As work and the demands of life pile up, it’s more essential than ever to practise self-care. It’s good for your mental health, physical health and will give you a much-needed boost to go about your day. Jump onboard the wellness train with four of the hottest skincare, food and fitness trends that will help you achieve a better life this year:
Trend 1: Crystal-Infused Skincare
Whether you believe in the healing powers of crystals or simply love the cooling and depuffing benefits of a rose quartz face roller, most of us aren’t strangers to crystals. And while it brought an element of spirituality into self-care in 2018, it is set to elevate self-care—or skincare, in particular—as more skincare products will be infused with crystals.
An indispensable part of beauty rituals in ancient civilisations, crystals are said to have healing powers. This is because crystals are essentially minerals which contain tiny electrical charges.
As a result, when they are finely ground and whipped into skincare products, these tiny electrical charges can enhance the product penetration into skin or increase cellular energy for accelerated results and healthier skin.
Get your hands on Swiss-based luxury skincare brand, Nazan Schnapp’s Sublime Hydrating Treatment Essence, about $136 (100 ml). Delicately scented and packed with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Centella Asiatica, Rose de Mai, peony and hibiscus extracts, this toning mist is supercharged with rose quartz to replenish skin’s moisture and stimulate cellular turnover for plump and glowing skin.
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Trend 2: Mesonutrients
If you’re a food trend junkie, you would have known about the terms, “macronutrients” and “micronutrients”. The former refers to the main food groups which we eat and get our energy from, including carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The latter, on the other hand, refers to the groups of nutrients which are essential to our body for energy production, immune function, bone health, cell multiplication etc.
And the latest buzzword in 2019? Mesonutrients.
Derived from Greek, macro means “big”, micro means “small” and meso means “inside”. As such, mesonutrients refers to the specific active compounds that are found within the foods that we eat, which make them beneficial to our health.
Trend 3: Mindful Posture
2018 might have been the year about mindfulness, with many people practicing mindfulness when it comes to living in the moment in situations like breathing, controlling your temper and even your eating habits.
This year, the mindfulness movement will also include your posture. Since most urbanites spend long hours at our office desks or at home looking at our phones, it’s easy for us to slouch and over time, this can lead to muscle tension and chronic aches.
One easy way to improve your posture is to take deep breaths when you’re seated at your desk. This is usually sufficient to let you be aware of your incorrect posture as it is difficult to take deep breaths where your lungs are fully filled with air and your diaphragm rises if you’re not seated upright.
Or try taking up yoga and pilates classes as they help strengthen your core muscles, which can then help with your posture. If you’re already suffering from chronic pain at your neck, back or shoulders, it could be time to see a chiropractor to help realign your body and improve mobility.
Trend 4: Plant-Based Meat
If you love beef, it’s inevitable to feel a tinge of guilt every time you indulge in your favourite cut of steak, knowing that it’s one of the most environmentally unfriendly livestock to rear. Which is why plant-based meat replacements like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are gaining in popularity.
Since making their debut in 2018, Beyond Meat is now available in major hotels including Grand Hyatt and The Fullerton Hotel. According to the brand, the Beyond Burger (one of the products offered by Beyond Meat), looks, cooks and tastes like a fresh beef burger patty.
Plus, it also contains 20 g of plant-based protein, which is comparable to the amount of beef protein in a regular beef patty.
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Text: Joyce Cheo and Elizabeth Liew