PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE: How Philly’s Best Esthetician Gets Her Skin So Glowy: Vivane Aires

Best esthetician Viviane Aires shares her pro tips for getting glowy skin. Want to check out her work in person? Get a facial with Aires at Rescue Spa  in Rittenhouse, and follow her on Instagram @bebonita_.

Cleanse your face … twice.Think of your skin-care routine in two steps: wiping off dirt, oils and makeup, and then washing. “I love using balms or cleaning oils as my first cleansing step, and then I follow up with a gentle cleanser,” says Aires. Massage a makeup remover into skin (Aires loves Valmont’s Wonder Falls cleansing cream) and remove with warm — not hot! — water. Then use a gentle cleanser; Aires swears by Environ.

Drink water.

Dehydration makes skin appear dull and exaggerates problems like wrinkles and dark circles. Keep a gallon of water by your bed, and refill a water bottle throughout the day to keep you sipping. “I like to add a pinch of Himalayan salt so my skin stays hydrated and energized,” Aires says.

Embrace moisturizers, masks, serums and sunscreen.

Serums help even out your skin tone and firm up skin; apply one after cleansing and before your morning moisturizer. Make room for a face mask a few times a week. “Masks are a great way to reset and re-energize the skin,” says Aires. And don’t leave the house without sunscreen. (One thing to skip? Makeup wipes for everyday use. Keep these in your gym bag for post-workout wipe-downs only.)


A great skin-care regime doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. Aires makes her own body scrubs with coconut oil, jojoba oil, sea salt, and a few drops of sage, jasmine and geranium essential oils. Use once a week for full-body exfoliation.

Published as “How to Get Glowy Skin” in the August 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

FORBES: 8 New Spas Around The World Where Design Truly Matters: You’ll Want To Check In And Never Want To Leave

Aesthetician Danuta Mieloch, founder of Rescue Spa, opened her first spa and skin clinic in Philadelphia and recently opened the doors to her latest project in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood to much fanfare. The boutique and spa stocks beloved labels such as Biologique Recherché, Valmont, Vintner’s Daughter and MBR which are used in the face and body treatments. When she leased the space, it needed a lot of work. “The original columns were so magnificent that I wanted to preserve them but the rest of the space was a total disaster that required a full gutting,” says Mieloch. “I love the combination of new with the old (in this case the columns). I do the same thing with my facials, bridging old world techniques and modern day technology together for unique treatments.” A Lindsey Adelman light fixture and vintage Parisian Street lights give light and depth to the elegant and clean space, which was designed by Polish interior designer Michal Pulaczewski. “Like me, there is both a New York and European vibe, I may be Polish but I am also a New Yorker,” she says. “I curated special elements such as cameos and old paintings in repurposed frames (one even has a photo of my mom).”

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MINDBODYGREEN: 11 Truths You Need To Know About Using Retinol

It’s normal to experience some irritation, especially when you first embark on your retinol journey. “If you notice you’re starting to react, back off for a couple of days, then keep going,” said Mieloch. There’s a certain adjustment period when you may need to ‘power through,’ but that shouldn’t last forever. If you’re still seriously peeling after 28 days on and off, talk to your dermatologist about a different dosage and/or frequency. –Danuta Mieloch


THE STRATEGIST: The Best Sunscreens for Your Face, Jan Marini Physical Protectant Broad Spectrum SPF 45

Kim Zimmerman, director of ecommerce and marketing at Rescue Spa, says this sunscreen gets “unanimous love” from the spa’s estheticians. While they recommend it for all skin types, Zimmerman says it’s especially beloved by customers with oily skin, who like that it’s tinted for a matte finish and that it contains “microscopic sponges” for oil absorption. SHOP HERE


THE STRATEGIST: The Best Treatments for Sunburn, Biologique Recherche Cryo-Sticks

For something a little fancier, Zimmerman recommends Biologique Recherche’s Cryo-Sticks. “The main thing that the cryo-sticks do is help absorb some of the heat in the skin caused by the sunburn, which in turn can help to decrease inflammation,” she says. You can leave the cryo-sticks in your freezer so they’re always ready to use, and they can also double as a remedy for puffy eyes or cystic acne. Zimmerman says that you can simply “slather on some aloe and gently glide the cryo-sticks over the sunburned areas for relief and cooling.”


THE STRATEGIST: The Best Treatments for Sunburn, Susanne Kaufmann St. John’s Wort Bath

One of the first things you should do after getting a sunburn is take a cool shower, according to many of the experts that we spoke to. A cold shower is “refreshing on sunburned skin, and won’t make your skin dry or cause further irritation,” says Green. If you’re more of a bath person, Kim Zimmerman, of Rescue Spa in Philadelphia, suggests spending some time soaking with St. John’s Wort Bath. You may have heard of St. John’s Wort as an herb that you can take orally for depression, but Zimmerman told us that, within the herbal-healing community, it’s considered a great topical treatment for sunburns (and other burns, too). The Susanne Kaufmann St. John’s Wort Bath has sodium bicarbonate (a.k.a. baking soda), which Zimmerman says “helps regulate and balance the body’s pH” and cornstarch, which she calls “a way-back-when DIY remedy for sunburn.”


THE STRATEGIST: The Best Après-Sun Skin-Care Products, According to Dermatologists

Institut Esthederm Micellar After-Sun Shower Gel

If you want something a little more luxurious after a day in the sun, Kim Zimmerman, of Rescue Spa in Philadelphia, suggests Institut Esthederm After Sun Body Wash. She recommends it for “rinsing away sunscreen and chlorine.” The body wash has micellar molecules — similar to those in some of our favorite French cleanser— that gently clean overheated, sunscreen-clogged skin. Zimmerman says that this “leaves skin moisturized, soft and comfortable,” and that its moisturizing properties will help prolong a tan.


TRAVEL CURATOR: “Rescue Spa is known for their facials”, “using Biologique Recherche products, and microcurrents to leave you looking like a newborn.”

Rescue Spa is known for their Biologique Recherche facials which, if you live under a rock, is a French skincare brand known to gurus far and wide as THE best (and sometimes smelliest) product for your skin. We opted for their famous Bio-Lift facial, which incorporates Biologique Recherche products, some light extractions, and a microcurrent device to leave you looking like a newborn.