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Danuta Mieloch, Skincare Expert & Founder of Rescue Spa: Why Biologique Recherche Is A Cult Favourite, Right Way to Cleanse, Extractions, Treating Breakouts, Post Workout Skincare, Acne Scars, Skincare Tips for Beginners and Common Skincare Mistakes
On today’s episode I’m chatting with Danuta Mieloch, the Founder of Rescue Spa. In the skincare world, Danuta is major. She’s known to work miracles on skin, and is a Biologique Recherche ambassador.
Today’s episode is a deep dive into skincare. We touch on why Biologique Recherche has a cult following, why facials are necessary, how to properly cleanse, Danuta’s thoughts on extractions, type for acne scars, and so much more. Danuta shares her best skincare tips, common mistakes she sees, her own skincare routine, and her favourite products. If you’re a skincare lover or want to learn more about how to have clear, glowing skin, this is an episode you shouldn’t miss!
Kim Zimmerman, of Rescue Spa in Philadelphia, calls this mist from cult skin-care brand Biologique Recherche “the perfect travel companion” — and not just because it comes in a TSA-friendly 1.7-ounce bottle. “It’s oxygenating and contains vitamin C, so it leaves the skin hydrated, refreshed, and glowy,” Zimmerman says. Oxygenation — the skin-care term for when a product delivers additional oxygen to your skin — would be especially refreshing after a few hours in stale airplane air.
Rescue Spa’s 19th Street location is a full-service day spa known for its relaxing ambiance. After combing through reviews, it became evident that many guests came to Rescue Spa because of problem skin. Whether you’re battling oily skin or simply just need a pick-me-up due to the city’s pollution, the lineup of Signature Facials start at just $150 USD. Prior to your service, the aestheticians will diagnose your skin which includes an analysis of your lifestyle. Optional add-ons include a Power Peel, IPL Spot Treatment and more.
Summer after summer, I have put myself on the waitlist for New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park (I still haven’t nabbed tickets). I have waited for Rubirosa’s pizza (yes, it’s as good as they say) and Mansur Gavriel’s ballerinas (the new collection is coming soon). But most recently, I played the waiting game for Biologique Recherche’s Masque Vivant, a complexion purifying and stabilizing mask so good, it garnered a three-month waitlist earlier this year when a fraction of the expected import arrived in the U.S. from France.
Having worked in the beauty department at a magazine for five years, it had been ages since I’d hit the “add-to-cart” button on anything beauty-related. But the family-owned French line had me ready to invest, and ready to pay up for its Masque Vivant magic—until I couldn’t.
“They’re sold out everywhere,” Danuta Mieloch, founder of Rescue Spa, tells me over a facial. Mieloch, who sells Biologique Recherche, was instrumental in putting the wunder-mask on the map. There was once a time when she had to convince clients to use this “brown, stinky” treatment. Now that it’s a cult-favorite, she urges clients to explore other options while they wait, like Biomagic Mask. Without fail, a stash of Lotion P50 is always on hand because “we never want to run out!”
[Translated from Polish to English] She was 25 years old and graduated from nursing school when she decided to leave her beloved Białystok, Poland. With twenty dollars in her pocket and a suitcase full of creams she went to New York, known to her from the movies and stories told by her sister who had emigrated to the USA before Danuta. The year was 1991. The gap between Polish post-communist reality and the United States seemed insurmountable, but she decided to stay. She mastered English in six months. She earned a living as a waitress while studying at a cosmetics school. “I wanted to be a beautician since I was a child. I have two older sisters who were struggling with acne. I used to come up with masks for them from chamomile, oatmeal, honey and yeast” – says Danuta Mieloch. When she obtained her professional diploma in 2000, she got a job in a well-known Paul Labrecque salon in New York, and in 2004 she opened her first own spa in Philadelphia due to lower rental prices. Thirteen years later she returned to Manhattan and founded Rescue Spa New York.
Her mother instilled in her the need to take care of the skin. The decision to become a beautician was an obvious choice. Today, DANUTA MIELOCH runs Rescue Spa locations in New York and Philadelphia.
BEAUTIFUL SKIN IS OUR CHOICE
On her YouTube channel, you can watch how Danuta cares for her own skin. What is striking is the number of cosmetics she uses. There are a lot of them. – “Taking care of my skin is a ritual for which I spare no expense nor money” she likes to emphasize. Her motto is: “Beautiful skin is a matter of choice, not chance.” “We decide for ourselves, what we will look like in ten or twenty years. My mom used to scare me that if I do not wash my face before I go to bed, I will wake up seven years older the following morning. I realize that it’s an extreme approach, but maybe that’s why today I am a major advocate of double face cleansing. I use Lait U cleaning milk and my favorite lotion P50 from the French brand Biologique Recherche. I value their products because they don’t contain any added fragrance and are recognized for high content of active ingredients” she says. Danuta Mieloch perfected her skills at courses in Paris with the brand’s founder, Dr. Yvan Allouche. In addition to selling Biologique Recherche products, Danuta also sells cosmetics of a German doctor Barbara Sturm which are available both on her website (shoprescuespa.com) and at the spas. Dr. Sturm recently visited Danuta in New York and conducted training for 140 employees. Some of the regulars at Rescue Spa are bloggers, influencers, actors, models, politicians, athletes and designers. Among them are Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington or Colin Farrell just to name a few. Famous people, when they don’t want to be recognized often book appointments under aliases. “Once, only during a facial did I realize I was providing a service to the Oscar winner – Emma Stone” says Danuta Mieloch.
When asked if there are times when she doesn’t think about work, she admits that she thinks about it all the time. “I was born a workaholic. Fortunately, being an esthetician is my passion, so it doesn’t bother me at all. My friends can confirm that I think of myself as a skin and life coach not only as a beautician.” And I relax practicing yoga, which I have practiced for fifteen years. I enjoy little things such as a cup of good coffee or having a glass of prosecco with my friends. “I feel happy!” she says. Her dream is to invent a “Magic Beauty Potion.” – She has been collaborating with Polish scientists on its formula. What will come of it? She has succeeded in fulfilling all her professional desires so far.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is something of a skin-care legend for its ability to shrink pores, slough off dead skin, clear up acne, and make skin feel freakishly soft in a matter of days. “It’s often someone’s first experience with acid exfoliation, and that’s a special moment when you feel the tingle and see your skin smoother the very next day,” Mattioli says. “Over time, your skin gets even smoother, brighter, and clearer.” There are five versions, but P50 1970, which contains a controversial E.U.-banned exfoliator called phenol (and makes your face go numb), is the most intense. “Phenol gets demonized, but dermatologists have historically done phenol peels in very high concentrations,” Engelman says. “I’m not scared of phenol; I’m a fan of it.” One thing to note: It isn’t uncommon to look a little red/sunburned as your skin adjusts to P50. For me it usually lasts about a week, but you can temper it by watering it down; just soak your cotton pad with water before dabbing it with the toner.
Layer Away: Rescue Spa’s Kim Zimmerman says she often notices that clients don’t typically know how to layer their serums properly and offers this general rule of thumb: “Layer your serums in order of thinnest to thickest in viscosity,” she says. “This way, they can properly absorb deeper into the epidermis so that you receive the benefits of your products.”
Spot-Treat Tactics: Zimmerman is also a fan of using serums to spot-treat, based on your skin concerns. “Not all serums need to be applied to all areas of the face. For instance, using a serum that is targeted toward healing acne on the T-zone, versus a more hydrating and anti-aging serum under the eyes, is best practice.”
Microneedling Magic: If you want your serums to work harder, Zimmerman recommends using a microneedling roller before applying. “This really pushes the product deeper into the epidermis as it enters the microchannels on the skin created by the needles.”
Ingredient Intel: Zimmerman stresses that it is important to be aware of the ingredients in your serums, so that you aren’t overdoing it on something active such as retinol, vitamin A or certain acids. “Depending on your skin-care routine, these ingredients may also show up in your cleanser and moisturizer, so it is important to be as aware—especially if you are sensitive.”
We’ll cut right to it: Rescue Spa is heaven on earth and if you’re really serious about getting your bridal party’s glow on this is the place to do it. Why? First, the space is dazzling and airy and whimsically romantic. Second, they stock the cult-status French skin-care brand Biologique Recherche. Third, they offer a Bio-Lift Facial (1 hour, from $200) using said French skin-care brand that will literally transforms the skin. It also happens to be right across the street from Jean Georg’s ultra-chic, veggie-filled abcV so you can continue the fancy shmancy pampering session into lunch. Perfect for the très chic bride-to-be.