How The Estheticians Do It: Hyperpigmentation

Summertime is the time to protect your skin.

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Questions regarding hyperpigmentation come up in 7 out of 10 appointments and it’s safe to say that it is one of the main concerns in skin treatment rooms. In this post I would like to discuss the ways to prevent hyperpigmentation and share some of my favorite products to treat this common skin disorder.

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin (the pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes its natural color) in the patches of the skin. It is a skin condition that affects every ethnic background and skin tone and is mostly associated with aging. Pregnancy or hormonal fluctuations, UV radiation and photo aging, chemical or UV burn, genetics and allergies are just some of the more typical factors.

Daily use of a broad spectrum sun protection is a sure way to prevent hyperpigmentation caused by exposure to the damaging sun rays. Exfoliation is essential to reduce the build of dead skin cells and to promote skin cell regeneration for brighter skin every day.

Professional treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and IPL are all effective.

Active Ingredients to look for in products are:

  • Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids
  • Arbutin
  • Kojic Acid
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Glabridin/Licorice Root Extract
  • Retinoids
  • Epidermal Growth Factor

Some of my personal favorite treatments to combat hyperpigmentation include:

CLEANSE

Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2 is an “antipollution” cleanser that brightens and unifies the complexion, eliminates impurities and calms the epidermis.

TONE

Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM400 is the newest formulation of the beloved P50. It enhances epidermal renewal and helps regulate melanin synthesis while respecting and protecting the skin. Lightens the skin, reduces the size of pigmentation marks and prevents them from appearing. Inhibits melanin synthesis. Improves the strength and quality of the epidermis. Unifies and brightens the complexion. Balances pH on the skin’s surface.

TREAT-SERUM

Valmont Clarifying Infusion Brightening Serum is an ultra-concentrated treatment that decreases melanin production and fights hyperpigmentation. It increases skin brightness and complexion evenness to reveal perfectly even-toned skin.

Serum PIGM 400 is a brightening, spot-correcting serum that illuminates the complexion and fights free radicals. It is my personal favorite. Paired with Creme PIGM 400, this powerful duo fights pigmentation and reveals glowing complexion.

Clarifying Lotion and Intensive C Boost by Environ is another great combination for combating visible skin pigmentation. The Clarifying Lotion is a light, non-oily lotion that nourishes the skin with important water-soluble ingredients that inhibit the production of melanin. It maintains the skin’s natural acid mantle and can either be used on small, easily defined pigment blemishes, or as a whole face and neck solution for extensive uneven skin tone. The Intensive C-Boost contains a powerful form of vitamin C ideal for sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and capillaries as well as for the maintenance of a healthy skin.

TREAT MASK

Valmont Clarifying Pack is a clarifying cream-mask that is rich in illuminating ingredients. Provides visible brightening effect, mattifies and tightens the pores. Just after one treatment the skin is flexible, soft, and gleams with a new radiance. Use it once a week in addition to your current masque treatment.

Environ Revival Masque is a powerful combination of Lactic, Mandelic and Asiatic acids formulated to target the effects of photo-damaged skin and the appearance of uneven skin texture.

The Beautigenix Brightening Mask is a Korean sheet mask that reduces the appearance of sun and age spots, removes signs of fatigue, gives skin a radiant and brighter look, evens skin tone and texture – also improves mild acne. All and all, a perfect on the go solution for someone who has uneven skin tone, dark spots or sun damaged skin.

MBR Beta-Enzyme is a gel-masque based on mild hydroxy acids in combination with a papain enzyme complex for smooth, clear and more radiant skin.

TREAT-INTENSIVE CURE

Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT is a real anti-pigmentation face-lift that resculpts the skin injecting it with hydration. Packed full of scientifically selected ingredients, the Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT serum with its concentration of 15% active stabilized bio-integral cells and expert brightening complex, delivers a complete firming and brightening solution. Whether used as an occasional 12-day treatment or throughout the year, Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT revitalizes, progressively lightens natural skin tone, redefines and intensely hydrates the face, neck and décolleté area. The skin’s firmness and ability to bounce back are visibly improved, pigmentary spots visibly attenuated while the facial contours are resculpted and the oval of the face redefined.

  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is one of the more difficult types of pigmentation to get rid off. These red or brown regions of pigment are usually associated with acne, chemical burns, eczema or dermatitis. One of my favorite products to tackle it is Sebuspot by Environ – a mild gel for use on inflamed areas of the skin. It helps reduce congestion and residual redness while at the same time drying up skin blemishes.

MOISTURIZE

Biologique Recherche Creme PIGM 400 is a concentrate of brightening, anti-age spot and protective ingredients.  Its multipolar formulation helps correct existing pigmentation imperfections and prevents new age spots from forming. The complexion becomes increasingly luminous and the skin appears more even. Best when paired with Serum PIGM 400.

Institute Esthederm Clarity System Whitening Brightening Repair Day Cream regenerates and restructures the skin, protects, prevents photo-aging, cell damage and the risk of redness and inflammation.

MBR Luminous Pearl Extreme works on delivering both multi-active anti-aging effects as well as a perfectly balanced and illuminated complexion.

PROTECT

Biologique Recherche Protection UV helps protect the epidermis from the harmful effects of UVA, UVB, and infrared rays. The formula rich in anti-aging, soothing, anti-spot and moisturizing active ingredients helps prevent skin aging and dehydration.
MBR High Protection Face Cream SPF30 protects the skin from sunburn, aging, wrinkles and pigmentation spots which can be caused by excessive exposure to the sun. It smoothes and mattifies skin appearance for an even and healthy tan.
Institute Esthederm Photo Regulator helps reduce pigmentation spots by reducing the contrast between the hyper-pigmented areas and tanned skin. This helps to ensure a consistent and harmonious tan safely.

Summer time is the prime time to protect your skin and prevent stubborn hyperpigmentation caused by excessive sun exposure. Wear a hat, polarized sunglasses and be mindful when out and about. You only have one skin, take care of it now and enjoy the compliments later!

Diana Yerkes

Lunchtime Retreat at Rescue

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Lunchtime Retreat Facial – $95

Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm | Throughout April

In Just 30 Minutes Renew, Refresh, Reset

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Try our 30 minute smoothing and brightening treatment to expedite shedding of dull winter skin.  Treatment includes cleansing, microdermabrasion and customized with the proper TCA or AHA peel.  Schedule your appointment at 215.772.2766

Brow & Lash Tint – $50

Refresh with a Brow and Lash tint with our resident makeup artist
Veronica Lopez for $50 throughout April.

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Kai Manicure – $45

Our classic manicure with the light fragrance of gardenia wrapped in white exotics.

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Kai Pedicure – $60

Our classic pedicure with the light fragrance of gardenia wrapped in white exotics.

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ALLURE Best of Beauty – Best Radiant-Skin Facial – Danuta Mieloch at Rescue Spa!

Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner

Danuta Mieloch, winner of Allure's Best Radiant-Skin Facial

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Allure Best of Beauty is flawless cuts, perfect polish, rich hair color, spotless pores, and massages so indulgent you might fall asleep on the table–the best beauty treatments from New York City to Los Angeles!


Radiant-Skin Facial = LUXE FACIAL

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A deluxe facial that combines all of our best facial treatments.  Microdermabrasion, a topical peel and cutting-edge non-invasive electric micro-currents together with our custom-blended products. Stimulating massage techniques revitalize your complexion, leaving it looking younger, firmer, and radiant. Have a little “work” done – with none of the work!  Price: $220

Book Your Luxe Facial – 215-772-2766
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1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor; RESCUESPA.NET

RESCUE SUMMER SPECIALS: 2016

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Micro Facial – We all know that applying and reapplying sunscreen in the summer is non-negotiable. However, the “summer gunk” that SPF’s leave behind can take a toll on our skin. Enter micro mini. Deep cleans the pores and diminishes fine lines without downtime. Win win!
*Use Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare Medi Spa Peels 1 x a week as maintenance in between facials.

Bioseaweed Gel Nails – All of the pros of gel nails with none of the cons? Yes, please! Perfect to get before your next getaway as it lasts approx 2 weeks. Does NOT contain the 5 notorious chemicals found in traditional gels. Nails are set with LED Light, unlike traditional gel which uses damaging UV rays. You can also look forward to an upgraded and comfortable steam removal!

Brow & Lash Tint – It is just too hot and humid to worry about your makeup. Allow tinting to enhance your features without all the work. Beyond waterproof, your brows and lashes will appear natural yet thicker and more defined for days. *Don’t forget to schedule designer brows for the most enviable arches.

Summer Hair – Frizz. The struggle is real. Maintain your sanity by scheduling an appointment for a Glaze and Blowout. You’ll leave with silky smooth hair that shines and defies humidity.   *Calling all balayaged, bottle blondes, platinum, and silver hair…
Davines Silver Alchemy Conditioner is a summer must-have to stave away brassiness.
Use 1 x a week to maintain the perfect color.

Brazilian & Bikini – the best way to get beach ready in an instant!
*Opt for Fur Stubble Cream daily to keep ingrown hairs at bay.

Lift & Sculpt – If you’re searching for a next level bikini body boost, look no further. This whole body treatment stimulates, exfoliates, tones, and firms like no other. *At home we recommend massaging Lotion P50 Corps all over the entire body with Biologique Recherche’s Body Glove, excellent for toning, exfoliation, and stimulation. Follow with a moisturizer such as Crème Reparatrice, which is exceptionally firming.
*Don’t forget to apply sun block on all areas exposed to the sun.

Velashape III – The answer for those looking to tighten up stubborn areas such as the buttocks, thighs, back of arms, and tummy. Results vary but typically can be seen in as little as 3-6 sessions. *Reach for Biologique Recherche’s Creme Anti-C for any areas prone to cellulite. 

How to Banish Dry, Scaly Winter Skin via Shoppist

We’re barely two weeks into our new normal – freezing, winter-like temps – and already we’re noticing the telltale signs of cold weather: dry, flaky, scaly skin. While lotions and moisturizers can help, sometimes you need to bring in the big guns and hie yourself to a spa and the hands of a seasoned skin pro.

We’ve sleuthed out five of Philly’s best treatments for winter’s dry skin, all of which will bring some life and moisture into even the dullest, flakiest skin. Get one now before winter really wreaks its havoc, and you’ll be dewy ’til spring. (Or at least until it snows.)

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Full-Spectrum Facial, $200 // Rescue Spa, Rittenhouse
During this 90-minute tailored-to-you pampering session, your face, neck and shoulders will be massaged, de-gunked, and re-hydrated to glowing perfection. West Coast transplant Ashley Span cleans, steams and wraps your face in hot towels, before giving you an exfoliating microdermabrasion to slough away dead layers. Up next: a Biolift plumping treatment which activates collagen (think: tighter, tauter, skin), followed by an LED light therapy treatment for color correction. Then, your face is slathered in serums to send a much-needed drink deep into your skin for moisture that lasts. (It’s been three days since my full-spectrum microdermabrasion, and my skin still feels brand-new.)

Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/shoppist/2016/01/12/best-dry-skin-beauty-treatments/#qJp1pvdKbo3ezhYL.99

NEW YEAR Specials: We could all use a reset after the holiday over indulgence, couldn’t we?

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SLIM + DETOX WRAP:
Kickoff the New Year with healthy detoxification, you’ll literally feel like you’ve lost a few inches! An invigorating scrub boost circulation, followed by natural sea mud packed with minerals and anti-oxidants to detoxify and purify the skin. You will feel relaxed and your skin firmer and more toned. 60 min – $125

DIY BODY:
Take a “French” Biologique Recherche approach to detoxification and slimming. Shower using the P50 Gommage scrub with the BR Body Glove, followed by Anti-C Oil. It goes on right after stepping out of the shower while the skin is still damp. Lock in the moisture with Crème Reparatrice on areas of the body that need firming and to slim and smooth away cellulite.

Taking care of your hands is also crucial since they’re exposed to the harsh elements.  Ultimate Mani/Pedi tends to cuticles, skin, nails, exfoliating and hydrating, extra hydration with a hand and foot mask overnight followed by hand cream you can wear cotton gloves for extra penetration.  We suggest that clients carry hand cream with you in your handbag, we like Rich Girl since it has SPF and if you’re an obsessive hand washer Swedish Sea Salt is a nice but inexpensive option.

FULL SPECTRUM FACIAL:
Take a full spectrum approach to skincare and allow us to focus on what works.  First we start with a deep cleansing; detoxifies and prepares the skin for treatment, followed by microdermabrasion; treats acne scars, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. Next a mild exfoliating peel; resurfaces and encourages regeneration. Microcurrents; for immediate lifting, firming, and toning.  LED light therapy; known for its ability to rejuvenate skin, treat acne, increase microcirculation, and enhance collagen & elastin production.  90 min – $200

DIY FACE: Focus on products that really deliver.  The Essentials: We believe that clients should take the same approach body, hands, and feet with the same care and attention they give to their faces.

Cleansing; a milky cleanser respects the epidermis and it works on anyone, for all skin types. You will never feel dry or stripped.

Exfoliation; If you can only get one product P50 1970 is the one! It is balancing, toning, hydrating, etc. like a facial in a bottle.  There is a reason this is a cult favorite. Fruit Acid Overnight cream, is like an overnight peel in the most natural gentle fruit acids.  Extremely brightening, evens out skin tone, rehydrates, this is the time of the year to do this renews.  In conjunction with retinol twice a week you can skip the dermatologist appointment for the aggressive peels.  Vitamin C; is TLC for the skin.  Just like your immune system can benefit from Vitamin C this time of year so can your skin! C-Quence, C-Boost and Vitamin C Cream from Institut Esthederm.

A Rich Moisturizer like  Valmont’s Prime Regenera II is the richest cream there is.  If you can only get one winter moisturizer… this does it all. You can apply on any dry patches or the entire face.

 

Local Bridal Guide: Pamper You & Your ‘Maids for Your Wedding

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There’s no better way to unwind and beautify before your walk down the aisle than with a stress-relieving massage, a glow-boosting facial or some pretty polish—with your brides- maids soaking it all in right alongside you, of course. Whether you’ve decided on a low-key bachelorette party or you simply want to gather your best girls for a bit of pre-wedding pampering, you can’t go wrong with a few hours spent at one of the Philadelphia area’s most luxurious spas.

Rescue Spa 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Rittenhouse, 215-772-2766

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The Vibe: Once you step off the elevator into this modern European oasis, it won’t take long to forget you’re in the center of a bustling city. The brightly lit space is the epitome of elegance, with dark wood, white-washed brick, soothing gray walls, and a long manicure table lined with high-backed Victorian chairs.

The Services: To ensure glowing, gorgeous skin for your Big Day, treat yourself to Rescue’s Luxe Facial—a new addition to the menu that combines microdermabrasion, a topical peel and non-invasive electric currents, to achieve firmer, more radiant skin. As for your girls, they’ll want to book blowouts in Rescue’s salon, indulge in manicures and pedicures with the talented Kelly Jean Collana, and have a go at the lash extension services now being offered by the spa’s primary makeup artist, Victoria Roggio.

The Experience: Rescue’s relaxing, intimate atmosphere is best suited to smaller parties (say, the bride and two or three girlfriends), since you’ll be sharing the lounge—which has a huge, comfortable couch that’s perfect for everyone to gather on between treatments—and locker room (complete with showers and a steam sauna) with the spa’s other guests.

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Ask For: When you give the spa a call, ask to speak to the general manager, Aggie Otrebska, who will help coordinate the appointments for your entire party. Catering: Rescue is strictly BYO; you’re welcome to bring along a bottle of bubbly and a light snack or cupcakes to nibble on during your stay.

Read more at: http://www.phillymag.com/philadelphia-wedding/2015/12/10/local-bridal-guide-7-spas-in-philly-the-burbs-that-can-pamper-you-your-maids-for-your-wedding/

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Spring is finally here…


Spring is finally here… at the moment my skin is a bit drier given the cold weather we’ve had in Philadelphia. This seems like the best time to have a facial treatment.  It’s the easiest way to exfoliate and rejuvenate a post winter complexion. So I decided to create the Spring Skin Perfector Facial.

We start with a thorough cleansing followed by microdermabrasion to cleanse and smooth the pores and a customized peel for your skin’s needs is applied afterwards.  Microcurrent lifting and remodeling will accentuate your cheekbones, smooth out your wrinkles, and define your jawline.  Finished off with LED therapy for rejuvenating your skin on a cellular level.  The perfect way to welcome spring!

For those of us at home a DIY facial is a sure way to exfoliate and rehydrate your skin.  Here are the basic and effective steps:

  • I recommend Lait U for cleansing. It’s a gentle cleanser that softens and rehydrates the skin.
  • P50 1970 instantly exfoliates, balances, and revives your complexion.
  • Mask VIP O2 takes about 5-15 minutes to penetrate and leaves your skin silky and even toned.
  • My go-to product is Renewing Pack. Valmont has newly reformulated this classic for even better performance. This multitasker is like a thirst quencher, moisturizer, mask, makeup base, in flight skin saver… use it any way you like, you can never go wrong!
  • Silk Plus Serum gives you instant hydration, can be applied before or after your moisturizer for a satin finish. I like to mix it with my foundation for an even more sheer and glowing application.
  • UVA/UVB Broad spectrum sunscreen becomes even more important in the long spring days.

I am really excited to announce our brand new high technology treatments.  (Be sure to check out our Spring Laser Specials).

  • Sublime:  Firming, rejuvenating, radio frequency, skin tightening treatment. Targeting saggy jawlines, droopy eyelids, and aging necks.  It works amazingly without the downtime providing cumulative long lasting results. I recommend a series of 3.
  • New and Improved IPL Photofacial: Less pain, more results.  Targeting sun damage, brown spots, capillaries, and enlarged pores.
  • Virtually painless Permanent Hair Removal:  It’s amazing how much technology has improved. My first laser experience required Novacaine and a shot of vodka before & after.  These days you can read your magazine while your hair vanishes.
  • Velashape III:  Already staple in cellulite reduction this number III edition works magic.  Virtually melts the fat away while firming your saggy skin. Great for thighs, buttocks, and stomach.

Spring is an exciting time to get out there and exercise. It produces happy endorphins and we need them after this winter. It’s also a terrific time to start eating better.  I’ll share one of my breakfast tips.  I soak overnight chia seeds in almond milk in the morning I’ll add blueberries, goji berries, coconut flakes, and raisins.  This power breakfast fuels you for the entire morning.