Can Mercury Retrograde Affect Your Skin?

Mercury Retrograde is a common astrological occurrence during which the planet Mercury moves backward in its orbit relative to the Earth. Astrologers usually advise people not to undertake new projects, sign contracts, or make important decisions during these periods of time. The reason for this caution lies in the belief that Mercury Retrograde causes turmoil, causing miscommunication, delays, and unexpected technological problems.

Could it be possible that Mercury Retrograde could also be responsible for what’s happening to our skin? Let's delve deeper into the potential effects of this celestial phenomenon on our skin health and explore additional ways to navigate this cosmic sensation

What’s Mercury Retrograde?

In astronomy, Mercury Retrograde refers to the apparent reversal of the planet Mercury's orbit around the sun. However, in astrology, it's believed to influence various aspects of our lives, like the way we  communicate with others, travel and technology disruptions, and how we make decisions. Although it’s not necessarily supported by the scientific community, many people experience higher stress levels and may encounter more problems during the Retrograde period.

When it comes to our skin, we know that stress can be a significant factor that can influence its health and appearance. During the Mercury retrograde, increased stress levels due to communication breakdowns or unexpected challenges may show up on our skin. Stress may exacerbate existing skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and promote the production of free radicals, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.

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How Can it Impact My Skin?

Increased Sensitivity

For many, Mercury Retrograde is associated as a period of time in which emotions and sensitivity are at an all time high. This emotional turbulent time may show up on the skin physically, leading to increased skin sensitivity and reactivity. People may find that their skin is more prone to irritation or redness during this time. To counteract this, opt for gentle formulas, avoiding harsh ingredients that help to soothe and protect the delicate skin barrier, like our Marigold Barrier Serum.


The stress and chaos that comes with Mercury Retrograde may disrupt the delicate balance of hormones in the body, which impacts skin health. Fluctuations in hormones may trigger breakouts, particularly for those with oiler skin types or are more prone to acne. Additionally, disruptions in sleep patterns and dietary habits during this period can further exacerbate skin issues, leading to blemishes. Maintaining a consistent skincare routine, eating a balanced diet, and prioritizing adequate sleep can help mitigate these effects.

Lines & Wrinkles

The same stressful, chaotic energy that may cause breakouts during Mercury Retrograde may also contribute to the aging of the skin as well. Stress may also contribute to premature aging, as it triggers the release of the hormone Cortisol, which breaks down Collagen and Elastin, the proteins responsible for maintaining the skin's elasticity and firmness. When these levels decline, the skin becomes less resilient and more prone to developing lines and wrinkles, and ultimately looks less youthful.

How Should You Navigate Mercury Retrograde’s Impact on Your Skin?

Energetic Protection

Incorporating energetic practices into your wellness routines may help to protect against the negative influences that may come with Mercury Retrograde. These practices could include rituals such as smudging with Sage Smudge Stick or spraying our Palo Santo Ritual Mist to help clear negative energy. Additionally, consider incorporating a Rose Quartz Facial Roller & Gua Sha to your skincare routine for their ability to help release tension. Practice mindfulness and meditation to promote a sense of inner peace. Many find these rituals grounding and empowering during times of cosmic uncertainty.

Self-Care Rituals

Regardless of whether you believe in astrology or not, the period of Mercury Retrograde is a great reminder to prioritize self-care and mindfulness. Nurturing self-care rituals such as engaging in an indulgent skincare mask, like our Active Silt Mask. Take a relaxing bath with our Serene Bath Salts. These habits may help alleviate stress and promote a sense of well-being. Additionally, taking time to disconnect from technology, spend time in nature, or engage in creative hobbies can also provide you with a sense of balance and resilience during this tumultuous period.

Skin Mapping

In the practice of  face mapping, specific areas of the face are believed to correspond to different organs and emotional states. During Mercury Retrograde, try paying attention to any changes or flare-ups in these areas may provide insight into underlying imbalances. A good example is that breakouts around the chin and jawline are often associated with hormonal fluctuations and stress, while forehead acne may indicate digestion issues. By addressing the root causes of these imbalances through lifestyle adjustments and targeted skincare, you may be able to support both your emotional well-being and your skin health.

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