We take our self-care seriously here. And we know you do too. Which is why we’re already looking ahead to the wellness trends and products we’ll be seeing a lot of in 2022. Because if there’s anything these last two years have taught us, it’s the importance of taking care of our bodies and our mental health, so we can support ourselves and show up for others. These six products aren’t only on-trend, they’ll bring some much-deserved relaxation to our jam-packed everyday lives.
1. Mineral Bath Salts
This fall is already all about baths—and we see no sign of it slowing down in 2022. Pinterest saw a 180 percent increase in searches for spiritual cleansing baths and a 90 percent increase in searches for full moon bath rituals. It’s all about taking the typical bath and making it an elevated, self-care experience. And there’s no better way to do that than with the addition of natural mineral bath salts.
Our favorites come from Kneipp®. Not only are they made from naturally occurring salts sourced from one of the oldest salt deposits in Europe (not like Epsom salts, which are manmade), but they also require way less product than the synthetic version—so you’re getting a spa-like experience for around $2 a bath. Add some Mineral Bath Salt Soak in Relaxing Lavender to your tub to help calm your body and mind, or choose Refreshing Eucalyptus to restore, uplift and invigorate. Both contain a unique salt crystal structure that’ll smooth your skin and offer a more concentrated aromatherapy experience with ten baths in every bottle. Shop them at Ulta Beauty and get free shipping over $35.
2. Adaptogenic Drinks
Adaptogens in general have been trending lately, and adaptogenic drinks are one of the tastier ways to reap the benefits. Adaptogens are essentially a group of plants that are said to help your body adapt to stress and other ailments. Think: herbs, roots and mushrooms that help regulate your hormones and have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. In 2022, everyone will be getting their adaptogens from nonalcoholic drinks like Vybes and Kin Euphorics (which recently relaunched with Bella Hadid as co-founder). The idea of having a drink that helps us relax, boosts our mood and won’t leave us with a hangover? Sounds pretty ideal (and very 21st century) to us.
3. Sleep Tracking Devices
Sleep technology is everywhere right now, and we predict it’s only going to get bigger next year. We're partial to this cool ring called the Oura that combines advanced sensor technology with a mobile app to deliver “precise, personalized health insights straight from the most reliable source: your body." It captures data throughout the day and night to help you understand your overall sleep quality, plus offers personalized guidance for how best to get to sleep. We also love the minimalist design you can wear every day without looking like a spy kid.
4. Acupressure Mats
Weird but true: Laying on plastic spikes for just 15 minutes per day could help alleviate stress, soothe sore muscles and melt away tension. With the ongoing pandemic, folks who are hesitant to return to an in-person spa can bring the experience right into their living room with this Wthn acupressure mat set. It’s ergonomically designed with raised plastic acu-points instead of needles and can be used in plenty of different positions: sitting in a chair, laying down to relieve back pain or in a standing position to relax the feet and wake up the body. Pair it with a sound machine, aromatherapy or plenty of candles to really lean into the relaxation vibe.
5. Manifestation Journals
No, manifestation is nothing new (The Secret, did, after all, come out back in 2006). If you’re unfamiliar, manifestation is basically the idea of “bringing something tangible into your life through attraction and belief.” According to Pinterest, there’s been a 105 percent increase in searches for “manifestation techniques” and a 55 percent increase in searches for the phrase “visualize your highest self,” which is why we’re calling it: Manifestation journals will be right up there with gratitude journals and regular ol’ diaries in 2022. This Manifest + Flow version is geared toward helping shift your mindset, zero in on your goals and stay accountable. It’ll teach you the principles of manifestation and then walk you through six months of practices. Plus, it’s undated so you can use it whenever you want. Because training the mind is just as important as focusing on the outside body.
6. Portable Massage Tools
You may have seen those button-operated massage guns—the Theragun comes to mind—but next year, we’ll be all about a chic touch-screen, WiFi technology-based version. The Lyric is a lightweight handheld massager with a compact docking station (including tray) that holds four massage attachments, plus an extension handle for hard-to-reach spots (like the lower back). It’s designed to provide personalized comfort, relaxation and temporary pain relief and uses WiFi technology and rhythm therapy to deliver touch and vibroacoustic movement frequencies in an attempt to stimulate the nervous system and relieve minimal muscle pain, tension and stress. Plus, it’s USB chargeable and comes in five pretty matte colors.