How will Chinese New Year 2024 affect your skin?

By Tracey Smith on January 18th, 2024

2024 is the year of Fire Flame Candle Yang, meaning sensitivity, broken capillaries, heat and dryness. Tracey Smith is founder of Ashmira Botanica, a brand that is deeply passionate about the profound, transformative effect of Chinese Medicine. Inspired by this ancient wisdom, their skincare collection honours the principles of the Five Elements, incorporating luxurious, natural ingredients that speak to the soul. With their signature treatments delivered by the likes of Chuan Spa at The Langham, Charlton House Spa in Somerset, and from this month, Harrods, we chatted to Tracey about the impact of Chinese New Year on skincare.

Ashmira Botanica follows the sexagenary, stem-branch and four pillar year cycle for Chinese horoscopes and biorhythms. This cycle consists of 60 biorhythms which repeat themselves every 60 years.

The sexagenary or stem branch system is based on the combinations of a cycle of 10 heavenly stems and 12 earthly branches. You will therefore find that the biorhythms used by Ashmira Botanica differ from the Chinese zodiac that you normally read about. Ours are more in depth and look at the energy/personality you have the potential to become. It is interesting that when we talk to younger people, they can often only associate with part of what we tell them about themselves, however, anyone over the age of 35/40 normally finds up to around 80% of what we tell them resonates.

The lunar new year starts on the date that the second new moon falls on after the winter solstice in Eastern Asia, meaning the first day of the Chinese New Year falls anytime between January 21st and February 20th each year. This new lunar year falls on Saturday February 10th 2024 and will be the 4721st Chinese year.

Following the sexagenary system, 2024 is the year of Fire Flame Candle Yang with extra influences coming from both Wood physically and Earth emotionally.

In the more common Chinese horoscope, 2024 is the year of the Wood Dragon. This year indicates a time that is perfect for new beginnings, and hard work leading to growth and prosperity. The Dragon is said to be one of the most auspicious signs in Chinese astrology, symbolising power, strength and good fortune.

From our perspective, Fire Flame Candle is a very gentle fire, but one that burns brightly, meaning that this year should bring warmth, love, and happiness – a time for closeness with friends and loved ones and a great time for communication.

Watch your skin this year for more sensitivity, broken capillaries, heat and dryness. 

Those born in this year are believed to be ambitious, energetic and charismatic, full of passion and enthusiasm. They are natural leaders, risk takers and magnetic personalities who draw people to them because of the light which they radiate out. They need to be aware that they should only associate with those that are right for their energy, being aware of those wanting to feed off their light, and not to be-friend everyone, as they tend to do.

Based on this system, all of the babies born in the year of your 60th birthday will have the exact same biorhythm as you! Your 60th birthday year is a very special one, and those who have taken care of themselves and eaten well will flourish this year.

Interested in stocking the Ashmira Botanica skincare or waxing products at your salon or spa? Get in touch with the Ashmira Botanica team:

T: 01823 428588

Tracey Smith

As a waxing expert, educator and owner of premium waxing and skincare brand Ashmira Botanica, Tracey Smith has extensive knowledge in the beauty and spa industry. She supplies beauty salons and spas throughout the UK with Depileve Waxing Products and Anesi Skincare.

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