Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Kinara Spa’s Skin-Care Products

When Olga Lorencin-Northrup and Christine Splichal opened Kinara, their combination of day spa, café and boutique, it provided Lorencin-Northrup with the ideal platform to introduce a line of skincare products.

The first five products she has developed include an intensive treatment serum, two high-tech, vitamin and botanicals-enriched nourishing moisturizers, a deep cleansing gel and a gentle cleansing tonic.

Lorencin-Northrup, as one of Los Angeles' most popular facialists for more than 15 years, has treated every type of skin imaginable. "I have examined skin from very oily to very dry, and in the process, experimented with literally hundreds of different skincare products to address my clients’ concerns about their skin," explains Lorencin-Northrup. "I feel the products available today do not completely address the problems I see with my clients’ skin. With my own day spa to operate from, I knew it was the ideal opportunity to develop and introduce my own line of products."

"But the real story behind the Kinara products really began with myself, when I first became a facialist. I always had very oily skin, often combined with acne. The products I found on the market were either too harsh or too oily for my skin. It was at that time that I seriously began educating myself on the skin and the factors that have an effect it, such diverse forces including nutrition, herbal remedies, hormonal changes, vitamins and anti-oxidants. I read every worthwhile book on these subjects, and was even fortunate to have the pleasure of working and conferring with doctors and specialists, including Dr. Uzzi Reiss, OBGYN, and Dr. Jim Blechman."

Based on the knowledge Lorencin-Northrup gleaned from these various sources, she began creating her own treatments to gain maximum results on both herself and her clients. "I experimented by mixing my own products incorporating fruits, yogurt, plant essences, herbs and vitamins with already available products, as well as occasionally adding pharmaceutical ingredients such as salicylic acid," she says.

Over the years, Lorencin-Northrup has seen the introduction of new ingredients such as glycolic, alpha and later beta-hydroxy acids. "These ingredients have definitely revolutionized the way skin is treated. Also, product chemists have turned to vitamins and antioxidants in formulating their skin care products.”

"The Kinara products I have created are a successful combination of the most effective, high potency vitamins, antioxidants and herbal extracts, such as algae, green tea, willow bark and sage."

The Kinara skincare line has been launched as a tightly edited range, with more product introductions to come.

The first phase includes the star product of the line: Kinara Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum. This Serum is a light, penetrating formula that contains a combination of purifying and hydrating ingredients, including lactic acid, glycolic acid and extracts of algae, burdock, chamomile, sage and green tea. Joining the Serum is Kinara Purifying Cleansing Gel, which deeply purifies normal to oily skin; Kinara Re-Balancing Tonic, with salicylic acid to remove impurities and unclog and refine pores; Kinara Lemon Eucalyptus Hydrator, a light hydrating cream for normal skin; and Kinara Nighttime Skin Quencher, a richly hydrating cream that provides essential nighttime treatment.

Kinara skincare products are available at Kinara, located at 656 North Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles and can also be ordered online or by calling 800.370.8268 or emailing info@kinaraspa.com.

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We’ve sampled the following and give them a thumbs up. We’re big fans of serums and Kinara's is very nice; we’re definitely not allergic and it smells great.

Kinara Purifying Cleansing Gel

A refreshing, lightly foaming gel that gently and effectively removes dirt, debris and impurities, even makeup, from the skin and pores without over-drying or irritating the skin. Natural botanicals such as aloe, willow bark, apple extract, blessed thistle and sage treat skin with care. Retail price: $35.00

Product benefits
• Lightly foaming gel refreshes as it cleanses skin with an invigorating green apple scent
• Combats skin eruptions as it deep cleans skin and pores
• Does not over-dry or irate skin with botanical-packed formula Product usage
• Ideal for acne-prone or oily skin, morning and evening

Kinara Re-Balancing Tonic

An invigorating tonic formulated with salicylic acid. The Tonic removes dirt and impurities, unclog and refine pores as well as combating skin break outs by working to dissolve the top layer of the corneum cells and reduce sebaceous follicle blockage. Added botanicals such as witch hazel, sage and chamomile sooth skin as the Tonic cleanses. Retail price: $35.00

Product benefits
• Removes dirt, debris and dead surface skin cells for a more clear, refined complexion
• Helps unclog pores and refine large pores
• Will not leave skin feeling "stripped" or dry, thanks to botanical extracts in the formula

Product usage
Recommended for acne-prone, oily and normal to oily skin, morning and evening after cleansing.

Kinara Intense Peptide Serum

This extremely rich peptide serum delivers a high dose of fatty acids (EFAs), providing a protective barrier against dryness and premature aging, immediately soothing and hydrating your complexion. Cell-stimulating peptides improve skin texture and help repair skin damage. Excellent for psoriasis and eczema. This emollient anti-oxidant formula effectively calms inflammation and irritated skin. Retail price: $110.00

Product benefits
• alleviates chronic dryness
• Repairs damaged and wrinkled skin
• Deeply penetrating nutrients prevent premature aging.

Kinara Eye Cream

This firming and hydrating eye cream is the perfect solution to a wide range of problems, including crow’s feet, fine lines, sagging skin and loss of moisture and elasticity. Retail price: $55.00

Product benefits
• May also be used as an intense lip nourisher.

Kinara Intense Moisturizer with Peptides

This multi-purpose cream is an anti-aging powerhouse, using the latest anti-aging technology to address multiple skin problems. It targets symptoms such as wrinkles, dehydration, sun damage, sagging, and loss of firmness. This nourishing cream penetrates deeply and boosts fibroblasts and regenerates connective tissues for a firmer, more youthful and luminous appearance. Retail price: $90.00.

Product benefits
• Softens deep and fine lines
• Repairs dehydrated and sensitive skin
• Maintains long-term hydration level in skin.

Kinara Nighttime Skin Quencher

A rich-textured cream that delivers a blend of potent anti-oxidants, natural extracts green tea, sugar cane, rice bran, soy protein and Multifruit BSC, specifically designed for nighttime use. Bisabolol, marshmallow extract and chamomile provide added skin-soothing benefits. Emollient shea butter and sunflower oil deeply hydrate dry skin. Retail price: $60.00

Product benefits
• Helps repair damaged skin with antioxidant benefits from vitamin E, grape seed extract and green tea
• Multifruit ingredient helps beautify skin with 5 naturally derived botanical extracts
• Helps eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from anti-oxidant effects and hydrating the skin
• Helps soften deep wrinkles
• Eliminates dryness with deeply hydrating ingredients and antioxidant effects

Product Usage
For normal to dry, very dry and sensitive skin, apply as the last step in the evening.

Kinara has an on-line catalog and a whole bunch of information on their site: www.kinaraspa.com