“Ultimately, this powerful trilogy of peptide complexes will help keep your skin looking younger for longer.”


The new Environ Intensive Avance DFP 312 Cream is formulated with a combination of various peptide complexes designed to maintain your skin’s youthfulness. Peptides have been identified as essential ingredients for the most advanced anti-ageing skincare preparations. This luxurious multi-functional moisturiser assists not only in improving the overall appearance of your skin,but also leaves your skin feeling moisturised and looking smoother and firmer.

The 3 peptides incorporated into this delicate, easily absorbed cream are Matrixyl® 3000, Trylagen® and Matrixyl® Synthé 6®.

  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 + Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Matrixyl® 3000) is a combination of five natural amino acids and has been incorporated in this formula for its anti-ageing properties.
  • Trylagen® is a combination of peptides and proteins proven to restore collagen levels that are characterised by youthful skin.
  • Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin + Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl®
  • Synthé 6®) stimulates six major constituents of the skin matrix and dermal-epidermal junction and assists in smoothing wrinkles and making the skin appear plumper.

Squalane is a plant derived emollient which moisturises and improves the elasticity of the skin. Squalane also lends a satin soft after-feel to the product.

Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) is a mucopolysacharide that exists naturally in all living creatures. It can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and assists in hydration of the skin.

Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E) helps to quench free radicals, enhancing the effects of the skin’s natural sun protectors. It also assists in protecting collagen and making the skin look younger.


European Beauty Products Korean Girls Love

p50 refinery29Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970
P50 is one product I love so much that it makes me nervous to even write about it. Kind of like the time I had to write about my favorite moisturizer and ended up writing a book of a slide, and was told to maybe calm down a bit. P50 is like a toner, and it smells absolutely terrible — like tank-of-gas, “no sex for me, please” terrible. The container is also zero sexy, covered in font last seen on a floppy disk. But everything it lacks in beauty, it transfers to your face.

Beauty editors have referred to it as “Jesus in a bottle,” but I think “Benjamin Button in a bottle” is more accurate. On a vaguely related note, Brad Pitt reportedly uses P50 — and so does a cohort of equally beautiful and famous people. In Korea, P50 is just as hyped up and difficult to find as elsewhere. Only very fancy spas have the privilege to sell it: The new Four Seasons Seoul (opening October 1!) will exclusively carry Biologique Recherche in its spa.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970, $57, available at Rescue Spa.

Turn your Pope Staycation into a luxurious experience with Cire Trudon candles in Carmelite & Spiritus Sancti…


Cire Trudon Classic Candle + box - 2014 - low res

CARMELITE: The perfume of old stonewalls, in the shade of cloisters and convents, this scent of fresh and mossy stone tells us about the black and white silhouettes of sisters moving in the silence of ritual mass. Under the light of votives and psalmody, Carmélite refers to the peace of souls and eternity.

top note : orange, mugwort / middle : rose, geranium, spices, iris / base : patchouli, sandalwood, cedar



SPIRITUS SANCTI: Flickers of crimson, gold and olibanum, holy perfume of altar candles, luxurious wake of censers filled with burning amber : under the nave the choir jubilates, heavenly scents caressing their souls.

top note : aldehyde, incense vapours / middle : lily of the valley / base : labdanum, benzoin resin

Spiritus Sancti

*Available at Rescue Spa.  We are open today Friday, September 25th until 6pm and Monday, September 28th from 9am-8pm. (Closed this Saturday & Sunday).

Au revoir sun damage


With summer coming to an official end, many of us look in anticipation to the cool and crisp autumn air. What a refreshing change from months of relentless heat and humidity! It’s as if our skin can finally breathe and take a break from the heavy sunscreen, sweat, and harsh UV rays.

But before we know it, that gorgeous tan will start to fade and the lovely summer glow will have all but disappeared. Our skin will be left with the uneven, dull, freckled look of sun damage, a reminder of all those hours spent laying by the poolside or on the beach. So how do we remedy this situation and get our glowing, healthy skin back?

A great post-summer skin fix is the “Expert of Light” line from Valmont. This beautiful line of products is specifically created to boost radiance and even out the complexion to get your skin looking its best. As the crème de la crème of luxury skincare, Valmont prides itself on the research and ingredients that go into their products and the “Expert of Light” line is nothing short of brilliant. It will regenerate, renew and brighten the complexion, while targeting pigmentation and photo damage to give you that luminous healthy glow back in no time.

Having recently tried these products for myself and on my clients, I can honestly that this whole line is impressive and can definitely hold its own as a complete skincare regimen (in addition to professional treatments, of course.)

A quick breakdown of the products:

Illuminating Foamer:  Start your regimen with this luxurious foaming cleanser either in the AM or PM. The pearly formula is quite gentle on the skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky. Due to zinc NMF (natural moisturizing factor) and niacinamide, this cleanser gives an instant boost of radiance, while helping to target dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Illuminating Toner A gradual exfoliating lotion containing salicylic acid to speed up cell renewal and eliminate surface cells with excess pigment. Used morning and night, this toner will help to gradually fade freckles and dark-spots, while preventing further melanin transfer with the potent ingredient niacinamide. Like its cleanser counterpart, this toner also contains zinc NMF to hydrate, soothe and illuminate the skin.

Clarifying Infusion Brightening Serum and Clarifying Touch PenAn intensive skin-lightening treatment available as an all-over serum or a click- pen for targeted areas and blemish spots. This serum absorbs instantly into the skin and can be used twice a day. (Hint: it’s excellent for under-eyes.) Potent ingredients such as zinc DNA will brighten and fight wrinkles, while hexylresorcinol and niacinamide deliver a one-two punch against melanin production and transfer. In addition, glycolic acid will refine skin texture and further even out the complexion.

Clarifying SurgeA moisturizing cream for all skin types, even oily/combination skin. Armed with zinc DNA, hexylresorcinol and niacinamide, this cream also contains silk tree extract to eliminate toxins that can dull the complexion. The non-greasy formula is perfect for daytime or nighttime, leaving your skin not only ultra smooth, but intensely regenerated and brighter.

Clarifying PackThis mask, used 1-2 times a week and for only 10 minutes, acts as a mildpeel and makes the skin glow for days. It’s equally effective against clogged pores and acne. Papaya extract, glycolic acid and rice starch gently whisk away layers of sun-damaged skin, while niacinamide and hexylresorcinol once again target pigmentation.

To really get your glow on, I recommend reactivating the product with a small amount of Clarifying Toner and massaging it into the skin prior to rinsing off. Follow with Clarifying Infusion and Clarifying Surge for a complete treatment.

Before you know it, it’s “Au revoir” sun damage.

Joanna Kula, Esthetician


NEW at RESCUE! Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream Plus

Bio Lifting Cream Plus lifts, reshapes and replumps, by harnessing the power of 10 million plant stem cells in a jar.bioliftingcreamplus_newimg_2

The supercharged version of Chantecaille’s iconic Bio Lifting Cream. This velvety smooth creme riche is infused with five extraordinary plant stem cells- Caffeine Free Coffee Stem Cell Extract, Plantago Stem Cell Extract, Bionymph Stem Cell Extract, Raspberry Stem Cell Extract, and Daphne Stem Cell Extract – that lift, rebuild, re-plump, reshape and de-age. Notable results from using Bio Lifting Cream + are a 25% decrease the appearance of fine lines and 15% restoration of skin tone in one month; and a 45% reduction in wrinkles in two months. Loss of of volume and skin sagging is minimized; skin tone is restored and fine lines are visibly reduced; and skin is weatherproofed 365 days a year.

  • Caffeine Free Coffee Stem Cell Extract provides a three-pronged approach that lifts, plumps and hydrates by boosting adipocyte formation and increasing internal water circulation in the skin. This stem cell also decreases skin roughness and makes skin more supple.
  • Plantago Stem Cell Extract increases the thickness of the epidermis by 15% and notably lightens pigmented age spots by 31% after two months.
    Bionymph Peptide Stem Cell Extract fights the anti-aging process on all fronts. Boosts collagen I and III by 207% and 122% respectively. Protects DNA from free radical damage. Energizes the cell. The appearance of fine lines is decreased by 25% in one month.
  • Matrixyl™ 3000 Tripeptide, recently named one of the strongest wrinkle fighters, is a unique blend of peptides that activates the production of collagen I by 258% and hyaluronic acid by 179%. Skin tone restored by 15% and wrinkles reduced by 45% in two months.
  • Anti-Wrinkle Hexapeptide exists in double the concentration in Bio Lifting Cream +. Reduces the depth of expression wrinkles up to 32% in one month.
  • Raspberry Stem Cell Extract is a major anti-oxidant that fights inflammation and inflamm-aging. Shields skin from premature skin aging by reducing the inflammatory response, preventing oxidative damage and enhancing cellular longevity and boosting collagen I and III production. Delivers an immediate soothing effect and long-term protective activity.
  • Daphne Stem Cell extract, Winter Daphne, a plant that is known for its ability to thrive in freezing alpine climates, protects dry skin in harsh winters. Shields skin from damage caused by harsh environmental factors such as wind and freezing temperatures. Increases sebum production and helps repair cutaneous micro-lesions that result from dry, weak skin due to cold. Skin hydration increased up to 65% in one month.
  • Imperata Cylindrica Extract, known for its ability to thrive in arid climates, helps skin to store and retain moisture efficiently – even in the driest weather. Moisturizes the upper layers of the skin maintaining more than 50% hydration continuously over 6 hours and for up to 24 hours.

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


Home Fragrance: Fall Edition

fall blogThe crisp, cool air, colorful foliage and fall fashion are some of the many reasons fall is my favorite time of year.
Autumn aromas evoke a sense of family in all of us. From spicy cinnamon to warm vanilla, autumn delivers rich aromas that make you want to relax, curl up with a good book, watch the leaves fall from the trees in the backyard and enjoy your home. Bring the outside in by making your home cozy, warm and inviting. Ingredients like apple peels, orange rinds, cloves, apple juice, pumpkin, brown sugar, anise and nutmeg will make your home smell like you’ve been baking all day.
I also love Nest candles. A natural, soy blend with close to 60 hours burn time, they fill your home with rich aroma. My current favorites are Cedar Leaf and Lavender, Moroccan Amber and Pumpkin Chai.
Oil diffusers are great alternatives to candles. They not only cleanse and diffuse the air, but also provide relaxing and calming scents to any room. Antica Farmacista reed diffusers are natural, luxurious and long lasting. My favorites are as follows: Manhattan with top notes of bergamot and black pepper, Green Fig with top notes of sandalwood and wild fig and Santorini – my all time favorite -crisp with sandalwood, bergamot and vetiver.
For DIY experts, there are plenty of fall simmer pots and potpourri recipes on Pinterest if you’re feeling adventurous.
Stop by Rescue Spa and check out the large selection of home scents for yourself! Open your windows, let the fresh air in and get baking!

From my cozy home to yours,