Sign in

A Recipe for the Russian Venik

February 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

Interested in bringing a touch of Russia to your skin care treatments? With its simple ingredients and easy-to-replicate recipe, the traditional venik is a great addition to any menu.
      Used to warm up the body, a venik is a bundle of fragrantly leafy birch, oak, or other variety of twigs that clean the skin by flogging, stoking, lashing and rubbing, causing the body’s temperature to increase. Able to be done on all parts of the body, spa-goers often enter a steam room for a few minutes after the service, then cool off with and ice cold shower or pool plunge.

To make your own venik, follow these steps:
1. Select an assortment of aromatically rich young twigs—in addition to birch and oak, eucalyptus, fir, lime tree or nettle can also be used—and then arrange them into a bunch.
2. Remove the leaves from the bottom of the stems, and tie a rope around the stems several times to hold the bunch tightly together.
3. Finish the venik off by tying a knot at the bottom and cutting the bottoms of the stems to ensure evenness and the removal of any sharp edges.
4. Enjoy with a combination of massage, sauna time and shower or pool offerings.

      And to learn more about spa customs and clients in Russia, read International Trends: From Russia With Love by Stella Yfantidis, which appeared in the February 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.



Welcome to the new!

Delivering the best information on the spa, skin care and wellness industry is our passion, and we’ve worked hard to design a powerful new website that incorporates cutting-edge technology to bring you:

  • Mobile-friendly Design
  • Integrated Sample Request
  • Refreshed Look and Feel
  • Dynamic Content
  • Free Registration

Mobile-friendly Design

Providing a unified experience from mobile to desktop, responsive design allows you to access Skin Inc. content from any device, whether you’re in the treatment room, at home or on the go!

Integrated Sample Request

Visit Featured Product pages to quickly and easily identify new suppliers and request product samples and information.

Dynamic Content

Articles are now linked with relevant products so you can find the products and treatments you need to provide the best results for your clients.

Free Registration

Create your user account to gain unlimited access to Skin Inc.’s unparalleled content.

Enjoy the New!

Thank you for joining the Skin Inc. community of passionate skin care professionals. We look forward to providing you the best information to enhance your career!