When Saturn is square to your Venus, as it is to mine now, you naturally restructure (Saturn) your beauty (Venus) regime. So because it’s Saturn, this is not the joyful frolic through some new season frippery that some other transits might suggest. Nor is it the sex induced endorphin infusion of a Pluto-Venus trip.
But it does – naturally – have its lessons. So, in case they help anyone else, Saturn transit or not, i am passing them on. As a Moon in Libra, i have been obsessed with face and body gunk my whole life. It’s been high end, it’s been low end, it’s been clinical NASA level science and it’s been haute hippie – zero chemicals, yes you could eat it. The whole spectrum has featured and with various levels of expectation but there has always been gunk.
I was discussing this with a Taurus the other day and we were agreeing that it evolves into a pleasurable ritual, slathering the gunk on your bod, getting a mild dopamine hit from the smells and the potential promise of the firming or the moisture, whatever…the massage component. Body lotion can also be a far better way to scent yourself than spraying on perfume with its alcohol and all.
But – and this is the Saturn bit – i had this weird rash/speckled skin tone on my skin that is basically fungal. So i go looking for the gunk for that (and there are plenty) but in this process i learn that mites + yeast + fungus live off gunk. They particularly love olive oil and any oil based gunk but basically any body lotion will keep them merry and thriving indefinitely. What i was told is that for genuine skin health – even skin tone and glow etc – you use NO gunk. This to me is like the Flat Earth Society.
I was like ‘What about expensive gunk?’ ‘But surely if it is dermatologist endorsed that’s fine?’ ‘Body oil with essential oils and no parabens?’ The conversation was akin to a problem drinker trying to figure out if ‘dry white wine’ was still okay. Or cocktails if they had fruit. But no. To eject any version of unwanted microbe from the skin colonies and discourage them from coming back, you apparently have no gunk on the body – you dry body brush, wash with the right PH body wash (exfoliating mitts encouraged) and then dry off thoroughly. That is it.
So fully expecting to have hideous skin after a week of this, i did the regime and scarily, for a Gunk Addict, my skin is better than it has ever been. There is one oil free face serum with retinol and that’s it. it still feels weird not to be applying body lotion but not only is it apparently not needed, it’s counter productive. I asked the derm why this was not more widely talked about and he shrugged; where is the money in that? Who would advertise in the magazine?
If you are interested in the PH thing, this is a really intense The Matrix meets skincare article by a very Uranian character. There is some thought provoking “Louise Hay’s Alien cousin” style material on there about how people who repress their anger end up with really thin skin & porous boundaries – that their complexion reflects.
Another Saturn pay-off: COST. If your skincare regime is dry skin body brushing + some super basic bod wash/soap thing and one serum, you’re saving shit loads. And obviously all the usual drink water/look after your gut stuff applies – this probably would not work if you also snacked on corn chips 24-7 but still…
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