ILLUUM’s two favorite things? Skincare and soulcare. And beauty tarotscopes are the best of both worlds.
Here’s how it works: I shuffled my tarot deck and pulled a card for each sign of the zodiac. Then, I interpreted said card to determine what new beauty product you need in your life. Scientific? Hell no. Fun? The most.
Two of Swords
This card symbolizes duality–pleasure and pain, conflict and peace. Clearly, the cosmos are pointing you towards an exfoliating, acid-filled, at-home facial. It might sting and tingle at first, leaving a little redness behind...but by morning, your skin will feel as fresh a baby’s. Try The Ordinary Peeling Solution, $15.95.
Three of Swords
Oof. The Three of Swords is not a great card–it generally means sorrow, destruction, tears, et al. Is this you right now? Are you crying as you read this? Reach for First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller, which contains caffeine to depuff and brighten tired, puffy, crying eyes.
Four of Swords
The Four of Swords symbolizes restoration, peace, the calm after the storm. If your skin has been angry and irritated lately, take a break and let it breathe. First, pick up a copy of Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore, and then spritz your face with this calming Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin spray.
The Magician or Juggler is the second card of the Major Arcana, symbolizing skill, wisdom, and power. This month, flex your expert skincare muscles by blending your own face oils. Start small, using coconut oil as a base and mixing in 1 - 2 drops of essential tea tree oil to help clear and brighten your skin.
Nine of Swords
This card points to worry, suffering, or mental anguish–are you feeling a little overwhelmed with your current routine, or not seeing the results you want? I hate to break it to you, but worrying about your skin is only going to make it worse. Two things: 1) Listen to this meditation track and relax and 2) Swap out your usual face wash for Manuka Honey, a naturally soothing and calming cleanser.
Eight of Swords
Pulling the Eight of Swords shows that there’s a lack of consistency in your current routine–and that’s no way to get results! This month, challenge yourself to stick to a simple, 3-step skincare regimen day and night: cleanser, toner, moisturizer. Try Dr. Roebucks’ Cleanse Nourishing Creme Cleanser, Tone Skin Brightening Toner, and Face Hydrating Moisturizer.
Queen of Cups
This lady is all about water. Libras don’t even need a new face wash or serum this month–all you need to do is hydrate. Set an alarm on your phone to go off eight times a day, and down a glass of water every time it does. I guarantee your skin will be G-L-O-W-I-N-G in as little as a week.
Three of Wands
Symbolizing virtue and hope, the swords on this card take the shape of a lotus. Take a hint from the tarot deck and get yourself a jar of Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, made with lotus seeds and lotus flower extract to exfoliate and hydrate.
Two of Wands
The Two of Wands symbolizes “fire in its highest form.” And too much heat in the body = inflammation and redness. Calm and balance your skin with a hydrating serum, like this Blue Tansy and Babassu Whipped Serum from Live Botanical, via Marine Flora Collection.
Ace of Wands
Pulling this card signifies that the Capricorn skincare routine needs an infusion of energy. Wake your face up with Awakening Face Cream from Scents of Awe, made with a totally natural (but powerful) blend of Aloe, Rosehip Seed, Frankincense Hydrosol, Calendula, and Chamomile.
If this isn’t divine skin care intervention, I don’t know what is. Art, part of the Major Arcana, is “the symbol for the right mixture, the perfect balance, standing for harmony, beauty and peace.” The tarot is guiding you towards finding your ultimate mix of products, basically giving you permission to experiment. I think jojoba oil belongs in everyone’s skin stash, so that might be a good place to start!
Knight of Wands
Like the Knight of Wands, Pisces should remember to armor up this month. Even when it’s not sunny out, sunscreen is a must. Give Glossier’s Invisible Shield a go; it’s not chalky or thick and even wears well under makeup. Sure, it’s not the most fun product to add to your daily routine–but it will save you years of skin agony when you’re older.