I live by astrology. I really can't help it, and I've found that most people I work with in Los Angeles do the same. It's nearly impossible to be at a meeting and not naturally get into "what sun and moon sign are you? Uh, huh...what rising?" And usually without fail, I can truly understand so much about how our working relationship will go. "A virgo sun with a capricorn moon, and Taurus rising! Fantastic, you're grounded, organized, with a earthy business sense and the steadfast to see a project through. This is going to go swimmingly." But say you're a leo sun, Scorpio moon, and Aries rising - goodbye!
So, you can only imagine how stoked I am to get Britanie Faith of Beauty By Britanie's two cents on how Astrology plays into the skincare we should be using. Maybe this is just playful for one or serious to another, but why not try skincare that's "in the stars" for each of us individually? Here are her notes on skincare based on your Zodiac sign.
B | This is a fun take on skincare advice from your zodiac sign.
I’m not an astrologist, but like most people I do find the “language of the stars” fascinating and you can often find me spending time online reading up about my personal zodiac sign.
From the beginning of time humans have looked to the stars and planets to track cycles of time and energy patterns of our universe. Astrology shows us how the energy of our birth and subsequent planetary alignment influence our nature. It points out our potential possibilities and also the challenges. Here are my personal interpretations of the zodiac signs and my skincare recommendations for each one. No matter which zodiac sign you’re born under, always use natural & organic beauty and personal care products. Nature provides all the necessary ingredients. I’ll begin with my birth sign, Aries.
Aries March 21-April 19
Fire Sign the Ram tends to be ambitious, determined, hot-headed, prone to flushing, rashes and skin breakouts.
Remedy: Cool down your inner heat by keeping face toners & mists in the refrigerator. Spray frequently throughout the day for aromatherapy lifts and to keep your “Inner Ram” cool as a cucumber! Less is more for this (sometimes) overly zealous Fire sign!
Best ingredients: Aloe Vera, Rose, Cucumber, Chamomile, Lavender & Frankincense, Rosehip Oil.
Recommended Facial Oil: Evan Healy Rosehip Treatment Oil
Taurus April 20-May 20
Earth Sign the Taurus tends to be conservative, patient, sometimes stubborn and can get stuck in routines that no longer work for them. (You know you don’t like change!).
Remedy: Switch up your skincare routine! If you’re not seeing the results you want, try something new. You tend to have a tendency for itchy and dry skin. Exfoliate your skin weekly with a DIY remedy of one tsp of coconut oil mixed with extra fine organic sugar. Rub lightly over your face and rinse with warm water.
Best Ingredients: Use facial serums that include Sea Buckthorn, Argan, Sesame, Sweet Almond or Tamanu oil to give your skin extra hydration and put back that glow into your cheeks.
Recommended Facial Oil: Kumari Rejuvenating Face Oil
Gemini May 21-June 20
Air Sign the Gemini tends to be indecisive, inquisitive, and changeable. Let’s stick to a plan here!
Remedy: Consistency in your skincare routine is a good thing. You tend to be prone to respiratory allergies so choose skin care products that contain minimal ingredients. Avoid high concentrations of essential oils in any product you apply to your skin. An important skin care tip for you is to follow through and don’t ever go to bed at night with your makeup still on!
Best Ingredients: Rose water, Aloe Vera, Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils would be perfectly nurturing.
Recommended Facial Oil: A perfect choice for moisturizing is Lina Hanson’s Global Baby Serum (free of all essential oils and delicate enough for baby’s skin).
Cancer June 21-July 22
Water Sign the Cancer is the most unpredictable of all the astrology signs. Caring, nurturing and diplomatic one minute, then emotional, intense, and prone to irritability the next. Could it be hormone issues? Good possibility….
Remedy: Let’s balance things out here! Water retention seems to be a problem as well as skin sensitivity. I like to use a few drops of geranium in a DIY facial mist. It’s been toted as a “miracle plant” with therapeutic properties and can help with swelling, water retention and aging skin.
Best Ingredients: Best facial products for you contain macadamia, jojoba and sesame oils. Geranium oil has been know to assist the body in naturally balancing hormones.
Recommended Facial Oil: One of the best serums to promote skin equilibrium is Laurel Skin Facial Serum: Balance
Leo July 23- August 22
Fire Sign the Leo is self confident, creative and can be “a bit” bossy because of the nature of this dominant sign. They can tend to be vain and most likely are the most inclined of the zodiac signs to buy into the claims of quick solutions to skincare issues.
Remedy: Don’t be caught up in the hype of unfounded beauty claims. Remember that true beauty is cultivated from the inside~out. Include healthy foods into your diet. Don’t waste your time on beauty fads with unfounded claims.
Best Ingredients: Enjoy natural skincare products that contain Sea Buckthorn and jojoba oils with added rose essential oils.The legendary Rose, Queen of the flowers suits the powerful Leo constitution perfectly. For the Leo sign who cares very much about their looks, rose essential oils are full of antioxidant activity which assists in the fading of scars, and helps to heal the skin.
Recommended Facial Oil: Try the divine Shiva Rose Face Oil
Virgo August 23- September 22
Earth Sign the Virgo is intelligent, practical, down to earth and tends to be quite the perfectionist. This can be draining to themselves (and others). They like to over analyze and this can lead to feelings of stress and indecisiveness.
Remedy: Herbal Facial steams are helpful to unwind and relax. Here’s a great favorite of mine: put ½ cup of dried herbs such as chamomile, lavender flowers, rose petals or even orange peel into a large bowl. Pour boiling water over the top of the herbs to saturate. Wait a few minutes to let the water cool just a bit. Place your face about twelve inches above the pot and drape a large scarf over your head. You want to allow the steam to bathe your skin for just a moment. Next, remove the scarf and take your face away from the steam. Take a few deep breaths of the surrounding aromatherapy scented air! You can repeat this process for a maximum of five minutes. Always be careful when doing a facial steam. You never want the hot water to touch your face. The herbs need to steep, and the rising steam will open your pores and the aromatic herbal oils will sink into your face. Finish with a splash of cool filtered water or your favorite toner to close your pores. Avoid If you have sensitive skin or are prone to broken capillaries.
Best Ingredients: Treat yourself to some beauty pampering.Choose skincare products that contain rose, chamomile, sandalwood and frankincense. All of these essential oils help to soothe feelings of being overwhelmed & stressed out.
Recommended Facial Oil: Choose Captain Blankenship Rose & Pomegranate Face Oil to drench your skin in rejuvenating antioxidants.
Libra September 23- October 22
Air Sign the Libra is charming, romantic and non-confrontational. They see both sides of everything and sometimes that causes them to “freeze” when it comes to making a decision.
Remedy: Commit to a skin care routine (even for a few weeks) and you will feel the difference in your complexion. Because you love all things beautiful, romantic and exotic, choose skincare products with those qualities. You are ruled by Venus after all. Take a tiny bit of whipped Shea butter and warm in your palm. Add a few drops of your luxury oil, mix and apply to your face, neck and decollete in pressing upwards motion. You do love your beauty.
Best Ingredients: Opt for some of the more luxurious facial oils such as Argan, Prickly Pear Seed, Macadamia, and Pomegranate
Recommended Facial Oil: Try May Lindstrom Skin The Youth Dew
Scorpio October 23 - November 21
Water Sign the Scorpio is passionate, loyal, intense and emotional. Did I mention sensual? But you can be strong willed, jealous and equally as stubborn.
Remedy: Forgive yourself and others. Soften everything about yourself. Use anti-aging Macadamia nut oil for your face. This oil is has skin rejuvenating properties and will help rid your face of the frown marks from trying to have your own way! A happy face is a beautiful face.
Best Ingredients: patchouli, sandalwood and lavender, macadamia nut
Recommended Facial Oil: The super potent anti-aging Siren Serum by Leahlani Skincare is the perfect choice
Sagittarius November 22 - December 21
Fire Sign the Sagittarius has a most adventurous and independent spirit. Never one to shy away from taking risks this sign brings excitement to any event. Generous, friendly, and highly intelligent, but prone to impatience.
Remedy: Because of this tendency towards impatience and a basic restless nature, structuring a disciplined skincare routine is paramount for this Fire sign. Cool the heat with splashes of cold filtered water upon wakening. Follow with a facial toner such as Thousand Petal Beautifying mist. This scent offers anti-anxiety aromatherapy benefits like no other. And with your propensity for tension and stress, you’ll want to get started off on the right path for the day. Because you tend to lean towards the extravagant, let’s keep your regimen simple to balance your nature. And with your propensity for tension and stress, you’ll want to get started off on the right path for the day. Because you tend to lean towards the extravagant, let’s keep your regimen simple to balance your nature.
Best Ingredients: Argan, coconut, olive, grapeseed and prickly pear seed oils.
Recommended Facial Oil: Kypris Beauty has created a superb product: Beauty Elixir III, Prismatic Array
Capricorn December 22 - January 19
Earth Sign the Capricorn has driven and intense desire to succeed. They reach their goals because of fierce ambition and logical understanding of the road to success. Underneath the Capricorn cool exterior hides a most sympathetic and loyal heart. The tendency to be domineering can make others feel insignificant.
Remedy: You need to make time for yourself and your “self-care” routine. All work and no play are making you hold onto grudges. You don’t have to do everything perfectly! Simplify and scale down your routine. Look for anxiety reducing aromatherapy essential oils such as lavender, peppermint and geranium. And uplifting scents like lemon, sandalwood and rosemary to relieve your worrisome personality. Go without makeup for a day or two. Let all the feelings of insecurity just dissipate. You need to show more of that incredible sense of humor that you have!
Best Ingredients: Perfect facial oils for you are the deeply hydrating pomegranate, macadamia, tamanu, argan, and rosehip seed oils.
Recommended Facial Oil: An excellent choice would be Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Lavender or Geranium.
Aquarius January 20 - February 18
Air Sign the Aquarius is the spontaneous free spirit who’s ready at a moment’s notice to travel anywhere….ready or not! This individual welcomes change because boredom is the enemy! Unconventional in nature this zodiac sign craves fun and excitement. Aquarians have difficulty with mundane repetitive tasks. So no complicated skincare rituals allowed.
Remedy: Because of the rebellious tendency for conventional (anything) you need to have full freedom of expression. For your skincare routine you don’t want it complicated. A few splashes of water on your face in the morning followed by Argan oil. A bit of sunscreen and you’re good to go. You don’t have time for routines and your unconventional personality rebels when you’re forced to comply.
Best Ingredients: Look for essential oils of rose, neroli, and especially lemon added to sweet almond oil for body massage. For facial oils use tamanu, grape seed, macadamia and jojoba.
Recommended Facial Oil: For quick absorbing and radiant skin choose Fitglow Beauty BLISS Oil with Lavender.
Pisces February 19 - March 20
Water Sign the Pisces are the dreamers of the zodiac. One of the most creative, empathetic and intuitive of the signs. Disliking confrontation, they react strongly to the moods of others.This can be internalized as depression and the feeling of needing to escape. Because of your compassionate nature you can be taken advantage of and can appear even, gullible.
Remedy: Due to your selfless nature you get physically worn down. Time for some grounding and self nurturing essential oils to bring you back to home base. This may save you from that occasional need to escape reality with the essential oils of rose, neroli, sandalwood, lavender, orange, geranium and clary sage!
Best Ingredients: Bergamot, rosemary, ylang ylang, lemon and patchouli are supportive for you. Face oils that contain jojoba, olive, and sweet almond oil are a good choice for you.
Recommended Facial Oil: For a special serum try Uma Beauty Boosting Face Oil inspired by childhood summers on the South of France.
*** If you have a known allergy or sensitivity to any of the ingredients that I've mentioned, do not use them! *** And remember..."Be humble for you are made of earth, be noble for you are made of stars."