On a bright spring day, I strolled over to the Manhattan location, a few blocks north of the Farmer’s Market action in Union Square and met with Danuta at Rescue Spa. I’d seen her lifestyle videos on YouTube. She takes you into her home or her 43-acre farm near Philadelphia and shares her health and skincare rituals. In person, entrepreneur Danuta is equally warm, informative, and open about her life. Yes, she’s got the outer glow, but she radiates an inner glow too. We sat in the lounge area on a comfy gray velvet sofa, and she talked about the journey from her childhood in Bialystok to life as a beauty and wellness guru. 

A few places you’d recommend for first time visitors in Poland?
First time visitors will most likely fly into Warsaw or Krakow.  These cities could not be more different since Warsaw was completely devastated during World War II and rebuilt.  Krakow still has more of its original historical sites as it used to be the capital (and cultural mecca) of our country.  Some of my favorite places in Warsaw are the Hotel Bristol –- it’s like going back in time with an old world feel and glamour.  Rozana is my favorite restaurant in Warsaw with by far, the best Polish food and authentic experience. There are many amazing cultural sites but among my favorites are the Warsaw Uprising Museum and Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews. These two museums are visual reminders of the great tragedy that occurred in our country which I feel is important that we never forget.

Travel essentials?
Aside from my passport and phone, I always have Regenera II from Valmont with me as it’s amazing for dehydrated skin – on the face or lips.  I also try to keep my wardrobe simple by only packing black and white essentials and super comfortable shoes because wherever I go, I like to walk there if possible. I also keep my Rescue Me Moisturizing Hand sanitizer with me at all times.

Top 3 skin care products that you can’t live without?
For me, narrowing it down to just 3 products is a bit difficult. Non-negotiable are a great exfoliator, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. I like to use Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, Valmont Prime Regenera II, and Institut Esthederm sunscreen.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
Valmont Prime Regenera II
Institut Esthederm Sunscreens