Here we are folks- at the beginning of 2022. We don’t know about you but the thought of a new year is both exciting and daunting. Our minds seem to race every time January 1 rolls around. Where did 2021 go? What are my goals and aspirations for 2022? Can I take a nap already?
But there’s something so freeing about a fresh start. You get to decide how you want to begin the year and which things you want to try to enrich your life. From a wellness angle, that can mean a variety of things like incorporating buzzy foods into your meal plan, trying new workouts, testing out new methods of self-care, and just finding new ways to improve your life. So, what’s to come in 2022? Amid the new Omicron wave, expect a dialled-up focus on mental and physical well-being. From the ongoing reward of a good old-fashioned walk to the now more-accessible therapeutic benefits of emo beauty- keep reading for wellness trends that are set to keep expanding in 2022.
Over the past couple of years, the conversation around self-care has expanded to include an ever-evolving roster of activities and habits, but the underlying focus this year will be placed on one’s emotional and mental wellness. While most of us are afraid of saying no because we are scared of offending people or losing popularity, it can help you make time for things that matter to you.
While any efforts made for skincare will always stand you in good stead, developing a routine that’s practical enough for you to follow in everyday life will be the main focus. Instead of a 10-step routine, a realistic routine of face wash, serum, sunscreen, and moisturiser works just as well. Start with simple steps, like placing the sunscreen near your house keys so you apply it before you step out.
In 2020, it was all about the sanity walk- a solo outdoor stroll taken with no real purpose, no direction or tacked-on errand; just a vague desire to be out among the living again after a year of isolation. The new trend, however, will be the “hot girl walk” where you go on a walk and think about the things you’re grateful for, your goals and how you’re going to achieve them, and, of course, how hot you are!!
There’s always been a close link between skincare and self-care, but this attachment has been galvanized in recent months. Continuing into 2022, we’ll gravitate towards skincare that offers us sanctuary as well as efficacy. During the lockdown, our skincare will take on a symbolic meaning as cleansing will become the erasure of worries and masking will not only replenish our skin but energy levels too. We’ll be looking for plush textures, soothing ingredients, gentle actives, and calming scents.
The newer terms popping up in the wellness space are reducetarian and flexitarianism. Reducetarian refers to committing to eating less meat, dairy and fewer eggs while flexitarianism refers to a combination of vegetarianism and flexibility. Both terms emphasize eating fewer meat products. As a result, the plant-based market is going to boom and is going to become more easily accessible than ever!
In the past couple of years, our homes have multi-tasked as our social hub, office, replacement restaurants and our beauty sanctuary. As a result, setting our pad up as a place of static escape, womb-like nurture and safety is going to be the new ‘wellterior’ trend. Air purifiers, fragrance diffusers, smart thermostats, as well as beauty gadgets such as face steamers, smart mirrors and high-tech cleansing products are all making their way into more homes.
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