Archive for May 15th, 2009
I must admit I’ve never been a sun worshipper despite growing up in a house full of them. Instead, I was the girl lecturing everyone in the neighborhood about the hazards of going without sunscreen. Annoying, I know, but true. I once called home for a quick catch-up session with my mom to discover that she had put my 10-year-old sister in the tanning bed to get a little color. (Don’t even get me started on the fact that she owned a tanning bed.) Outraged, I immediately launched into my well-rehearsed speech. Before I could get very far, she cut me off with an exasperated, “I don’t want her to burn when we’re on vacation.” Realizing I wasn’t changing anyone’s behavior, I eventually gave up my lecturing ways. I mean if they didn’t care about getting melanoma or aging prematurely, why should I? Of course that didn’t keep me from avoiding a tan at all costs. I’m still the girl who spends a week trekking through the desert and comes back as pale as she left. Well, this week I decided to change all that after receiving an invitation to experience a spray tan from Fake Bake, a healthy sunless tanning brand. Popular with celebs such as Kelly Ripa, Denise Richards, and Eliza Dushku, Fake Bake offers a natural-looking tan without the harmful effects of the sun. Containing no dyes, the products are now organically based and paraben-free. Although I was bit concerned to find my usually pale skin getting increasingly darker as the day wore on, I soon embraced my new healthy glow. While I have no plans to give up either my SPF 75 or shade-seeking status anytime soon, I certainly won’t hesitate to fake it next time I want to add a little color to my complexion.
It seems like nowadays everyone is thinking green and looking to do their part in protecting the environment. Even the smallest changes in behavior can make a big impact on the Earth. Six Senses Resorts & Spas (various locations) has decided to do its part by discontinuing a range of trendy imported drinking water at all properties because shipping the water to great distances by air results in considerable and unnecessary carbon emissions. Six Senses made this decision as part of its move toward a greater use of local and seasonal produce to reduce carbon footprints and add value to community partnerships.
Six Senses drinking water is available in sparkling, still, and local water, and is processed on site at each of the group’s resorts using the Classic Crystal system. The system involves reverse osmosis, ultraviolet purification, remineralization, and aeration being added to the sparkling water. Water is then bottled in glass, which is costly, but it prevents crossover contamination. “We surveyed many guests across all our properties and held blind taste-testings with Six Senses water,” says Jamie Waring, chief operating officer of Six Senses Resorts & Spas. “The results were quite surprising with many people not able to distinguish between their favorite trendy water and the Six Senses water. And once the environmental implication of introducing our own water was made clear to them, the overwhelming consensus was one of full support for the initiative.” Six Senses Resorts & Spas proves that reducing your carbon footprint on this planet can truly be done one small step at a time.