Katarina Kovacevic

Good Gourd

Pumpkin
As the leaves begin to change and cooler temperatures take hold, you may want to consider adding some fall favorites to your treatment menu. One ingredient that never disappoints is pumpkin, which is chock-full of alpha- and beta-carotenes, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E, making it as gratifying to skincare as pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving dinner. Ultimate Nourisher According to the National Institute of Health, vitamin E protects against free radicals and helps combat acne. Pumpkin seed oil contains...

Slinging Mud

Muds
You’ve wiped mud off your tires, shaken it from your shoes, and possibly even splashed around in it on a rainy day, but in the spa world, mud is known as more than just a sludgy nuisance or an opportunity for play. When dug up from the right source, this gritty ingredient is perfect for detoxifying and relaxing and can even be used to address a bevy of skincare concerns. Muds from different corners of the world offer various benefits...

Fresh Face

Give clients the glowing skin they want with powerful resurfacing treatments that work from the inside out.
There was a time when simple at-home exfoliation was considered enough of a skincare routine. Today, however, clients are opting for more effective regenerating procedures that increase the rate of cell turnover and maximize the power of their favorite potions and serums. On the hunt for more well-rounded skin management systems, spa-goers are turning to treatments like dermaplaning and dermarolling. Although they may sound alike, they’re actually quite different. Take the tools, for example. While dermaplaning uses a scalpel or...

Berry Good

Raspberries may be small, but their spa and wellness powers are vast.
Who knew raspberries could be so deceptive? Turns out, these velvety little fruits aren’t actually berries at all, at least not by the scientific definition, which states that they consist of a single ovary with multiple seeds, such as grapes. Technically, raspberries are a compound fruit made up of several drupelets, each containing a single seed. Of course that doesn’t keep us from referring to them as berries, a term commonly used for any small edible fruit. But no matter...

Kelp From the Sea

It may not seem as appealing as its sweet-smelling counterparts, but algae is a powerful addition to any spa menu
Slime. Slop. Sludge. Algae doesn’t always bring to mind the most appealing thoughts. But don’t let its looks—or smell—fool you. Algae is the Renaissance ingredient of the spa world, providing an answer to everything from dry skin to cell regeneration and even anemia, says Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president of Szép Élet, distributor of Ilike Organic Skin Care. “Algae is essential for the environment, because it absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen during photosynthesis.” Believed to be the oldest type...