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The wellness industry is constantly evolving, but one thing’s for sure: it really came into its own during the pandemic. The global health crisis made the world very aware of their own wellbeing and the importance of looking after your body and mind during uncertain times. I’ve always been a big advocate for luxury wellness and I love exploring exciting new trends. With that in mind, here are seven wellness trends sure to be everywhere in 2022.
Move over, kombucha; increasing numbers of adaptogenic drinks are hitting the shelves. Since they are often marketed as an alternative to alcohol, I’m confident that they’re going to be everywhere come dry January.
But what are adaptogens?
Adaptogenics are essentially natural pharmaceuticals; they’re herbal and mushroom extracts that can be used to alter your body and mind, whether that’s to boost your mood, help you sleep, strengthen your immune system or give you a burst of energy.
Adaptogens have been used for thousands of years in Ancient Indian and Chinese medicine, but the western world is only just waking up to their natural power.
Some of the most popular choices include:
You heard it here first: showers are out and bathing rituals are in.
Not quite, but millennials were once a shower-only generation. The pandemic, however, highlighted the importance of self-care and now bathing rituals are all the rage once more. When spas were closed, what were we to do but turn on the taps and create a DIY ritual?
This doesn’t mean that there’s a facial version of the downward dog pose or that you need to start attending classes. Facial yoga is all about massaging and stimulating the muscles to increase lymphatic drainage and create a smoother, more defined appearance. And just like regular yoga, facial yoga is about relaxing and alleviating stress, which further helps with anti-ageing and overall wellbeing.
I’ve written a lot about practices that help to give your face a workout. Microcurrent facials can produce amazing results or some prefer to use Ancient Chinese gua sha tools first thing in the morning.
I can’t lie to you, I’ll probably never be a true skinimalist. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m obsessed with trying new beauty products and testing out trends. Skinimalism, however, is all about taking a minimalist approach to skincare and makeup.
On the skincare side, it’s all about stripping back your routine rather than taking a ten-step approach. This could mean going back to basics and simply using a cleanser, moisturiser and SPF, although I would personally add a serum in there, too.
As for makeup, we are seeing more and more products infused with skincare, whether it’s foundations featuring hyaluronic acid, BB and CC creams or combining concealer and eye cream. IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye is my personal favorite example of this.
Skinimalism is also about wearing less makeup and letting your skin do the talking. At the moment, I’m simply wearing mascara, my Fenty Beauty blush and a little highlighter on my cheekbones. I feel like this is a good way to let your skin breathe, especially during the summer.
You’ve heard of slow fashion, now get ready for slow beauty.
Fast fashion produces low quality clothing products that are quickly discarded. This is how companies keep up with trends. The problem is that this way of producing clothing is unsustainable and causes huge environmental damage.
There’s a similar problem with the fast beauty industry. Don’t get me wrong, I love trying new beauty trends and always will. However, I don’t appreciate brands that rush a product to market to jump on a particular bandwagon and compromise quality in the process.
I’m always wary of products that offer overnight results. Skincare is a long game. If you were starting a fitness journey, you wouldn’t expect to see changes in your physique after one workout, or even one week of working out. You would see subtle differences after a month or two and big changes would happen over time. It’s exactly the same with skin health.
Covid-19 locked us inside of our houses and meant that indoor entertainment and socialisation was a no-go for long periods of time. It’s no wonder, then, that hiking saw such a spike in popularity. People are rediscovering the healing power of being outdoors and the mental health benefits of exercise. Hiking is a great way to improve your fitness, explore beautiful new areas and safely spend time with friends. Hiking app AllTrails reported that the pandemic saw a 171% increase in the number of hikes being logged. I predict that this trend will continue for quite some time.
I predict that cryotherapy skin masks are going to be one of the biggest wellness trends of 2022. Not only are these masks super relaxing to use, they deliver amazing results and really help to improve overall skin health. For a more in-depth article on this trend, click here.
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