Holiday Health

It’s that time of year again:  Holiday Anxiety.  You are tired from walking around in search of the perfect gifts.  You are tired from carrying those perfect gifts home and tired from painstakingly wrapping them for your loved ones.  You are also tired from tensing up on the phone with your mother-in-law trying to decide who’s going to host the cousins.  Remember to keep in the holiday spirit with a gift to yourself.  Massage is great as a tension-reliever both physically and mentally.  Come in to Rescue and let go of it all for awhile.  You’ll be surprised how much easier the whole Holiday-thing feels.  All the best to you and yours and a very happy new year!

Massage Therapist,

Andrew Marsh

Ethnic Skin

My first facial was a disaster. I was 16 years old and had 2 zits. I used my babysitting money for a facial with a celebrated esthetician at a very well known spa and came out looking like I had done an exhibition round with Mike Tyson. And the ugliness didn’t end quickly either, My skin retained the marks of resulting hyperpigmentation for months. I was totally traumatized and resisted facials for years afterward.

I have thought about this experience many times since then. Was the esthetician really knowledgeable, skilled, worthy of her fame? Probably so. Was she experienced with ethnic skin? Obviously not.  Sometimes depending upon the area in which a spa is located opportunities may not exist for a lot of interaction with a diverse clientele.

If you are of Asian, African, Latino, East Indian or Native American descent, you may have had a similar experience. And if you are blessed to be bi or multi-racial unfortunately you also run the risk of a bad experience. It is essential that in seeking out your esthetician you ask the right questions to ensure that she is familiar with your skin type, its unique characteristics and quirks. But neither you nor she should paint your ethnic type with broad strokes as fine subdivisions exist in each one.

I know-you don’t want to offend anyone. You feel that this is a touchy topic. How do you even broach the subject? Oh pleeze, can we say “President Barack Obama?” Brown skin is not exactly in the closet anymore. Chat with the spa concierge before scheduling an appointment. A good spa will recognize the need for estheticians who are knowledgeable about diverse skin types. Rescue Rittenhouse Spa’s concierge staff is a virtual United Nations of gorgeousness. One of our concierges actually has an esthetic background. They can recommend skin specialists who understand your skin and the type of care it needs. And our product lines, handpicked by Danuta Mieloch encompass treatments for every
skin type around the globe. This summer my love affair was with Environ’s AVST gel moisturizer. Super light, perfect for normal to oily skin, made my skin glow. Environ hails from South Africa and has some of the best products I’ve seen for gently fading hyperpigmentation caused by squeezing those pimples in your bathroom mirror.

Often a consultation with your potential esthetician prior to scheduling an appointment will make you feel more at ease. Use your time wisely, an in demand esthetician is performing a courtesy when she does not charge you for a consultation. Narrow your concerns down to topics that can be addressed in 10-15 minutes.  You do not have to regale her with tales of bad facial experiences. She knows. Instead talk about what bothers you the most and a possible plan of action to place you on the road to beautiliciousness. Give her an idea of your skin care budget and the time frame you are working with. Your consultation is your first step to developing a relationship with your personal skin guru that can help you realize your vision.

Personally, I die for ethnic skin. As our world gets smaller I find myself even more intrigued by the “new” multi-racial combination skin types. Customization of skin regime and facials is now required to provide the ultimate service and experience. As a client you should demand no less for your skin. You can cherry pick and perform your due diligence or just relax and make an appointment with us at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa.

Love Ya,

Linda Harding


“Look amazing in just a few minutes! Primping for a holiday party should be easy, to achieve that effortless look. Go from daytime to glowtime. With the right products you can create glowing skin easily.”

1. Sothy’s: Focus on proper cleansing with a product like the Deep Pore cleanser from Sothy’s.

2. P50: Follow with a great exfoliation, P50 (contains lactic acid) is like a facial in a bottle!

3. Renewing Pack: A quick self massage with Renewing Pack which is loaded with moisture to combat dryness, increases circulation and plumps the skin.

4. Lipstick Queen: For a relaxed look wear a loose chignon and bring the glamour back to the lips with red lipstick by Lipstick Queen.

5. Peau de Peche: To feel more attractive in an instant wear a fabulous frangrance. I love Peau de Peche by Keiko Mecheri ‘A caress of peach skin wrapped in a veil of powdery notes of Orris and Sandalwood’

Beauty Aficionado Founder,

Danuta Mieloch

Skin Care While Traveling

I love to travel.  I don’t get away as often as I’d like, but when I do, keeping up with a solid skin care program is one of my “comforts of home” I take with me.   This is actually a great time to try new things.  Change a serum, add a new moisturizer, test out that eye gel.  When deciding where to start, think about where you are going. Costa Rica? Vail? Paris?  Your skin will benefit from different things.  Don’t make the mistake and change everything at the same time.  That is an accident asking to happen.  Consult with a Rescue Rittenhouse esthetician for recommendations and samples.
Change the SPF in your sunblock depending on the amount of exposure you are anticipating.   A dryer, possibly harsher climate will leave your skin begging for more hydration and maybe less acids.
Cleanser.  You always need it.   Am and PM.   This weekend, I took a break from my regular Lait U and tried the Foaming Cleansing Cream from Sothy’s. The cold air made my skin a bit dehydrated so I laid off the P-50 (ugh!), only used my Retinol 3 for 1 night and added 24 Hour, a more hydrating moisturizer than my usual Creme Biofixine. I continued using VIP O2 Fluide as a protective serum and DNA repair for hydration and actual DNA repair.   What I didn’t do was change my Factor 3 eye gel.   I wish I had tried the new Contour Prime from Valmont.   Guess there is always next time!


Samantha Lowe