With 2019 just around the corner, we take a look at the biggest health and wellbeing trends set to shape how we approach our wellness routines next year.
Rise of the mesonutrients
You’ve heard of macro and micro, but in 2019 you’ll be hearing about mesonutrients. Essentially it’s about the active compounds within the much talked about superfoods or ‘buzz ingredients’. For example, experts talk a lot about the anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric, but it’s the curcurmin in turmeric that contains the majority of health benefits. Likewise, it’s the EGCG in green tea that you really want to be dosing up on. The trend is already big in the US and Australia, so it was only a matter of time before we started meso-dosing in the UK.
Microdosing is well established in Silicon Valley, and according to several reports it’s not uncommon amongst students in the UK. It’s thought that taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD can help increase brain power and enhance your focus and productivity. Not everyone is convinced of the power of microdosing though and in September 2018, Imperial College London and the Beckley Foundation announced a study into the effects microdosing could have on your psychological wellbeing and cognitive function.
Regardless of the outcome, it’s highly unlikely that many of us would be willing to start microdosing on psychedelics, but there is no denying that there is a growing interest in supporting and enhancing our brain health. We recommend looking into adaptogenic herbs. While they don’t give you the immediate effect of psychedelics, they come with little to no side effects and you’ll still notice a difference in your energy levels and ability to focus.
Evolution of clean beauty
Clean beauty has been a growing market, alongside vegan beauty. However, while previously the focus has been on ingredients and stripping formulas of any fillers and potential toxins, this year it’s shifting to the environment. Market research company Mintel has predicted that ‘Sub Zero Waste’ will be a key trend for 2019. ‘Whether reducing or eliminating waste altogether, if brands don’t change their approach now, they will become insignificant and may not exist in the future,’ says Andrew McDougall, Associate Director, Mintel Beauty & Personal Care. ‘We’re seeing that some indie brands have the upper hand with regard to sustainable beauty as they have built their business practices around ethics and environmentally friendly practices.’
Brands will not only be trying to cut back on plastic, but also reducing their water. Expect to see a rise in waterless skincare and make-up throughout 2019. It’s something Nannette de Gaspe has been championing for the past couple of years with her dry sheet masks. Waterless beauty products better for the environment and are less likely to have any unwanted bacteria.
Unless it’s that time of the month, we’re trying to get pregnant or we’re going through the menopause, few of us rarely give our hormones a second thought. However, as science evolves and we’re understanding the inner workings of our body more, we’re understanding just how important our hormones are. Expect to be reading a lot more about how your hormones can impact your mood and energy levels and well as the health of your hair, skin, nails. Already there has been an increase in at-home hormone tests, which promise to pinpoint potential imbalances, and you’re likely to see more hormones focused treatments and supplements. Read Shabir’s piece on hormone mimicking supplements to get a head start.
It’s not just at-home hormone kits that are on the rise. With more us leading hectic lifestyles, finding the time to squeeze in a workout or book a facial is becoming increasingly harder, so brands are offering at-home alternatives. Towards the end of 2018 there was an increase in at-home tools and gadgets to cleanse and treat your skin using steam, needles and LED lights. While they take longer to yield the results in-salon machines offer, if you persevere you will notice a difference. Likewise, with the help of a heart rate monitor and Google Chrome, exercise app ClassPass has recently unveiled a live streaming service, ClassPass Live.
Our newfound love of the trustee house plant started on Pinterest and Instagram, it got real with pop-up shops such as Patch Plant’s in Shoreditch over the summer of 2018, but in 2019 it’s likely that even more of us will embrace the house plant. And, our employers too. Why? Most of us spend a whopping 90% of our day indoors and a study has found that plants can help increase productivity by around 15% and lower stress levels.