If you're reading Greatist, chances are you're not the type to jump on trends just because a celebrity mentioned it casually on their Insta stories. You do your homework! But it's OK to be curious—just because everyone's talking about the latest miracle cures and life-changing wellness philosophies doesn't mean they're wrong.
We've watched many fads come and go and waited to see which seemed like they were sticking around for 2019. Here are the home remedies, gadgets, lotions, potions, and movements we think might actually work, the ones we're not quite sure about, and the ones that are probably BS but still have curious staying power.
Wellness and Beauty Trends
Lip Care Is Essential
Frankly, it's amazing that the skin care industry has only recently realized that they can make us as obsessed with caring for our lips as we are with the rest of our faces—especially when there's cold, dry air attacking our mouths, and a stick of Burt's Bees doesn't quite cut it. The market is currently glutted with lip-specific oils, scrubs, mineral masks, and Meghan Markle-approved rose-tinted SPF balms. And that's just the beginning...
Lagom Lets Us Chill
Back in January 2017, Vogue predicted that the Swedish concept of lagom would be huge that year—but that rush to declare trend status was the very opposite of lagom. As defined by London émigré Niki Brantmark in her book, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life, lagrom means "not too little, not too much." This kind of moderation has (finally) taken off in the interior design world, with its neutral colors accented (but not cluttered) by small, pretty details—and it's trending on Pinterest and Instagram.
But it also has begun to make a lot of sense as a healthy-living philosophy. "Everything in moderation" sounds like something your grandmother would say, but lagom makes the idea of going on a nature walk (but not hiking the Appalachian trail) and taking a coffee break seem like very meaningful life choices.
Our Faces Have Become Gardens
This metaphor goes surprisingly far: First, we begin by making the soil fertile—as in, making sure your skin's microbiome is healthy with a balance of good bacteria. You're best off doing that through diet, but there's some evidence showing that topical prebiotics and probiotics might be beneficial in treating conditions like eczema and acne too. You might want to add some dirt, or, well, clay, to your regular mask routine.
And you know what goes great with soil? Bugs. Beeswax, royal jelly, and snail mucin are popping up as key ingredients in skin care lines, backed by ancient traditions and a bit of science. Of course, plenty of cleansers and lotions, both the old classics and cult-fave Korean brands, make great use of the many properties of flowers too. Just hope that after all this, you don't actually begin to sprout anything.
We Can Try DIY Anxiety and Stress Relief
First, let us say that anxiety is a serious issue that may require the help of a mental health professional, and we are not advocates of replacing real medical advice with things you learn from the internet. But for anyone whose symptoms are milder or who wants to supplement their care, the options for at-home relief are growing exponentially.
You can download apps to help you meditate, screen your symptoms, and even turn self-regulation into a game. You can meet with a therapist online. You can also legally buy marijuana in many states and CBD oil everywhere (see more on this below) if you've found that helps. Then, on the days when it's all just too much... you can cuddle up with a weighted blanket and wish that Lagom really worked for you.
CBD Oil Being Hawked As the Cure for Ev-er-y-thing
Overnight, it seems, our streets were invaded with specialty stores, and our regular drug stores grew specialty shelves touting a CBD oil for every ailment. As we've discussed here before, there are signs that oral applications of medical-grade extract of cannabidiol (a chemical in cannabis plants) can help with anxiety, PTSD, depression, and pain. But science hasn't quite caught up with the trend in terms of proving whether topical applications of products that contain CBD are effective in humans.
If you have the money and don't mind experimenting on yourself, however, you can see test out claims that its purported anti-inflammatory properties help with acne, psoriasis, eczema, and general redness.
"Clean" Beauty Replacing "Natural" Beauty
Sometimes we still buy skin care products like we do our wine—because the labels are cool. But overall consumers are getting smarter about ingredients. We aren't falling for things labeled "natural" or "green" without turning the bottle around and reading what's in them. Arsenic and lead are also products of nature, after all! And while the U.S. government still hasn't gotten around to regulating what we put on our skin, thanks to watchdog groups—and also the Canadian and European governments—we have a better idea of which things are possibly or probably bad for us. (Think: parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, etc.)
Nontoxic is not a sexy word to put on those bottles and websites, though… so "clean" took its place. Whole brands, sections of Sephora, and many a magazine product roundup are dedicated to this catchall category. Is a lot of this still marketing speak? Yeah. Will we still use some of the "dirty" products too? Of course we will.
We're More Obsessed With Lighting Than Interior Designers Are
For years, we've been hearing all about how blue light from our screens destroys our sleep cycle. Now, while some are trying to get us worried about that same blue light aging our skin just like UV rays (the evidence isn't quite conclusive yet), others are hyping the miraculous benefits of red light (boosting collagen, reducing inflammation) and infrared light (increasing circulation, reducing pain). And we're not totally into getting rid of blue light, which does wake you up and kill bacteria.
So, if you believe everyone, you should wake up to blue light, optimize your home lighting with smart light bulbs, get a facial with lasers and red light, sit in an infrared light sauna and/or under your at-home red light device, and wear those blue-light-blocking glasses whenever you dare look at your phone... Thomas Edison, what have you done to us?
Drinking Collagen As the Fountain of Youth
Some of us can't help the gag reflex we have every time someone mentions adding collagen powder to their coffee. Coffee is sacred, people! But we can get behind using this tasteless protein powder (derived mostly from animal bones) in smoothies and other drinks, if it really does all it claims, like improving skin elasticity, promoting healthier nails, and reducing joint pain. Small studies have shown promise, but a lot more research needs to be done to convince everyone.
In the meantime, if you want to jump onto this trend, you'll just have to ignore the fact that it can be pricey, vitamin supplements carry certain risks (as in, their content and quality aren't very regulated), there's no good vegetarian option, and there's no way of targeting the stuff intact through your bloodstream to that one wrinkle on your forehead.
With the beginning of the new year typically comes a new set of resolutions, and for a lot of us, it starts with what's in our pantries and fridge. Gone are the days of low-fat diet products, smoothie bowls, and kale. Even gluten-free snacks are losing steam.
Rather, 2019 is a year filled with juxtapositions: From plant-based refreshments to saturated-fat flavor bombs and from marijuana-laced snacks to gut-healthy eats, it seems we all have pretty opposing ideas about what's "good" for our health. But no matter your wellness strategy, you can expect some new tasty products to support it. Here's what we're anticipating will be making the biggest splash on your Instagram feeds, in your grocery stores, and on your plate this upcoming year.
You Can Find Probiotics in the Chip Aisle
They're not just in yogurt anymore. It seems like everything is being enriched with creepy crawlers these days. According to a Google Trends analysis, there was a 350-percent increase in searches for "best foods for gut health" between 2012 and 2017, and while the probiotic market was valued at $40.09 billion in 2017, it's expected to generate revenue of around $65.87 billion by end of 2024.
Not surprisingly, food manufacturers are taking notice, pumping the live active bacteria into everything from chips to granola to bars. But before you see the word probiotic (one of the most elusive health halos) and reflexively dive in, always check the ingredients and nutrition label to make sure it's a good choice for you. Are there really enough probiotics in those chips to warrant eating that whole bag? We'll let you decide.
Vegan "Meats" Are for Carnivores Too
Gone are the days when your only option when dining out as a vegan or vegetarian was the sad, frozen black bean burger sans bacon or cheese. Over the past two years, we've seen a steep and steady climb in the popularity of veganism, and 2019 is when we're going to receive the motherload of plant-based eats. According to industry analysis, sales of plant-based foods in the U.S. went up by 8.1 percent in the past year, and the global meat substitute industry is expected to reach a revenue of $5.2 billion by 2020. From pea protein-based burgers that "bleed" to shredded veggies that look and feel just like BBQ meat, there's some serious innovation happening in the vegan space.
Bee Pollen Is Buzzworthy
Like most health food trends, this one is rooted in celebrity culture, with ex-Spice girl Victoria Beckham claiming it as the secret to her youthful glow. While we can't corroborate that, what we do know is that it's a rich source of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, and early animal studies have found it may be helpful in reducing cholesterol, healing wounds, and inhibiting tumor growth. Small human studies have also found it be helpful in reducing menopausal symptoms in women. While we wait for the research to catch up, there doesn't seem to be much harm in it becoming the bougie condiment du jour. Go ahead and sprinkle it on smoothies, salads, oats, yogurt, or soups.
Get Your Booze and Buzz in One Glass
Research in the global beer market suggests that while North Americans may be drinking less beer, what they are drinking is better quality, paving the way for more unique beer hybrids. Introducing coffee beer, the ultimate hipster drink. Considering the craft beer and artisanal coffee movements have evolved simultaneously, it was only a matter of time before the two joined forces. The process of getting coffee into beer definitely varies depending on who is brewing, but many add cold brew to the finished beer to help reduce the dilution of booze.
Crickets Are Creeping Into Breakfast
The next big thing in the protein movement is surprisingly small. In an effort to find a more sustainable answer to North America's obsession with protein, insects are becoming a big deal. A market that was estimated at $33 million worldwide in 2015 is expected to exceed $50 million by 2023 in the United States alone. In addition to using fewer natural resources compared with animal protein, cricket protein contains three times the protein of beef, twice the iron of spinach, and more potassium than a banana. Today, we're seeing the little jumpers find their way into protein powders, bars, and ready-to-eat snacks (if you're feeling extra brave).
The Cheesier, the Better
The low-carb keto train has officially left the station and is full speed ahead, meaning cheese is back on the table as a legit healthy choice. And as fellow cheese fiends, we can't think of a better announcement to make. Market research experts have estimated that the global cheese snacks market is expected to rise more than 5 percent by 2025, which means we don't have to bust out our best wine to get our cheese fix (but hey, more wine's great too). Expect to see lots of packaged dried cheese options for low-carbers, cheese-flavored chips and crackers, and protein-rich "snack packs" with cheese at the fore. Yaaaaaaaaas.
Fill Up Your Cup With CBD
With 10 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Canada, and Uruguay launching regulated recreational marijuana markets, it's not surprising that we're going to see CBD make its way into our food supply. In fact, the CBD Report by the Hemp Business Journal estimates that the cannabidiol market will grow by 700 percent to reach a market value of $2.1 billion by 2020! Look out for sparkling sodas, cold brew, and even cannabis-infused beer.
Shaved Ice Is the New Fro-Yo
Fro-yo is so early 2000s; the summer of 2019 is going to be all about shaved ice. Inspired by Japanese kakigōri, Filipino halo-halo, Korean patbingsu, and Taiwanese bao-bing, the icy treats trend is expected to go mainstream with the help of DIY topping bars. Our tip? Keep your shaved ice refreshing by adding fresh fruit and juice instead of super-sweet syrups and candy.
Everything Is Becoming "Milk"
With the rise in veganism, we aren't surprised that food manufacturers are looking for new, innovative ways to get plants into our glass. In the past five years, nondairy milk alternatives have grown an impressive 61 percent, and the market is expected to reach more than $35 billion by 2024. And while the almond and coconut milks of the world are just going to continue getting milkier, there's a whole host of other plant-based options, from beans to oats to bananas, that are ready to join the party. When choosing a dairy-free milk, ideally look for an option that has a short ingredient list, is unsweetened, offers a source of protein, and is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
Chlorophyll Lattes Are Hitting Coffee Shops
Move aside, matcha. There's a new green latte in town, and the health claims are getting out of control. From bad breath to cancer to STDs, if you google it, chances are chlorophyll can apparently fix it. While one small study did find that taking chlorophyll supplements did slightly increase weight loss and lower cholesterol (thanks to its antioxidant content), experts have suggested that we need a lot more research to confirm a lot of the "superfood" claims.
Today you can find baristas across America blending chlorophyll-packed supplements like spirulina and chlorella into your frothy morning brew, creating "mermaid" inspired cups of art. And hey, even if the whole milk, whipped cream, and syrup pumps somewhat nullify any potential health benefits from the superfood greens, at least you're getting a good 'gram.
Adaptogens Go Mainstream
Drawing from Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, adaptogens are a trendy class of natural health products that are said to help control the stress response through hormonal regulation. Up until now they've only been talked about by wellness bloggers and spotted on overpriced health food shelves, but come 2019, they'll be making their mainstream debut. According to Nutritional Outlook, the sale of one of the most common adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha, grew by more than 57 percent over the past year, with a total market value of $9.5 million.
It's important to note, however, that while adaptogens are considered safe for the general population, the research on the effectiveness of adaptogens is still evolving, and the studies we do have include much larger doses then what's likely found in the enriched foods on our shelves. Regardless, if you're still wanting to give these alleged superfoods a go, just run it by your doctor to ensure there aren't any interactions or concerns. Natural supplement misuse leads to more 20,000 emergency room visits each year, so just because something's "natural" doesn't mean it's benign.
As you're plotting your resolutions for 2019, it might be time to think outside the (CrossFit) box. We thought we'd seen it all when streaming fitness classes straight into your living room became a thing, but get ready to wrap your brain around some of next year's biggest predicted fitness trends, which range from wacky new workouts to old fads brought back to life.
Digital Is Old News—We're Going Virtual
VR fitness training, anyone? According to Laura DiBiase of Perfect Gym, the fitness industry is moving toward creating state-of-the-art, affordable virtual reality fitness games. Companies like Holodia are using VR in combination with bikes, rowers, and elliptical trainers to coach and stimulate your workout.
"These games can be both utilized in fitness clubs, public facilities like schools, or for personal use," DiBiase says. "With the dramatic spike in technology that has taken place recently to support the functionality of these games, their inevitable presence on the fitness market is projected to boom during 2019." VR could help gamify your fitness routine, making working out fun and accountability that much easier. TBD on how the whole sweating-inside-a-face-mask thing is going to go down.
Chest Day, Leg Day… Brain Day?
As if finding time to work out all of the muscles in your body wasn't tricky enough, a popular addition to fitness routines in 2019 will be brain training. "The best athletes have spent hours a week training their mind for peak performance," says Patrick Sweeney, the founder of Adventure Hub. But it's not just for elite powerlifters and endurance athletes anymore. "Now there will be more centers and apps that help train weekend warriors to use the power of the brain to optimize physical performance." Training apps like Lucid and HeadTrainer are already on top of it.
Megaformers Make a Comeback
If you've been watching the tabloids (um, have you?), you've heard about celebrities like Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian West working out on the funky-looking torture device. That'd be the Megaformer, a contraption that's similar to a Pilates reformer but comes with a few extra body-burning features (more handles on the machine, less transition time between moves) that a lot of famous people swear by.
The Megaformer was invented by trainer and CEO of Lagree Fitness Sebastien Legree, who wanted to fuse Pilates with cardio but in a low-impact way. (Note: You will actually wonder how so little movement can make your entire body cry.) It's been around since 2005, but 2019 is going to be the year that people give it a try (or a second try), now that more studios are popping up across the country.
Boxing Is the New Spinning
Boxing used to be a grungy sport reserved for people who didn't mind working out in a dark, damp cave. Then along came boutique boxing studios, and suddenly boxing's sexy again. It's now the sport of models and fitfluencers everywhere—and when it comes to a workout that incorporates cardio and toning, boxing is likely to grow in popularity over Spinning in 2019.
For starters, slamming away at a heavy bag is a full-body workout that can burn around 400 calories an hour (depending on your weight). But if that's not enough to get your gloves on, people are also using the workout and as an outlet for stress and to build self-confidence. Go ahead—let it all out.
Fitness for Your Face
When you think of working out your body, you think of your abs, legs, arms, and butt. The latest body part to join the party? Your face. CEO and founder of SLT Amanda Freeman says that exercising your face, buying a facial roller, or getting a personal trainer for your face will be something more people start looking into in 2019. And, yep, there are studios for this. UK-based FaceGym already has studios in Manchester, London, and New York and plans to continue expanding next year. Ah, the fountain of youth.
Even More Reasons to Never Leave Your Home
Whether it's streamable workout programs or equipment with built-in programming—like the new Peloton Tread or the sneakiest new device, Mirror—people are bringing their workouts home with them like never before.
Corey Phelps, founder of Cultivate365, says that with the demands of everyday life increasing, home-fitness options make sense as the next big thing. "Our fast-moving society makes it increasingly difficult for people to carve out time to work out," Phelps says. "At-home options that also provide a sense of community will only continue to grow." And yes, it's cool! Just don't forget how to parallel park or to say "excuse me" when you finally decide to venture out into the world again.
Prioritizing Recovery Training
Training and recovering like a pro athlete will become a lot easier in 2019 as gyms and health centers continue adding features like cryotherapy, float tanks, and infrared saunas. Some boutique studios are opening with the sole purpose of helping you recover—we're already seeing recovery studios pop up in New York, L.A., and Chicago, so your neck of the woods could be next.
Lagree says that people will be encouraged to add quality recovery time into their workout regimen next year. "Everyone knows that a high-intensity workout will trigger change, but what about the recovery from such a workout?" Lagree says. "More fitness studios are dedicating themselves to that aspect." Sounds like a lot of cozy time if you ask us—and as long as it's not BS, we're in.
Anyone Can Be a Ninja Warrior
You probably know someone who loves American Ninja Warrior—ICYMI, it's where contestants (usually with an epic backstory that makes you fall in love with them) compete on the world's most notorious obstacle course, testing their physical capabilities. And even after years of watching contestants fall on their faces, people actually want to give this a try for themselves.
American Ninja Warrior gyms are popping up all over the country. Inside, people can train with professionals to master a lot of the obstacle course stations that the real contestants face on the TV show. The facilities at places like Movement Lab in New Jersey have plenty of bars, ropes, and other stuff to get yourself hurt on. In 2019, those on the hunt for a different kind of "tough" full-body workout might find themselves here and perhaps, one day, competing on the show.