one that emulates the natural low-level electrical frequency already in our bodies (which weakens as we age). Rolling the ReFa Carat over your face and body—backs of knees, cheekbones, forehead, jaw line, chest, any spot that sags, dulls or bloats—stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage and, well, just feels good. In short, it’s a literal recharge of the skin. The end result? You won’t feel a buzz or notice Botox levels of improvement, but your skin will look tighter, tauter, de-puffed, glow-y and downright refreshed. So, yes, it’ll raise eyebrows. But really, that’s the whole point.
 
Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/shoppist/2015/09/29/psa-this-is-not-a-sex-toy/#w7SWHuv04A3iLg5P.99
 

NEW AT RESCUE! REFA CARAT PLATINUM MICROCURRENT ROLLER

The power of ReFa lies in its expertly designed beauty technology. ReFa is revolutionizing skin care by helping to achieve firmer, more toned, beautiful skin.
“Made in Japan, major in Korea! This device is designed to replicate the gentle pinching and kneading sensation that an aesthetician might include in a treatment. These actions stimulate your skin and the muscles below and increase circulation. It is platinum coated & the current carrying bearings within the rollers transfer microcurrent to your skin. Think DIY daily biolift! Oh and it’s solar powered.” 

carat_imageSolar or indoor light is converted into img9microcurrent:  Our bodies naturally carry a low electrical current that helps regulate circulation and contributes to skin’s overall healthy appearance. As we age, the skin’s natural current diminishes causing skin to lose some of its luster and glow. It is designed to help recharge your skin. Applying the ReFa to your face or body allows these microcurrents to transfer to your skin and help stimulate circulation. Using your ReFa daily can help improve skin’s tone, firmness, elasticity, and give you an overall more youthful, refreshed glow.

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ReFa’s microcurrents are produced entirely from solar energy. So you can take your ReFa with you anywhere and never have to replace batteries or plug in to charge. The small solar panel located on the top of the roller handle absorbs sunlight or indoor light and converts it into a low level current that is emitted through the rollers to your beautiful skin.

CARATMassaging motion, Rolling stimulation: ReFa’s three-dimensional design was developed to replicate the same feelings you might experience getting a massage or special treatment in a spa or Aesthetician’s office. The rollers work together to carefully massage skin while the handle allows you to control pressure. With the ReFa you can enjoy this type of treatment in the comfort of your own home or wherever you might find yourself needing to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate your skin.

The ReFa CARAT is designed to replicate the gentle pinching and kneading sensation that an Aesthetician might include as part of your treatment. These actions stimulate your skin and the muscles below and increase circulation. The ReFa CARAT works on your body such as:

  • Jaw line
  • Face
  • Underarm
  • Waist
  • Inner thigh
  • Neck
  • Chest

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waterPlatinum coating protects your skin and the ReFa: Designed with you in mind. Not only does it feel wonderful and produce excellent results, it’s made to last. In fact, the entire surface of the rollers is platinum coated to be both acid and heat resistant and protect your delicate skin. And it’s completely waterproof so you can add a relaxing ReFa treatment to make your shower or bath a truly spa-like experience.

  • Made in Japan.
  • Solar powered.
  • Waterproof.
  • Approximately 38 uA microcurrents (same as the human body).
  • Platinum (Pt) coating, ABS resin, brass, acrylic, silicone rubber, elastomer, stainless steel, nylon.
  • Instruction booklet, pouch, cleaning cloth included.
  • Size: 92 x 147 x 61 mm

*Also available: ReFa Body, ReFa S Carat (mini), and Refa High Tension Sheet Masks

Could Your Face Wash Be More Effective? Why Double-Cleansing May Be the Answer

It may be the first step in your skin care regimen—but for most of us, putting serious thought into a daily face wash is something of a last priority. If you’re lucky enough to have booked a facial with New York City skin guru Georgia Louise, however, one 60-minute treatment could be all it takes to make you rethink exactly how, why, and when you use a favorite cleanser.

“Our skin can’t function properly at night—repair and regenerate itself—if it’s swimming in toxic chemicals,” she says of the importance of removing every last trace of makeup, sunscreen, and pollutant at the end of the day through a methodical cleansing ritual. At her Upper West Side studio, she starts every session with her signature “triple cleanse,” beginning with a gentle oil massage to lift off superficial dirt. A clay cleanser follows to dislodge deeper impurities; then a layer of alpha hydroxy acids loosens dead cells and blackheads, making for easy extractions.

Louise isn’t the first to swear by carefully choreographed, consecutive washes. The Asian skin-care phenomenon known as double-cleansing—which involves the practice of using a cleansing oil in tandem with a water-based face wash—originated in Japan or Korea, or possibly even further east, in China, as far back as the fourteenth century, according to Alicia Yoon. Historical texts reference Korean women using plant-derived oils both to smooth on face powders—creating their own sort of oil-based foundations—and to remove them from the skin. Rice water, or ground mung beans, were then applied to flush out underlying impurities. In Japan, double-cleansing was born of necessity, as cleansing oils were the only means of removing the white paint-like base that women traditionally wore as a sign of beauty; they followed with a foaming cleanser to refresh the skin and remove oil residue.

By leaving a layer of smoother, healthier, younger skin cells on the surface, the ritual also allows the active ingredients in a good face serum or night cream to penetrate more deeply. And for those looking to incorporate double-cleansing into their routine, here’s how to do it right: Smooth an oil-based formula onto dry skin, circling it over face and eyes for about a minute before removing it with a warm cloth. Next, apply a water-based cleanser that suits your complexion—a gel or foam (like Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser) for normal to oily types, a milky emulsion (such as Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2) for dry or sensitive types. Work it into your skin, then rinse or wipe away for immaculate pores—and a perfectly clean canvas before bed.

Eve Lom Cleanser:  Apply cleanser to the face using circular movements. Dip the muslin cloth in hot water and wring out. Press onto the face and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times. Rinse the cloths in warm water and remove all traces of make-up and cleanser making circular movements to exfoliate. Rinse cloth in cold water and re-apply to the face for 5 seconds to close the pores. Gently pat skin dry with a towel.

Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2 cleanser: Apply with fingers to face, neck, and decollete, using light circular movements to emulsify oil and makeup. Remove cleanser with a warm, wet washcloth. Repeat steps to complete a second cleansing. Follow with P50 “1970” and the appropriate serums and cream.