We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
L.A. has tons of spas. As the home to Hollywood’s top stars, the city is oozing with fitness centers, healthy eateries, and beautification destinations to ensure that these million-dollar bodies and faces are well-preserved. And although non-famous residents, like myself, are not part of this six-figure club, we’re lucky to have these celebrity-approved establishments at our disposal. One of these gems is Kinara Skin Care Clinic & Spa, located in West Hollywood’s Design District.
Founded in 2003 by skincare guru Olga Lorencin-Northrup, Kinara is where A-listers get their facials the morning of the Oscars. In addition to counting Hollywood darlings like Anne Hathaway as clients, Olga’s most loyal fan is the one and only Halle Berry, who has been coming to Kinara for nearly 10 years! Given that I’m becoming a bit of a celebrity facialist addict, I had to meet with Olga to see what all the hype was about.
Since this was my first date with the legendary Olga, I knew I had to go for gold, so I booked Kinara’s raved-about Red Carpet Oxygenating Hydrafacial. This 50-minute treatment “blends together a flawless fusion of non-laser skin resurfacing technology and cellular oxygenation to immediately reduce the visible signs of aging, while stimulating collagen production and increasing cellular respiration” (deep breath). If that all sounds high tech, it is. Given that “Kinara” means “on the edge” in Hindi, Olga blends natural ingredients with cutting edge technology to develop revolutionary treatments and products (Kinara has its own skincare line) that work wonders.
In addition to enjoying a ridiculously relaxing hydrafacial, what I loved most about my visit was absorbing Olga’s wealth of skincare knowledge. Although she’s treated the skin of just about every Hollywood star, for those 50 minutes she was all mine and made sure that I left Kinara with red carpet-ready skin, just like Halle. I’m pleased to report that it’s been almost a week since my visit and my skin is still glowing! I’ll definitely be hitting up Kinara again very soon.
656 North Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90069
If you’re looking for a dose of Zen with your extractions, we recommend trying a holistic facial.