5 Wellness Trends You'll See In 2019
Everything you need to know this year about the top trends making waves in beauty, health and fitness. Read on to get your dose of the biggest moves in beauty — from crystals to heal your skin, to feminine care for the modern woman.
As our lives get more connected, it is becoming easier to have the world at our fingertips — quite literally. The downside of it? It is virtually (pun very much intended) impossible to fully disconnect. This means that we are also constantly looking at ways to destress and recalibrate ourselves. And the best kind of place to do so? All-in-one wellness spots that offer multiple solutions to all your health, wellness and beauty needs. From aesthetic clinics that go beyond providing high-tech treatments to also offering pampering facials and massages, you'll also be seeing more spots like COMO Shambhala's Urban Escape in Singapore. With a wide array of fitness, wellness and beauty classes and treatments available, you will have access to everything from yoga, pilates, naturopathy, massage therapy as well as alternative healing.
Taking crystal healing to a whole new level, 2019 is the year you'll be seeing a lot more crystal-infused skincare products. While much has been said about the vibrational energy of crystals, there are still many people who doubt their ability to eliminate negativity and promote a sense of well-being. It all this sounds a little too new-age for you, fret not. The truth is, crystal-infused skincare products are made with ultra-fine crystal particles, which essentially consist of minerals that carry tiny electrical charges.
When mixed into skincare and applied on the skin, they can energise sluggish cellular activity, calm inflammation and improve circulation. For example, Nazan Schnapp's Sublime Hydrating Treatment Essence is a rose quartz-infused toner that locks in hydration, soothes skin and infuses it with antioxidants. Herbivore Botanicals' Crushed Amethyst Exfoliating Body Polish combines finely ground gemstone with organic virgin coconut oil and jasmine oil to smooth, brighten, nourish and perfume your skin.
Move over, Brazilian wax! Projected to grow at more than seven percent for the next several years, the feminine care industry is being given a new lease of life as more women become better educated and more interested in feminine care. Gone are the days where feminine grooming was limited to hair removal via getting waxed or IPL. Beyond products that help reduce ingrown hair or to soothe post-wax skin, today's vaginal and vulva care seem to entail so much more, spanning fancy vaginal cleansers, brightening cleansers to even detoxifying masks. Moreover, feminine hygiene products like sanitary pads are a major source of waste and as consumers become more conscious of the environmental impacts of their actions, there's been growing interest in menstrual cups and innovations like absorbent underwear.
As more people become concerned with sustainability, it's only natural that companies are finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of beef we consume. After all, cattle is one of the most environmentally unfriendly livestock to rear. Which explains why there's been a growing interest in meat substitutes that are completely plant-based. For example, Beyond Meat makes Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage, which look, cook and taste like real meat. With Bill Gates as one of its backers, Beyond Meat now retails at supermarkets across America and is also available at major hotels like Grand Hyatt Singapore. Another plant-based meat that is slated to be available in Singapore some time this year is Temasek-backed Impossible Foods.
Continued Growth Of Sustainable Beauty
In line with the overall increase in sustainability, brands are adapting in more ways than ever. For example, L'Oreal is working towards reducing its water use in the production of its products; while LVMH's Dior plans to reduce its water use and carbon footprint by reducing product packaging and switching to energy-saving fixtures at points of retail as well as maximising shipping (smaller packaging means each shipment carries more products). In addition, more beauty brands are eliminating water altogether from their products. Besides being more environmentally friendly, waterless products are less likely to harbour bacteria and can last longer without the use of preservatives.
If you’re reading Greatist, chances are you’re not the type to jump on trends just because a celebrity mentioned it casually on their Insta stories. You do your homework! But it’s OK to be curious just because everyone’s talking about the latest miracle cures and life-changing wellness philosophies doesn’t mean they’re wrong. We’ve watched many fads come and go and waited to see which seemed like they were sticking around for 2019. Here are the home remedies, gadgets, lotions, potions, and movements we think might actually work, the ones we’re not quite sure about, and the ones that are probably BS but still have curious staying power.
The popularity of Peloton has ushered in competitors in the $14 billion home fitness equipment market. There are now smart rowing machines, weight lifting systems, boxing gloves, even jump ropes. Peloton, meanwhile, recently announced it was expanding into yoga, in addition to rolling out new treadmills. So, will Americans soon ditch the gym for their living room?
A new report from user insights platform Alpha found that 54% of Americans who work out at least once a month are interested in buying an at-home fitness system. But there were a few issues that held them back, namely “no room in their home or apartment” (34%), high cost (24%), and preference for the live class environment (11%). Prices will continue to drop as tech advances, more people buy, and the size issue is one the burgeoning industry is keeping in mind. A startup called Mirror reclaims living spaces with a $1,495 full-length connected device that comes alive with an LCD panel, stereo speakers, camera, and mic offering a range of one-on-one fitness classes. It’s essentially a virtual personal trainer the size of a yoga mat that turns back into a mirror when you’re done. “Right now, this tech is very early in the adoption cycle, and it may never make sense for everyone,” explains Alpha cofounder Nis Frome, “but for early adopters, the enthusiasm is pretty next-level, so the tech looks promising.”
Impossible Foods (which produces the “bleeding” Impossible Burgers) will soon churn out 500,000 pounds of plant-based “meat” each month to satisfy demand from the 3,000-plus restaurants it supplies. Beyond Meat, meanwhile, recently opened a 26,000-square-foot food lab dedicated to re-creating everything from your favorite ballpark franks all the way to steak. Today, plant-based sales account for 20% of food and beverage dollars spent by Americans, with beef alternatives making up 44% of that. In fact, a recent survey found that most Americans are even willing to give lab-grown meat a try. It’s a new era for plant-based alternatives, and startups are thinking way beyond standard products (burgers), audiences (vegans), or accessibility (supermarket aisles). “Eerily convincing” faux eggs are already here, so don’t be surprised if you soon hear about the world’s first plant-based oyster shack—or a meatless steakhouse. Good Catch, for example, released shelf-stable “tuna” made from lentils, chickpeas, and fava beans. The startup plans to deliver a range of products that reduce the environmental pressure brought about by overfishing. It joins similar companies such as Wild Type, which is attempting lab-grown salmon, and New Wave Foods, a shrimp alternative made from algae. Brick and mortar is also seeing a plant-based revolution. Monty’s Good Burger—which won over fans at music festivals like Coachella—just opened a permanent outpost in Los Angeles. Everything on the menu is vegan, including the vanilla milkshakes. On a sweltering summer afternoon, dozens of fans waited over an hour for the vegan creation dubbed the “In-N-Out of Impossible Burgers.” “I don’t know when we’ll get into something like octopus, but our plan is to slowly but surely address as much [seafood] as we can,” Good Catch cofounder Chris Kerr told Fast Company. “We are in this for the long haul.”