For those of you who have stuck to your new year’s resolutions without rewarding yourself, the time has come to indulge! Sweet Freedom bakery will be sharing their delicious vegan and gluten-free treats at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa during the last two Saturdays in January. Go ahead… schedule a service, detox in the steam room, relax with a cup of tea and indulge in a delicious baked good from Sweet Freedom. Enjoy the low-guilt, healthier alternative to all of those Christmas cookies you’ve finally worked off. After all, you deserve it.
Is your skin feeling tired, dehydrated or just simply lost it’s luster?
- Make sure you cleanse well. I recommend the Clarisonic Pro brush especially if your skin is oily and you have large pores.
- After cleansing use a mild lactic acid based product like Lotion P50 to exfoliate gently.
- Since it’s winter I like to use a serum like Fluide VIP O2 in the morning followed by a moisturizer with an SPF.
- At night it’s time for repair. Cleanse, tone, and use products full of antioxidants, peptides, retinols and Vitamin C. My favorite is Environ’s AVST or Valmont Factor III, they both contain all of the above.
- Always use eye cream.
- Don’t forget to include your neck & decollete.
- Apply a moisturizer with an SPF on the back of your hands.
The balance between body and mind can affect the appearance of the skin. Exercise, meditate, drink plenty of water, eat healthy. Smile and be happy, that’s the best cosmetic!
Beauty Aficionado Founder & Aesthetician,
“Lit-From-Within-Facial” Featured in Town & Country Weddings: Spring/Summer 2011
The words “glowing” and “bride” go hand in hand. But by the time the big day arrives, most women feel about as radiant as a dim bulb. While heavy exfoliation and blackhead extractions aren’t going out of style anytime soon, microcurrent treatments that use electrical currents to target facial muscles have brides signing in droves. Microcurent facials have the benefit of being completely noninvasive. Plus, the treatments have immediate (if not incredibly long-lasting) benefits. The microcurrent works by “exercising” and toning the facial muscles. It’s basically a low-level electric stimulation that helps contract the muscles all over the face to give a lifted appearance. There’s no downtime and it’s painless. The treatment works best when done in a series, with the last one performed close to D-day. If it’s a slightly older bride in her mid-thirties or forties, you could even do the last treatment the day before the wedding. It hides the effects of stress on the face. People do come out with a real twinkle in their eyes and that glow from the inside.
As the new year begins it is always great to have a fresh start. I want to make sure that I exercise, eat right, feel good, and look my best. As a 45 year old woman in the beauty industry, I too am a consumer and admitted “beauty junkie”. I am constantly on the quest for new treatments, the latest beauty products, and the most advanced non-invasive procedures that will help me look just as good as I feel. So when I found eMatrix I was stunned at how great the results were from the treatment. My skin looked refreshed, clearer, firmer, and I got tons of compliments!
The technology is brilliant. Unlike other treatments that work from the outside in, eMatrix works from the inside out by providing sublative rejuvenation (a fractionated bi-polar radio frequency energy delivering bulk dermal heating beneath the skin to maximize collagen production while keeping the top layer of skin intact). This means that eMatrix targets collagen production (one can never have enough!), and the results from just one treatment are so wonderfully visible.
eMatrix is especially suited for
- those considering cosmetic surgery
- wrinkles and irregularities
- acne scars
- pigmentation and sun damage
- sagging skin
It is the only sublative rejuvenation that can be done on any skin type and color. The treatment takes 45 minutes, you experience a warm prickly sensation, and you might need to wear makeup for a few days, as there is a little bit of downtime involved. But hey no pain, no gain!
If you’re thinking surgery or have a persistent skin characteristic that hasn’t responded to conventional skin care treatments, then think eMatrix at Rescue first. Call and schedule a free consultation (215) 772-2766 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beauty Aficionado Founder & Aesthetician,
A New Year, A New Body! Integrate VelaShape as part of your wellness regime to achieve better, faster results. VelaShape technology utilizes a combination of infrared light, radio frequency and mechanical manipulation to reshape, recontour and redefine your figure. Vacuum and mechanical manipulation improves circulation, activates the production of new collagen and sends heat to the fat cells causing them to expel triglycerides and water. That then causes circumferential reduction and an overall improvement of texture and tone of problem areas. Whether you’ve resolved to fit into those old jeans or slink into your bikini by Memorial Day, VelaShape will help you achieve the results your working so hard for.
Clarisonic PRO Sonic Skin Cleansing System for Face & Body, it’s a fool proof tool to use for exf0liation on face and body. It removes dead cells and gives your skin an instant glow. The three different heads give every type of skin the proper treatment. I like to wash my face first and then apply cleanser directly to the brush itself starting at the forehead then moving to the chin, cheeks and nose. When used properly your skin feels clean and radiant. It removes up to six times more dirt and makeup than manual cleansing so it’s great to use before Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant when you need a little extra love. Pick one up, enjoy it!
Winter weather is finally upon us in full force and I must admit that this does not make me happy. I recently returned from Oracabessa, Jamaica where I had the opportunity to consult for the grand reopening of the GoldenEye Resort and Spa. Owned by legendary music producer, Chris Blackwell (who brought us U2 , and Bob Marley among others) the 52 acre property is a testament to organic and sustainable luxury vacationing. The spa which overlooks a breathtaking lagoon is grounded in the philosophy of totally eco-friendly treatments. A honeymooner’s paradise, Scarlett Johansson and new hubby stayed there recently. During my 2 weeks I found it funny how quickly my body readjusted to
warm weather and flip flops. Conversely upon returning to Philly my skin began protesting the cold in a big way. Excessive dryness and flakiness is not a pretty situation. Which leads me to the question for my brides-how are you winterizing your skin?
Lotions, dry oils, body butters are great products but can’t penetrate multiple layers of dry skin. Forced air heating, low levels of humidity, moisture evaporation from the skin’s surface at a rapid pace all contribute to dryness. If you have scheduled a winter wedding you must be as diligent with your body as you are with your face. The time to address dryness is not the week of the wedding. To get back on track schedule a sugar scrub treatment. It’s a great feeling to have your skin sloughed and hydrated
and having your therapist perform the service insures that all the hard to reach areas will be addressed. You’ll find that your home care products will perform better and the results will last longer. Venus, massage therapist du jour informed me that she has a few special customizations just for brides to make their skin extra dewy for that big day (She’ll be blogging about that later).
I really like the lotions by Get Fresh. My clients will frequently rouse themselves from their doze during the hand treatment portion of the facial to ask what I’m using. The aromas are bright but not overpowering and the lotions are luxurious enough to slather on after a warm bath or shower. We do know how hot water depletes the natural oils in the skin don’t we? Kai’s body butter is wonderful too. It has a richer texture and a light fragrance.
I wish everyone the best holiday season ever and everything you dream for in the New Year to come true.
Peace and Blessings
Linda Harding, Aesthetician