Better hair with CBD?
We can credit CBD (cannabidiol) oil with giving us reduced levels of stress and pain. Now it might give us good hair days too. Salons across the US are adding CBD blowouts to their menus; treatments start with massaging the hair and/or scalp with CBD oil-based products that are said to reduce hair breakage and loss and stimulate healthy growth. While studies on CBD for hair health have yet to sprout, there’s no doubt the blow-dry gives you bombshell status. Can’t
make it to the salon? Try CBD-infused hair products at home.
The impossible retinol
Your crow’s feet may have a new nemesis. Its name is bakuchiol, and it’s nature’s alternative to retinol, the vitamin A derivative that famously fights skin aging. While retinol can be too powerful for those with sensitive skin, causing redness and irritation, bakuchiol is plant based and gentler. Derived from the Psoralea corylifolia plant and long used in Ayurvedic medicine, it’s been shown in early research to battle fine
lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
The next gen of newlyweds isn’t skipping town to lie by a pool at a resort. Pre-coronavirus outbreak, many were using their honeymoons to pay it forward and volunteer as a couple—a trend that’s sure to pick up again. “Honeyteering” can run the gamut from building schools to preserving hiking trails. Organizations like Kaya Honeymoon Volunteers connect lovebirds with opportunities in places where they can still sneak in some R&R (think helping local sea life while based on a beach in Mozambique).
Pass the vegan charcuterie
Charcuterie is having a moment. But what if you don’t eat meat? Recipe blogs are exploding with vegan-friendly options that solve that quandary. Artfully arrange your vegan charcuterie board with plant-based meats, dairy-free cheeses, and whole-grain crackers. The more color, the better; think beet dips, carrots, and a few mini red peppers for good measure.
Bathtubs in bloom
Bubbles and rubber duckies? Leave them for the kiddies. Today’s best baths are full of flowers. Sprinkling blooms into the tub is a relaxation ritual that many are photographing (look no further than #flowerbaths on Instagram). But it’s all more than a pretty sight; flowers can have physical benefits when steeped in water. Soaked chamomile or calendula flowers, for example, give your bath an anti-inflammatory boost.