We need to start 2021 with a self-care game that’s strong, so we spoke with pros in the nutrition, facial aesthetics and yoga fields to make sure we weren’t missing out on anything, you know, essential. Here’s what’s on our list of upgrades to make now and in the coming year.
1. Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar
Alchemy 43’s Founder and CEO, Nicci Levy says that in 2021 we will see a lot more home care continuing post-pandemic. “One thing that 2020 has taught us is how to be more efficient with self-care at home,” she says. “Facial massage, exfoliating and even facial cupping—All of these things increase the benefits from Alchemy 43 micro treatments so we are all for it!” The luxest facial self-massage starts with professional makeup artists Jillian Dempsey’s 24K vibrating T-bar. It not only leaves your face lifted and sculpted, it also leaves your face feeling refreshed and less puffy. Bonus: When you swipe it a few times vertically along your throat, this device erases “tech lines,” the horizontal wrinkles that form from looking down at your phone or other devices.
2. Bee’s Wrap Lunch Pack, Eco Friendly Reusable Sandwich & Food Wrap Set
According to Elsa Orivel, RD Nutritionist at Foodvisor nutritional coaching service, sustainability is an increasing rallying cry in home food prep. “Invest in honey bee paper wraps instead of foil,” Orivel says, since they are washable, reusable and compostable. Handmade in Vermont, these ingenious food wraps are coated with beeswax which molds around your food or dish using the warmth of your hands. You can use them several times a week, washing them with cool soapy water, and they’ll last up to a year.
3. Alo Yoga Tie Dye Warrior Mat
Remember the dawn of the yoga craze when mats were flat, black mats that always seemed dusty? Now, cushy printed yoga mats are trending in the wellness space, according to Maxine Silva, communications head at Alo Yoga. It’s a hallmark of the pop makeover of this formerly arcane Indian practice that is as mainstream cute as it once was marginal.
4. ThermoMix TM5
If you've got an appetite for a big splurge, Nutritionist Orivel recommends investing in a kitchen robot chef. “You get everything done very easily: It can cook meat with vegetables and rice all at the same time and you don’t have to watch the pot. You just click on the recipe you want, and it will stop when it is done cooking,” she says. Popular in European kitchens, this device does 20 functions (including weighing, timing, sautéing, melting, steaming, stirring, emulsifying, whipping, chopping, blending, sous vide, grinding and kneading) but takes up no more counter space than a piece of notebook paper.
5. Smeg 50s Retro Style Citrus Juicer
Alternatively, maybe you’d like a kitchen countertop appliance with less of a learning curve. In which case, the happy enameled hues of the Smeg juicer and its intuitive function (you push an orange half down on a rotating axis) yields delish juice just like Mom used to make. “This way you know your juice is really fresh and empty of additives and sugars” Orivel says.
6. The White Company Extra Large Glass Storage Container
Pandemic-era food prep has made us more mindful of best kitchen practices, to avoid waste and minimize effort. Orivel says you need to have glass containers on hand to pack your weekly meals, especially if you plan to microwave them, since the heat can cause the BPA and Phthalates in plastics to leach into your meal.
7. Lancer Skincare Pro Polish Microdermabrasion Device
For years, Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer’s clients have sworn by his exfoliating polish, which the doctor says helps skin stay radiant and pores stay open to absorb topical treatments. Now he’s got an even better deep cleansing method—this home version of the microdermabrasion tool he uses in his salon. It comes with two diamond tips to really buzz that skin and peach fuzz, and 200 filters that will by turns thrill and disgust you when you see the gunk you are hoovering off your face. You’ll know you’re doing all you can to safeguard the investment you’ve made in facials or injectables: As Alchemy 43’s Levy says, “The best way to protect the investment you've just made in your aesthetic, is to maintain it at home with a great cleansing and moisturizing routine.”
8. Skin Gym Face and Gym Cupping Set
With larger cups to use on the body and smaller cups for the face, neck and decolletage, this home set allows you to get the detoxifying, circulation-boosting effects of spa services at home. Suction the cup to the face and use sweeping gliding massage strokes upward for an instant lift.
9. Vivid Matching Sets
Alo Yoga’s Silva reports that customers increasingly want the option of buying matched sets of not only workout leggings and bras, but also coverups to wear to and from the gym. As for the vivid hues of orchid, crimson and the like? We’re thinking it’s a reaction to the short grey days of winter.
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