#3 | Get Physical in Nature
Connecting with nature is good for the body & soul. One way is to join the
Morton Arboretum’s Pine Pacer Challenge prompting you to get outdoors.
Start 2021 off with their new running and walking challenge. Participants are
invited to set a goal of 25, 50, or 100 miles, track their activities through the
month of January, and submit mileage on the Arboretum's virtual result web-
site to chart their progress. Though participants are encouraged to get their
miles on site at the Arboretum, they can also simply run or walk around the
block, on a treadmill, or anywhere else they enjoy. The goal is to meet a per-
sonal challenge and enjoy the many health benefits of physical activity and
spending time in nature.
#4 | Above the Mask Beauty Services
While the percentage of Americans getting manicures and pedicures has
dropped 55% from 2019 to 2020, many above-the-mask beauty services
have stayed strong. Permanent makeup (including eyebrow tinting and mi-
croblading) have remained steady year over year. BOTOX®, fillers, and sim-
ilar treatments have been consistent, as well. Lash extensions have only
seen a 13% decrease.
#5 | Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy involves exposing your entire body to temperatures of -272° F
for up to about three minutes. Using an open-chamber nitrogen gas-cooled
system, your body quickly recognizes the quick drop in temperature and re-
sponds by contracting blood vessels. Blood starts moving away from your
extremities and into your core, where all of your vital organs are located.
This change in blood flow allows your body to detox and flush away toxins
through your kidneys and lymphatic system while filling your blood full of ox-
ygen. French Medspa of
fers this service in St. Charles. Learn more online.
#6 | Skincare for Communities of Color
“‘Good skin’ is a luxury and status symbol in this country, and communities
of color have been left behind,” says Caroline Robinson, MD, a board-certi-
fied dermatologist based in Chicago. Next year, brands are making strides
to correct this: Unilever-backed Melé will release six new products that are
formulated for melanin-rich skin; a brand-new line called Eadem, which has
already launched a content platform highlighting women of color, will debut
a curated collection of skin-care products; and Thirteen Lune, a just-
launched e-commerce site that sells products from brands founded by folks
who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), will add new cre-
ators to its docket.
#7 | Rosemary as an Essential Oil
ROSEMARY AS AN ESSENTIAL OIL
Essential oils have become…well, essential in health and wellness circles
for providing stress relief and other mind-body benefits. While lavender may
help you snooze and eucalyptus can soothe sore muscles, rosemary essen-
tial oil is another great option to have on your radar. That’s right: While rose-
mary tastes great on roasted chicken with lemon zest and olive oil, you can
actually enjoy the herb as an essential oil and use it as part of your wellness
routine for its cognitive and stress reduction benefits. Learn more about rose-
mary oil, as well as how best to use it, straight from trusted practitioners at
the website above.
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#10 | The Salt Spa
It’s important to find a place for peace and connection. At Salternatives Spa
in Geneva you can float into physical and mental bliss, breathe deeply in
their salt room, release tension and toxins in our infrared sauna or melt into
one of their signature g massages. You will also find relaxing and even heal-
ing services or classes, or enjoy simply hanging out in their Relaxation Room
to meditation, color, or engage in quiet conversation. Ahhh, peacefulness
#9 | Hair Detox
A detox plan for your hair is essential in 2021. Hair follicles get clogged with
chemicals that are commonly found in conventional hair care products.
These synthetic fragrances, parabens, PEG's, Phthalates, and sulfates
greatly impact scalp health. When follicles are damaged with these harsh
ingredients- its prevents healthy growth and healthy hair. Most hair loss is-
sues are due to hair follicles being damaged or clogged- once you go
through the detox phase and apply Ren Jord products- it helps stimulate
and promote healthy scalp which will give you optimal hair growth. Healthy
hair starts at the roots!
#8 | The Gold Sculpting Bar
According to YahooLife.com, the at-home spa day is here to stay and it starts
with a facial self-massage using a professional makeup artists Jillian Demp-
sey’s 24K vibrating T-bar ($195). It not only leaves your face lifted and
sculpted, it also leaves your face feeling refreshed and less puffy. Bonus:
When you swipe it a few times vertically along your throat, this device erases
“tech lines,” the horizontal wrinkles that form from looking down at your
phone or other devices. This is one beauty gadget worth splurging for!