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Make Like A Capricorn Mountain Goat To Win At Winter…

Winter Solstice Beauty Rituals

The sacred Solstice, a time of year to bring light into the dark night and slow down.

Nature hibernates in this cold season and we’ve the tendency to hide too. But rather than totally retreating, treat your body like the temple it is, rest and recuperate gently in soft candlelight.

…rest and recuperate gently in soft candlelight…

With the current retrograde in Capricorn it’s a good time to replenish skin; Capricorn’s ruler Saturn is the guardian of our dermis.

We can reassess our health and realign our bodies – our skeletons (another Saturnian thing).

The Winter Solstice is a turning point, as the season changes. This is reflected in the zodiac by the driver signs – the Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn who all ruler over a seasonal shift, a Solstice or Equinox.

It’s nice to mark the moment, acknowledging the turning of time with a ritual.

…mark the moment, acknowledging the turning of time with a ritual…

Until December 29th we’re in the waning lunar phase, excellent for eradication, stillness and letting go, so here are my top tips, suggestions for winter solstice beauty rituals…

Cold Showers

So fitting for Capricorn season.

Yes, baby it’s cold outside and it’s lovely to warm up in a sweltering sauna of a bathroom, however heat isn’t great for the skin’s ability to hold in moisture.

Stick to short showers and avoid drying soap lather – squeaky clean ain’t as nice as cleansing oils and scrubs…

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Save Your Soles

Feet as dry as old stuffing?

I hear ya. Soak your tootsies in warm, soapy water and buff away till your hearts content. You’ll thank me for this prod, and with Mars now in Pisces it’ll be easy peasy to assert action with a foot file.

Moisturise and slip into cosy bed socks.

Revel In Nature, Au Natural (But Remember SPF)

You’ll feel the color rush to your cheeks when you take a brisk (or slow) walk in the woods BUT don’t forget SPF (at least 30), as the sun still shines in winter.

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Mull over the smells and sensations of your surroundings and go natural – foundation looks TERRIBLE on dry wintery skin sop opt for a solution with a dewy finish. Avoid cakey powder and matte makeup.

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Exfoliate and use an extra-rich creamy moisturiser.

Avoid The ‘Leo Look’

Queen of summer, the lioness rulers over bronzers and a killer tan. Save this look for Leo season and the summer solstice, gang.

Mistletoe Kissable Lips

No-one wants dry, cracked lips puckering up beneath a chiming clock on New Year and the fact is, lips so become chapped in the winter.

If you suffer from particularly sore smackers avoid waxy, scented or lanolin based balms.

Silk Over Static

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If you’re out and about and prone to flyaway hair use a silk scarf as a chic beauty accessory and tool for keeping flyaway strands smooth.

Tuck hair neatly beneath the scarf and enjoy a salon moment on arrival.

Lovely Lashes

I’m off eye lash extensions now. I was quite into this for a while as my lashes are wanting a little oomph (y’know what I mean), however I tend to pick at them and consequently my real lashes disappear too.

A better solution for me is a decent waterproof mascara (for those wet and windy winter nights) and a few corner lashes that come off with no bother.

Meditate

Guess who wears the most easy and beautiful smile on their face over Christmas?

Serene folk.

It’s not all about a flawless face of makeup, you can also achieve beauty from the inside out.

Seek meaningful interactions with family and friends now, many of whom you don’t usually get to connect with.

Re–member, it’s Mercury Re–trograde – time to Re–visit old relationships and Re–minisce.

Love you guys,

Happy Winter Solstice!

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