Netflix released the documentary in August Watch Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones and social media was awash with them in the weeks and months that followed “Blue Zone recipes” from the creators who binge-watch the series and try to apply its longevity lessons to their own lives. While people are forever interested in the idea of living longer, wellness culture this year has been most focused on the idea of Blue Zones and what they can teach us. With special recipes, exercisesand new waves of lifestyle advice floating around the internet are already completely changing the way many people think about beauty and aging. Enter the era of Blue Zone beauty.
The term “Blue Zone” was coined Michel Poulain and Giovanni Mario PesDr. who studies longevity in Sardinia. There are five Blue Zones; “The populations described to the healthiest people in the world” is live: Ikaria in Greece, Okinawa in Japan, Ogliastra Region of Sardinia, Loma Linda in California and Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. The concept of living a Blue Zone-inspired lifestyle is to create a longer life by living well, often by embodying holistic health practices such as the following. Eating plant-based, moving more, reducing stress, and even prioritizing loved ones. But on the internet, this idea has been translated into creator challenges like this: “Eating like 100 year olds” or documenting its effects. They quit their jobs to live in the Blue Zone for three months.
For a working single mom, someone who works the night shift, or someone who necessarily has a demanding schedule, when you’re told to adjust your daily schedule around the sun or “make time for fun and relaxation” (both suggested by tenants living in the Blue Zone) may seem completely unattainable. This is because the reality of life for most people in the US is far from the lifestyle naturally accessible in these regions. This, of course, is an indication of why “creating your own Blue Zone” is becoming an increasingly popular concept in the beauty and wellness spaces. Brands need to be creative to bring the essence of these areas to different places and cultures. There are some brands Formulating products using ingredients from Blue Zones while others Making products based on research done while visiting them.
Blue Zone beauty has also found its way into the tourism and spa industries for those who can travel to keep up with the Blue Zone lifestyle. Hotel Nantipa There is now an offer in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Blue Health Experience for their guests. According to Harry Hartman, the hotel’s general manager and owner, the goal is “to return to the basics of nature.” The new experience promises to help travelers “unlock the longevity secrets of the Nicoyan Peninsula.” This is achieved through bungalow accommodation, daily yoga and meditation, private surf lessons, hikes, volunteering, local family visits and daily spa treatments, along with a customized itinerary designed to meet guests’ individual wellness goals.
Hartman says the response to the Blue Zone-focused tourism experience has already been positive. “We are already working to develop Blue Wellness Experiences with potential guests interested in elements of longevity and connection with nature,” he says, noting that this appears to be just the beginning of a new wave of awareness. Today’s “wellness traveler” is looking for more than a fitness center and healthy dining options. “As holistic health becomes a larger part of the mainstream conversation, more travelers are seeking getaways to Nicoya to unlock our region’s longevity secrets and make meaningful adjustments to their lifestyles at home,” he says.
James Hamblin, author Clean: The New Science of Skin He says some of the biggest factors for improving the appearance of your skin include: Lowering your stress levels, getting enough sleep and eating healthy. Somewhat ironically, this has become a staple of Blue Zone-focused skincare and even consumer products. We’re seeing more lifestyle-centric products (like aromatherapy), a focus on natural ingredients, and overall less is more. approach to beauty Negative just superficial. “Downshifting” (intentional and regular stress relief) can be considered part of your skin care routine. This is consistent with the general trend towards a more holistic approach to skin care. leatherworking and focus skin-gut connection this year.
Similarly, having a healthy diet that includes more natural movement in your life (for most people, this just means walking more) is beneficial in reducing stress and promoting health. But it’s also worth considering who has the ability to “create their own Blue Zone.” “It is well known that diet and lifestyle impact quality of life, but it is also important to address the numerous social determinants of health,” he says Marisa Mooreregistered dietitian nutritionist and author Plant Love Kitchen. “Where you live, how safe it might be to walk, access to quality and affordable food and healthcare, and economic stability can often get in the way.”
Afya IbomThe holistic nutritionist and author from Atlanta says her personal goal is to live to be 300. “What I’ve seen in my personal health over the last year and a half because of my divorce is the impact of stress on your body,” she says. Ibomu’s own research on Blue Zones has led her to better understand the connection between all lifestyle elements on her overall health—from the most obvious, like diet and exercise, to the least obvious, like community and even skin care. He believes that the reason so many people are attracted to Blue Zone principles is for more than just looking better and extending life. “Right now we are surviving, but not necessarily thriving,” he says, “and I realized I wanted to live.”
As the obsession with the idea of learning from the Blue Zones continues to fuel interest in holistic health, more conversations about holistic beauty will no doubt follow. Considering the skin care industry’s long history of capitalizing on the desire to “fight the signs of aging,” progress in longevity may seem like an untapped beauty secret. But if we are not careful, we run the risk of turning these valuable and nuanced ideas, which have been around for decades around the world, into a simplified, one-size-fits-all “anti-aging” routine. While the beauty of the Blue Zone will inevitably continue to grow, remember this; It cannot be distilled into a bottle.