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.

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“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

SAVED BY THE GRAPEFRUIT AND ITS ALLY

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!!!!

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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…..

Bel

Xoxo

WHY PANCAKE DAY IS CELEBRATED.

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.
THE TRENDS
     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

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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.

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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.

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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.

XOXO

Bel

 

 

 

 

 

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

14 TRIED AND TESTED WAYS TO COMBAT STRESS!!!!!

The almighty stress formula is a constant in Nigeria especially in Lagos. Where do I start from? There are myriad of stress factors prevalent in this great city and in no particular order, here they are: traffic jam, lack of constant electricity, the heat wave as the rainy days are over, the constant noise from hundreds/thousands of generators within an area, lack of potable water, stress from the job, from home etc. It is a never-ending cycle of stress factors.

So what can be done to reduce stress within a few minutes without spending loads of money? Here are a few you can try right this minute:

  1. Get Yogified: The combination of deep breathing techniques and poses in Yoga makes this activity work to reduce stress. Happy many of us practice yoga in Nigeria? How do you get yogified? Do you have a yoga instructor at your gym or do you practice yoga at home or in the office through a dvd or via internet you tube videos?                                                                                          yoga
  2. Start ohmmming: The “mental silence” that goes along with meditation may have positive effects on stress (especially work-related stress). So make out time for mental silence at work perhaps during  your lunch break before you place your order, assign five minutes for some mental silence and tune out your surroundings and all that is going on in your life.                                 black man meditating
  3. Kisses xoxoResearch suggests kissing releases chemicals that ease hormones associated with stress, like cortisol. Forming positive relationships is also a key way to help reduce stress and anxiety. So go grab your partner and get a-kissing and do make out time to invest in some serious relationships too.
  4. Walkathon:quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief especially when we step outdoors. Try not to rush, and take whatever pace feels most natural. Hard to do in Lagos especially because of the hustle and bustle of the city but it isn’t impossible especially for those that live in enclosed estates with private parks as a bonus. Then there are a few public parks, the public beach and of course some leisure centers that are also nature focused.
  5. Dittos and Memos: Keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects. A gratitude journal can really help us put things in perspective. So pick a time every day to write down a few things that make you happy.
  6. Take up art: Art therapy can potentially reduce stress-related behavior and symptoms. Don’t think that only children enjoy coloring activities because there are adult coloring books for people who enjoy the calming feeling that coloring or painting does bring.                                                              painting
  7. Huggies: Hugging may actually reduce blood pressure and stress levels in adults. Remember how comforting it was when you were embraced by a loved one after a bad day?
  8. Nap time: Napping has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which aids in stress relief. I remember days when I was so under pressure at work and couldn’t cope with the demands of the job perhaps due to a sleepless night a day before. I would go to a quiet space we had behind my office within the office complex and take a nap. I’ll confess to you that as little as 15 minutes can work wonders on your mind and body.                                                                                           sleep
  9. Hand therapy: Getting a good old rub down may do more than alleviate physical pain. Studies suggest massage may also be beneficial for fighting stress. It may also help improve body image.After discovering the holy grail of spa life; I had a massage frequently to work off  the constant knots in my shoulders and the pain in my waist from constant sitting. I always felt as light as a butterfly after any of my massage sessions.                                                                                    masssage
  10. Get moving: That post-exercise endorphin rush is one way to sharply cut stress. You might not focus on the normal workouts in the gym or at home. Dancing and swimming are forms of exercises that are fun to do and are also social in nature which buttresses point number three above on building positive relationships.
  11. Tea party: One study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and greater feelings of relaxation. So develop a tea drinking habit for good health and for weight loss as an increase in cortisol levels spike fat deposits in the body.
  12. Laughter as medicine: Laughter can reduce the physical effects of stress (like fatigue) on the body. Buy funny movies on dvd or purchase our normal cd that have videos of our stand-up comedians to watch at home or buy tickets to go watch them live.
  13. Tune it up: Research points to multiple ways in which music can help relieve stress, from triggering biochemical stress reducers to assisting in treating stress associated with medical procedures. So go ahead and buy that iPod or buy a bigger memory card to take up more of the tracks you love.                                                                                                                                                              Aromatherapy
  14. Scents and senses: Studies suggest aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress. Certain aromas (like lavender) have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels. For the office, put a few drops of essential oils on a cotton ball and take a few whiffs once in a while for energy or if  you have a private office, add 1-6 drops to an electric diffuser or create a mister by adding a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with distilled water.

Do you know any other proven methods of reducing stress which you currently practice but not listed here? Please share!!!!

BEAUTY AFRICA EXHIBITION & CONFERENCES 2015

Hi people,

Hope your weekend was fantastic irrespective of the crazy traffic that is a common occurrence in the “city of excellence”.

I digress. I would like to give you an update on the Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conferences that took place between 7th-9th October 2015 at the Eko Convention Center. If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you would have an idea of what I am writing about.

The Conference is the 2nd of its type as the first was held in October 2014 at the same venue where this year’s was held. The event showcases to the African Market the very latest beauty, wellness, aesthetics and anti aging products, brands and techniques from across the world. It is also aimed at providing a platform for beauty professionals in Africa and beyond to meet, network, source suppliers and embellish their knowledge; learning from both international and local experts about current techniques and technologies in order to enhance their business acumen and success.

I must commend the organizers this year as there were discussions and personalities that just made the conference oh so much more interesting.

On day one Khuraira Musa of Khuraira Cosmetics USA was there as she headed the panel of people who talked about Business Strategies in the growing beauty industry in Nigeria, Fatima Mamza of Mamza Beauty was also featured and she touched on The Fundamentals of colour and complexion for the bridal beauty. She was very engaging as she threw questions out to the audience  and also gave up a few of her makeup tips. Bimpe Onakoya of L’Oreal took the audience on a journey through the world of Fantasy makeup.

Day 1 of Beauty Africa Exhibitions 2015 Photo Credit: Glam Beauty by Bel

 

On day two Dr. Hilda Ashio Titiloye (a very beautiful and wonderful lady) of SKIN101, Abuja revealed the techniques of Mesotherapy and Carboxytherapy in the treatment of cellulite and other skin conditions. She also gave some practical demonstrations on how Mesotherapy works. Practical demonstrations using Biologique Recherche (Paris) products/treatments were also given by a representative of Apple and Oranges Total Body Therapy. Day two also saw us discussing with the top beauty social media icons in Nigeria on how to build and sustain the beauty business through effective social media using blogging, Twitter and Facebook.  The likes of  Ezinne Alfa  of Beauty in Lagos who headed the panel, Lola Maja of Sacred Beauty, Jennifer of Bella Naija, Stella Marais of Stella’s Addiction, Nibi Lawson of Kinky Apothecary and Daboju Ogboru of Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub who were members of the panel.

Day 2 of Beauty Africa Exhibition 2015. Photo Credit: GlamBeauty by Bel

Day three featured mostly makeup professionals treating a myriad of different makeup topics and hair specialists showcasing the latest hair trends and treatments.

All in all, this year’s exhibition was a great success as it featured more vendors than it did last year. There were quite a lot of companies that came from outside the country to showcase their products and services.

Photo Credit: GlamBeauty by Bel

Overview of some of the stands of companies that attended the event to showcase their services and products. Photo Credit: GlamBeauty by Bel

I look forward to attending next year’s Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conferences!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for checking in on me.

Bel

 

10 SPA/WELLNESS TRENDS THAT ARE THE RAVE IN 2015- PART 2

Going green

World wide, people are paying more attention to living a natural and environmentally friendly lifestyle and this spills into their spa treatments as well. There has been a rising demand for green treatments and products made with organic ingredients by companies who are ecologically responsible. Consumers will also be paying more attention to whether your business has implemented environmentally friendly practices such as water conservation, use of organic ingredients, and proper disposal of chemicals.

Express mini treatments

Time: Nobody seems to have enough of it these days. Hence, the onslaught of express treatments, offered by the likes of Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door and numerous others. Mini treatments can mean the difference between getting in some spa time or having to give it up due to lack of scheduling and budget concerns. It can be a great way to fill in small spaces in your calendar, feature new treatments that consumers aren’t ready to commit more time to, or provide the opportunity for clients to fit more spa time into their busy schedules.

Social / Group Experience

Spas and salons have typically been focused on individual treatments. But a growing trend is toward encompassing a more social group aspect into the spa world. From mini classes on health and wellness topics to more group treatments (such as massage or manicures).

Given the unprecedented hours people work, and their paradoxically disconnected lives spent in front of screens, fitness studios and classes are becoming the place where increasingly rare human interaction takes place. And loyalty to instructors and relationships with classmates are fulfilling basic human needs to connect. For today’s fitness fanatics, the beating heart of their social circle – their fitness “tribe” – is in many ways, a life-definer.

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Social fitness is a mega-trend, and the connection-hungry demographic will only continue to grow as long work hours and global loneliness sharpen. This trend will continue expanding beyond early adopters and go mainstream, as more people experience the value of sharing goals, values, support, get-healthy tactics and time with a fitness family.

Beauty DIYs

Consumers are no longer just treatment-oriented they are always looking for ways to extend their treatments and have them last longer. They are also looking for ways to make a spa lifestyle more affordable. DIY treatments that they can do themselves at home are a rapidly growing segment of the spa and salon industry. Whether it is customized hair color that they can take home to touch up their roots or a special facial mask that will help them extend the benefits of their facial, there are many different opportunities for creating DIY treatments.

Wellness traditions from the Islamic world

There is no more powerful consumer trend across the developed world than the hunger for all things authentic and indigenous, impacting what we now most want to eat (the latest global “superfoods” and ancient grains), to where we most want to travel (suddenly a far wider, exotic map). It’s why the spa/wellness scene is increasingly a global village, with approaches like Indian Ayurveda and yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine now embraced worldwide.

Wellness traditions of the wide Islamic world offer–with 1,000+ years of sophisticated, nature-based traditional medical systems and countless beauty solutions and body treatments. And this is a vast “wellness” map that stretches from Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE to North African nations like Morocco and Egypt to Sub-Saharan countries like Nigeria and Sudan to Central Asian states like Turkey or Kazakhstan  and  Southeast Asian nations like Indonesia and Malaysia.

Many people are only familiar with a handful of traditions…a few Middle Eastern super-spices…that Moroccan argan oil in their hair…a Turkish hammam. Spafinder predicts that more of the world will experience nutritional, preventative health, beauty and “spa” traditions central to Islamic worlds in 2015 and beyond  as more Middle Eastern/African spas are moving beyond “Asian” menus, to go deeper into indigenous ingredients, medicines, treatments and design– even though they might not even know it.

Read more on Wellness traditions from the Islamic world at: http://content.spafinder.com/wellness-traditions-islamic-world


Resources

Spafinder.com

Marketwatch.com

SpaBoom.com

10 SPA/WELLNESS TRENDS THAT ARE THE RAVE IN 2015- PART 1

A lot of people this side of Africa think that going to a spa is more of a luxury than a necessity. I beg to differ; the “spa experience” is becoming “more accessible than ever” according to Lynne McNees the president, International Spa Association. Spas help us to manage stress and take that much needed time out to disconnect from the craziness of our environment and recharge our empty batteries.

Despite the pluses going to the spa give us, these days people are looking for much more than the basic pampering. The need to learn how to take better care of themselves provides an all-pronged approach to better health.

To have an idea of how things are changing in the spa industry worldwide, here are a few trends that are coming up strong in the pursuit of health and wellness this year 2015:

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Wellness and preventive treatments

Spa enthusiasts will continue to focus on wellness and the treatments that will help them support good health and well-being as time progresses. These could be treatments designed to protect the skin and hair from environmental damage, wellness massage packages.

Specialty spas

A lot of spas were expanding their menus trying to cater to everybody, however the trend now is to offer convenience and affordability by setting up niche spots that cater to a particular treatment; be it massages, feet, hair, brows or lashes.

Personal or customized treatments

Everybody loves the idea of having a couture treatment prepared just for them. There will obviously be a continued growth in these form of treatments and services that have a customization aspect to them. Whether it is picking the essential oils to be used in a massage, or choosing the focus of a facial, everyone loves to feel like the treatment they are receiving has been thoughtfully picked and unique just for them.

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Treatments for men

Men are a huge and potential demographic who are becoming more aware of the value of taking better care of themselves and spas are sitting up and taking notes. So far we have already seen this trend become more obvious in the Nigerian landscape especially in the big cities where men apart from looking for treatments that help with stress and pain relief they also indulge in the couples’ massage packages provided by such spas. From high-end barber services to facials and massage, the demand for treatments designed for men will continue to grow.

Spa detox programs
Face it – despite our best efforts, sometimes we don’t eat as well as we should, breathe as much as we think we are or de-stress when we’re not in yoga. Spa detox programs try to remove environmental and dietary toxins from the body in order to promote health. People who detox at spas generally lose weight, gain energy, and become calmer. But not all detox programs are alike, so it’s important to do your research on spas that offer detox programs and the kind of detox programs they have to make sure you get into the right detox program for you.

Check in next week for the remaining trending spa treatments that are becoming a huge hit.