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WELLNESS TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018!
WELLNESS TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018!
By Jade Ellis
In 2016 we saw the rise of Turmeric, an incredibly important anti-inflammatory herb, Matcha lattes, the probiotic fermented tea –Kombucca. We also saw the Minimalist trend take off. Material possessions were so 2015! The importance of the microbiome and our Gut came to light, and we all wanted to know more.
In 2017, we have seen the rise of Adaptogens – the anti-stress herbs, medicinal mushrooms, the ketogenic diet,intermittent fasting, healthy fats and superfood lattes. We have also seen the popularity of self-care soar. Staying in has become the new going out, and fats have become something to welcome rather than avoid. We hope to see 2018 be the year of giving back. The concept of wellness seems to have shifted from one person’s journey, to a much bigger spectrum. There is a huge importance in coming together to unite for a cause, and to try and benefit the world in some way.
1. PROTECT THE PLANET
After the last year of hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and extreme weather, it has shaken us to realise that changes need to be made. We now have the research which tells us that yes, human actions really do effect the possibility of such tragedies. We are now starting to realise that we have to start changing our ways for the future of the planet. In 2017 more companies have started to become aware of their own sustainability and ethics. They have recognised the importance in taking responsibility for the carbon footprint they are leaving behind. The general consumer is becoming more consciousand brands seem to be noticing this shift.
Bloggers have started the ‘zero waste’ challenge which denotes the use of plastic in everyday life. The #zerowaste hashtag on Instagram consists of unpackaged fruit and veg, re-useable glass jars and bottles and ethically made cotton tote bags. Many people are bringing their own reusable cup to their local coffee shop, and glass bottles to work. In 2018, we predict that the everyday health conscious consumer will want to step up their commitment to the protection of the planet. It is becoming more apparent that every little action we make contributes to a much bigger purpose.
2. TAKING A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
As much as we all love a good scroll on Instagram, social media is beginning to encroach every aspect of our lives. Of course, there are many benefitsand social media is a way to stay connected to each other. However, it could be argued that staring at our screens all day could be isolating us from actual human connection. Now may be a good time to take a break from the online world…
There is new research which shows that those who spend more time on social media feel less socially fulfilled and the more stressed out we become. It is interesting yet frightening to think of the future and what outcome our addiction to technology will have. There is new research that has found young people are especially susceptible to changes in brain chemistry, which can lead to increased anxiety, drowsiness, and may be linked to the increase in depression amongst teenagers. Steve Jobs had even claimed in an interview that he doesn’t let his children use ipads. He is just one of the many tech execs that impose strict control on their kids screen time. There are now certain apps becoming available which can measure the amount of time you spend on your phone, and allows you to set yourself a limit. The key like anything in life, isfinding a good balance!
3. MITOCHONDRIA AND HEALTHY FATS
A word which has become important of late and garnered excitement in the health & wellness world; Mitochondria. Mitochondria are power plants in your cells that turn your food and oxygen into energy. When they cease to function at their best, you can expect to feel more tired, have lower body and brain function and even age faster.
So… what can we do to help our own body’s Mitochondria? By eating healthier fats! It is really that simple. Good fats are integral in the proper functioning of our bodies, and they are Mitochondria’s preferred fuel. The huge interest in fats sparked the very popular ketogenic diet, which promotes a high fat diet and has a number of very positive attributes. We think there will be more health and beauty products geared towards the high fat movement. After all, we all know how incredible oils are for your skin, and now we have come to understand the numerous benefits of fats for health too. Seems like we should all hold on to our coconut oil!
4. NATURAL BEAUTY BOOM
Buying natural beauty products has always seemed to be very hit and miss. It is sometimes hard to know if companies are actually selling products with natural ingredients, or if you are unknowingly buying items with hidden chemicals and nasties. Now it seems we are all more aware of what is going into the products we are buying, and there is a demand to know exactly what ingredients we are using. Many companies are now promising transparency in their ingredient lists. It is so exciting that due to people driving the demand, once the niche area of green beauty, is now becoming accessible for us all!
In 2017, Veganism and has grown massively and is only set to keep going. New restaurants, cafes, markets and events are constantly popping up, and people are starting to take notice of this lifestyle. The event Vegan Nights in Shoreditch, has become so popular that the event is continuing for the foreseeable future, with the best vegan companies coming together to create a night focused around great plant based food.
There are large ranges of alternative products including dairy free cheese and milk, egg replacements, alternative meat products and so much more. It is becoming so much easier to follow a plant based diet due to the array of options. People are also noticing the connection to this lifestyle; being able to benefit the animals, themselves and the environment. We predict that Veganism will continue to grow even more in 2018!
6. MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION AND SELF CARE
The world of mindfulness is booming at the moment. Mindfulness and mediation are ways to manage and improve the relationship with your body and mind. It seems that we all need some kind of outlet for the stresses of our busy lives. There are even new cafes with ‘meditation stations’ with serene meditation pods. They have guided meditations; where you can settle into your pod, recharge, and then head back out into your day feeling refreshed and de-stressed.
Self-care is trending on Instagram and people are starting to have ‘me time’, which is so much more than just applying a face mask! Self-care can be anything from eating wholesome food to making sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Self-care can be any act throughout your day which is going to benefit your health in some way. These small practices are so integral in finding some peace of mind in worrying or stressful times. Underneath all of the self-care hashtags, there isa great purpose for these snaps.We predict many more to come…
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks