13 Ways to Ward Off Bad Luck With Your Beauty Routine
On a day rife with superstitions, thanks to old wives’ tales and a horror-movie franchise that still brings shudders, today is typically known as a day full of bad luck.
While nothing is guaranteed to go wrong, we’ve come up with 13 ways to give your style an extra boost today, so you can attract good vibes and ward off bad karma.
Just in case.
If you’re spooked by today’s date in general, keep your mood up with Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush, a soft pink shade that mimics natural radiance and contains natural plant extracts that mimic the effect of endorphins. Once on your skin, the blush can’t help but promote a feeling of happiness.
Nothing ruins a manicure faster than cleaning. Good thing that handling a broom, changing the sheets, and doing laundry is thought to be unlucky today, as you could be “throwing out” your bad luck. Latch on to the excuse and try a new nail polish, such as Formula X’s new Transformers Top Coats, an assortment of 12 shades that can be applied over any polish transform into something totally new.
Sage is commonly used to remove negative energies from one’s environment, usually in the form of burning it. Double up on cleansing yourself of the negative with Kiehl’s sulfate-free Fig Leaf & Sage Liquid Body Cleanser. Now you and your environment are free of negativity.
Throwing salt over one’s right shoulder is thought to ward off bad luck. Eucalyptus has long been known as a protection scent, warding off disease and illnesses. Combine the two and get down in the shower with the c. booth’s All Over Body Sea Salt Body Scrub. A word to the wise: if your skin is freshly waxed or shaved or if you have any nicks, stick to a sugar scrub. Ever heard that phrase “rubbing salt in the wound”? Bad luck indeed.
The Laughing Buddha was a monk legendary for bringing smiles and happiness wherever he went; good luck and prosperity was said to come to those who rubbed his belly. This tradition inspired Rituals’ Laughing Buddha line, which utilizes mandarin and yuzu to revitalize your senses. Use their alcohol-free Happy Mist on your skin, on your sheets, and anywhere you want to create an uplifting, positive environment.
There’s an old superstition that says a relative will die if you cut your hair on Friday the 13th. That sounds a bit over the top, but we don’t recommend getting a drastic new cut today anyway: if you end up hating it, you’ve just ruined your weekend. Instead of cutting it, bring good fortune and movie-star shine to your hair with OGX’s Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo & Conditioner. Their formula features cherry blossom, ginseng root, and bamboo extracts – 3 ingredients sourced from plants typically associated with good luck in certain Asian cultures.
Speaking of hair, another superstition states that if you drop your comb while brushing your hair today, bad news is on the way. Thanks, but no thanks. If you suffer from knotty hair, grab a bar of Lush’s aptly named Karma Komba, a solid shampoo bar which cleans , prevents dandruff, and detangles. That way, you can brush through your hair without your comb getting caught, tangled, and falling to the floor. The end result: your hair will look and smell really good, and that’s great news any day of the year.
Let’s face it: scaly skin is better suited for horror-movie villains than for you. If body lotion gives you horrible “Silence of the Lambs” flashbacks, switch instead to body oils. ESPA’s immunity-boosting “Resistance” oil blend features antibacterial tea tree, eucalyptus, and sweet almond oils that work together to defend against harmful influences while keeping skin soft and supple.
Feathers have long been a talisman of good luck, and there are plenty of non-offensive ways to wear them. Skip the so-two-years-ago feather extensions and channel your inner Stevie Nicks with a pair of feathered earrings. For a different approach, pick up Shu Uemura’s Black Velvet Feather false eyelashes, which feature slightly elongated feather tips to add volume and drama to your eyes.
Breaking a coconut is thought to bring good fortune to any new venture. Take the easy way out and get a glow out of it: Josie Maran’s moisturizing cheek colors use coconut water to sooth and hydrate skin while simultaneously delivering the healthy shade of your choice. Besides, when your cheeks are well-moisturized, it’s easier to smile.
There is no feeling quite like that of sunburned skin. It’s painful, it’s damaging, and it can actually leave a scar behind. While there’s not technically a higher chance of getting a burn today, prevent yourself from ever becoming a Freddy Krougar-lookalike by wearing sunscreen every day, without question. Coola’s SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizing Sunscreen is a vegan, cruelty-free, naturally based product that fights aging and damaging rays, environmental factors, and free radicals. Additionally, you can rack up good karma, as a portion of proceeds are donated to Save Our Seas.
Using honey in beauty rituals is great for your skin, and it’s also thought to attract sweetness in one’s life. This particular Friday the 13th also brings with it the honey moon, a full moon that will actually glow with various shades of amber and yellow, hence the name. Celebrate this rare occasion by treating your skin to some of the naturally healing properties of honey with Mario Badescu’s Honey Moisturizer.
Activated charcoal is said to be fix a hangover and remove a jinx. It’s also a great way to prevent and treat blemishes. If your skin is filthy from the LA air or from running through forests away from who-knows-what, give a good detox with Origins Clear Improvement Mask. It looks a little scary on, but once washed off, your skin will have everyone saying, “You’re so lucky to have such clear skin!”