Americans, much like the rest of the world, have had a very stressful 2020, with research by the American Psychological Association showing that almost two in three adults say that current uncertainty is causing them to worry. Despite current figures, promising health solutions and predictions by eminences such as Bill Gates that the worse will be over in months have many already planning the activities which, for them, made life worth living. From holidays to parties, plastic surgery to spa visits, a bevy of services from currently paralyzed industries will once again enjoy strong demand. If health and beauty are your thing and you like to stay posted on new spa trends, make sure to add one or more of the following to your bucket list.
1. Med Spa-Style Treatments
Going to the spa has changed drastically over the past couple of decades. If clients once mainly opted for ‘feel-good’ massages and moisturizing facials, they are now seeking high-tech, impactful treatments that promote change from within. Top Med Spa treatments that are turning back the hands of time by stimulating collagen and elastin production include Fraxel for skin rejuvenation; Fractora for firmer-looking skin, acne scarring and active acne; and endolift (which tightens and lifts the complexion). Dermalift facials, also called ‘non-surgical facials’, are a great luxury option for those wishing to tone facial muscles. The treatment uses microcurrents to tone facial muscles, stimulate collagen and elastin, and boost circulation and lymphatic drainage. For something more gentle, try a radiofrequency or intense pulsed light (IPL) facial: both have very little downtime but deliver fantastic results.
2. Nature Experiences
Retreat-style spas are keenly aware of the human desire to reconnect with nature. After a year in which so many people have been confined to their homes, feeling the expansive embrace of nature appeals indeed. Whether you wish to get away for a few days to enjoy a plethora of anti-stress, detox or yoga/meditation activities, expect to do more of them outdoors. Recent studies reveal that spending just a few minutes in the great outdoors brings powerful benefits to our mental health – including lower stress levels, a happier mood, and an enhanced ability to focus.
3. Extreme Temperature Experiences
Exposing your body to very low and high temperatures boosts toxin elimination and blood circulation, and improves muscle tone. One trend that many athletes and celebrities are embracing after a tough workout is cryotherapy. Many top spas now have ‘cryotherapy booths’, which clients are invited to step inside of for around three to five minutes. Sporty folk love this treatment because it helps battle inflammation – a process that can take place when muscles are pushed to the limit during workouts. The good news is that cryotherapy may also be good for your mental health – one study published in the journal Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis found that people with depression and anxiety who were treated with frequent daily visits to a cryogenic chamber saw a 50% decrease in their symptoms.
4. Fat Freezing
Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, you can have areas of stubborn fat that simply won’t go away. Fat freezing or CoolSculpting, enables therapists to target small and larger areas alike – including the tummy, hips, thighs, back, and even the ‘double chin’. Fat freezing is considered a ‘lunchtime’ treatment since it is non-invasive and has no downtime. It simply involves the application of applicators to targeted areas of the body. These applicators ‘freeze’ fat cells, which are then eliminated from the body over a course of weeks.
5. Thermal Heating
Microsoft ultrasound or Ulthera relies on devices that heat the deep thermal layer of skin, thus stimulating the production of new collagen. This heat essentially creates tiny ‘microtraumas’ that encourage the skin to repair itself. The result is firmer, younger-looking skin that sports a natural ‘lift’. Microsoft ultrasound therapy can be used on various parts of the face – including the brow, chin, neck and décolletage.
If you’re excited about getting back to the spa soon, then start making a list of must-try treatments that will enable you to feel and look your most energetic. Just a few treatments celebrities are opting for include thermal heating, cryotherapy and fat freezing. If you can, escape for a few days and include a few nature-based activities in your schedule for optimal body and mind benefits.