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Return to Nature With Bamboo

By: Kate Hamilton
Posted: June 13, 2008, from the September 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The Watermark Hotel and Spa on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas, blends bamboo, ground walnut and lemongrass essential oil to refine skin’s tone and texture with its Bamboo Lemongrass Scrub. The Bamboo and Ginseng Body Polish at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, delivers bamboo beads, ginseng and ginkgo in lavender water for cell regeneration. The combination of bamboo and green tea in the San Francisco-based The Nob Hill Spa’s Bamboo Green Tea Scrub cleanses and revives. At The Anodas Spa at Nora Beach Resort & Spa in Bophut, Koh Samui, Thailand, Chum Chun—a quenching organic facial—hydrates a dull, congested complexion with bamboo shoot extract.

The hardy food

Tossed in a salad or mixed into a stir-fry, bamboo adds nutritional value with texture and a light taste. Soothe and renew the skin by including bamboo in body scrubs and polishes for nurturing exfoliation. Even enhance a spa’s décor with flooring, accents or furniture made from this durable, sustainable crop.