Now that we’re well and truly into the New Year, it’s time to look ahead to what’s new and exciting for 2019. In this article, we cast our eyes over the latest spa trends to keep you looking and feeling good over the coming year.
Last year might have been all about Korean skincare, but 2019 looks to draw on the beauty secrets of its neighbouring Asian country. As the goal of Japanese beauty is achieving naturally flawless, clear skin in a minimalist way, it’s not surprising that there is such a buzz around this beauty regime. So, expect to see more Asian-inspired skincare making an appearance at luxury spas across the UK.
Traditional ingredients inspired by natural remedies are always in fashion when it comes to health, beauty and wellness. However, ingredients that are moving into the spotlight during 2019 include ginger and cilantro (or coriander) oil. The good news is that you don’t have to wait until your next spa day to enjoy the benefit of these and other essential oils, as you can incorporate them into your own health and beauty regime.
If you want to supercharge your skincare in 2019, you might want to take a closer look at HydraFacials. Loved by celebs, this facial is fast becoming mainstream. A bit like Japanese skincare, the aim is radiant and glowing skin. It involves exfoliation and extraction, with the addition of serums to hydrate the skin. The key to this technique is abrasion, but not traditional dermabrasion. Instead, gentler hydradermabrasion is used to achieve the same smoothing effect. A special tool is used during the treatment, but there is no discomfort involved. If you are interested in anti-aging treatments but are wary of invasive cosmetic procedures, this might be a treatment to explore.
Spa are traditionally a place to enjoy some relaxing alone time, but there is an increasing trend towards getting the whole family involved! Centres are springing up that offer wellness classes for parents and children. After all, it’s never too soon to get the young ones in a relaxed frame of mind! If you would prefer to enjoy your spa experience without the kids, there are family spa hotels that offer such facilities as creches and play areas.
Another trend expected to be big in the UK during 2019 is this ancient Chinese technique. Spend a bit of time searching online for Gua sha and you might get a bit freaked out, as it can be quite rough and unpleasant-sounding. The technique involves putting pressure (or ‘scraping’) the skin with a tool, leading to redness and bruising. However, gentler techniques have been developed for the face that help boost circulation and achieve clear skin. You can even buy a tool and do it yourself at home. Choose an implement made of smooth, high-quality material (jade is best) and use facial oil to help it glide across the skin.