10 Amazing Last-Minute Christmas Gifts: The perfect presents you can buy right now, right here, right away.

Dear procrastinators: You’ve put it off long enough. It’s crunch time. But don’t panic—you can still pull off a spectacular gift without paying an arm and a leg for overnight-like-right-now shipping. Here are 10 gift ideas that feel thoughtful, even if you’ll be wrapping them in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Even better? We’ve even found some places that will wrap it for you, other places that will do the actual gift-picking for you, and a few gifts you don’t even have to leave the house to buy. Ready to do this?

1. FOR HER: A Rescue Spa gift certificate.
A service at Philly’s top spa is a go-to gift. (We suggest the facial, which has won so many Best of Philly awards, we’ve stopped counting.) Email the gift certificate directly to the recipient or download and print it out. Instant gratification! Buy it here.

Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/shoppist/2014/12/21/10-amazing-last-minute-christmas-gifts/#x208Uk47IjY8Vr2P.99

Local Bridal Guide: Gorgeous Bridal Nail Art for Your Wedding

Where: Rescue Spa 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Rittenhouse

What: We can attest to the amazing work of Sally Stark (you may know her as Sally Man—she got married in October 2013 and we featured her wedding in our Fall/Winter 2014 issue!) Rescue’s licensed nail technician and nail art extraordinaire. Whether you want a delicate design in classic bridal colors or something snazzy that’ll really make your engagement ring pop, Stark’s steady hand has you covered.

Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/philadelphia-wedding/2014/12/18/local-bridal-guide-5-philly-salons-gorgeous-bridal-nail-art-wedding/#Su72i45Rsf80sRSj.99

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.


Suzanne Zelley

Au Revoir Cellulite!

VelaShape is a relatively new non-surgical treatment for reducing the amount of fat onyour body, thus slimming and improving your body’s contour. The treatment also causes skin to become smoother and tighter, an outcome that helps minimize the cellulite “dimpling” that almost inevitably shows up on women’s thighs and buttocks as they age. (Men’s thicker skin usually keeps them from forming cellulite.) More than 80 percent of adult women have some amount of cellulite on their body.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved VelaShape in 2007 for re-contouring the thighs. (An earlier version of the technology, VelaSmooth, received FDA approval in 2004.) VelaShape is also commonly used on the abdomen and buttocks, as well as to reduce those troublesome “love handles” around the waist.

How Does It Work?

Velashape uses a patented technology that its manufacturer, Syneron, calls elõs (Electro-Optical Synergy). It’s a combination of bi-polar radiofrequency energy and infrared light energy, coupled with vacuum suction and mechanical massage. The technology works on the theory that the heat from the radiofrequency and light energies increases the metabolism of the targeted fat cells, causing the fat to “burn off” and the cells themselves to shrink in size. At the same time, the device’s massage and gentle suctioning actions help smooth out the skin.After the treatment you have the same number of fat cells, but they’re smaller in size-and your skin looks much smoother.

What Kind of Results Does VelaShape Produce?

According to Syneron, clinical trials have shown that VelaShape treatment reduces thigh circumference by 2 centimeters, abdomen circumference by 2.5 centimeters, and hip circumference by 3.2 centimeters.Of course, results vary significantly from patient to patient. What kind of results you’ll see after treatment will depend on many factors, including the density of your fat cells.

What the Procedure Is Like?

For best results, you’ll need several separate treatments (usually 4 to 6), spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart. Treatments generally take 20 to 40 minutes. During the procedure, your technician will pass Velashape’s hand device over your skin to deliver the radiofrequency and light energies. You’ll feel the warmth of the heat generated by those energies as well as the gentle pushing-and-pulling of the device’s massaging rollers and suction. Although people sometimes report that their skin “tingles” during the procedure, most do not find the experience discomforting. (In fact, many say it feels like a deep tissue massage.) Treatment does not require an anesthetic or pain reliever.  There is no downtime with VelaShape. Right after the treatment your skin may appear slightly redder than usual, and you may be one of the few people who experience mild bruising, but you can return to your regular daily activities immediately.

How Long Do Results Last?

The longevity of VelaShape’s results will largely depend on you. For most people, results last somewhere between 6 and 12 months. The more healthful your lifestyle habits (good weight maintenance, regular exercise, and a nutritious diet), the longer the treatment’s effects should last.

No Substitute for Healthy Lifestyle

Remember, no cosmetic skin treatment is a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. All body-contouring procedures are designed to treat those stubborn local fat deposits that don’t go away no matter how hard you diet or exercise. If you’re significantly overweight, ask your doctor about how to improve your lifestyle to reduce the unwanted fat. Once you’ve gotten your weight down, VelaShape may help you give your body the final contour you’re aiming for.



Glow like nobody’s business

Toner is one of the most universally skipped steps in skincare. As a beauty editor with gazillions of sexier products competing for my attention, I admit, I used to neglect it, too. But, this one has changed the game. I cannot stop singing the praises of Biologique Recherche’s P50 Balancing Exfoliator. I discovered it after complimenting a fellow beauty director on her freakishly radiant skin. She swore by the stuff. I immediately got my hands on it and I’ve been HOOKED ever since.

Disclaimer: It’s smelly and from time to time, it stings like hell. BUT, it’s also the fastest-working skincare product on Earth. It visibly shrinks pores, evens your complexion and it makes you glow like nobody’s business.” –Elaine Welteroth, Beauty & Health Director, Teen Vogue

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Toner, $57, available at Rescue Spa.

Danuta’s Few Simple Steps To Glowing Skin For the Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing and with hectic schedules caring for ones skin can be challenging. These are some tips I’d like to share for maintaining looking your best.

1. Prep work first. Good cleansing is your shortcut to beautiful skin.  Pick the right cleanser (I like Lait VIP O2 this season) really work your cleanser in because massaging will boost circulation.  I recommend double cleansing at night to ensure all the makeup and grime is off.

2. Rebalance. Legendary P50 1970 does an amazing job at balancing the PH, refining pores, and restoring suppleness.  Use a cotton pad with upward sweeping motions, lifting face muscles and working outward.  Lifting upward is like a workout for your face.  Having good skin is a lot about circulation so a natural blush after P50 is a plus.  This product truly transforms the skin.

3. Supercharge. Serums are sure way to provide your skin with potent ingredients, vitamins, peptides, and antioxidants.  Because their molecular structure is much smaller they penetrate the epidermis better than heavy creams.  My favorite is LeGrand Serum.  It’s a splurge worthy powerhouse for this season.

4. Winter Proof Skin. My new winter favorite multitasker is Masque Vernix.  This formula changes peoples skin.  Its formulated to mimic the protective skin barrier in newborn babies.  Containing essential complex ingredients such as amino acids, it’s like nutrition for baby soft skin.  It has a rich texture so using less is more.

5. You are what you eat. If your digestion isn’t working the body has a hard time absorbing nutrients.  A well functioning digestive system is essential to an anti-aging regime.  Nutrients play a key note in your elasticity and collagen production.  Greens aid digestion resulting in radiant skin.  Lean protein & Amino acid rich foods improve overall health of your skin, hair & nails.  Probiotics replenish good bacteria.  Load up on yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables.  Take magnesium too, it supports healthy beauty sleep, keeping the hormones young.  Omega 3 fatty acids are great for your heart and healthy looking skin as well.

6.  Flexibility & Attitude. Looking and feeling great this festive season can be improved by adding stretching or yoga to your workout routine.  A positive relaxed attitude helps us sparkle.


Esthetician and Owner of Rescue Spa,

Danuta Mieloch


The Best Hair Stylists in Philadelphia

Stylist for Thinning Hair

If it seems a bit melodramatic to describe Rescue Spa’s treatments for thinning hair as “life-altering,” well, just talk to a woman who’s trying to grow her hair back after chemo, or someone in the throes of alopecia areata. Hell, talk to a balding man. The spa’s hair gurus, Erica DiVario and Patty Gibbons, do more than just camouflage the issue with cut and color: They offer scalp treatments and at-home regimens using the French oil-and-plant-based René Furterer line to stimulate healthy hair growth — fast. It’s the real deal. Scalp treatments from $60. 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia 19102, 215-772-2766.

Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/articles/best-hair-stylists-philadelphia/#zO55BjSkE4gX8F5c.99