To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
The European Facial: Concentrated Cleansing
Learn what to expect from a classic facial treatment with Groupon's introduction to the european facial.
If you’re wondering what exactly is so “European” about the european facial, consider that continent’s wealth of diversity: natives of nearly 50 independent countries speak hundreds of languages and dialects. The european facial shares the inclusive spirit of its namesake, adapting to address skin conditions that range from acne and age spots to redness and dry skin. Its basic steps include cleansing, toning, exfoliation, extractions, and a hydrating treatment that may take the form of either a mask or lotion. Katie O’Reilly, the associate editor of DaySpa magazine, believes in the benefits of these extra steps. After the cleansing and toning, she says, “Your skin is just going to be healthier and more protected than it was beforehand. And tightening anybody’s pores helps their skin no matter what their issues are.”
Of all the steps in a european facial, exfoliation and extraction prove the most crucial—and the most variable. “Find out what kind of exfoliants work best for your skin,” O’Reilly advises, noting that some skin types respond best to glycolic-acid peels and others take more readily to a milder fruit-enzyme scrub. She likens extractions—the act of removing blackheads and small pimples—to “going to the dentist for your face,” though some aestheticians consider this step too invasive and opt against it. It may come in one of many forms, but a monthly or seasonal facial always presents a valuable opportunity to confer with an expert about your skin’s overall health.
A licensed acupuncturist and a master herbalist lead Rebalance Healing Center. They take pains to administer painless acupuncture sessions, which can treat a wide range of conditions from Crohn's disease and gout to depression and endometriosis. Acupuncture treatments use very fine sterile, disposable needles for optimum comfort and safety. And their work produces results—many clients experience affirming effects within 24 hours of treatment.
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Balinese traditions fuse with European and Hawaiian techniques at Mandara Spa. Each Mandara Spa adopts its locations's culture into its extensive list of services, using indigenous ingredients and traditions. At its two Hawaiian locations, Mandara uses coconut, chocolate macadamia, papaya, vanilla, island coffee, Hawaiian sea salt, limu kala, and Pikake flowers to create massages, facials, conditioning scalp treatments, and mani-pedis. Mandara's aestheticians execute each service using such high-end beauty products as Elemis, Bliss, and the spa's signature line of bath products.
The JK7-OlaLoa, The Spa Retreat for the 7 Senses is the brainchild of biochemist Dr. Jurgen Klein—founder of Jurlique skin products—and his wife Karin. Their combination of science and spa experience earned them a Best Green Spa nomination from Luxist. The Synergized spa package begins with 45 minutes in the 120-degree heat of the aromatherapy steam room, followed by flash immersion in the cold plunge pool, designed to loosen muscles and detoxify the body. Guests then make their way into the custom-built JK7-Spa Sensator, where they float on their backs in warm saltwater for 45 minutes as the room's lighting shifts colors in concert with stress-melting music, anxiety-evaporating fragrances, and whale songs emitted by a giant conch shell. Once mental tensions have drained away, JK7's bodyworkers labor on corporal tautness in a 75-minute customized massage, culled from techniques such as Swedish, lymphatic drainage, hot stone, and deep tissue. The day culminates with guests taking in the ocean view of the Oahu coast while munching on assorted pupu dishes, which may include veggie sticks with freshly made dip or homemade bruschetta.