How The Estheticians Do It: Rosacea

 

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition with no known cure.  It is most common in people of Irish, Scandinavian, and Eastern European dissent. The most common symptoms of Rosacea are redness, small bumps or pimples on the face.  It can also cause burning and a thickening of the skin. In some cases it can even effect the eyes. Its most common in women ages 30 and up. However men can suffer as well. Rosacea is NOT the same as acne but it can cause acneic breakouts.

So what can we do to control these symptoms?

The first line of defense is to get diagnosed by a dermatologist and see if you truly have Rosacea.  My personal experience with Rosacea has been difficult and long. I under went treatment from a doctor and I still have prescriptions when needed. The most common treatments are oral antibiotics and topical treatments such as metronidazole, bimonidine and azelaic acid.  As with all medications there are side effects and I have found other ways to treat my Rosacea. But in many cases combining prescriptions with proper skin care is key to controlling flare ups. I have found less is better when dealing with Rosacea. Growing up in a large Irish family I’ve seen first hand how horrible it can be if left untreated.  My grandmother would say “its your Irish coming out” but as a young person I never understood what that meant. I do now and my goal is to keep the red away as much as possible.  My skin has been my reason for becoming a Esthetician and it has given me the ability to manage my condition. There are no miracles or magic potions ( although P50 comes close ) but there are lots of options available. 

Most effective treatments:

  • IPL or Laser Treatments to help reduce skin redness and inflammation.
  • Electrical Currents which help to increase circulation and stimulate collagen production.  Collagen production you will help to alleviate and reduce most redness and inflammation in the skin.
  • Microdermabrasion. I know it may seem harsh but it helps to facilitate new skin growth as well as stimulate lymph drainage.

Then of course there’s your home care routine.  I have found many products to help with Rosacea but by far my most helpful has been the Biologique Recherché skin care line.  They have botanical plant based ingredients that focus on balancing the skin.  Their products are paraben free with no artificial fragrances.

My top choices of products are:

  • Lait U: This cleanser is plant based with no fragrance and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin cleansing milk.
  • P50 V 1970: this balancing lotion is loaded with exfoliating ingredients to slough off dead cells and stimulate skin growth.  I personally started with the P50 V 1970 then eventually graduated to the original P50 1970 (the most effective formula).  Acids have the most effect on Rosacea due to their balancing of the ph of the epidermis. 
  • At least once a week (after P50) I use Mask Vivant and Mask Vernix  to balance and calm the skin. Pro Tip: I mix them for optimal results! 
  • Serums are my next choice due to their ability to penetrate deeper into the skin sans residue.  My favorites are Amniotique E. for its soothing and hydrating properties, and Serum Erythros which helps to strengthen the capillaries with B vitamins.
  • Daytime: Follow up with Emulsion Biosensible Gel S.R. which has hylarounic acid to hydrate and build collagen as well as regulate your sebum production.
    Since excess sebum is the cause of breakouts associated with Rosacea this is ideal.  Last but most important is SPF.  My favorite is the Jan Marini SPF 33.  This SPF is light in nature and is gentle enough to use around the eye area. 
  • Night: I opt for Environ C-Quence cream for bedtime.  Vitamin C helps build collagen and diffuse redness.  By adding vitamin C and vitamin A you will build new cells on a daily basis without the harshness of traditional retinol (vitamin A) products.

Things to avoid:

  • The sun! Use SPF diligently to prevent damage and aggravation.
  • Extreme temperatures. Hot and cold (PS always use lukewarm water on the face.)
  • Avoiding alcohol helps, although it is NOT the cause of Rosacea. 
  • Spicy foods.
  • Harsh products/scrubbing.  These things will only inflame your blood vessels.

Of course there are more things that can trigger flare ups such as stress. I’ve found the best line of defense is to be consistent with treatments and home care. There may be no cure, but there is relief out there.  Come to see me or any of our talented Estheticians who can help to make a treatment plan for your specific needs.  I hope this was helpful to all my fellow Rosacea sufferers.  I am living proof that there is a way to treat and balance your skin!

Best Regards,

Esthetician ~ Connie Henry

 

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

 

YouTube Tutorial: Complete Skincare Regimen

A complete daily skincare regimen is the best way to achieve healthy, balanced, and glowing skin. Watch this Youtube video to as Rescue esthetician Joanna Kula shows us how it’s done!

Cleanse: “Any good skincare regime begins with proper cleansing. I advise everyone to develop a cleansing ritual, which will serve as the necessary foundation of good skincare. Without it, you simply cannot achieve healthy, beautiful skin. Everyone can benefit from using a mild cleanser like Biologique Recherche Lait U. ” –Danuta Mieloch, Rescue Spa Founder

Tone and Exfoliate: “A cult favorite, Biologique Recherche’s P50 1970 is a magic potion that does it all. It exfoliates, hydrates and balances the pH of the skin and it’s a prep step before any skincare. For those of you who prefer granule exfoliators over acidic formulas, opt for Valmont Face Scrub and massage gently into skin to slough off that layer of dead skin cells.” – DM

Plump, lift and hydrate: “Serums are the most potent elixirs, lighter in texture with deeper penetration than creams, and they are great for replenishing. They can also extend the life of injectables by replenishing moisture on the outer layer.” – DM

Moisturize: “All skin types need hydration and a moisturizer. A good moisturizer shields and protects your skin from harmful daily aggressors to keep it young and supple. It’s like wearing stockings in the winter; very sheer yet protective. Don’t forget to use eye cream and moisturize your entire body, too.” – DM

Protection: “Don’t forget to use SPF daily!”– DM

Samantha Lowe’s Fall Skincare Regimen

fall skincare regimenAs the seasons change,  so does my skin care routine.  Lait U and P50 1970 every morning and evening. Valmont face scrub followed by Masque Visolastine E. every 4 days and in between, Masque Vivant. Yes, I do something extra for my skin everyday.  Both masks can stay on for 10-20 minutes. Masking and exfoliating on the same night is a really wonderful way to give your skin the added punch of active ingredients. That’s why P50 1970 should be used daily. Even that slight exfoliation will increase the efficacy of all of your products. I will continue this probably through October.

And that’s just the beginning. The truth is,  after the basic cleanse, exfoliate and tone; hydration, serums and sun protection always baffle clients. In the evening, I think of repairing my skin.  Clarifying Surge from Valmont and Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Cream from Environ alternated for this darn sun damage. I always use Valmont Prime Contour or Factor 3 under my eyes at night. During the day, Factor 2. All from Valmont. Day cream is Creme ADN Elastine Marine Collagene Marin and Complex Royal, layered from BR. Now that fall is truly here, I’m going to modify my daily SPF. The Mineral Spray from Dr. Gross is an SPF 50. Normally I would go down to a 30 but because of my sun damage,  I will be getting a few photo facials in the coming months.
Check back in November to see what winter has in store for my skin!

Rescue Esthetician,
Samantha Lowe

 

Prepping for a big event? Here is everything you need to know.

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Hair? Check.  Shoes? Check.  Skin? Not so much?  Whether you have scored an interview for a job you’ve worked your whole career for or are a bridesmaid in yet another wedding we all want to look our best.  If you haven’t been keeping up with a consistent ritual, I recommend a facial 2-4 weeks before the event.  Never underestimate beautiful skin. It can be your best accessory.

To get started, I turn to some Rescue favorites. First begin with fresh, clean skin.  Lait U from Biologique Recherche is a gentle,  vegetal based cleanser perfect for removing makeup and preparing skin for exfoliation. Oily, congested and dull skin will benefit from a second cleanse using the 5% Glycolic cleanser from Anthony Brands. Massage in and leave on for 2 minutes for extra exfolliation. Follow with a healthy application of P50 1970. The tingle alone will get you excited for what comes next. Apply a nice layer of Prime Renewing Pack from Valmont, lie down and massage. I like to elevate my knees for a true Rescue experience. Take about 5 minutes to relax and plan your look.
If you have oily skin, Masque Vivant for 15 minutes will liven up most complexions.  More combination skins will benefit from Masque VIP o2. (Or you could mix them together for a truly brightening experience.) Complex Royal over the moisturizer of your choice will be sure to make you glow. If you are a nervous Nelly and suffer from hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) Anthony Brands makes a product for you.  Apply No Sweat Body Defense to your forehead, back or under your bust to keep you dry and comfortable during the big event.  Now, the next part is easy. Take a deep breath and don’t forget to smile.

Esthetician,
Samantha Lowe

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Three Simple Beauty Tricks for Busy Moms

Any mom will tell you, some days it’s a blessing if we can even take a shower let alone put makeup on. As a mother of two little ones, I spend more time cleaning up something sticky than throwing on some mascara. Over the past few years, I’ve had to adjust my beauty routine to keep up with my hectic lifestyle. Fortunately, Rescue offers plenty of services and products that will keep moms looking like they actually had more than three hours of sleep. Here are my top “three busy mommy beauty tricks”:

 

1. Xtreme Eyelash Extensions

At Rescue, our Xtreme eyelash extension service is a game changer for women on the go. Each eyelash is gently applied to your lashes without damage with a safe hypoallergenic glue, which gives you gorgeous eyelashes only requiring maintenance to refill them every 2/3 weeks. In the summer, I spend a lot of time outside chasing my kids around, sweating, or taking a dip in the pool. Extensions give a long, voluminous look, that’s on par with my favorite mascara but without the downside of smudging, reapplying, or clumpy lashes. With my custom lashes, I can roll out of bed and throw on a touch of makeup in under five minutes!

 

2. Preventative Cleansing

In mom world, sleep is a king. But sometimes, taking that extra step to wash your face after putting the little ones down can seem like a hassle. However, preventative care can save money down the line and keep your face looking young. With toddlers running around, I needed to come up with a quick skin care routine. To start, use Lait U cleansing milk, which works to deeply cleanse the pores. Follow the cleanse with Lotion P50 to keep your face balanced and glowing. Next, apply a little Biologique Recherche Le Grand Serum, which helps to prevent aging, smooth the skin, and keep the face plumped. Finally, finish your bedtime routine with a bit of Environ moisturizer to keep the skin well hydrated. Voilà!––not only will your wallet thank you after you’ve gotten the kids off to college, but your skin will thank you too.

 

3. Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protection

The quickest way to age your skin is through sun damage. Jan Marini not only smells great, but it has excellent SPF coverage and a light, airy feel that won’t make you feel oily. Too busy for foundation? Try Jan Marini that has a bit of tinted bronzer to give your face a bit of color. With summer coming, it’s an easy step to pop into a morning routine to give your a face a fresh, dewy look.

Need a break from the kids entirely? Come visit one of our estheticians at Rescue for a full skin consultation, one of our premier facials, or simply relax in the spa as you sip your tea and let the stress melt away.

Best,

Jeni Dalponte, Esthetician of 14 years

 

Photography: Lauren McGrath
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What’s the deal with Biolift?

Biolift is essentially one giant upgrade to your traditional classic facial here at Rescue, and here’s why: electricity!! In the City of Brotherly Love, where our own Ben Franklin first harnessed the electric power of lightening, we here at Rescue are doing essentially the same for your face.

Sound a little intense for you? I thought so too. So I booked myself a Biolift with our very own esthetician Joanna Kula (Ben Franklin was booked for the day) to test it out – her credentials are pretty stacked, so I knew I was in good hands.

We started with a little Lait U cleanse, which for the record feels 1000 times better when a professional applies it. Joanna followed with the Valmont Face Scrub, full of tiny exfoliating granules that left my face feeling buffed clean and new, not to mention it smells like a dream. Of course, the ever-renowned P50 1970 followed. Joanna basically gave my face a bath in this toner, pressing the drenched cotton round into my skin to really deliver the product (a technique I’ve been trying to replicate). I can’t actually afford to spread that much P50 on myself every day, nor does Joanna recommend it, but for the occasional facials, the P50 party on my face felt phenomenal.

Then for the big shebang: the Biolift!!!

The electric current is delivered through two sponges that Joanna keeps in constant motion on the face. In areas that could use a little extra love, like the eyes, frown lines, jawline or the brow, she plumps the skin by using a pumping motion to really activate the muscles. That’s the sweet thing about Biolift – the electric current activates muscles in the face, penetrating the layers of the skin. Joanna explained it like this: Biolift is like going to the gym. If you work your muscles at the gym one time, you aren’t going to see lasting results. But if you go all the time, your muscles will build. And when its muscles on your face you’re beefing up, that means bye bye sagging skin, hello cheekbones!

And if you’re closer to my age and don’t quite have wrinkles that need filling or a jawline that needs tightening, fear not!! Biolift is still an amazing service for you. Not only will those few stress lines be filled for your big event – like seriously by permanent brow furrow was erased – but you will walk out of there with glowing, radiant skin. My face felt baby soft (it still does, a week later), fuller in all the right places, and finally hydrated possibly for the first time in my life. And it’s all thanks to the fact that Biolift’s electric currents send the products already on the skin even deeper into the epidermis – more so than a normal facial could. And who couldn’t benefit from that?

I cannot stress how beneficial Biolift is for younger women, as well as women with more mature skin. If you don’t believe me, take it from Joanna, who says “It is a great preventative treatment, especially for those who want to avoid plastic surgery later on. It helps to combat not only the effects of gravity on the face, but also helps stimulate collagen production, which is the reason why skin becomes saggy in the first place. Women start to lose collagen very rapidly in their 30s and it just goes downhill from there, which is why prevention is the so important early on.”

Boom.

After the Biolift treatment, she spread Oligo-Proteines Marines Serum over my skin (amazing for dark circles), followed by Vip O2 Creme (light and oxygenating), finished with Serum Fluide VIP O2 for that million dollar glow.

 

If you’ve got a big night out on the horizon, I cannot recommend this service more. It’s the perfect quick lift for any special occasion that will have people begging you for your skincare regimen. In the wise words of that guy from Men’ Warehouse, “You’re gonna like the way you look. I guarantee it.”

 

Feel free to reach out to me directly with any inquires at lauren@rescuespa.net

xo Lauren

Baby Bump

The day I found out I was pregnant I made it my latest hobby.  Like most new moms to
be I started my research.  I looked into what foods to eat, the best exercises and yoga, coffee or no coffee; anything and everything to keep me and the baby healthy, safe, and happy. It can be rather overwhelming.  When it came to skin care I realized I had to be mindful of what I was using, as whatever you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body and blood stream, and will find its way into your developing baby.

Your body is surging with hormones, which is producing a variety of changes.  You
may see changes in your skin like you’ve never experienced. Therefor, your skin care
regimen will have to change to help your skin look and feel better. I highly recommend a nice cream cleanser by Biologique Recherche – Lait U. It will thoroughly cleanse your skin without stripping you of your natural oils. After cleansing, use the Cellcosmet Activator Gel, followed by the Cellcosmet Active Tonic Lotion. The combination of these two products will brighten and help balance the pH in your skin. Finishing off your regimen with Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, a combination of natural active ingredients which is also paraben free. If you’re focusing on breakouts and oily combination skin, I recommend the original P-50, which is advised for women who are pregnant or nursing as it does not contain phenol.  Follow this with Dermopurifiante from Biologique Recherche.

Last but not least, let’s not forget about your body. As your baby grows, so will your
baby bump. Your skin will become tight and itchy. What will help get you through those long, dry nights? A nice exfoliating scrub. I really enjoyed the purifying Himalayan salt scrub by Rituals. After you thoroughly dry off, Rituals also make a wonderful body cream that is very hydrating and nourishing.

What is most important is to keep it simple and try to stay calm and relaxed. Remember that if it’s a happy mommy, it’s a happy baby.

Esthetician,


Suzanne Zelley