If the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge taught us anything, it’s that awareness comes in many forms.
This month, the ice bucket makes way for the pink ribbon, with October officially marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide. More than 500,000 lives were lost to the disease in 2012 and, according to a study by the Arab Genomic Centre, breast cancer in the UAE occurs ten years earlier than the world average. Many companies claim to support the cause, but only a handful are willing to donate a portion of the proceeds to charities for research. Here, we reveal our pick of the feel-good buys helping to raise awareness about the importance of early detection.
SensAsia Urban Spa
Choose from a selection of pink-themed body treatments, including Getting Pink, which involves a Balinese massage, Tickled Pink body polish, or the In The Pink package, including a Balinese massage, Tickled Pink body polish and Even Pinker body wrap. The spa is also selling Signature Blend essential oils for Dhs109.
Why it feels good: 100 percent of the proceeds from both the treatments and the oils are being donated to Friends of Cancer.
From Dhs499. Until October 31. SensAsia Urban Spa, various locations including Emirates Golf Club (04 417 9820).
Willow Stream Spa
Book the 90-minute anti-ageing Ultimate Facial, which, using Kerstin Florian’s range of products, repairs, firms and hydrates the skin. It includes a multi-acid skin exfoliation, a contour-lifting facial massage with rose quartz and a protein-rich marine mask that improves luminosity and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Why it feels good: 30 percent of the proceeds of each treatment are being donated to Pink Caravan.
Dhs995. Until October 31. Willow Stream Spa, Level 1, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Estee Lauder Pink Products
Each year beauty heavyweight Clinique creates a special, limited-edition version of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ bottle to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month. The bottle is adorned with a Clinique key ring with four round charms including a heart, a C and a Pink Ribbon.
Why it feels good: Through the sale of its Pink Ribbon Products, Estée Lauder Companies donates 15 percent of the retail price to Brest Friends Group (www.brestfriends.org) and 10 percent to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org).
Dhs285. Available at Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates, www.clinique-me.com (04 340 7575).
The Thai-themed spa is offering the Elemise Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial treatment at a reduced price throughout this month, with part of the proceeds donated to charity. The anti-wrinkle facial will feature alongside the sale of the limited-edition pink Pro-Collagen Marine Cream from Elemis, which aims to remind women of the importance of regular breast checks.
Why it feels good: Dhs50 from every treatment is donated to Breast Cancer Arabia.
Dhs550 instead of Dhs750. Until October 31. Anantara Spa, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, East Crescent Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8140).
Sister’s Beauty Lounge
The salon is holding one-day events at each of their UAE salons throughout October, during which they will offer luxury hampers for raffle, snacks and goodie bags. The schedule is as follows: The Dubai Mall (Oct 20); Mall of the Emirates (Oct 22); Village Mall (Oct 26); Mirdif City Centre (Oct 28).
Why it feels good: Ten percent of the day’s profits will go towards sending staff to have check-ups.
October 20 to 28. Sister’s Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8500).