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Chocolate croissant bread pudding is Olga Lorencin-Northrup’s secret to healthy skin. “Beauty always starts from the inside out,” explains the cofounder of Kinara Spa (310.657.9188, www.kinaraspa.com), “so sound nutrition comes first.” And at Kinara, nutrition begins with the owner’s favorite dessert topped with Tahitian vanilla bean custard sauce.

The full-service spa on Los Angeles’ trendy Robertson Boulevard offers custom massages, hydrotherapy, body scrubs, and specialized facials for men. “Being a facialist is a lot like being a cook,” she says. “You can have great ingredients, but it’s how you put them together that matters.”

Lorencin-Northrup’s business partner and former client, Christine Splichal, applies the same philosophy in the Kinara kitchen. Splichal’s husband, famed Patina chef Joachim Splichal, designed the Kinara Café menu using ingredients intended to please the palate and benefit the skin. The fare includes a hearty butternut squash soup accented with toasted pumpkin seeds and a decadent flourless chocolate hazelnut cake.

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