Ethics Meet Esthetics

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by Colleen Nunes

Know where the products you use are coming from!carbon footprint leaves1

The world has become intensely small and we are globally connected like we have never been before. No longer are we as a society blind to the injustices taking place in the world. Instead, we are on the frontlines fighting for what we believe in. Climate change has been a pressing matter for some time; reducing our carbon footprint, fighting deforestation and preserving plant and animal species are taking centre stage.

Change starts with us. We need to take action today to take care of tomorrow—we owe it to ourselves and to the generations to come. What are you doing today to support the cause?

It sounds like a daunting task, but it’s much easier than you may think. Use your buying power! Yes, by making smarter choices today, you are taking care of yourself and future generations. Look good and feel better knowing you are making a change.

Many cosmetic companies are gearing themselves towards sustainability and pledging their commitment in various ways. One of the greenest companies out there, Éminence Organic Skin Care, focuses on sustainable farming and green practices. From harnessing solar power and wind energy to using geothermal heating, each step of the manufacturing process is designed to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Planting and harvesting are done manually, and no harsh chemicals or toxic pesticides are used. The boxes are made from recycled materials, and packing chips are made from corn, which allows them to be discarded by dissolving them in hot water. Éminence has launched its Forests for the Future program, pledging its commitment to the environment by planting a tree for every product sold.

LeapingBunnyLogoAlthough green companies are at the forefront of efforts to protect the earth, another important way to use your buying power for positive change is by purchasing cruelty-free products. Are you aware of the injustices done to innocent animals to enhance your beauty? The Leaping Bunny program established by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics certifies companies that do not use animals for testing cosmetics or their ingredients. Look for the Leaping Bunny logo and put all doubts to rest about whether the company you are supporting is ethical.

Jane Iredale, a cosmetics manufacturer, does not test its products on animals or use ingredients that have been tested on animals. The company has even gone so far as to refuse to sell into markets that require testing on animals. You can have the best of both worlds: quality products with strong ethical values.

As a spa specialist, I have worked with the products mentioned above and recommend them. Buying from companies such as these helps to enforce and promote sustainability. Let’s take it one step further. Many spas and wellness centres not only treat the mind, body and soul, but are also kind to the environment in their product selection and daily practices. The holistic approach focuses on treating the whole rather than focusing on an individual component. By choosing a spa that uses ethical products, you can rest with ease, knowing that your natural choices are not only personally but also environmentally beneficial.

We need to commit to educating the leaders of tomorrow, for these valuable lessons need to be passed from one generation to the next. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Colleen_PhotoColleen Nunes is the spa director at The L Spa and Wellness Centre. Originally from South Africa, she is internationally accredited as an esthetician, massage therapist and complementary therapist. With her knowledge and her background as a lecturer at a health and skin-care academy, she has become a highly respected trainer, mentor and leader within the spa community.

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