Simple New Year’s Resolutions

I always think about my New Year’s resolutions this time of year. Since my resolution every year is to learn to play piano and speak French and I never quite get to it, this year I’m going to keep it simple. I’m still on a sugar high and post holiday cheer so naturally my first resolution will be water,  making sure I’m drinking enough. I encourage all of you to do the same.  When I’m not drinking water I’ll be drinking Green Tea (since apparently it helps you burn 100 calories a cup, ha!).  Next I resolve to increase my physical activity, which always makes me feel better. So that means more walking and more yoga for me.

January is really harsh on our skin. So I’ll do whatever I can to plump and rehydrate my environmentally stressed skin. For a boost in hydration any hydrating mask will do. I suggest Masque Visolastine Embroyonnaire and Renewing Pack. To infuse skin with moisture I approach my winter skin care the same way I approach dressing, layer up. I use various serums like my newest loves, Le Grand Serum by Biologique Recherche and Cell Lift by CellCosmet. I then follow with the most hydrating moisturizers like Creme MSRH.  If my lips are chapped I coat them with Regenera II which is the richest most moisturizing cream on earth, it’s even good enough for high altitudes and skiing.  Speaking of skiing, when you’re on the slopes don’t forget to protect your skin with SPF.  It may be cold but the sun is still very strong.  January is the perfect time to rethink our diet, hit the Vitamin Shoppe for a new vitamin regimen, and keep the colds away.  I would like to extend my best wishes to all of our followers and clients for a healthy, happy, and beautiful 2012!

Esthetician and Owner of Rescue Rittenhouse Spa,


Danuta Mieloch

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Philadelphia Magazine: Dantua Mieloch, What I Love

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Rescue Rittenhouse Spa‘s skin savior fills us in on the things she can’t live without (and the secrets behind her enviable glow).  Rescue Spa, 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia 19102, 215-772-2766,

  • “I wear minimal makeup, preferable Chantecaille.  It’s a beautiful, skin-friendly, natural line, and a percentage of the proceeds go to the environmental causes.”  Tiger in the Wild eye and cheek palette, $78 at Rescue Spa
  • “I’m a globe-trotter, I love to travel, whether it’s for business — such as going to anti-aging seminars — or for pleasure.  I take my Tumi carry-on anywhere I go.  It’s functional, it fits in the overhead, and my whole life fits inside.”  Similar styles at Tumi, 1733 Walnut Street, 215-564-1317
  • “My nail polish Zoya ‘Adel.’  It contains no harmful chemicals, and the color is sheer, soft and always classic.  From time to time I’ll experiment with other colors on my toes.”  $8 at Rescue Spa
  • “I go to Barneys for my all-time favorites, James Perse t-shirts and Current/Elliott jeans.  Just accessorize with high heels and jewelry and you’re ready to go out.”  Similar styles at Barneys Co-op, 1811 Walnut Street, 215.563.5333,
  • “I’ve practiced Ashtanga yoga at Shanti Yoga Shala for five years.  My favorite pose is the headstand– it does something incredible for my mind, beauty and sanity.” Shanti Yoga Shala, 262 South 12th Street, 215.923.9642,
  • “I believe in beauty from the inside out, so I eat healthy.  When I’m on the go, I supplement my diet with Pangaea Earth Foods Juices.”  From $8 each, 610.888.9213,
  • “I’m a flower addict.  I always keep an arrangement of white flowers from George Baker at home and in the spa.  They make me feel happy.”  Bouquet featuring white hydrangeas and green tea roses, $95 at George Baker Flowers Inc., 1607 Latimer Street, 215.545.8448
  • “I really enjoy watching documentaries and reading biographies of great people — Helena Rubinstein, Coco Chanel, Steve Jobs.  I keep a stack of inspiring books on my coffee table.”  From $30 at Barnes & Noble, multiple locations.


Harpers Bazaar: Wrinkle Eraser

Ematrix is a device aimed at eradicating fine lines and facial scars using fractionated bipolar radio-frequency technology. Translation: Heat energy is delivered beneath your skin’s surface to trigger collagen production without damaging the epidermis (top layer), which means no recovery time necessary. ‘The beauty of eMatrix is that it spares the top layer of skin and deposits 95 percent of the energy into the dermis,” says Chasin. Imagine an inverted ice cream cone, says Nashville dermatologist Michael Gold. The tip of the cone represents the energy on the surface, and the scoop is the remainder, which spreads out underneath the skin. Investment: $750 to $1,200 per treatment.

*INSIDER TIP: eMatrix treatments are $500 per treatment at Rescue Spa

Ideal candidate: “A patient [age 35 to 45] who has early sign of aging — fine lines, some wrinkles. It’s wonderful for acne scars and surface-texture issues,” explains Chasin. Safe for all skin colors.

Problems targeted:  Fine lines, surface irregularities, pigmentation, wrinkles, and scars from acne, trauma, chicken pox, or surgery.  Doctors praise this device for its scar-banishing abilities, “and if I can get scars to go away, I can get wrinkles to go away,” Gold says.

Treatable areas: Face, neck, chest, and hands.

Treatments needed: For lines and wrinkles, two to three treatments spaced four weeks apart; for scars, three to four treatments spaced two to three weeks apart.

Treatment length: A 20-30 minute treatment.

Pain: “There is very little discomfort with this machine,” says Gold.  Patients feel a prickling or tingling sensation.  “Sometimes they don’t even need numbing,” he says.  A handheld device (imagine a toy gun) with an electrode tip is placed onto the skin to deliver heat energy below the surface.

Downtime: “Patients are generally red for a day or two max.  That’s it,” says Gold.

Results: Look for improvements in skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, scars, and pore size after week three, with continued benefits (like skin tightening) for up to three or four months.

Risks: Hyperpigmentation and/or scarring is “extremely rare” but possibly with any energy-based system, says Gold.

Maintenance: Lines and wrinkles are continuously affected by the sun, so follow up with a treatment after a year.


Cell Lift Serum: NEW at RESCUE!

Cellcosmet’s brand new product, Cell Lift Serum is on every skincare guru’s wishlist this year!

A unique cellular and phyto serum.  CellEctive CellLift Serum provides immediate action that increases with each use for spectacular results:

  • Long-lasting ultra-tightening effect
  • Visible ultra-smoothing “Flash” effect
  • Immediate plumping effect
  • Lasting revitalizing effect
  • Dermo-relaxing effect / wrinkle corrector

As the fruit of eight years of research, CellLift Serum is more than just an anti-aging serum.  The quintessence of cellular technology – active stablized bio-integral cells and high performance active ingredients are captured in a unique elixir designed to plump, smooth, fill and relax the look of the skin.

The innovative synergy of precious ingredients created to prevent the formation of wrinkles ensures that this serum delivers optimum results.

Main Active Ingredients:

  • Active stablized bio-integral cells
  • Expert Hyaluron Complex
  • Firming Phyto-Tensor Complexes
  • Fermeclat Peptide Compex
  • Aloe Ferox
  • Kombucha also known as the long life mushroom.

The skin is literally plumped, smoothed and revitalized.  Wrinkles are corrected, the skin is younger-looking and it shows.

Maximum radiance

Protecting yourself from the sun and eating right can help to prevent wrinkles, but nothing can stop Mother Nature from smooshing your face together while you sleep. Reverse her wrinkly wrath with Matrix treatments available at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa.
The experienced and certified team at Rescue can rekindle youthful glows. This magnificent treatment can firm, tighten, and brighten to leave complexions smoother and more luminous. Some faces may require multiple appointments to achieve maximum radiance. Tis the Season!

Best Regards,

Shannon Mansor


Pomegranate Splash Mani/Pedi Special

Happy Holidays! Treat yourself to our Pomegranate Splash Manicure and Pedicure special. Qtica’s new Pomegranate Splash is great for the Holidays, it’s touch of fresh lemon verbena combines a clean and modern light scent that is filled with antioxidants and skin regenerating ingredients. Our Pomegranate pedicure will make your legs and feet feel relaxed and super hydrated with a mask, to soften, invigorate, and brighten skin to glowing perfection. If your hands and cuticles are feeling and looking dry, the pomegranate manicure delivers hydration with a balance of vitamins & essential oils to create soft moisturized hands.

Nail Technician,

Ana Maria Garcia

Bold and Beautiful: Lashes and Brows

Ask any woman and she will give you an opinion about her eyelashes or eyebrows. Seriously, she will. I started using an eyelash curler at 12. Mine grow slanted downward, fall out all the time and grow in crazy directions. Eyebrows? I hit forty and they aren’t as thick as they once were and are losing color more and more. Growth simulators like Rapidlash or Revitabrow will fix what ails you. Both products work by extending the life of the follicle resulting in longer, thicker lashes or brows. Check out the links if you need more convincing. In six short weeks, the compliments will be all yours.

Feel young, look younger.

Esthetician, Samantha Lowe

‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season for get-togethers and events that reunite us with folks we haven’t seen since this time last year. Full focus on looking fantastic, this is not the time to be blasé about your skin. Take advantage of Rescue’s Peel and Reveal special; a skin brightening facial that uses microdermabrasion and a gentle peel to unearth your holiday fabulosity in all its glory. And while you’re here for your facial you might want to rethink your moisturizer if you’re still using your favorite summer product. The temperatures
have been on the mild side but just like the holidays, winter is coming. You might want to go a little richer to protect your skin from the colder air. On my wish list (for both of us) is Valmont’s Regenetic a luscious lightweight whip cream of a moisturizer that super hydrates the skin superbly without adding undue weight, important for oily or combination skin.

Also, now is the time to consider what your favorite sexy holiday dress will be revealing. Schedule a moisturizing body scrub and hydrating wrap and you will be assured of having skin creamy enough to compete with that cheesecake you’re trying to stay away from.

If you’re like me, love to travel and are constantly seeking out warm weather places with great spas, consider vacationing in Barbados which just went totally WIFI as of 11/11/11. Check out my interview with Tracey Archer, spa manager of The Spa at Sandy Lane. This spa was recently voted Best in the Caribbean by Conde’ Nast and is a 2011 Leading Spa of the World. This is another interview in a series with award winning spa administrators beginning with our own Danuta Mieloch.

Peace, Blessings and Joy,

Linda Harding