Self Care Treatments & Beauty Trends 2021

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Wellness routines went out the window in 2020. We cancelled our vacations and postponed our plans for wellness treatments and classed. We started working out at home and dealt with major changes (and mourned the loss of freedom). We redirected our focus from skincare to sanitization and dealt with another skin issue “maskne.” And a profound wave of grief and loss left our mental wellbeing in disarray. 

For many of us, 2021 will be about regaining what we lost and finding new ways to take care of ourselves and our communities. Amid this collective need for renewal, a collection of deeper, more accessible wellness experiences are emerging. No doubt, next year will change the way we approach our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

I am no leading expert in this sector and have no attachment to any major brands but I have trustworthy recommendations and a thirst for all things self love, wellbeing and good skin. Here are the top 10 wellness trends that have been popular so far in 2021, according to my online observations, personal use and general conversations.

Skinimalism

Coined by Pinterest, “skinimalism” is all about embracing your natural skin and super-minimal makeup. It makes sense, since many of us are wearing less makeup and spending more time on skin care than ever before. According to the social media platform, Pinners are focusing on upping their skin-care game as searches for both “how to get glowing skin” and “face yoga exercises” are up four times from last year, while “natural everyday makeup” is up 180%. 

Plant-based skincare 

Aloe Vera, is a succulent plant which offers many benefits and is suited for all skin types, especially dry, damaged, broken, sensitive and irritated skin. It offers anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, humectant and soothing, anti-itch qualities for skin. “Until recently, plant-based skincare was considered niche,” says Dr. Farhang. “With an increase in eco-conscious consumers, many mass brands are introducing plant-based products.” Aloe is often used in medicine, alternative medicine and cosmetics industries, for its moisturizing, healing, skin soothing and rejuvenating properties. I regularly use 100% Organic Aloe Vera from the leaf on my skin and find it helps ease inflammation on my face when folliculitis occurs and leaves my skin smooth and tight.

Curtain Bangs 

Curtain bangs are shaping up to be the It cut of 2021. They’re super low-maintenance and are flattering on pretty much everyone, making them a fail-safe way to zhuzh up your look. In another life, the curtain fringe was synonymous with ’90s boybands, but the new way to wear the look is thankfully more Brigitte Bardot than teenage heartthrob, defined by longer, more tapered strands that fall flatteringly around the face (rather than in your eyes).

Whether you want something more ’80s, or French girl, or punk, there’s a variation for every look. That means you’ll definitely want to bring a few reference shots to your hairdresser to make sure you and your stylist are on the same page.

Sucking Motion Vibrators

Here’s a fact that’s not entirely shocking: Oral sex may be even better than penetrative sex for some women. You can lay back, relax, and get a mind-blowing orgasm in the process—what’s not to love? Oral sex typically involves a lot more caressing, licking, kissing, sucking, stroking, twirling, pulsing, and pressing, which allows for tons of different sensations that are good news for your O, but for all of its perks, oral comes with one major downside: You need a partner to do it. But you’re in luck if you prefer to ride solo from time to time, since several sex toys on the market are actually designed to mimic the experience of oral sex. Ultimately, you’re looking for toys that focus on your clitoris? CLICK HERE

Bold Brows

 Brought back from the ’60s by Cara Delevingne, the goal is to make your eyebrows look bushier and darker. If there’s ever been a time to let your brows grow it’s now. Full brows instantly give your face a more symmetrical appearance with a slight liberated edge. Big brows are not new but this summer you can look to the trend to play up fun eyeshadow looks. “Defined eyebrows make your face stand out and give you a youthful look,”

Digital Detox

Whatever you do, don’t look at your phone’s screen time report. Yeah. It’s bad. Since most of the activities in our lives have gone virtual this year (work! workouts! happy hour!), we’ve been spending more time than ever in front of a screen. If you’ve been feeling fatigued, getting headaches or just noticing an overall decline in your mood, it’s time for a digital detox. Write down a list of things you enjoy doing that don’t involve a computer, TV or phone. You might be into cooking, going to the park with your dog, running in the woods and window-shopping. Spend the weekend doing as many of these activities as possible (and as little time as you can looking at a screen). Repeat your digital detox once a month, or as often as you need to feel recharged.

Cold Therapy

Cold showers and cold water immersion has been extremely popular so far this year. With the rise in cold exposure therapy led by people like Wim Hof and embraced by biohackers, performance coaches, and recovery specialists around the world, we are starting to see this trend become part of the mainstream. More and more experts are discussing the benefits of cold exposure and cold showers, which are cheap and available to nearly everyone. This trend will no doubt balloon in late 2021 and make its way to most people’s social media feeds and maybe even their daily wellness practice. @AlexanderTheo has already given us a glimpse of what to expect LOL, check out the experience here!

Funky French 

So Lockdown closed the nail salons and press ons became the quickest nail fix and ridiculously accessible. Over the past year the French manicure has gone from polarizing to a red-carpet staple. For 2021 nail artists are having fun dressing up the classic mani, with everything from glitter to funky accent nails, smiley faces, butterflies, and retro lines. While more intricate designs are best left to the pros, you can easily get the same vibes as mine! Try these badboys from @ClawedByNeha or browse her Etsy store for super-unique custom designs

Modern Mystic

After a static year where we’ve had to press pause for far longer than we could have predicted, 2021 is about moving forward. “Manifesting is the new nesting” says Pinterest in a trend they’ve dubbed “Modern Mystic” in the Pinterest Predicts report. Searches for “manifestation techniques” have exploded by 105% on the online pinboard with users looking for tangible ways to make their dreams a reality.

The technique involves identifying what it is you really want and putting it out into the universe by saying it out loud. That’s half the battle: knowing which direction you want to head in. Once you’ve planted the seed, though, you have to back it up with action. By curating your thoughts, you’re bumping obstacles like fear, self-doubt and procrastination out the way to clear a path for yourself to the top. Essentially, it’s cultivating your mindset. 

For me, this is not a new way of keeping your mindset balanced and manifesting – I have been practicing ‘The Secret‘ for over fifteen years now and highly recommend reading the book by Rhonda Byrne as a starting point for understanding manifestation and practicing the law of attraction.

A Flexitarian Diet

Vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians – we’ve heard of these names to describe those who follow a restrictive diet, but what is a flexitarian? Well, it’s a bit of all of the above.

A flexitarian can be described as someone who enjoys a mainly plant-based diet but also incorporates meat, meat products and fish on occasion, with a less is more approach to meat. It offers the individual the option to set their own rules based on their health and is billed as being better for the environment (reducing one’s carbon footprint) but doesn’t require the person to exclude anything entirely from their diet. It is certainly an easier option to make these days with big name supermarkets offering dedicated plant-based sections with branded foods on their shelves and more recipes in their consumer magazines.

Hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon!

Sammi xx

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