Ena Kastrat is the woman behind Ena’s European Day Spa at Contoure in Fort Wayne. As a skin care specialist for the past 15 years, her speciality is offering facials and green face peels. She also performs free skin care analyses, which are an important way to determine various skin types (oily, dry or combination) and are always used in determining what types of product she uses to enhance clients’ skin. Witnessing the positive changes in her clients’ personal lives, careers and self-images because of the effects of improved facial and body skin complexion is her reason behind what she does.
Q1 : Why did you decide to become a skin care specialist and what is the most rewarding and most difficult parts of your job?
“When I was a teenager, I had problems with my skin. I had very bad acne. I did not let it affect my self-esteem. I worked very hard to get rid of my acne and to take care of my skin. Today, my skin looks wonderful due to the very good products that are available. I knew when I grew up, I wanted to help people have beautiful skin. I love what I do. The most difficult part, though, is making people realize that having beautiful skin is an ongoing process. Some people want instant results and that is just not possible. It takes time. ”
Q2: You’re not originally from Fort Wayne. What brought you here?
“I came from Montenegro, the former Yugoslavia, in the 1990’s to New Jersey. I received my training as an aesthetician in New Jersey and California. Once a year, I also go back to Europe (Germany and Turkey) to receive continued training in skincare. I also have a brother and two sisters who live in Germany. I moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 to be with friends who moved here from New Jersey. I love Fort Wayne because the people are so friendly. I enjoy meeting new people and retaining wonderful relationships with my clients.”
Q3: If you weren’t doing what you’re currently doing, what other profession might you have pursued?
“If I didn’t pursue being a skin care professional, I would have highly considered being a police officer. I care about people and their safety.”
Q4: What can you be found doing in your spare time?
“I am very active. I like playing volleyball and working out at the gym. I am on the Fair Play Volley Ball League in Fort Wayne. I also placed number one in the European women’s downhill ski competition in 2005. I still ski, but not for competition, only for fun. When I was younger, many places wanted me to compete in skiing. My mother would not allow it.”
Q5: What’s one piece of beauty advice you would offer to every woman?
“Every woman should have a good facial cleanser, toner and day and night skin moisturizer. This is very important. It helps to keep your skin from aging.”
Written by Rebekah Whirledge and Lynn Keefer, glo magazine | Photo by Lynn Keefer, glo magazine