5 Eco-Friendly Spa Treatments Inspired by Earth Day

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tomorrow is Earth Day, and each year more than a billion people in 190 countries mark the day with outdoor activities or action events.

In honor of Earth Day, organizations across the country from NASA to the National Park Service to the Sierra Club are sponsoring events aimed at getting people outdoors enjoying nature.

NASA, for instance, is asking people to go somewhere outside, take a "selfie" and share it on social media with the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. The pictures will be used by the space agency to create a mosaic image of people's faces in outdoor places.

Meanwhile, luxury spas are hoping to entice you indoors in honor of Earth Day and long afterward by playing up nature-based, eco-friendly or organic earth-to-spa ingredients.

Luxe spas in the wine growing regions surrounding the Finger Lakes are touting wine wraps made of local grapes, while spas with their own rooftop gardens and beehives are promoting treatments using homemade ingredients.

Earth Day may be a good excuse to try these treatments, but really, they can be enjoyed anytime in honor of Mother Earth.

Here are a few eco-friendly treatments worth checking out:

The Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City

This chic spa recently unveiled an array of all-natural skincare services featuring pure royal bee jelly, which is known for tightening pores and reducing the appearance wrinkles.

To advance the Earth-friendly experience even further, Guerlain Spa recently introduced the "Urban Island Escape," a package of treatments that includes a toning body mask, body scrub and a moisturizing massage, all of which emphasize use of all-natural coconut oil, honey and sugar. Sounds more like a recipe for the kitchen then the spa, but that's what the eco-spa movement is all about -- natural ingredients.

This spa's roof-to-spa movement also includes a "Milk, Haute Honey and Rooftop Herbs" manicure and pedicure that, in addition to using the hotel's honey, uses homegrown herbs such as rosemary from the Waldorf's 20th-floor garden.

Cynde Montilla, the spa's lead massage specialist, says honey in particular is making a big comeback in the spa world right now.

"Cleopatra used honey for her skin," Montilla says. "Super old remedies are coming back. We're going back to what we knew worked, instead of synthetic stuff."

Mirbeau Spa, Finger Lakes, New York

The award-winning Mirbeau Spa, in the Finger Lakes, features treatments that pay homage to the region's famed wineries. The Honey & Wine Wrap includes a warm blend of wine and locally made honey to intensively moisturize skin and protect it against dehydration. The Crushed Cabernet Scrub uses grape seed, honey and brown sugar to invigorate, refine and stimulate microcirculation while draining excess toxins.

"A lot of the ingredients in these treatments come straight from the earth -- from the grape, the grape vine and grapeseed oil," Spa Director Catherine Sinclair says. "I think there's always been a need for natural ingredients. We've always been not so much of a medical spa, but a healing spa. It's important to have ingredients that not only make your body feel great, but are good for your body as well."

Park West Spa, Canandaigua, New York

The Park West Spa is also nestled on the shore of Canandaigua Lake, in the heart of wine region, and the spa's Wine Wrap brings out the best in the Finger Lakes earth-to-spa movement.

The tantalizing body wrap treatment uses the powerful antioxidant and exfoliating properties of muscadine grapes to treat sun-damaged, dry and aging skin. The treatment removes dead skin cells, hydrating and fading age spots caused by overexposure to the sun.

"More and more people are getting into all-natural things and looking at the ingredients more closely," says the spa's Sandy Hershey. "People are seeing that there are ways they can use different products that are more natural, without all the plastics and additives. Grapes come from the earth, and the natural benefits you can derive from them are the reason they picked the grape -- because of all the properties it has in it."

Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids has repeatedly been named Beer City USA. Spas in this city have decided to capitalize on this recognition by offering up all-natural beer-infused spa treatments made of local craft beers. That's earth friendly, no?

The Amway Grand Plaza in particular is offering "Brew and Renew" treatments such as a pedicure paired with a beer tasting or a body polish and massage featuring local hops, barley and local craft beer to exfoliate the skin.

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, South Carolina

This newly renovated resort and spa oozes with casual coastal elegance. And its spa's treatments play up that coastal theme as well. The resort's Heavenly Spa uses low country inspirations for its body treatments, incorporating local herbs, minerals and customs of the region.

"Low country inspirations are natural things from around the island," Spa Director Terra Orndorff says. "Low country is all about relaxation, calm relaxing ingredients, lavenders, chamomiles and stuff like that."

Two treatments worth noting are the Sweetgrass Body Treatment and Cabana Boy Body Treatment.

The Sweetgrass Body Treatment was created for the spa, Orndorff says. It includes exfoliation and a soothing mask for the body that incorporate the essence of white tea and seaweed.

The yummy and earthy ingredients in the Cabana Boy, meanwhile, include pineapple, coconut and melon and a soothing kaolin clay mask to purify and nourish the skin.

"The reason I love these two treatments in particular and would recommend them is because they're not only relaxing and rejuvenating, but also beneficial. It's like getting a facial for your body," Orndorff says. "And to come out of long winter with really dry skin, these get off all that dry skin and pack your skin with moisture."

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