Planets are retrograde when the Earth is passing that planet in orbit, making the slower planet appear to move backward in space. Think of passing someone on a track: while moving ahead of the another due to your faster pace, the other appears to move slowly backward even though they are moving forward.

Mercury rules neutrality and communication, and retrogrades cause planets to exude sleepy energy. Imagine trying to operate while very connected to the dream world, and you’ll get a sense of how a planet’s energy feels during a retrograde period! As a result, we earthly beings react in kind when Mercury is retrograde, facing challenges in the realm of communication in particular. Breakdowns, data loss and crossed wires are common during this phase.

Our endocrine systems are communication systems, as well. While acne-prone skin might initially flare up, Mercury retrograde is a chance to let our skin deliver messages that might normally go unnoticed or unaddressed.

Here are five tips to achieving greater clarity through this and future Mercury retrograde seasons:

  1. Start fresh. Release dull skin concerns with masks like our newly released PRISM 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial. Masks feels especially wonderful when Mercurial concerns show themselves on the skin. Find the best one for you with this handy guide to all of our masks and what they do.
  2. Stay neutral. Take advantage of this celestial slow-down to balance mind, body, soul, and skin. Indulge in blissful yoga poses while you’re letting your facial work its magic.
  3. Travel prepared. Should you happen to have travel plans during a Mercury retrograde phase, double-check your travel plans more than once. Should you feel the Mercurial wave, the Balance + Clarify Natural Skincare Mini Collection is your ticket to keeping your complexion dewy and gorgeous amidst challenges.
  4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, for this keeps verbal communication strong. A little squeeze of lemon to help detoxify never hurts. Aesthetics inspire, so treat yourself to our ViA Wellness Crystal Water Bottle by VitaJuwel. A gentle amethyst dome charges your water from within for soothing energy and hydration simultaneously. This simple effort comes in handy when faced with Mercury retrograde stress, reducing irritation and mental fog.
  5. Practice in the mirror. If you have something very important to share with a coworker, loved one, friend, etc., try practicing reciting what you need to say to yourself in the mirror. Do so while applying a beautifying oil with an uplifting scent like our Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil. Harmonizing hemp seed oil nourishes your skin and amplifies your beauty while grounding moisture supplies a confident glow you can carry boldly into any conversation.

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