Celebrate your sacred connection with the earth using these empowering beauty rituals
Beauty catalogues and shops are full of suggestions to entice us to change up our beauty regimes and use different products for different seasons, but is this just a clever way of getting us to buy more or is there really any correlation between our skin, our energy levels and the seasons? Rebecca Campbell, author of Rise Sister Rise says, “Nature is a living, breathing mirror of who we are. We see ourselves as separate from it but in fact we are part of it. As women we are cyclic beings, connected to the earth and its seasons. As the moon waxes and wanes and the tides turn, all of this impacts how our physical bodies look and feel, as well as how we feel emotionally”. With this in mind, we’ve created a moon-syncing beauty routine that will make you feel out of this world, inside and out.
New moon: 4th May
Introduce a new ritual with a flower essence – perhaps set with a new intention. Flower essences are often used dropped into water and taken orally to benefit mood and emotional wellbeing. Choose an essence such a rose for love and harmony, but also for restoring energy and enthusiasm. It’ll bring renewed vitality!
Try this: Add a couple of drops of rose essence to your favourite skin cream or facial oil, or make a rose spritz. Just add a few ounces of distilled water and about 15 drops of rose flower essence to a bottle (preferably glass) with a spray mister.
Waxing moon: 6th May
This is a good time to nourish the skin by massaging, applying vitamin-rich facial treatments and moisturising. This is a time of taking action and deepening your wellness ritual, so book a massage with organic oils to nourish the skin, increase circulation and create relaxation. It’s also the perfect time for a haircut.
Try this: Make a simple nutrient rich gel based moisturiser by mixing together: 100 ml Aloe Vera Gel (you can buy organic gel or snip from the plant) with 5 drops of almond oil and 10 drops of essential oil – you can add rose, which is especially good for anti-ageing or lavender for relaxation.
Half moon: 13th May
This is a good time to give your skin and hair really intensive treatments. For example, a hair masque with coconut oils and argan oil with some rosemary oils for dark hair or chamomile for lighter shades.
Try this: Make a deep intensive hair conditioning mask. Add a couple of drops of rosemary or chamomile essential oil into a tablespoon of raw extra virgin coconut oil and apply to your hair. Wrap it in a towel and leave overnight, then wash everything through the next morning.
Full moon – 18th May
This is the most heightened time for skin absorption and healing – the perfect time for a full moon salt bath ritual with organic minerals salts, mixed with magnesium oil. Choose sandalwood and frankincense essential oils with some chamomile flowers for an indulgent goddess ritual, adding a nourishing shea butter face mask or an exfoliating treatment such as the AEOS gentle exfoliant Pink.
Try this: Add a cupful of organic magnesium flakes to your bath to help with skin vitality and relaxing the muscles. You can also make a shea butter face mask to wear while you relax by adding 3 drops of lavender oil to 1 teaspoon of shea butter and mixing well.
Waning moon – 20th May
This is a good time to release what no longer serves us. Try a dry skin body brush to remove dead skin cells, followed by a salt scrub with detoxification oils such as grapefruit and lemon. Apply a detoxification face masque to draw out impurities and boost a glowing complexion. Carry out a breast massage with beautifying oils that create breast health, such as the Guardian Angel of Breast oil.
Try this: Make your own dead sea salt scrub by mixing 2 tablespoons of dead sea salt with 1 tablespoon of almond oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or a few drops of lemon oil or grapefruit oil. Or, make your own chocolate face mask with 2 tablespoons raw organic
cacao powder mixed with 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon live natural yoghurt and 3 teaspoons of fine oatmeal. Blend the ingredients together and leave on for 20 minutes.
Rebecca Campbell is a writer, creative, artist and bestselling Hay House author rebeccacampbell.me.
Louise Allen is the founder of Rhythm of Beauty seasonal and celestial soulful living rhythmofbeauty.co.uk