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The Refund Report: How To Regulate On Post-Facial Irritation

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Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, e-mail celia _ellenberg@condenast.com.

The Quandary: If I break out after a facial, is it fair to go back and ask for a refund?

The Expert in Residence: Danuta Mieloch, aesthetician and founder of Rescue Rittenhouse Spa

The Advice: “Possibly, but first figure out if what you’re calling a breakout is actually acne instead of a reaction to a product or a post-extraction scab. If you haven’t had a facial in a long time and you’re not following a good skincare regime, or you simply have reactive skin, it’s completely normal to experience a breakout after a facial. It’s like a first trip to the gym—you might be sore afterward. In this case, your body is flushing out toxins and debris in the form of a blemish. If, however, you suspect that the aesthetician did not follow proper hygiene and you have a persistent infection that lasts more than a few weeks, you should see a dermatologist and you might be entitled to request a refund. To help avoid flare-ups, though, there are a few things to keep in mind. Ideally, you should establish a consistent skincare routine, making sure to cleanse, tone, and moisturize at a minimum, to keep your complexion balanced. You can also bring your products to a facialist during your consultation so she can better understand what you’ve been using and ensure that what she applies won’t cause any reaction. If you do end up with an eruption, keep in mind that it takes about seven days for a pimple to start clearing up. Don’t scrub, don’t rub, and don’t put every item in your medicine cabinet on a breakout. It may make it worse. Just ice the area if it’s inflamed and put on a little antibiotic cream like Neosporin or spot-treat with benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, or salicylic acid to speed up the healing.” —As told to Kari Molvar

Photo: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Skin Salvation In The Sixth Borough

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Handing me a mirror at her Philadelphia-based Rescue Rittenhouse Spa to see the almost instant results of one of the better facials I’ve received in a long time, Danuta Mieloch asked, “How do I get women to turn right?” As I noted a plumped-up radiance from her patented “manual lift” facial massage, which she enhanced with strong upward swipes of a P50 Lotion-soaked cottonpad, it seemed to me that getting Manhattanites to take Exit 4 off the New Jersey Turnpike toward the City of Brotherly Love wouldn’t be such a tough sell. First and foremost, there’s Mieloch herself, a Polish-born skincare enthusiast who cut her teeth at Paul Labrecque in New York before heading 60 miles south to open her own spa four years ago. Selling point number two: Mieloch handpicks every product from each of the five niche lines she carries—including selections from Biologique Recherche, Valmont, MD Skincare, Environ, and Cellcosmet. As a firm believer in the idea of a “skincare system,” Mieloch relies on an integrated regimen for a consistently flawless complexion and will help you devise the appropriate combination of these products for your individual needs. Add to this a menu of services that includes everything from microdermabrasion to noninvasive electrical-current treatments, plus the unassuming, spacious, and tranquil environment, and it’s worth the drive.

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa is located at 255 S. 17th Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia. For more information call, (215) 772-2766.