When it comes to embracing an environmentally responsible lifestyle, even small choices can end up making an impact over the long term, and that goes for our beauty practices as well. Here are five beauty treatments from local spas that support an eco-friendly ethos.
Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa, Sausalito
The spa’s most popular service, this Swedish massage is performed using an organic, sustainably sourced blend of plant-based oils. But the spa’s commitment to the environment doesn’t stop at product choice: All of the linens used in the treatments and throughout the spa are organic cotton or are made from a recycled, eco-friendly material, as well. Pre- or post-treatment, enjoy the onsite heated meditation pool, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, outdoor Jacuzzis, relaxation lounge, outdoor firepit and Zen garden. cavallopoint.com/spa; from $180 for 60 minutes
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Freestone
This therapeutic body treatment from Japan — the spa’s signature service not to be missed — begins with tea, which is made up of a diuretic blend of organic herbs and enzymes made from 25 different plants that stimulates the metabolic process. Then, immerse yourself in a wooden tub filled with a fermenting mixture of ground cedar and rice bran to stimulate metabolic activity, improve circulation, relieve muscle and joint pain and clean the skin. After your treatment, refresh with an electrolyte drink and relax in the resting room while listening to a selection of brainwave activity-lowering music or visit the tranquil meditation garden. osmosis.com; from $129 for one person; $110/person for two or more people
International Orange, Larkspur
Incorporating cleansing and International Orange’s signature “Slap, Tap and Roll” massage, this skin-elevating facial also includes a Lucense brightening peel combined with a wild-harvested, antioxidant-rich mineral boost to refine and nourish skin. internationalorange.com; from $200 (60 minutes)
Simply Green Day Spa, Oakland
An indulgent, eco-friendly experience, this service begins with a foot soak, cleansing, pumice scrub, hot stone massage and sea salt scrub using organic lotions and oils before nails are polished. Simply Green Day Spa uses vegan SpaRitural, Butter London, La Palm and Ella+Mila polishes, which are free of many of the harmful chemicals found in other formulas, along with acetone-free natural nail polish remover. simplygreendayspa.com; $42
Evo Spa, Mill Valley
Nourish and hydrate your skin with this facial that utilizes organic, cold-pressed, antioxidant-rich serums and masks made from whole fruits and healing herbs. In the spa’s retail area, you’ll also find many products from natural, sustainable and clean-ingredient beauty lines like La Natura, Blinc and Osea. evo-spa.com; $155
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Lotus Abrams has covered everything from beauty to business to tech in her editorial career, but it might be writing about her native Bay Area that inspires her most. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the San Francisco Peninsula, where they enjoy spending time outdoors at the area’s many open spaces protected and preserved by her favorite local nonprofit, the Peninsula Open Space Trust.