For many people, lifestyle habits are based on how they want to look, where they live, and how they stay healthy. With that in mind, let us explore three trends in beauty, home, and health and wellness.
Beauty: Non-invasive Procedures
If you were to ask 100 people about the beginnings of plastic surgery, the vast majority of them would say it started around the late 70s and early 80s. After all, it was in these two decades where the term became most popular in developed countries, including the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Australia.
Still, what many do not know is that the first instances of restoration procedures, that is, repairing a broken nose, date back to 800 BC in modern-day India. As described in the Edwin Smith papyrus, among many other things, a physician by the name of Sushruta conducted different types of surgeries on different types of people, mainly those born with specific facial deformities or individuals who had experienced an accident.
At the time, these were invasive incisions in the face and body that required weeks — even months of recovery time — and more often than not left an indelible scar.
Fast forward 29 centuries, and things have drastically changed. For one, cosmetic surgery is no longer purely restorative. Instead, it is the contemporary fountain of youth, used by millions of men and women worldwide to look younger, more exuberant, and more captivating. Second, many of the procedures done today are non-invasive. A few of the best examples include procedures by surgeons trained in PDO threading, skin pigmentation practices for the treatment of spots, and Smart Lipo sessions requiring only a thorough massage routine performed by an expert.
Home: There Is No Place Like It
The COVID-19 global pandemic has taught us many things. Two of the most important ones are proper hygiene and the value of not being too close to one another. In the past year and a half, we have seen how millions of people have stayed home, whether it is to study or work. Houses have become our safe havens, the places where we not only stay secure from the virus but also deal with the many intricacies that surround our daily lives.
But what does this actually entail? More specifically, how have we managed to adapt to a life in which we cannot go outside? While there are different answers to these and other questions depending on whom you ask, it starts with convenience. Our houses, condominiums, apartments, and villas are no longer just the places where we live and spend time with our families and friends. They are also multifunctional hubs for us to work and do business.
As such, they need to be comfortable and equipped with the latest in smart technology. For instance, many of us need a home office setting that includes computers with audio and visual tools for photo and video editing, cloud access for storage and virtual engines, and videoconferencing and collaboration software.
It does not stop there, either. Since we cannot go out, we also need to have fun within the confines of our four walls. Luckily, technology has developed to such an extent that there are ample home entertainment options from which to choose.
Health and Wellness: Inclusiveness and Flexibility
Thousands of people in East Asian and Southeast Asian nations swear by Chinese traditional medicine. For them, only broken bones and certain types of cancer require the aid of professionals trained in medicine. For all others, there are a wide variety of herbs, physical treatments, and even mental therapies to select from. On the other hand, Western societies, or those found in Europe and the Americas, follow a more modern approach based on science, pharmaceutical drugs, and diagnostics machines.
Whether you trust in one or the other depends on your background and personal beliefs and should be respected. Nevertheless, what we are seeing today is a blend of all sciences involved in human healing. In this day and age, it is very common to find a person who chooses Chinese traditional medicine for some ailments and Western medicine for others. In fact, many treatments, such as those involved in physical therapy and overall well-being, combine medication, exercise, and non-conservative approaches, including cupping, Gua Sha, and acupuncture.
In the 21st century, health and wellness are about finding a balance. It is about doing what works based best on the situation. After all, regardless of industry or area, a flexible, open-minded approach is usually the best path to success.
Three important lifestyle trends are non-invasive procedures in beauty, the ever-growing importance of our home, and flexibility in health and wellness. They continue to define the choices and actions people take today.