The Best Red Carpet–Ready Facials From Coast To Coast
While the theme of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition and Monday’s Met Gala, “Manus x Machina,” may have been conceived with fashion in mind, the motif of technology can also be found in the beauty treatments that will prime and prep attendees for their red carpet moments. And whether you’re walking up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or walking down the aisle this summer, the most cutting-edge pre-event facials can now be found in cities from coast to coast. These skincare gurus, cult facialists, and dermatologists advocate high-tech machines including infrared LED light,radio frequency, and microcurrent devices—often in combination with classic massage techniques—for an event-worthy glow. Here, a guide to the top experts nationwide for radiant big-night-out skin.
“Danuta Mieloch’s Energy Lift Facial
instantly tightens, firms, and lifts!
Polish-born, Paris-trained skin-care guru Danuta Mieloch’s Energy Lift Facial instantly tightens, firms, and lifts, thanks to her unique mix of radio frequency and electric current, which she says “sculpts faces to perfection sans injections or surgery.” Her Lift + Sculpt full-body treatment exfoliates, revitalizes, tones, and firms the body using lactic acid, amino acids, algae powder, and silk extract. Follow up with a face-framing brow shape from in-house threading expert Maria Gulraiz for the finishing touch.
“On a chilly afternoon I headed to 16th and Walnut for a luxurious new experience, a full body scrub. I’ve enjoyed my share of facials and massages, but never enjoyed pampering like this! You know how good it feels to get a nice long back scratch? A scrub takes this feeling to a new level.
The massage therapist scrubbed me head to toe with refreshing scents of grapefruit. The room had an attached rainwater shower area – which I took full advantage of – and the towels were so soft… Overall this was an AMAZING experience because I decided to embrace the slowness. (A shower with no urgency is pretty unusual for this busy mom.) After drying off from my shower, my massage therapist returned for a light massage to moisturize. I was in heaven. My skin felt smooth and my mind relaxed. A perfect way to relax and get your body ready for beach and pool season just around the corner.” – Reviewed by Philadelphia Family Publisher Sarah Bond
“It turns out, here at Philly Mag, we’re suckers for a good beauty product (or twelve). From ultra-luxe moisturizers to concealers that cost their weight in gold, we’ll shell out that hard-earned cash for a few choice beauty boosters. Inspired by the beautiful minds at Elle, here are the products that Philly Mag staffers hate to love.”
Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifiante ($90)
“I’m ok with splurging on a good moisturizer because it sinks into your skin all night long. This one is really hydrating without feeling super heavy. It smells awful, but it’s worth it.” — (Lauren McGrath)
Biologique Recherche P50 Toner ($95)
“It makes a big difference with my pores, and I notice my skin looks dull on my forehead and cheeks when I stop using it.” —Christy Speer Lejeune, Deputy Editor.
Valmont Clarifying Surge ($325)
“I’m obsessed with it. It makes my skin feel like heaven. I just do a drugstore face wash, but with this moisturizer, my skin feels like I got a facial.” —Rachel Chernaskey, Editorial Assistant.
Faithful to its worldwide commitment to well-being and openness to the world, Valmont mobilizes its resources in North America to sponsor ONE DROP’s crucial activities.
From March 1st to June 30th in North America, for the sale of any of the seven products of the hydration line in North America, Valmont will donate $5.00* to ONE DROP. And will promote the through unedited exposure across all its North-American retailers and SPA networks. As Didier Guillon (President of the Valmont Group) states, “this partnership embodies a celebration of water and its virtues, and serves our commitment to share our success with the community”.
Why ONE DROP:
For Valmont, granting “sustainable access to safe water” resonates as evidence. A mission one should resolutely adopt, and support by all means, for the sake of everyone around the world, at all times. A key vital element for human beings, water also plays a central role in anti-aging fight. 100% aligned with the association’s culture and values, Valmont has been supporting ONE DROP since 2013, with targeted charity events. In Montréal and Québec, the brand has organized three art auctions, sold various items edited by ONE DROP and made direct donations, for an overall amount of CAD $20’000.
Para seguir maltratándonos con la Caro nos fuimos directo a nuestra invitación al Rescue Spa. Un muy exclusivo Spa en downtown Philly donde su dueña (Danuta Mieloch, polaca hermosa con más de 20 años en USA) decidió hacer algo bien hecho para todas las mujeres. El spa cuenta con servicios de: manicure, pedicure, faciales, masajes, maquillaje, perfilado de cejas, sauna, duchas de vapor, barra de café y snacks y una boutique con las mejores cremas anti-aging.
Vida Colon, una latina americana con una piel envidiable, nos hizo el tour por las maravillas de todas las marcas de origen francés y suizo que cuenta Rescue. Entre estas destaco Cellcosmet, Valmont y Biologique Recherche (la favorita de la dueña, por lo que tengo muchas expectativas puestas en ella). Cellcosmet es suizo y usa células preservadas para la iluminación y rejuvenecimiento de la piel y Valmont también apunta a la cosmética celular más la utilización de componentes de agua glaciar.
Pero en total Rescue tiene más de 30 marcas exclusivas y muy “high end” que para ser sinceras uno no sabe por donde empezar! Empezamos por lo importante: un perfilado de cejas con la premiada por Vogue Magazine, María Gulraiz . Muy talentosa y apasionada, María nos perfiló las cejas de manera maestra con una pasión que pocas veces he visto. Y si bien estuvo su buen rato en mis cejas (que además tiñó con henna natural para darme un aspecto de más densidad) el resultado fue perfecto!
Mi mamá siempre me ha alejado de esas cejas delgadas casi dibujadas, y María comparte la filosofía que una ceja gruesa y bien perfilada da un aspecto joven y natural. Y para terminar nuestra estadía de casi 3 horas en el spa, nos dimos un sauna exquisito y arropadas en batas blancas nos hicimos la manicure más perfecta que me he hecho en estas tierras. Hoy, a más de 2 semanas de haber ido, aun la tengo en mis manos mientras escribo (un milagro).
Definitivamente la experiencia fue increíble y uno se puede mal acostumbrar con la excelencia de Rescue Spa. Yo lo extraño al menos.
For those that can’t read Spanish here is a (super) rough Google translation:
To follow maltratándonos with Caro we went straight to our invitation to Rescue Spa. A very exclusive Spa in downtown Philly where its owner (Danuta Mieloch, beautiful polish with more than 20 years in USA) decided to do something well done for All the women. The spa features services: manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, makeup, eyebrow shaping, sauna, steam showers, coffee bar and snacks and a boutique with the best anti-aging creams.
Vida Colon, an American Latina with an enviable skin, made the tour of the wonders of all brands of French and Swiss origin that has Rescue. Between these feature Cellcosmet, Valmont and Biologique Recherche (the favorite of the owner, so I have many expectations placed on it). Cellcosmet is Swiss and uses cells preserved for lighting and skin rejuvenation and Valmont also cell targets more cosmetic components using glacier water.
But overall Rescue has more than 30 exclusive brands and very “high end” that be honest you do not know where to start!
We started so important: a shaped eyebrows with awarded by Vogue Magazine, Maria Gulraiz. Very talented and passionate, Maria outlined eyebrows and taught with a passion that I have rarely seen. And while it was his good time in my eyebrows (also dyed with natural henna to give me a look more density) the result was perfect! My mom has always taken me away from those eyebrows thin almost drawn, and Maria shares the philosophy that a thick eyebrow and well profiled gives a youthful and natural appearance.
And to end our stay of almost 3 hours in the spa, we found an exquisite sauna and were clothed in white robes.
We had the most perfect manicure I’ve in these lands. Today, more than 2 weeks have gone even have it in my hands as I write (a miracle).
Definitely the experience was amazing and one can hardly accustom with Rescue excellence Spa. I miss at least.
As it’s getting warmer outside, our skin is becoming a lot more vulnerable to the sun. During this time of year, my goal as a beauty professional is to educate every single client on the importance of sun protection and raise awareness around skin cancer.
In case you didn’t know, here are some of the major benefits of SPF:
1. Studies show sunscreen decreases the development of skin cancer
2. It helps to prevent hyperpigmentation and reduces blotchiness
3. Sunscreen slows down the development of premature aging skin (I may not have enjoyed the cloudy Seattle weather, but living there, I learned one big beauty lesson: sun damage is the biggest contributor.
It is important to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. Ultraviolet A causes premature aging and wrinkling of the skin and ultraviolet B is linked to the development of skin cancer and melanoma. These are some of the reasons to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects both from UVA and UVB rays. I prefer physical sunscreens (also called mineral sunscreens) that contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. These provide some of the most comprehensive coverage and work by deflecting the sun radiation from your skin and are often referred to as physical blockers.
Chemical sunscreens are wildly available to consumers as well with Avobenzone, Oxybenzone and Homosalate as some of the most common ingredients. Chemical sunscreens act as absorbers and create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat and releasing that heat from the skin.
Physical sunscreens offer protection against both rays and protect from the sun as soon as it’s applied, last longer in direct UV light and are less likely to clog the pores. Chemical sunscreens tend to be much thinner and with such a formula it’s easier to add additional treatment ingredients such as peptides and enzymes. It is up to you as a consumer to pick the one that works best for your lifestyle.
Regardless of your choice, here are some of my favorites: