Traditional Chinese medicine is becoming commonplace in the wellness — and beauty — world. The techniques, ranging from acupuncture to turmeric and jade rollers, are once again finding weight amongst those in search of routines that work, especially in the Western world. In 2016, China exported 15.34 percent of traditional Chinese medicine imports ($526 million) to the United States.
I start every working day the same: writing a to-do list at my desk while sipping a green tea. And I mean every single day. I may have failed with other organizational methods, but I feel entirely lost without my lists. So much so, that I have a sinking feeling in my stomach when I can’t locate my notebook.
The transportive power of scent is undeniable — whether it is a whiff of a fragrance worn by an ex-lover or the exact same sniff of warm cookies in your childhood kitchen. But beyond its time-traveling powers, scent has a potent ability to boost wellbeing. As the lines between wellness and beauty become increasingly blurred, scent is being used as a tool to fight the so-called ‘stress epidemic’ and help the eight in 10 Americans who encounter stress in their daily lives.
Skin is the largest organ on the body. So, it goes without saying that we should take care of it — face included. A skincare routine will give the skin the defense it needs when it comes to free radicals and aging. But in 2019, there are ten-step Korean routines, multi-masking, high-tech gadgets and out-there ingredients, which makes knowing what to put on your face, and how to apply it, a total minefield.
The colossal plastic problem has become unavoidable, with reports suggesting that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. We may assume it’s our takeaway coffee addiction or weekly supermarket shop that’s producing the most waste, but the contents of our bathrooms is equally damaging.
When someone asks ‘How are you?’ your response is most likely to be a deflective ‘Fine’, or a straight-up ‘Stressed’. With growing pressures across all aspects of our lives, an always-on mentality fuelled by social media, and political chaos and impending environmental doom haunting our thoughts, we’re in the midst of a stress epidemic.
Spread across the top two floors of a 17th-century palace, Downtown Mexico is an artful combination of colonial-era architecture and modernist design. Once owned by the powerful Earls of Miravalle, the palace is in the cobbled heart of the Centro Histórico, minutes from landmarks like the Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio des Bellas Artes.
A new, targeted skincare trend that delivers activated ingredients to deep within your skin
In 2019, new beauty buzzwords get bandied about on a daily basis. While many fall short on their promises, the latest doing the rounds is a little different. The phrase ‘drone technology’ may imply that beauty supplies will soon be landing in a sci-fi fashion on your doormat, but in terms of skincare it has nothing to do with an actual aerial vehicle.
When it comes to a planet-friendly beauty routine, haircare is the biggest offender. Research suggests it produces the largest carbon footprint in comparison to other daily rituals, such as skincare and makeup. The negative environmental impact is threefold. Firstly, the washing process uses significant amounts of both water and energy.
As a freelance journalist, copywriter and consultant, I work primarily from home. Contrary to popular belief, this rarely means working in my pyjamas in bed. Instead, I tend to work from the little desk in my room, the kitchen table or at various coffee shops both in my local area or in central London, where I often have meetings.
There are only two certainties in life — death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, and his words still ring true today. The aging process may be a fact of life, but we have all met that one person who seems magically younger and boldly proclaims that ‘age is just a number.’
Amidst Kondo-inspired clearouts and Instagrammable capsule wardrobes, it can feel like the tide is turning towards a more sustainable approach to fashion. We know that our appetite for fast fashion is damaging the planet, and it’s production methods exploit and abuse the workers it relies on.