The average person experiences a significant amount of stress throughout their life. From growing up as a teenager with the normal hormonal ups and downs, looking for Mr or Mrs right, trying to get a good job (heck! any job), the traffic madness in Lagos or anywhere else, trying to please your boss, clients, establishing a business, scaling it, life complications, raising children; I can go on and on and the problems wouldn’t end. You sha get my drift right?

It’s absolutely difficult to live a healthy and balanced life when faced with all these stress triggers and more hence one should seek ways in managing stress to achieve a happy, calm and balanced state of mind and body.

-Get out more into nature. Heading to the park, taking an evening stroll, running, going to the beach, or anywhere outdoors is a great way to clear your thoughts, reduce tension or depression, and give you a natural high. Remember to dump your cell phone and earbuds at home or in the car.


-Learn to relax. Find a method to calm your central nervous system and mind to give stress hormones a chance to switch off, such as meditation, quiet time or exercise.

– Visit the spa. Indulge in a spa treatment like a facial (remember stress also shows on the face), massage and hydrotherapy. Make sure you ask for products that can aid you to relax and sleep better at night. Which leads to my next suggestion.


-Purchase products that can aid you to sleep better for example scented candles (think lavender), bath oils for a warm pre-night time soak, pillow mists/aromatherapy, comfortable and breathable bedsheets and eye pillows.

– Breathing. Practice slow but deep breathing. You could begin by taking three deep breaths each time you sit down at your desk or throughout the course of your day when you feel the pressure mounting. It will definitely help you become more patient, calm, and relaxed. It works all the time for me (that is when I remember to take deep breaths! Lol).

-Yoga. Get into yoga. Yoga is a very centered practice that involves both the mind and body and is great for destressing. It also improves your quality of sleep.

Extra tips. Activities like reading, watching a funny video or listening to music are also great ways of cooling off steam.

Have you got any other tips for reducing stress? Please share.

Xoxo……… Bel




How to spend your Valentine weekend 2018

Hallooooo dears! Hiya all doing? I hope your Valentine’s day celebrations were fun?

Valentine’s Day was just 2 days ago and finally, you breathe a sigh of relief: the weekend is here! Yay! Time to plan some Valentine weekend fun!

Now, if you didn’t have time to celebrate the day, here’s a way to celebrate and relax with your special someone: have a couples massage.
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Picture: Fundamentals Spa Services
Couples massages usually involve two massage therapists treating you and your partner on side-by-side tables. Before the massage, you both get to consult with your massage therapists to establish your goals for the massage.

If you have a partner who has never gotten a massage, a couples massage is a great way to introduce them to the practice and they get to feel comfortable because you’re there with them.

A lot of couples massages offer special add-ons, like champagne and chocolates.
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Picture: Red Wine Spa

If you want to celebrate this Valentine’s weekend with a massage, book your appointment today!

Check out some deals to get your spa on:


Practicing Mindfulness on the Beach

“One of the reasons we love the seaside is that so many things invite us into the present moment: the sound of waves crashing on the shore, the flight of seagulls, the moist, salty air and the feel of sand between our toes. By bringing attention to our moment-to-moment experience, the beach can be a wonderful place to practice mindfulness, and by doing so, enhance our joy and appreciation of the present.” — Mark Coleman, a mindfulness teacher and author of “Make Peace With Your Mind.”

The beach has always been a place where I appreciate nature and I”m able to clear my mind of all my worries and anything negative going on in my life at the time. The mere vastness of the ocean and the sea breeze make my worries seem insignificant.

Being intentional and committed to being in the moment allows you to soak up every single ounce of goodness from the beach. It allows you to bottle up specific moments which you can access at any moment. That is the magic of mindfulness. It encourages us to bring all our attention and all our awareness to the present moment. By engaging our five senses in a heightened way we capture details we might otherwise miss.


Practicing mindfulness and making good moments last isn’t all that difficult, but it does involve some intentionality.

Here are five simple steps to help you practice mindfulness on the beach capturing your most magical moments and bottling them up for access at any time:

As you arrive at the beach try to open up all of your senses: hearing, seeing, smelling, taste and touch. What do you see; what do you hear? Notice any subtle scents that are present. If taste is involved, challenge yourself to notice flavours and layers. Walk along the water’s edge, letting the cool water gently wash over your feet. Feel the various textures of the sand as the waves soak into it. Be conscious of how the sand flows through your toes and massages your feet as you walk, inviting you into the here and now.  How does the sun feel on your skin or the breeze on your face? Really put in some effort in yourself to notice and take in as many things as possible. This process helps you create a true impression of the moment.

Take a mindful breath; inhale slowly, breathing deeply in through your nose. Pause for a few moments, and then slowly exhale through your mouth. This reduces tension and increases your focus, preparing your body and your brain to truly be present in the moment. Each time you inhale, smell the salty, fragrant air. Notice how this particular scent often evokes memories.

Use a mantra, start with a simple phrase, such as “I am here” or “I am free” as a way to bring your attention to the present moment. This verbal cue directs your attention to the present.

Take time to gaze out at the horizon and take in the vastness of the sea. Look at the clouds, the expanse of water and the space all around you. Notice what happens when you take these vistas in. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Note your emotions. How do you feel in the moment? This helps you bottle up not just the tangible parts of the moment, but also your emotional experience. How do you feel: grateful, at peace, or joyful? Do you feel relaxed, energized, or connected? Naming your emotions with as much detail as possible, allows you to experience the moment at a much deeper level, having access to that feeling long after it’s over.

Tell yourself that you can come back whenever you want to. As a good moment is ending or closing, remind yourself that you can come back to this moment at any time. Because you practised mindfulness, this moment is imprinted in your head and on your heart, and you can access it when you’re back at home, at work, or on the road. You can access the magic of the moment, even when the moment has ended.

Life is much easier lived with less when you’re intentional about being present in life’s magical moments reminding you of what’s important. The power to make good moments last longer is in your hands. So start being intentional, practice mindfulness, and take the magic with you wherever you go.


4 simple steps to restore your skin to its youthful state using the right anti-aging skin care over 40 regimen.

If you are 40 and over, here are some skincare tips which a very simple to restore your skin to its youthful state. Follow through with these tips and you’ll hear the compliments come through daily.

Approaching middle age can be quite depressing for many women. This life stage is a very important time to follow a skin care regimen that can help preserve your skin.

Set your skin up for success and tackle the signs of aging in their tracks with a powerful anti-aging regimen.

The products I recommend are organic in nature and are vital for women in their 40s, so having beautiful skin without the harmful chemicals is one less thing you need to worry about.

1. Cleanse and tone:  Cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser and follow with a face toner.

Oriflame (Ecollagen) Triple Cleanser deeply cleanses, moisturizes and nourishes the skin. It also helps to reduce wrinkles.

Not only does a toner help remove any remaining dirt and oil on your skin, but it also helps reduce the size of pores. Well, Oriflame’s Ecollagen Skin Perfecting Toner has AHA which exfoliates and renews the skin.

2.  Moisturize: As we age, our skin produces less of the nutrients that hydrate it, so it’s important to look for skin care products that add back moisture to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles caused by dryness. The vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids in an essence also help restore firmness and provide a youthful glow. Oriflame’s Ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Night and Day Cream (with SPF 15) will re plump the wrinkles from within while preventing the emergence of new ones with its Natural Plant Stem Cells.

3. Target and firm:  Add in an anti-aging serum to your routine to target any wrinkles that may have already developed. Serums work to address unique problems on your skin. Basically, they look for things that need a little extra love. Try Oriflame’s Ecollagen Overnight Skin Perfector. This has a unique Hydroxy Acid Blend which has been proven to reduce wrinkles and improve skin quality leaving you with a smooth, radiant complexion. With pores and texture improved, you face will glow! And, who couldn’t use a little more glow?

4. Care for your eyes: Your eyes can be one of the first spots that give away your age. That’s why you need to ensure a hydrating eye cream is part of your morning and evening routine. Apply The Oriflame Ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream to combat wrinkles, dark circles and fine lines around the area. When applying, pat gently and be sure not to pull as the skin around the eye is very delicate.

As you age, your skin will need extra hydration throughout the day, so use a hydrating moisturizer, both day and night, to restore much-needed moisture. Pick a product that doesn’t weigh your skin down, but still brings a lot of moisture. Follow with an SPF and voila—your skin care routine is completed.

Now is the time to pay some extra attention to your skin. A little love now can go a long way in the future!

Beauty and the Alpha Male

It is has been determined that more than 85% of a salon business’ income originates from the female populace; however men’s enthusiasm to stroll into a salon or spa has risen considerably. In the past it was the norm for just superstars to look good with great skin and all that jazz. Today, looking good all the time has become a way of life. To look great, one must be fashionable as well as give careful consideration to hair, keep up a solid facial skincare regime and also take care of exposed parts of the body for example neck, hands and feet.

Contamination, stretch and an imbalanced way of life is an everyday occurrence that affects one’s skin and hair, regardless of your sex.

Most salons and spas don’t just take into account women’s needs alone but consider men in the creation of their services and treatments. Men, especially millennials are becoming more aware of their looks and becoming noticeably more cognizant and centered about improving their looks and their appearance as per new statistical surveys.


“This improvement is to a great extent driven by our inexorably visual society where great looks are frequently connected with accomplishment” as per a report by the economic specialist, Canadean. (Hmmm, I don’t know if our Naija guys are interested in going to spas as against joining a fitness or sports group and going for their basic barbing and shaving services).

The study states that offers of men’s skincare items expanded from 453 billion exchanges in 2011 to 557 billion in 2015, which fortifies the assumption that men are paying a lot of attention to their appearance.


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Still, reports demonstrate that ladies are as yet 1.3 times likely than men to feel the pressure to look good. The research organization referred to the selfie culture as a key driver behind the rising spotlight on appearances.

So guys, for those of you that are just concerned with the basics, please know that there are other options for you to try to achieve better and clearer skin which inadvertently will lead to better selfies. xoxo

Thanks for reading.

xoxo Bel


Curated from: craftingluxurylifestyle.com and Professional Spa and Wellness


So, I am an agitator for organic products. What with all the health scare as a result  of environmental and air pollution and all what not; if you cannot always have 100% control of what you put inside your body, you should at least be able to control what goes on your body.

About a month ago, I noticed I was breaking out horribly and I wondered what could be the cause of the pimples/rashes. I hadn’t changed my skincare routine, wasn’t eating something I wasn’t familiar with, so I decided to tweak my skincare routine just a little.

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I had run out of my home made organic skincare products which work like magic so I decided to Use my stash of Neutrogena products which I use for my clients: The Neutrogen Deep Clean Facial Cleanser for normal to oily skin and the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash pink grapefruit foaming scrub.

I began using these two products and fast forward 2 weeks later, and voila! the breakouts had reduced visibly!!!!

Picture credit: GlamBeauty By Bel

If you notice that your skin doesn’t seem to be responding to your regular skincare products or routine there’s no harm in switching up your products or skincare routine to discover what works and what doesn’t work for you.
Like me, you just might be pleasantly surprised at the outcome!

To your beauty…..




Pancake Day is being celebrated today 28th of February 2017!!!

Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for a considerable length of time. Referred to likewise as Shrove Tuesday, its correct date, rather confusingly, changes each year, since it is determined by when Easter falls.
Be that as it may, it is always the day before Ash Wednesday and Ash Wednesday is tomorrow, 1st of March, 2017 (the first day of the Lenten season). Pancake Day typically falls in February or March. Today is indeed the day to fry up a storm of pancakes!!!

Generally, pancakes were eaten on this day to exhaust rich and indulgent ingredients like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting period of Lent started. In any case, in spite of the fact that it is cherished by Christians, it is believed that Pancake Day may have started as an agnostic occasion, when eating warm, round pancakes- symbolizing the sun – was a method of celebrating the coming of spring.

And in addition of making and eating pancakes, the Brits love to hold pancake races, where individuals run while flipping their pancakes in a skillet. 

Legend has it that this competition was conceived in the fifteenth century when an especially muddled lady in Buckinghamshire hurried to a chapel to admit to her wrongdoings while in the middle of making pancakes. We trust she offered one to the minister when she was through with her confession.

Here are some healthy Pancake recipes you can try out:  http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/20-best-healthy-protein-pancake-recipes.html

8 Wellness Trends for 2017

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Kitzbühel, Austria, brought together leaders from the travel, spa, beauty, fitness, nutrition, technology, medical and architecture worlds to identify what the top wellness trends in 2017 (and beyond) will be – and why.

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The wellness forecast has a distinct “get real” quality: from architects finally designing buildings for human health to so many new directions ahead in mental wellness to a wellness industry that will become more democratized,  reaching beyond its narrowing association with wealthy elites. And much innovation lies ahead: from a new focus on both “silent” and creativity/arts programming (at hotels, spas and fitness studios) to the 2,000-year-old sauna tradition getting a 21st-century re-imagining.
“No other trends report is based on the perspectives of so many wellness experts, whether leading economists or futurists or the heads of hospitality, spa and beauty brands,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman & CEO. “And it makes for a powerfully collective, global and informed set of predictions.”

 After the trends were identified, GWS researchers expanded on global examples to illustrate the ways they’re already taking shape in our world.
     Sauna Reinvented – Something both hot and very cool: the reinvention of sauna that’s underway. From “Sauna Aufguss” events where “sauna-meisters” conduct theatrical performances of infusions, song and dance. To hip, social “amphitheater” or “hangout” saunas (whether Helsinki’s new high-design Löyly sauna complex or Scotland’s new loch-side “Hot Box” with DJ and bar). To quirky pop-up saunas floating on lakes or hanging from bridges. To trendy urban “sweat lodges” serving up infrared sauna treatments, like NYC’s Higher Dose. No longer a solitary, “meh” experience, the new, spectacular, social saunas are some “outside of the box” thinking…literally.
    Wellness Architecture – Architecture has long been preoccupied with surface aesthetics: “starchitects” designing to wow or shock, but with little attention paid to creating buildings that improve the health of the humans living within. Change is finally here: “living buildings” that grow their own energy; responsive architecture that tailors indoor health experiences for every inhabitant; phone apps alerting you when you’re entering a “sick” building; dawn-simulating lighting easing you into your day. Everything “built” is getting reengineered: from indoor air quality (a killer) to sleep and acoustics.

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    Silence – In a world of 24/7 connectedness, wellness destinations are embracing a dramatic approach to “turning off” the noise: true silence. For example, the first completely “Silent Spa” (with stunning church-inspired architecture) just opened at Austria’s Therme Laa Hotel. And new “wellness monasteries” are on the rise: retreats opening in, and infused with the silent, contemplative values of, ancient sacred spaces – like Italy’s soulful Eremito, with no WiFi/phone signal and silent, candlelit dinners. Properties like Germany’s Brenner’s Park have even installed “digital kill switches” for totally silent rooms. And “silent” restaurants, salons, gyms, stores and airports are all being unveiled…
    Art & Creativity Take Center Stage – Born of a storied history, but forgotten of late, the creativity-wellness-spa connection is making a comeback: with more art, music, literature and dance (both as experienced and “to do”) at the center of more wellness experiences. Look for more performance, like at Germany’s famed spa resort, Schloss Elmau, where musicians and writers “play-to-stay” (making possible 200+ concerts a year) – or live classical violin while taking the waters at the UK’s new Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel. We’ll see more sophisticated, “beyond the adult coloring book” programming launch, like painting classes under the stars – as well as a profusion of multi-sensory experiences, from sound baths to “yoga concerts.” The creative arts have a future starring role in wellness.
    Wellness Remakes Beauty – Beauty, the goliath industry ($1 trillion) of the $3.7 trillion wellness economy, is remaking itself to meet the needs of a wellness-oriented population obsessed with authenticity and “inner beauty.” From an avalanche of eatable/drinkable beauty-boosters and clean, organic cosmetics – to medical evidence for a new “neuroaesthetics” (the brain is wired to respond to beauty) – the “beauty comes from within” concept will keep gaining on superficial (topical) models. And preventative approaches will keep gaining on the old “cosmetic repair.” We will continue to learn (and snap up solutions that tackle) how beauty is far more than skin deep.
    The Future Is Mental Wellness – When it comes to mental wellness, our world has a problem: depression and anxiety is skyrocketing, and by 2030, the former will be the #1 health issue, outranking obesity (WHO). So look for dramatically more “healthy mind” approaches in coming years. Wellness retreats and spas are adding neuroscientists and psychotherapists (like London’s ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel). Meditation is not only radically mainstreaming (even on-demand in hotel rooms), but spawning creative new breeds (from “dream” to “floating” meditation). We’ll see everything from new part-mind/part-body workout brands to apps that track your mental state (think MindBit, not FitBit). Because “mind” will finally get equal billing with “body.”
    Embracing the C-Word – The wellness world is waking up to the needs of a surprisingly underserved population: cancer patients. For instance, Julie Bach’s pioneering “Wellness for Cancer” program means wellness companies/spas are finally trained to deliver comfort (and dignity) to cancer sufferers. From ESPA’s “Nurture and Support” program to Natura Bissé’s “oncological aesthetics” to Two Bunch Palms’ “Mindful Touch Massage”, wellness practitioners are finally opening their hearts and healing practices to cancer patients.
    Beyond the Ghettos of Wellness – In a world where rising income and “wellbeing” inequalities are fueling a populist backlash, a wellness industry that’s become narrowly associated with rich elites (those $300 yoga pants and Reiki sessions) will change. More wellness businesses will give back to the “other 99%”, like “Yoga Gives Back” helping poor women in India – or Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn, where every dollar of profit goes back to its economically-challenged island community.

 A “Wellness Tourism 2.0” will rise: a development model thinking beyond the (often elite, “gated”) property to creating whole towns, regions and even nations, where a comprehensive wellness vision (from protected nature to a sustainable, healthy food supply) benefits BOTH locals and tourists. The  new wave of low-cost “wellness” is part of this democratization: like more affordable healthy supermarkets and spa chains. But with some future mindfulness about “rock-bottom” vs. “fair” pricing, given the human labor that delivers so many of these healthy experiences.
Culled From: DAYSPA Magazine.

The rise and rise of Wellnesspreneurs in Nigeria

Wellness is the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. Dictionary.com

Wellness is defined as a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment. It is positive and affirming. www.nationlwellness.org

8 dimensions of wellness

It also defines applying wellness as:

  • How a person contributes to their environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks
  • The enrichment of life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing
  • The development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view
  • The benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility,self-care and when to seek medical attention
  • Self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction
  • Creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others

From the above definitions on applying wellness in the Nigerian perspective, I have discovered that the application is on the increase mostly related to individuals and very few corporate bodies or companies.


There is an increasing crop of young, talented and extremely creative Nigerian Wellnesspreneurs who are taking responsibility for their physical and mental health and also contributing to their environment and community as well as sharing their gifts with others.

You can verify this by scrolling through Instagram and other social networks and websites to know how successful and popular these Wellnesspreneurs are becoming.

A few examples of those whom I follow on Instagram are: @sofreshmarketng, @sofreshlypressed, @majikjuice, @naija_juicer, @ourmaneconnection, @mobilespatherapist, @9jafoodie, @mariesvegg, @houseofmerola, @wellnesshubng @foodace, @mygreenapron, @askdamz, @shopajali, @roliorganicessentials, @nellies.ng @guiltfreekitchenng, @eatcleannigeria, @greengrillhouse, @shreddergang @adura_o, @ejogenyi, @l.swc, @1qfoodplatter, @promotingfitness and so many more inspiring accounts/people.


Most of them produce heart-healthy, weight loss foods, some healthy juices and smoothies, some are weight loss and nutritional coaches, a couple produce organic, handcrafted skincare and hair care products while some provide information on where to find these lovely Wellnesspreneurs.

Make it a point of duty to check them out, patronize and support them.

Thanks for making out time to read this.








2016 Spa and Wellness Trends Forecast

Hello everybody,

Wishing you a happy New Year as this is my first post of the year. I hope you all had a swell holiday.

This is a new year and as usual there are trend forecasts in the spa and wellness industry to give and idea of what and where people will be focusing on their pursuit of wellness, health and beauty.

So here are the forecasts for the new year by Spafinder Wellness 365 and curated for Naija by me:

  1. “Surf’s up: the new wave of wellness”: The surfing and stand-up paddle board market in the US and possibly in other holiday destinations in the world including Africa’s 10 best surf spots are also having a huge influence on the spa world. These activities are also becoming one of the world’s hottest wellness travel trends. “Surfing and wellness is just going to grow,” says Beth McGroarty who is Spafinder’s research director who authored the  90 page report.     Nigeria or rather Lagos state is not known for surfing despite the fact that the state has a few spots where surfing for sport or for leisure can be developed. From my research there are about two surf spots south of Lagos- one at the beach (Lighthouse) and one at the Jetty (Tarqwa Bay); though the waters are not very clean. Beth espouses that surfing is an obsession – if you get bitten, you become obsessed.”
  2. Sexual Well being: taboo no more! : “Every kind of wellbeing is being explored right now,” said McGroarty. “People are getting more serious about wellness.” So it’s no surprise that sexual wellness is also part of well-being that is gaining ground. There is sensual fitness like burlesque classes, pole dancing or yoga for better sex, or through orgasmic meditation or alternative fertility centers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     temazcal
  3. Move aside hammam services in Nigeria and welcome the Temazcal!!!: The temazcal – an indigenous Mexican sweat lodge steeped in tradition and ritual – will be taking centre-stage in the spa world, according to Spafinder. “This is the year of the temazcal,” said Ellis, explaining that the No. 1 luxury travel trend is that people want local, indigenous, cultural experiences, and that spiritual health is valued alongside physical health. In much the same way the hammam has expanded well beyond Turkey, “you’re going to see the temazcal go global,” said Ellis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           _91688c48-bb7a-11e5-a7d6-da9f15ff8fbb
  4. “Parenting Well: serious spa and wellness for kids”: Parents are turning to the same wellness therapies they use to better their children’s lives said McGroarty. A generation facing unprecedented levels of childhood obesity, screen addictions and stress and anxiety is fueling this trend. It has also been observed that mindfulness is being incorporated in schools and kids taking to the mat with yoga classes.
    There is a growing trend of ‘bodywork instead of homework’ that focuses on getting kids active, and wellness family vacations will become increasingly important.
    I don’t know if this spa trend is going to pick up in Nigeria; it’s a trend that definitely needs watching. My take is that instead of spending money on spas for children, parents should get their kids to be active and involve them in recreational activities where they can bask in the sunlight and run about while meeting new people and making friends and encourage less tv watching and computer gaming.
  5. “The Adrenaline and Zen Cocktail: resetting the mind and body”: High-adrenaline, super-rush experiences (think sky-diving in Mauritius)  paired with deep relaxation will become increasingly popular, said McGroarty. “There is a profound mind/body impact of combining an adrenaline rush with Zen relaxation,” she explained. “This is not a paradox; it’s a destination.”Whether it’s driving a racecar on a frozen circuit at Hotel Sacacomie in Canada or taking a symbolic leap at Campowerment, a sleepover camp for adults, the combination of super-extreme and wellness is one that works.I don’t know what adrenaline pumping experiences that are available in Nigeria so I’m not sure how this plays out but I for one would believe that after a strenuous day at work coupled with the crazy Lagos traffic the best form of relaxation would be a massage or a steam bath. I’m just saying.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wellness fest
  6. “Well-Fests: festivals shift from wasted to wellness”: Music festivals and other events are increasingly incorporating wellness into their lineup, and single-day wellness festivals like The Big Quiet in New York are growing in popularity.Despite the fact that we are all digitally interconnected we’re still lonely says McGroarty, and wellness festivals are a way for us to connect in person.Events like Wanderlust – international, multi-day celebrations of mindful living – or Festival Number 6 in Wales, which incorporates wellness activities like paddleboarding on the estuary into its music and cultural lineup, are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and group meditation in many forms is a growing trend.                                                                                                                                                There haven’t been any of such in Lagos which is where I reside unless we include the recent Lagos International marathon, the Color Me Rad in Lagos held at the end of the month of January and the walking workout series hosted by DanzEfx Studios held sometime in June last year.                                                                                         “It’s about being part of an event,” said McGroarty. “Wellness events will be a standard search within travel.”Also part of the trend: the spa industry’s own Global Wellness Day, an international celebration of wellness set to take place 11 June this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wellness apps
  7. “On Demand: Uber-izing spa and wellness”: An increased demand for immediacy and expanded hours, combined with more consumers who rely on app-driven services, is fueling the Uberization of the spa industry, with companies like Zeel and Soothe that offer massage-on-demand growing rapidly.
    Additionally, Ellis said she sees room for both on-location and at-home service to flourish.
  8. “Skincare gets Seoul-ful: the Korean beauty explosion 2.0”: Korean skincare is exploding as a trend, with stores like Sephora launching entire K-Beauty sections, and Macy’s partnering with Peach & Lily for a bricks-and-mortar store.
    Involving a multi-step process involving cleansers, creams, sheet masks, pore treatments, overnight masks, essence oils, even makeup application and more, Korean skincare is already shaking up the way skincare is shown at retail, organizing products by steps rather than brands.
    It’s a new paradigm in beauty which is more proactive rather than reactive, deliberately meditative, and explores self-care as a right, and not beauty as a luxury.   With Korean skincare companies launching 20 to 30 products a month, “the speed and intensity is making Korea a world headquarters for skincare,” said McGroarty.
    It is said that Korean spas also follow a multi-step circuit and involve the whole family. She also mentioned that these spas a very social and very affordable. This slow, more meditative self-care is a welcome shift and a metaphor for what’s happening in wellness.
    We are yet to feel the impact of “the Korean beauty explosion” here in Nigeria but I’m sure we will definitely catch up on that sooner than later.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   wellness cruises
  9. “Healthy cruising: the ship of excess has set sail”: Today’s cruise ships are creating some of the largest and most comprehensive spa and wellness facilities in the world, said Ellis, and with cruise ship travel showing a 6.55 per cent annual growth rate, there is an increasing opportunity for wellness to take center-stage.Today’s cruise ship spas are no longer in the bowels of the ship, but are front-and-center, with beautiful designs and lots of natural light. Wellness brands like Canyon Ranch are now on board cruise ships, and a rise in popularity of rivercruising offers additional opportunities for growth.                                                                                                                     On-shore wellness experiences and voluntourism are also big trends, and wellness cruises could become places of medical tourism, said Ellis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             So for those of you that are planning a trip for your honeymoon, second honeymoon etc or annual vacation, do some research on ship cruises and take advantage of the wellness services they offer and also enjoy the vastness of the sea and nature.
  10. “Workplace Wellness Grows Up: creating a culture of wellness”: Workplace wellness is not new, but is going into a second phase, said McGroarty.
    Companies are no longer asking whether workplace wellness makes sense financially, as there have been many studies showing it does, but instead are shifting towards caring about people.
    With the average Fortune 500 company spending 80 per cent of its profits on employee medical costs, according to Ellis, there is “a huge opportunity for spa and wellness, because they are going to be looking for people to help them lower those costs.”                                                                                                                                                         Though I do not believe that most Nigerian companies spend up to 80% of their profits on employee medical costs, I do believe there is an increased awareness of employee health tied to productivity but just among pockets of line-managers who are directly involved with their employees but not by company management or board of directors who are the ones who have the power to implement this and make it as part of their company’s medical/health package for even the least of their employees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for hanging out with me. xoxo                                                                                                                 Bel