If the zodiac signs were steps in the 10-step Korean skin care routine, which would they be? Indulge us as we explain.
Into astrology? So are we. In fact, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, chances are you can easily recite not only your sun, moon, and rising signs, but those of all of your closest friends too.
In addition to reading our monthly and even daily horoscopes, we also can’t get enough of the astrological-themed memes and posts that have been all over social media lately. The signs as breakfast foods? The signs as classic horror movie villains? Sign us up.
While we in no way endorse assembling a skin care routine solely based on your horoscope, we couldn’t resist having some fun by pairing parts of the 10-step Korean skin care routine with astrological signs.
So without further ado, scroll through to see what product category best represents your sign and to find out your skin-scope, as dictated by the mind of a Pisces.
Aries – Spot Treatment
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries are never afraid of a challenge. In fact, most Aries thrive on new and complex situations, preferring them to mundanity and routine. You attack situations head first and with the intensity of a spot treatment. You also have little patience and like things with quick and easy resolutions. If you are looking for an Aries partner, it is important that you challenge them and match the level of energy they bring to all aspects of their life. If not, they could grow bored and move on after a while.
This month: Slow down and remember to do the small tasks you always put on the back-burner. Sleep in and go to bed early. Attacking everything with the zest of the spot treatment will burn you out. It’s important to remember to relax and rehydrate.
Try: The Plant Base AC Clear Magic Gel, $23
Taurus – Sheet Mask
As an earth sign, there is nothing a Taurus appreciates more than a little bit (or a lot) of personal space. While everyone else can’t wait to spend their weekends going out and socializing, you look forward to holing up in your room and doing a bit of pampering. After all, there is nothing a Taurus values more than comfort and feeling good. This is because your ruling planet, Venus, is the planet of beauty, finery, money, and love. And nothing represents this desire for luxe ‘me time’ like a sheet mask.
This month: Buy a new book. Pull out your fluffiest blanket. Take a little extra time to relax, light a candle, and crack open your favorite sheet mask. You deserve it.
Try: Goodal Houttuynia Cordata Calming Mask (5 pack), $15
Gemini – Double Cleanse
Geminis sometimes get a bad rap as two-faced. Not only is that not true, but you’re actually one of the most multi-faceted and complex signs of the zodiac! After all, you’re one of the three dual-natured signs. Signified by double imagery (Pisces as the two fish, Libra as the scales, and Gemini as the two twins), this represents the polar extremes you often experience. What should you eat for dinner? Where should you go for a little weekend trip? Geminis are always willing to try something new and never feel like there is enough time in the day to do it all. What better form of skin care to represent this duality than the double cleanse?
This month: Focus on balance and equanimity. Days spent outdoors on new adventures should mean nights in practicing self-care. It’s OK to rest and rebalance. You need it Gemini.
Try: I’m From Fig Cleansing Balm, $30, and d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser, $35
Cancer – Pimple Patch
Darling Cancer, you may have a tough exterior, but there is no one sweeter than you. Just like the crab that represents your sign, Cancers often appear closed-off and distant. That solid outer shell that protects you from the outside world is similar to the hydrocolloid bandaging of a pimple patch, protecting and gently subduing the sensitive skin underneath. And the truth is, once they finally open up, having a Cancer in your life will truly nurture your soul. Naturally empathetic and caring, Cancers are often the ‘mom-friend’ of the group.
This month: Dream bigger. Commit to playing by someone else’s rules for once. Open up and make a new friend. The time to think big is now.
Try: Acropass Trouble Cure, $18
Leo – Sunscreen
Represented by the lion, there is nothing a Leo enjoys more than positive attention. But with a love for celebration like yours, it’s important that you know how to prepare for the spotlight. What better way than with sunscreen? After all, you’re ruled by the sun, a mark of your stability. Unlike the other signs, which are ruled by individual planets, your governing body will never go into retrograde. Those who know you best will vouch for your loyalty and fierce dependability. And this is just the kind of attitude we want to see directed towards sun protection.
This month: Seek out a new adventure or go on an unexpected outing. Use this time away to get in touch with what you really want this year to look like. And don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!
Try: Cell Fusion C Laser Sunscreen 100 SPF 50+/PA+++, $19.99
Virgo – Exfoliator
Dearest Virgo, ever the perfectionist. Stubborn but sweet, those who know you best know that you criticize only because you care. In fact, if criticism was a love language, it would be yours. But take a cue from the exfoliator in your routine, and learn how much to poke and prod without being TOO much. After all, both harsh physical scrubs and over-exfoliation can lead to tender and overly sensitive skin, just as you can inadvertently hurt the feelings of those you love the most.
This month: Plan a nice date, whether its for your partner or just for yourself. Take the time to call the loved ones you haven’t heard from in a while.
Try: Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad, $20
Libra – Essence
Libra, although you’re an air sign, you value balance, equilibrium, and stability. The people-pleaser of the zodiac, you can’t help but tip back and forth to make everyone in your life happy. Although some may accuse you of not being true, we know you just have a big heart and want to make everyone happy. Just like essences, which are the heart of the Korean skin care routine, you get along with everyone (and every skin type). But do you ever stop and think about yourself?
This month: Take a trip to a body of water (the beach, the ocean, a lake, etc…) to clear your head and reimagine your sense of self.
Try: Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Essence Water, $38
Scorpio – Serums
Although Scorpios may be a water sign, they have a distinctly fiery nature. Represented by the Scorpion, they are the the fiercest of the water signs. Passionate and intuitive, trust us when we say that you always want a Scorpio on your side. These water signs have a unique way of always having events turn out in their favor, most likely because of their unwillingness to acknowledge any other outcome. Like a serum, they are all about the long game, planning months and sometimes even years in advance to get the ideal (skin).
This month: Take a soak in the tub. Unpack your recent fears and worries. You have a tendency to bury everything in a negative away, this weekend don’t let that happen and confide in a friend.
Try: Enature Birch Juice Hydro Serum, $32
Sagittarius – Cleansing/Micellar water
Who’s ready for an adventure? Sagittarians always are. Fueled by a constant wanderlust and thirst for knowledge, it’s hard to capture a Sagittarian’s attention for long. You are always on the move, and always with a surplus of friends. As one of the funniest signs of the zodiac, you attract friends and partners into your your life like flies to honey. Just be sure to pack the perfect tools for all of your journeys. Cleansing water will be the perfect companion for those long days and even longer nights.
This month: Get creative. Start a new project or craft that you’ve been putting off. Try a triple-cleanse!
Try: Son & Park Beauty Water, $30
Capricorn – Eye Cream
Hard-working Capricorn, no sign understands the meaning of putting your nose to the grindstone better than you. Represented by the sea-goat, Capricorns are the sign most compelled by wealth and success. Therefore it’s fitting that you would be most similar to eye cream, as it probably features very prominently in your routine to help with your dark circles from all those late night cram sessions.
This month: Take a step back and remember that success isn’t everything. The people in your life can sometimes feel neglected by your single-mindedness. Meditate and reconnect.
Try: Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Eye Serum, $32
Aquarius – Sleeping Pack
Oh Aquarius, your head is always up in the clouds. As the last air sign in the zodiac, you represent free-thought, eccentricity, and non-conformism. Those who don’t know you well have always accused you of dreaming rather than doing. But we know better. Aquarian souls are visionaries, and there is nothing they love more than a CAUSE. Dreaming is the perfect first step to championing your ideas into reality. Just don’t forget to remember to apply that sleeping pack before nodding off into dreamland!
This month: Take some time to yourself. Turn inward and practice self-care that you so need at the end of this hard winter. Catch up on your beauty sleep.
Try: Saturday Skin Yuzu Vitamin C Sleep Mask, $29
Pisces – Clay Mask
Sweet Pisces, as the last sign of the zodiac you absorb the traits and characteristics of all the other signs. A natural empath, you can’t help but soak up the energy that everyone else is putting out into the universe, just like a clay mask. While this makes you the wisest and most empathetic of all the signs, it also means that sometimes you forget to come up for air and drown in a sea of emotions.
This month: Remember to check in with yourself, your body, and your surroundings. For example, pay close attention to your clay mask and don’t forget to wash it off before it has dried completely!
Try: Troiareuke Acsen Pore Control Mask, $38)