The New Moon is a particularly special time of the month for me. I use it as an opportunity to give myself a little extra attention, taking a step back from the stresses and expectations of everyday life to just focus inwards for a while. The energy of the New Moon depends on the sign that it’s occurring in, but it’s generally a period fit for setting goals and intentions, nurturing new ideas and putting your mind to what you want from life.
I usually make sure I have the evenings of both New and Full Moons free, as I like to do a little bit of magick to mark the occasion. In my opinion, Moon magick can take whatever form you’d like it to; for me, it’s normally a longer-than-usual yoga practice, a relaxing bath, or a DIY facial. In fact, a DIY facial is my new favourite way to celebrate the lunar phases, and is something I’ve come to really look forward to every couple of weeks. In today’s post, I thought I’d talk you through the routine I follow to create an at-home, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free New Moon facial!
step one | C L E A N S E
First things first: make sure your skin is nice and clean! You can use your usual cleanser for this step – I typically use Tropic’s Smoothing Cleanser* or Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish – or an oil of your choice, like castor, coconut or almond. Rinse away with warm water or using a gentle cloth.
step two | E X F O L I A T E
If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t make time to exfoliate as often as you’d like to or would be good for keeping your skin feeling fresh and renewed. I like to take extra care with this step during my New Moon facial, using a natural formula – usually a castor oil and coffee grinds blend of my own, or Tropic’s Face Smooth* – before double rinsing with a soft bamboo face cloth and warm water.
step three | S T E A M
This might be my favourite step, as it feels deliciously witchy and offers plenty of time for planning and reflection. I heat a kettle of water, then carefully pour about half a litre into a large heatproof bowl, and add a few drops of Balm Balm’s Frankincense essential oil*. Next, simply take a comfortable seat, drape a towel over your head, and lean your face over the bowl, breathing nice and deeply as the hot water steams and purifies your skin. You can add any manner of garnishes to the mix: essential oils, flower petals and herbs are just a few ideas.
I normally light a candle and listen to calming meditation music, or an episode of the Anxiety Slayer podcast, while taking this step.
step four | F A C E M A S K
Now that your skin has been deeply cleansed, it’s time to go in with a face mask! Try to choose something which caters to your skin type and any concerns you have. I usually go for my beloved Bloomtown Black Clay mask, but more recently I’ve been reaching for Tropic’s Clear Skin Blemish Fighting mask*. Both masks boast willow bark extract’s skin-clearing properties, and work wonders for my spot-prone complexion.
I tend to leave the mask on for around 10-15 minutes, before thoroughly rinsing it away with my facial cloth and some warm water.
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step five | T O N E
By now, your skin should be feeling incredibly nourished. A spritz of your favourite toner will add in further hydration and seal in all that love and attention you’ve showed yourself. Rosewater, or even a homemade toner, would be a good choice. Let the toner water sit on your skin, then either gently wipe it away with a cotton round or leave it to absorb for a few minutes.
step six | S E R U M
There’s so much magick in serums – they’re one of my favourite skincare essentials! Facial oils and serums add much-needed moisture back into my dry skin, and help to regulate pesky blemishes and spots. I normally use an organic baobab oil from Oils of Heaven*, or Tropic’s Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum*, and spend several moments mindfully massaging a few drops into my skin in front of the mirror, taking in how my fingers feel on my face and how the product feels and smells.
step seven | M O I S T U R I S E
The final step in your facial is to moisturise. You may feel that your skin has all the moisture it needs after applying oil or serum, but I like to lock the goodness in with one last layer of product. I’ve been using Sukin’s Facial Moisturiser* for a while now – its blend of natural, nourishing oils make for a great year-round daily moisturiser which doesn’t sit heavily on the skin.
With this last step completed, your skin should feel entirely renewed and refreshed, and you should be able to reap the benefits of having spent time and energy on yourself, all the while letting any new ideas and plans flow through you.
Whether you practice Moon magick or not, there’s no harm in dedicating a mindful practice to yourself once or twice a month! Have you tried a DIY facial as part of your self care routine? Let me know what you think in the comments.
*This post was not sponsored, but I did not have to pay for these products