The Best Wellness And Self-Care Gifts For Travelers

While it’s always been a necessary part of a balanced and healthy life, wellness and self-care proved has proven to be even more important in times of acutely high stress – just like this year.

So ahead, ten ways (listed in alphabetical order) to give the gift of wellness this holiday season. Not only is everything in this guide suitable for all genders and lifestyles, when the time is right again – will make perfect travel companions as well.

Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics Natural CBD Cream Kit, $230

While CBD is wonderfully versatile and healing on its own, Montreal-based chiropracter Dr. Andrew Kerklaan realized how much more potent it is when paired with other proven ingredients. The Natural CBD Sleep Cream in this holiday bundle, for example, is formulated with melatonin and lavender, in addition to full-spectrum CBD, for a calming sensation.

Equilibria Peace of Mind Gift Set, $79

From the groundbreaking, women-owned CBD company comes this limited-edition set. Elegantly packaged in a limited-edition pouch by artist Patricia Vargas, it holds a bottle of delicious Cranberry Elderflower-flavored Daily Drops (with 300mg of CBD), and a duo of functional, naturally-scented CBD roller oils (Calming and Energizing).

Happy Dance Bath Bomb, $15

Founded by actress Kristen Bell, Happy Dance is a CBD-focused line that’s affordable and uplifting in ways more than one. And the company’s bath bomb – which contains four break-apart cubes infused with hydrating coconut oil and zesty ginger extract for four soaks – makes an especially thoughtful stocking stuffer.

Hello Products 12 Days of Awesomeness, $19.99

Unlike skincare and haircare – where new products are constantly popping up – dental care has been limited and dull. But Hello Products, founded by Craig Dubitsky, is poised to change all that with its with natural and wallet-friendly toothpastes, flosses, and rinses. This bundle is a wonderful way to introduce someone to the brand.

Knesko Skin Luxe Face Mask Kit, $99

While precious gems and stones have long been admired for their beauty, turns out: they can do wonders for your complexion as well. Knesko enlists a proprietary GEMCLINICAL® technology that locks in the skin-healthy properties of diamonds, gold, rose quartz, and black pearl with other proven ingredients, and this sleek kit lets you indulge in all of the brand’s cult collagen face masks.

Kush Queen Flight of Gummies, $149.99

There’s no shortage of CBD companies out there, but Kush Queen by Olivia Alexander was among the first to destigmatize the natural workhorse ingredient by offering approachable and of course, effective products in 2015. Gummies are one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD, and this trio of gummies (Gummies Rx, Gummies Rx Bliss, Gummies Rx Sleep) not only tastes great, but offers targeted relief.

Lunair Wellness LA Mask in Paradise, $10

Since masks are a must for the foreseeable future, why not wear one that’s

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Little Black Book Of Health, Beauty And Wellness Practitioners

Against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, one’s health and wellbeing feels more important than ever before. And while it is hard to travel to find winter sun or to visit a leading health practitioner on the other side of the world, sometimes the tweaks are as simple as a good night’s sleep, an inviting new yoga mat, or a restorative plant-based meal.

Heaven Skincare

Deborah Mitchell, the founder of Heaven Skincare, has launched a series of new vegan products. The brand’s new plant-based range contains a patented ingredient found in British nettles that works much in the same ways as the bee venom product on which Mitchell built her brand’s reputation. All the packaging in the range is recyclable and the bamboo lids were chosen based on the plant’s sustainability.

Fable Yoga

U.K-based yoga brand Fable has launched its first eco-friendly yoga mat collection alongside a new range of smaller mats for commuters. Created and tested by yogis, for yogis, all of their mats have been crafted using natural tree rubber and vegan PU. Created by a yoga practitioner, every detail has been considered to ensure the very best in performance. The mats are wider and longer than is standard, providing extra space to practice, and their non-slip technology ensures you won’t slip and slide. Add to that, the mats are biodegradable so won’t sit in a landfill when you’re eventually ready for a new one.

LYMA Laser

Lyma founder Lucy Goff has spoken at length about what makes her product unique, and it comes down to the fact that it has a 500-milliwatt laser inside, which is far more intense than other at-home lasers on the market. That targeted power paired with how the controlled dispersion causes beams of light to shoot straight into the skin up to eight millimeters deep, make this a powerful wellness tool. And unlike many competing beauty treatments, such as micro-needling, the laser doesn’t work off of a stress-damage response. Instead, the Lyma laser stimulates the skin to produce collagen, which generates new skin cells (along with other by-products like elastin). The impact? Transformative results combating wrinkles, pigmentation and scars.

London Serenity

Taking place the comfort of your own home, London Serenity offers a range of mobile beauty treatments and high-end fitness classes across London. A couple-owned business, the brand is trusted by leading luxury hotels, including, The Four Seasons, The Connaught, Claridges, The Ned and Shangri-La. Bid farewell to the aches and pains of working from home with a full-body massage, or feel glamorous again with any number of well-executed treatments, including blow dries, manicures and pedicures. And beyond beauty, London Serenity has recently launched a programme of fitness classes, taught either in person or over Zoom.


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Is Fiber The Next It Beauty & Wellness Ingredient? Bellway Founder Max Dresse Thinks So

They say that true beauty comes from within, which is why it’s just as important to consider what we ingest into our bodies as it is the ointments and miracle treatments we slather on our skin. Take it from Bellway founder Max Dresse, who is looking to revolutionize wellness with Bellway’s natural fiber supplements.

For a long time, fiber supplements were typically marketed towards the elderly, but lately wellness experts have been taking a second glance at fiber’s health and beauty benefits as well. Known for working with brands like Hello Fresh, Equinox, and Freshly, Dresse is no stranger to the wellness space, and with his first owned brand, he’s ready to make fiber cool again.

I took some time to speak with Dresse about launching a wellness brand during a pandemic and how fiber could be the next hot beauty ingredient.

SARAH BOYD: Tell me about why you started Bellway.

MAX DRESSE: I was on the keto diet, and my doctor told me I needed a fiber supplement, but when I looked on store shelves there was nothing I wanted to take. The leading brand is associated with grandparents and has sugars, chemicals and additives no one of our generation would take. The traditional health food store psyllium husk didn’t taste good, was messy and boring. I recognized there was a real need for innovation for millennial consumers, and white space in the market. You should hear how excited retail supplement buyers are to know there is a product to now “energize the category.”

SB: What was it like launching a brand during the onset of the pandemic?

MD: We actually closed our seed round of funding the first Friday of March, just before the markets started to tumble. We didn’t make any big announcements because we wanted to be sensitive to what people were going through, especially here in New York.

But something really crazy happened: a few weeks after quarantine began, during the over-snacking, under-exercising, Netflix binging time, people actually needed a fiber supplement. We saw unprecedented growth, sold out of product, had to establish a second supply chain during the trade embargoes, all while working from home in different locations. They don’t teach you this stuff in business school!

SB: Why are you now expanding into the beauty category?

MD: You know, all those commercials about beauty will have you believe that putting products on your body is the way to look better, but really beauty begins within. Not just who a person is, but also what they ingest. Fiber is the go-to health and wellness staple of so many [who are] “in the know”. When you add collagen to it, like we have, you’re not only clearing the digestive tract to promote clearer skin, but you’re then adding in collagen and hyaluronic acid to plump, smooth wrinkles, and help get that glow. Plus, we use organic, non-GMO ingredients. We want to have a positive impact on

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Women’s Wellness Tech Company, Bellabeat, Adds New Star Hire

Wellness has grown to be a top priority in people’s life encompassing wellbeing, beauty and lifestyle. The industry has seen massive growth in the past few years worth over $4.2 trillion with wellness tourism predicting to be a $919 billion industry by 2022, which would represent about 18 percent of all global tourism. 

The rise of the industry has also sparked wellness tech into a  steep upward trajectory in the past few years. While tech giants like Apple and Samsung have played a major role in this development, there are also numerous other players in the wellness and beauty sector that shaped this market with the help of new, innovative products and technologies such as San Francisco startup Bellabeat.

Bellabeat is a data-oriented wellness tech company that was founded by Sandro Mur, Urška Sršen, and Lovepreet Singh in 2013. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Hong Kong, and Zagreb. The business focuses on women’s health and wellness but its main product is the Bellabeat Leaf. The Leaf is a water-resistant device that tracks your activity, stress, sleep, meditation, and reproductive health. The data is then shared with the consumer to help her adjust diet, exercise and wellness based on her hormones and menstrual cycle. It is made of hypoallergenic, vegan-friendly materials and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clip, depending on which accessories you combine with it. Within four years after its inception, Bellabeat has already sold over 700,000 pieces of jewelry.

 Although the wellness tech sector is being flooded with wearables, like smartwatches or smart rings, there is still a distinct lack of products specifically aimed at women. Bellabeat’s smart jewelry, on the other hand, is designed with women’s health in mind. The Leaf was also named the best overall smart jewelry by Business Insider.

The menstrual cycle is a big part of just about any woman’s life. It affects the hormonal balance of the body, and, thus, it has a big impact on women’s wellbeing. With the Bellabeat Leaf and its accompanying app, women can track just about everything that might have an impact on their health or performance. This knowledge can then help them optimize their lives. While Bellabeat has seen success since 2017, the company has now added the economist Jeppe Christiansen to its board in an effort to advance the wellness tech industry even further. Christiansen, who is a distinguished economist with an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and has decades of professional experience in the financial sector, joined Bellabeat as a board member to further improve the business and its products to help it reach even more women.

At the moment, Christiansen is CEO of Maj Invest, which is an asset management business based in Copenhagen, as well as vice-chair of Novo Nordisk,

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The best wellness and self-care gifts of 2020

2020 has been… a challenge—for us, for you, for literally everyone you know and then some. Google Trends reported an all-time high in searches for “self-care” in May, and over the past year, we’ve made it our mission to find wellness services, tools, and products that actually do something. (Reader: We’ve found a lot.)

Self-care is more than just carving out time, it’s finding the things that work for you in the way you need them to. Everyone is bound to have a unique definition of wellness, but for the sake of one less thing to stress over, we’ve rounded up our favorite self-care gifts that should satisfy most names on your holiday checklist.

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Theragun Mini
Fast Company named Theragun one of the Most Innovative Wellness Companies of 2020—which proved appropriate, because this year, we’ve needed the company’s products more than ever. This Theragun is mini, but mighty: it delivers 20 lbs of force and can be tucked into your gym bag, purse, or home office desk drawer for whenever you need relief. With 150 minutes of battery life and whisper soft QuietForceTechnology, this science-backed massager is a steal for $199. You might even pick one up for yourself. 

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Vitruvi Stay Diffuser & Essential Oil Kits
Vitruvi introduced two new diffusers to its family this year: Stay, a long-lasting, large-space diffuser, and Move, the first wireless version. Both designs were inspired by the modern cylindrical candle and provide the same zen-like experience as the original. This holiday season, we love the Stay, a sleek 18-hour diffuser that fragrances up to 700-square-feet. It pairs nicely with the company’s new essential oil kits—Uplift, Unwind, and Reset—each made up of four distinct blends. Fast Co. editor Lara Sorokanich says, “Their blends are indulgent and geared toward times of day. I use Dusk to wind down at night and Grove to get a refreshing pine boost in the morning.”

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Brooklinen Weighted Comforter
We test-drove this comforter—which cushions glass microbeads between Brooklinen’s signature soft cotton for evenly distributed pressure—and it proved to be life-changing. Co. Design senior writer Elizabeth Segran reports: “Since I’ve used this blanket I have slept much longer every night—usually more than eight hours. And I’ve woken up feeling more refreshed and productive. It has been a game-changer for me.”

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Gravity Blanket
We also tested Gravity Blanket’s micro-fleece weighted blanket, which is designed to be spread out across a queen- or king-sized bed, but also works well on the couch. Chris Allen, Fast Company’s director of editorial video, found the blanket a super relaxing way to unwind after a stressful day.

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Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
Parachute’s Cloud Cotton Robe is oh-so-very-soft, is made from stylishly slouchy Turkish cotton, and comes in gorgeous muted earth tones, as well as, a crisp classic white. Consider this your gift solution to the “but they already have everything” problem. Sure, they might already have a robe, but this one is better.

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30 Beauty And Wellness Products To Help You Survive The Holiday Season

With everything 2020 hurled our way, self-care is now more of a priority than ever. And because the holiday season – which can be a stressful time for many, even without the pandemic – is officially upon us, ahead are 30 beauty and wellness products (listed in alphabetical order) that’ll help you look and feel your absolute best well into 2021.

AmorePacific Moisture Plumping Nectar Cream

From Korea’s beloved luxury skincare line comes this new moisturizer featuring a rare bamboo nectar that’s naturally rich in amino acids (our skin’s building blocks), along with green tea seed oil and lotus flower extract to help achieve that coveted plump and dewy look. Apply a pea-sized amount – a little goes a long way – morning and night for the best results.

Athena Club The Razor Kit

With this wallet-friendly kit costing $9 for a razor handle, two cartridges, and a magnetic hook, you have all the essentials for a super-smooth shave. The ergonomic handle feels comfortable in the hand, and the five-blade cartridges built in with a water-activated serum ensure a superior glade. You can also pick a delivery plan, so you never run out of blades.

BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner

Vitamin C is a multi-tasking antioxidant that addresses a range of skincare concerns, from fine lines to hyperpigmentation. The issue? How finicky it is. (It loses potency quickly after exposure to light and air.) To that end: Ron Robinson, who’s formulated products for Estée Lauder and Revlon, launched BeautyStat’s Universal C Skin Refiner. Packed with 20% L-Ascorbic Acid, the groundbreaking product is dispensed from a pump, so it remains highly effective from the first to last application.

Best Friends By Sheri The Original Calming Donut™ Dog and Cat Bed

Because my fur child Buster Chang is family, keeping him calm and comfortable is always a priority. Thankfully, this adorable bed does just that with its plush faux fur and round shape that gently supports him. Even better? It’s machine-washable, and looks far more stylish than most dog beds on the market.

Brûmée Cedarwood + Vanilla Fragrance

Founded by Dr. Anne-Claire Walch, Brûmée’s mission is simple: to introduce the world to elegantly-crafted and naturally-based fragrances free of denatured alcohol – which is the base of most commercial fragrances. The Cedarwood + Vanilla is a subtle, nostalgic, and gender neutral scent that can be applied all over the body (including the hair) and lasts for hours.

Cellular MD Night Shield Lotion

Backed by clinical research and science, this new skincare line by celebrated dermatologist Dr. Ronald Moy features proprietary DNA Repair Enzymes that correct past damage, while protecting it against modern-day stressors. Suitable for all skin types, this evening moisturizer replenishes your skin at a cellular level – thanks to the addition of special Circadian Repair Proteins – while you sleep.

Common Ground Hyaluronic Serum + Hemp Extract

The ultra-clean serum marries two of the most beloved skincare

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Trinity Mouzon Wofford’s Beauty Brand Golde Is Making Wellness Accessible To Everyone

Black Is Beautiful is a monthly column dedicated to Black-owned beauty brands and the founders behind them. These entrepreneurs all have a story to tell. Beauty has always been an important aspect of the Black community — from the way we experiment with our hairstyles and nails to the bold-hued cosmetics that pop on our melanin.

Trinity Mouzon Wofford wanted to create a brand that made self-care easy and approachable for young consumers. For a lot of young people, including Trinity, wellness products can often be extremely expensive and out of reach. Thus, her brand Golde was born, a superfood-based brand that makes everything from face masks to smoothie boosters with one goal: to make wellness accessible to everyone.

When Trinity launched her brand with her partner Issey Kobori in 2017, she was dealing with “frustrating breakouts” which led her to turn to superfoods. “We’re all trying to eat [superfoods] as much as possible, but they’re also so incredible for your skin!” she says. What’s so great about Trinity’s products is the dual usage, both a mask for your face and edible. Teen Vogue spoke with Trinity about merging wellness and beauty, her advice to aspiring beauty entrepreneurs, and her perspective on beauty and imperfections.

Teen Vogue: Why did you want to start your brand?

Trinity Mouzon Wofford: I started Golde because I wanted to create a brand in wellness that made self-care easy and approachable for young consumers. I was feeling really caught between the “crunchy granola” stuff I’d grown up with, and the new wave of prestige offerings that just didn’t resonate. Golde was born to fill that gap and make wellness accessible to everyone.

TV: What are some of the challenges you faced breaking into the industry?

TMW: There have definitely been a lot of challenges along the way. We self-funded the business for over three years, so we had to be really thoughtful about where we could invest our limited resources. In the end, it played to our benefit as it forced us to build creative strategies to get in front of our audience, instead of just paying ungodly amounts in marketing spend, which just isn’t sustainable in the long term.

TV: What pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to start a beauty business, specifically a black woman?

TMW: I think the biggest piece of advice I would give is to really understand your “why.” Think about what you hope to accomplish with your business — is it a side hustle or the next big thing? All forms of entrepreneurship are equally valid. The sooner you can be honest with yourself about what you want out of the business, the more easily you will navigate the path ahead.

TV: What’s your daily skincare routine look like?

TMW: I keep it pretty simple. My favorite cleanser right now is called Gentle Matter from Klur, a Black-owned brand. A few days a week I’ll mix in one of Golde’s superfood face masks to give

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Holiday Gifts for Health and Wellness

Give someone the gift of healthy living this year with one of these gift ideas from the writers and editors of Well.

What gift has made your life better?

That’s the question I posed to the editors, writers and contributors to Well, and the result is our first-ever Well holiday gift guide. This list is packed with surprising ideas, many of which were influenced by the changes we’ve all had to make in pandemic life. You’ll find gifts to help you build exercise habits outside the gym, new ways to clean, ideas to lower stress and gifts to help you feel safer during the coronavirus crisis. Here’s to a healthier holiday for all of us.

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