Your 2021 Guide to Skincare: Based on Your Horoscope
By: Melissa Mae
What better way to start the year than a specially curated skincare regimen tailored for your zodiac sign. Yes, it’s true, your astrological sign can often influence what you do and how you go about doing them—and that includes your beauty routine!
With 2020 being the (to put it simply) absolute mess that it was, it’s only fitting that you start this year off on the right foot and find a few answers in the wonderful world of astrology. This January, we look towards NY-based astrologer Alice Bell's wise predictions to decipher your sign’s 2021 and create a skincare routine, especially for you.
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It’s no lie that 2021 will begin a little unpredictable, with the on-going pandemic and all. But one thing’s for sure—this year is all about development; what with the new Covid-19 vaccinations incorporated, shifts into the digital sphere and new technological and scientific innovations being introduced, and a greater sense of unity and creativity adhered all over the world. Adjusting to our new normal and cooperating to embrace change seems to be the key takeaway of Bell’s predictions.
We’ve also got good news for those born in Aquarius, as it seems 2021 will be your year. It all started with the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction last December, and if our predictions are correct, both planets should remain in Aquarius for most of the year.
For those of you who aren’t avid astrology enthusiasts and have no idea what this means, don’t worry. We’ll break it down for you in a quick timeline. The unity of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius will bring about energy of rebelliousness, unified creativity, and significant shifts throughout the year—and this can be seen in the way we respond to existing governmental structures, our work, and the way we live and coexist with one another.
Now that you have a clearer picture of what 2021 will bring to society as a whole, let’s dissect what you can expect for your sign and how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine this year. Beauty meets astrology—yeah, we like the sound of that!
You’re passionate about your work, you’re impatient by nature (especially when things don’t go your way), and your ultimate goal is to make some progress over the course of the year. Sound familiar? Well, it should. They’re your famous traits, after all! And honestly, there’s no shame in being unapologetically driven. You know your worth, and that’s impressive.
If you’re a fire sign (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), it’s imperative that you get your hands on some soothing skincare—be it serums, cleansers, or moisturizers, you name it! Our senses tell us your main concern this year will be inflammation.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
For Aries babies especially, try to take a step back and practice patience when searching for the right skincare routine. Because you’re always on the go, make sure it’s a routine that’s fast and does the job. If you do skip steps in your skincare routine, make sure your next product makes up for it.
In 2021, your love life will take the wheel (only if you allow it to). Much like our advice for skincare, be patient, and let love find you. You tend to rush into things, so don’t let it destroy the potential of a good relationship. Everything should fall into place.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
As one of the most enthusiastic signs of the zodiacs, there’s no doubt you’re adventurous in the way you live your life. Our advice to you is to try your hand at the latest skincare trends, such as J-beauty, if you haven’t already done so. Who knows? You just might find something you like!
2021 is the year of growth for you, and you will reap the benefits of the sacrifices you make. Born to be in the spotlight, you still find ways to remain creative, even when restricted by the pandemic’s heavy hands. You might be overly-excited to say yes to every opportunity you get (new relationships especially!) once your restraints have been lifted, but do be careful about what you agree to. Practice patience and wait for good things to come.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
You appreciate your freedom, and you tell it as it is. Hey there, sweet Sagittarius—that’s the same energy your skincare regime should hold too! Our recommendation? Follow a simple and minimalist routine that you can change up any time you feel stuck or bored with your skincare.
2020 was especially tough on you, often finding yourself lost in the abyss without a clear goal set in stone. As for 2021, try your best to listen to your mind and body; only you will know what you need and want this year. Prioritize yourself and practice self-care. Treat your body as it deserves after such a tiring year!
As an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), you appreciate being grounded and realistic and hate change you can’t control. Because of this, you might be holding onto certain things (be it an object, a memory, or a relationship) that may not be working out for you. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to hold onto the sentimental, but be careful not to let it take over your every being.
This year, your main issue might be a stale skincare routine that does nothing for your skin. You tend to get comfortable with things that used to work for you but may not be anymore. Fun fact? Your skin changes over time, so you have to change up your regimes with it. Try that new routine you’ve had at the back of your mind for ages now! What’s the worst that could happen?
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Practical, stoic, determined, and stubborn; those are just a few of the traits you possess, our dear Taurus. Lucky for you, these are great personality traits to have to create the best skincare regime for yourself. You already know you’ll be able to achieve anything you want once you put your mind to it, so don’t hold back when it comes to your skin. Do your research and enjoy the process!
Like Leos, you will undergo growth over the year and might have to take on more responsibilities along the way (which is no stranger to you). In 2021, take a leap of faith and act on your desires. Career opportunities will be knocking at your door, so don’t be afraid to answer them.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Hello perfectionist (oop—we meant Virgo)! Much like your personality, you appreciate taking the time to craft your skincare to the best of its abilities and give your skin the utmost care it deserves. You’re scrupulous like that, and honestly? It’s hella impressive! Our advice would be to give your skincare or beauty regime a fun twist to it. Add a pop of color here and there. Sometimes it’s good to go off the book.
In 2021, you will need some much-needed rest after being the emotional vessel for the people around you in that travesty of a year. You can only experience a calmer, more peaceful 2021 if you allow yourself to enjoy it. Do not let others take advantage of your listening ear all the time, and you’re all set for a better year ahead!
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Hold on, let us put on our best Mary Poppins voice: “Practically perfect in every way!” That, our dear Capricorn, is you. Your empirical tendencies ensure that you don’t overspend on your skincare products and get the best deals when it comes to creating the best regime for your needs, which is, quite frankly, amazing. Keep it up, but don’t stinge on the products you do need! We recommend doing thorough research on your existing products and finding out what you do require for your upgraded skincare regime.
Before we move onto our fellow air signs, we’ve got great news for you! 2021 is the year of opportunities for your career and finances. Don’t be afraid to go into the things you’re passionate about and give it the best you’ve got! Take risks, execute them well, and be handsomely rewarded, dear Capricorn. You can do it!
If you’re an air sign (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), chances are you probably suffered the most during the lockdowns in 2020. As naturally sociable individuals, the restrictions the pandemic put on you most likely turned your world upside down. This 2021, try your best to embrace every moment you have with your family and friends. You’re doing so well already, and knowing your quick mind, you’ll find a way to make whatever you aspire for possible for you!
When it comes to skincare, make sure you don’t neglect hydration in your regime. With your tendency to say yes to any social event or meet up with the people you love, you may unintentionally abandon the skincare routine oh so patiently waiting for you back home. Remember, a little goes a long way! Just a schmear of moisturizer on your face will work wonders on your skin in the long run.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Perhaps the most sociable (hello ENFP!) of all the zodiac signs, you appreciate a skincare routine that matches up to your loud personality. We recommend changing up your routine every once in a while and not being afraid to try new things. There are many unique skincare brands out there (ahem shameless plug—like us) just waiting for you.
Unfortunately, our dear Gemini, 2021 would require a little more effort from you to get the year going. You will find some career opportunities knocking on your door, but it’s all up to you to follow through with them. And we believe in you, get that personal growth and career gain you deserve!
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Love life, come through! This year is all about relationships for you, Libra. That said, invest in some good skincare and beauty products for the dates you will go on. It’s all about pampering and looking good for yourself before thinking about your future partner. Get that aromatic perfume you’ve always wanted—it’ll come in handy this year.
In 2021, it’s all about balance. Even though your relationships seem to be the main prediction for your sign, do not neglect yourself and your needs. Continue enjoying your self-care time and pamper yourself as if you were single, and protect your heart. Exciting things happening, Libra. We’re stoked for you!
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
There they are—the star of 2021 is finally here! The most independent, loyal, and idealistic of the zodiacs, it’s only right for your skincare to match up to your energy. You know what you want, and you don’t stop till you get it, which is great! Now apply that to your skincare regime this year. Just picture Ariana Grande’s voice in your mind going: “I want it. I got it.”
With 2021 comes growth and rewards. However, the only way to get the most out of this is to allow yourself to be vulnerable to the people around you and embrace help. There’s nothing wrong with showing the emotions you so often tend to hide to put up a facade in front of others. Remember, feelings are not a weakness! They simply make you human. We’re rooting for you!
Hello, my fellow water signs. Are you doing okay? Is everything good in the hood? We know 2020 was tough, but 2021 seems to be looking up. By far the most intuitive, sentimental, and intense of the elements, it’s no surprise that water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) tend to let emotions rule their....well, everything (and let me just break the fourth wall here—I can say that because I’m a water sign myself).
This year, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and tackle your sensitivity, both physically and mentally. The next time you’re at Sephora, be on the lookout for mineral-based products that are as gentle as your demeanor. Rid yourself of your tears, love. You’re doing great!
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
We just want to start this off with a virtual hug for you, Cancer. With your overly-emotional tendencies, 2020 must’ve been rough for you. Our advice? Invest in a skincare or self-care routine that brings you comfort. Buy that bath bomb and take that relaxing bath you’ve been meaning to take. Or buy that lavender-scented lotion that will knock you right out on nights when you’re most exhausted.
In 2021, please allow yourself to be taken care of by others. It’s time for you to heal and be open to help after that miserable year. Like the advice we gave to our friends, the Aquarius, being vulnerable is not a weakness. Most of the time, it makes you stronger. You’ve got this, love!
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
As the protector of the zodiacs and often the most intense out of the bunch, you, our fellow Scorpio, are a tough and vulnerable individual. Do you know what we call that? Layered—and we love that! Much like your true self, your skincare should match up to the energy you portray. We recommend incorporating the art of layering in Japanese skincare to your own. It’s all about consistency (literally and figuratively), baby!
In 2021, we’re happy to say your sign will experience personal growth. 2020 was hard on us, but it was incredibly taxing on you, and it might have caused you to lash out a couple of times. But that’s okay; nobody’s perfect, and acknowledgment is the first step to keeping your cool in situations that are out of your control in the future. Try to focus on yourself this year and revisit issues you might have set aside over time. Here’s to emotional stability in the new year, Scorpio!
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
By far the most mystical and empathetic sign in the zodiac, you wear your heart on your sleeve. You love to live in fantasies and breathe art, so it’s only natural for you to create a skincare routine that lives up to your vibe. Our tip? Dabble in fun skincare and makeup products! Let your creative juices flow, and you’ll be just fine!
In 2021, it’s time for you to come out of your shell and heal from the repercussions of 2020 (yeah, we know you internalized all that pain). This year brings forth significant changes in your friendships and potential relationships—perhaps an FWB turned relationship? It sounds to us like your 2021’s going to be eventful, Pisces. Go get em’, tiger!