I Flew 21 Hours for This Facial, and Boy It Was Worth It

Walking into Rescue Spa is what I imagine walking into heaven to be like: Bright, white, and walls lined with Biologique Recherche. Located a few blocks behind the Flatiron Building, Rescue Spa is an incredible space that caters to your every skin and massage need, as well as hair, makeup, manis, pedis, and brows—so you can basically walk in feeling like the shell of a human and leave looking like Gigi Hadid at the Met Gala.

I settled in at the waiting area once I arrived and nibbled on bliss balls and mint-infused water whilst I waited for my therapist, concerned over the state of my skin as I had only stepped off a 21-hour flight a few hours prior. I was booked in for the Biologique Recherche “Le Lift Parisienne” Treatment, and oh my goodness—bliss. After lashings of P50 (one of the world’s greatest skincare products, IMHO), LED therapy, and Placenta Serum, my “I just flew around the world and look like shit” skin was baby smooth, hydrated, and free of aeroplane gunk. It wasn’t quite as zen as Cap, and more of a straight-shooter treatment (there were no crystals or sage), but it was phenomenal. The closest thing in Sydney is definitely Mel Grant (if you’re dying for some TLC).

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Task Master


For beauty junkies, travelling light is never easy. It’s not the clothes that are the problem it’s the array of products that the cosmetics world has persuaded us is essential. So what we need are multitaskers or mini versions of first rate products.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, a cult 1950’s French classic. Paraben free and rich in plant based ingredients, it is a cleanser, primer and moisturizer all in one.

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Carry On: In-Flight Skincare


Keeping skin soft and dewy is all about in-flight and touchdown cleansing and moisturizing. The dry air at high altitudes can cause your complexion to dry out, often leading to blemishes. Prep your skin within the first hour of take-off with a great cleanser and makeup remover. We love Biologique Recherche’s Lait VIP O2 1.7 oz cleanser . Tone for a truly thorough cleanse and instant refresher.  We love the convenience of P50 “1970” in it’s 1.7 oz travel size. Next, apply a nourishing face mask with rich ingredients, like Valmont Renewing Pack. This will not only moisturize your skin throughout the flight, but also protect and repair it. Multitask while you mask with Institut Esthederm’s Repair System Eye Contour Lift Patches to ensure that dark circles, puffiness, and signs of fatigue are nonissue. Top up at intervals with a facial spritz, like Biologique Recherche’s L’eauxygenante 1.7 oz spritz which adds a hydrating layer of water, while also acting as a protective veil .

 


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!

Aesthetician,

Samantha Lowe