Capricorn: 22nd Dec – 19th Jan
Your skin is feeling overwhelmed right now, and will start to play up if you’re not careful this month. Scale back your skincare and stick to just a handful of lightweight products, ideally those with mostly natural ingredients. Don’t clog your skin up with heavy creams: yes you need something that is hydrating and nourishing to combat the dryness caused by this cold weather, but choose a moisturiser that is light and non-clogging. Check out this month’s Roccabox - you’ll find one inside…
Aquarius: 20th Jan - 18th Feb
You’re usually a little lazy when it comes to bodycare, so this month why don’t you up your game, but make it easy on yourself by choosing products that perform more than one function? Opt for a body cream containing AHA’s, which will exfoliate skin as it hydrates; or choose a retinol-based body lotion to tackle signs of ageing (pigmentation, fine lines) as your moisturise. We guarantee you’ll see such great results you’ll soon see it as less of a chore.
Pisces: 19th Feb - 20th March
As a Piscean, you love to take on new personal challenges and projects. Having a dabble with Veganuary this month? It makes sense to look at incorporating vegan beauty products too, replacing any of your non-vegan beauty staples where possible. In fact, we’ve made it really simple for you: every product in our January Roccabox is vegan. Give them a try: we’re confident at least one of these five fantastic bestsellers will gain permanent status on your bathroom shelf.
Aries: 21st March – 19th April
This month you’ll be feeling kept in the dark over something important and it won’t sit well with you. This is an issue you’ll just have to ride out unfortunately. In the meantime, make sure your beauty doesn’t leave you in the shade: opt for clean beauty lines only, looking for maximum ingredient transparency. Paradoxx is one such haircare line - expect full transparency, no toxins and almost 100% natural ingredients. Their Repair Game Changer Hair Mask, £15 is certainly changing our hair game right now. Seriously recommend.
Taurus: 20th April – 20th May
Lately you’ve been keen to start protecting your skin better, haven’t you? Remember while protection generally starts and ends with a decent quality daily SPF, you should also factor in Blue Light protection if you sit in front of a screen all day. Also consider how skincare ingredients can offer protection from your environment: for example, Niacinamide helps your skin grow its ceramide barrier, which then retains moisture and protects you against UV damage.
Gemini: 21st May – 20th June
You felt stuck in a make-up rut towards the end of 2021, so why not use this month to get experimental? Pull out all the eyeshadow palettes from previous Roccabox’s and have a really good play around. Try the shades you wouldn’t usually go for - you might just surprise yourself…
Cancer: 21st June – 22nd July
We’re all a little guilty of neglecting our bodycare in January: hiding our limbs under loungewear means we’re less likely to pay attention to scaly skin, dried out patches, and even more noticeable conditions such as Keratosis Pilaris. It’s easy to ignore but it’s surprisingly simple to do something about it: commit to incorporating an exfoliating product, a hydrating body butter, and if necessary a targeted treatment daily or at least three times a week and you’ll see a huge improvement by Feb. Better still, find a product that combines all three. (hint - you’ll find one in your January Roccabox!)
Leo: 23rd July 23 – 22nd Aug
You’re feeling particularly virtuous through the first half of January, so use that to make positive changes to your beauty routine. Have you considered switching to clean skincare brands and products? Removing many of the toxins of traditional products has seriously positive impacts on your health, your skin and the environment. Check out our January Roccabox, a clean beauty edit to help you get started.
Virgo: 23rd Aug – 22nd Sept
This month your tendencies towards perfectionism will hit a high. Making it a great time to perfect your cleansing portfolio. Ideally your cleansing ‘wardrobe’ should contain a mixture of three products - all different formulas that perform specific roles. You’ll need a micellar water, cleansing oil or balm for your initial cleanse (we love cult cleanser Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel for a really satisfying deep clean); a water-based cleanser, to remove any residue left from your first oily cleanse, and an exfoliating cleanser, to use twice a week, in place of your water-based one, to help break dull older dulling skin cells.
Libra: 23rd Sept- 22nd Oct
Libra, seriously, what is your hair playing at right now? It really isn’t behaving how it should be, is it? It could be as a result of the weather - freezing and wet - combined with central heating (all that WFH means you’ve cranked it up high, right?) so what you really need is a product that will replace lost moisture, sealing it deep into the cuticles (we’ve included one in your January Roccabox - don’t say we don’t spoil you!) Lay off the heated appliances too: with less socialising planned for this month it shouldn’t be too difficult.
Scorpio: 23rd Oct – 21st Nov
You noticed your skin was getting really dull towards the end of next year, right? Well now that the excesses of Christmas are behind you, it’s a good month to do something about it. If you’re doing Dry Jan you’ll have already noticed a remarkable change in your skin: it should be brighter, clearer and the dullness should have faded. Enhance that glow further by layering a hydrating facial oil over a vitamin C serum: a tip we stole from queen of glow, Gwyneth Paltrow, trust us when we say this will give you next level radiance.
Sagittarius: 22nd Nov – 21st Dec
Stopped seeing results from your serum lately? Try a double-cleanse. If your skin is thoroughly cleansed, it’s easier for serums and creams to be absorbed. Double-cleansing should also be a must-do if you live in a polluted area, wear a lot of make-up, are a fan of fake tan or your skincare routine includes a daily sunscreen (which, it most definitely should.) Always start your double cleanse with a cleansing oil, balm, or micellar water. Try Oskia’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel: the gel-to-oil texture literally melts away grime, make-up and SPF.
Discover our January box 'Clean Up Your Act' HERE.
By Sarah Edge