How Halloween Makeup Affects Skin

Skin Care Tips for Halloween Makeup

How Halloween Makeup Affects Skin |

Spooky season is here and that means dressing up for Halloween. Halloween is the perfect day to go all out with your makeup. From minimal to heavy Halloween makeup, on yourself or someone else, it is important that you use makeup that is safe for your skin.

Read our to learn about skin tips for doing Halloween makeup to make sure your skin doesn’t have a scary reaction.


Prior to applying festive makeup, give yourself enough time to prepare your skin from breaking out. Take the time to exfoliate your skin in the areas you will be applying the makeup to so that your skin will be smooth and rid of dead skin, oil, and bacteria. This will make it easier for you to apply the makeup to those areas and combat blemishes from popping up afterward.

Prepare for the day:

Before you apply makeup all over your face, do a test spot on your arm or hand. If the area of skin that you tested the makeup on does not become irritated or break out in a rash, then it is safe to apply for a test run.

Keep your face clean

Whether you have acne or not, it is important to wash your face two times a day to remove impurities, dead skin, and extra oil from your skin’s surface. Use warm water and a mild face wash without any scent. Harsh soap can hurt your already inflamed skin and cause more irritation.


Some acne products can dry your skin, and moisturizing will minimize dryness and skin peeling. Look for non-comedogenic products as those products are specially formulated to not block pores.

There are many different types of moisturizers that could work.

  • CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion: This is good for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion: This is good for sensitive skin.
  • La Mer Moisturizing Cream: This works for every completion. It will hydrate and soothe the skin.

Clean your brushes

It is important to clean your brushes in preparation for this day. You want anything that touches your face to not be mixed in with prior makeup residual. To clean your brushes, you will need a gentle cleanser, clean sink area, and a clean, dry towel.

Cleaning your brushes:

  1. Run your brushes under warm water.
  2. Then, gently swirl the brush head into your cleanser and use your fingers to rinse the bristles and repeat this until the makeup brush runs clear.
  3. Use a clean towel to blot the bristles dry and reshape them back into place. Then, lay the brushes on the towel to dry.

What to do the day of:

Apply a protective base.

Moisturizing your skin before makeup application can nourish the skin and protect it from potential grease from the makeup. Be sure to start with a clean and dry face.

Don’t forget to wash it off

Do not go to bed with your makeup on. Wearing it too long may irritate your skin, and makeup can flake off and get in your eyes. Remove the makeup the way the label says, whether it is using soap and water or eye makeup remover. Remember the skin around your eyes is delicate and to remove makeup gently.

Not washing off Halloween makeup will cause your pores to clog and possibly irritate your skin and eyes.

After removing the makeup, be sure to follow with a moisturizer to prevent another scary look the next day.


Halloween makeup, face paint and fake blood may not be held to the same standards as other cosmetics. When you are buying your Halloween makeup, make sure you are:

Reading the ingredients

It is important to know what you are putting on your face, even if it is only for one night. Heavy stage makeup is more ly to clog your pores than everyday foundation. Stage makeup is thick, hard to wash off, and can have harsh ingredients that can irritate the skin.

Halloween makeup can include ingredients that can irritate your skin and lead to rashes and acne. Select theatrical makeup that is designed for the use of costumes as it will be gentler on skin and will include FDA approved ingredients parabens.

Parabens are a group of commonly used ingredients that act as a preservative in cosmetic products. Your Halloween makeup needs parabens to ensure the substances will be guaranteed until the expiration date listed on the package. Without parabens in in Halloween makeup, you are putting yourself at risk for bacterial overgrowth and eventually breakouts, rashes, itching, and irritation.

Ingredients that are good for your skin include:

  • methylparaben
  • ethylparaben
  • propylparaben
  • isopropylparaben
  • butylparaben
  • isobutylparaben
  • and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)

There are certain cosmetics with ingredients that can cause acne and other skin problems that you will want to avoid. It is best to avoid products that contain isopropyl myristate, which is commonly found in eyeliners.

This ingredient makes it easier for products to glide onto the skin, but it is known to cause acne.

Henna is used for face and body art but, unfortunately, contains paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which can also cause swelling and redness of the skin.

Don’t reuse last year's makeup

You may not have touched your white face paint since last year’s Halloween costume; however, makeup that goes untouched for a long period of time can produce bacteria. If the makeup starts to smell bad, it is probably full of bacteria, and you should throw it away and buy a new one.

Makeup has an expiration date, and if it is not thrown out, it can be harmful to your skin and cause irritation. Most makeup products will have an open jar symbol indicating how long it will last after it is open.

Here is how long each type of makeup usually lasts:

  • Lipsticks: This type of product should be thrown out after a year, even if unused.
  • Face products: Foundations and primers last up to a year from the date they are opened.
  • Blush: Normally keeps for two years.
  • Eye makeup: Eyeshadow will also last for around two years. Pencil eyeliner will last for a year after it is opened. Liquid eyeliner and mascara should be replaced every three months.

Avoid buying makeup at Halloween pop-up stores

Theater makeup is made of higher quality ingredients including methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben that act as a preservative in makeup products.

As mentioned, theatrical makeup is FDA approved. Some of the makeup at pop-up stores may not be and could include harmful ingredients.

If custom makeup is a must, look for makeup that is oil free, alcohol free, and non-comedogenic with a water base. Oil based makeup is more ly to clog pores. Mehron makeup, Alima Pure and Ricky’s NYC are brands of theater makeup that will be safe for your skin.


To protect your skin from looking scary after Halloween because of toxic makeup, there are certain products to be aware of.

Creams and Shadows

With any unfamiliar makeup, you will want to perform a patch test to make sure your skin does not react to the makeup. Check the makeup to make sure it does not contain any ingredients that are not approved by the FDA.

Adhesives and Glues

Glues that you use for everyday needs, Super Glue, can damage your complexion. Super Glue is not the same as eyelash glue. Look for glues that are meant for theater use. If you are wearing fake eyelashes, make sure that the eyelash glue does not get into your eye because it can glue your eye shut.

Fake Blood

Fake blood is made from red dye that may cause irritation when it reacts with an oil base. Instead of buying fake blood from a pop-up Halloween store, you can make your own with corn syrup, flour, and red food coloring.

How to make fake blood:

To make fake blood, you will need the following: water, corn syrup, food coloring (red), flour, cornstarch, or chocolate syrup.

  1. Begin by combining water with the corn syrup.
  2. Add drops of red food coloring to the mixture until the desired shade is reached.
  3. Let the mixture set at room temperature for ten minutes, and your fake blood is ready.

Prosthetic Skin

Instead of using prosthetic skin, it is better to find something of higher quality, which is less ly to cause skin irritation or inflammation. You can look for theatre props instead of something you can find in the Halloween aisle. You will want to make sure you are not allergic to latex because many of these Halloween accessories are often made of latex.


Cheap, toxic makeup can cause serious skin irritation issues. From rashes to breakouts and allergic reactions, we see it all after Halloween.

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, it is our priority to deliver complete and compassionate skin care to our patients, including information on the best types of Halloween makeup for your skin.

If you have any questions on Halloween makeup or have a rash or skin irritation from makeup, call us at: 304-598-3888.


3 Ways to Avoid A Halloween Skin Nightmare

How Halloween Makeup Affects Skin |

Please check out this wonderful post by one of our favorite skin care lines! Meg 21 is all about stopping glycation in the skin.

Glycation is the damage to proteins caused by sugar molecules and has become a buzzword amongst skincare experts, has long been a focus of study in people with diabetes, and now as part of the skin aging process.

Meg 21 has been utilizing this anti-aging skincare process for over 30 years! Seems a fitting read this time of year!

Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween

That’s a lot of sugar!  “Not to worry,” you say.  “I’ll go easy on sugar and treat myself to Fun Size candy bars.” Nothing moderation, but don’t fall for the hype.  Fun Size Skittles, for example, contains over 11 grams of sugar.  It’s equivalent to swallowing almost 3 teaspoons of sugar–and the recommended daily intake is 6 teaspoons.  There goes half the “fun” in your holiday!

There is not a single benefit to your skin from consuming excess sugar. Countless studies confirm the harmful effects of sugar on health and wellness. And for skin, sugar is a real nightmare.   Excess sugar is a skin-aging accelerator.  Dr. Annette Tobia published Glycated Sugar: Why It Kills Skin and What to Do About It in Skin Inc.

magazine showing the link between sugars and skin.  This research came 18 years of research in aging and diabetes at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia by a team of scientists who at the same time, serendipitously discovered that those same toxic sugars that cause complications in diabetics, also causes advanced aging in skin.

Sugar is not the only bad trick Halloween can play on your skin.  Before you head for your neighbors’ houses or a rocking costume party, beware of the damaging effects on skin of thick pancake makeup.

  Sure it’s fun to transform your face from normal to Nightmare on Elm Street. But keep in mind, the heavier products used for costume makeup contain excess oils, irritants, and pore-clogging ingredients.

 You don’t want to wake up the morning after Halloween looking scarier than you did the night before!

Here are 3 easy steps to protect your skin during Halloween.

Our body produces sugars as part of the natural metabolic process.  But these sugars, in combination with added excess sugars from your diet, lead to the perfect trifecta of accelerated aging: Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, and Glycation.  These “toxic sugars” attach to your collagen and elastin, causing it to become hardened and brittle, weighing it down, and eventually forming a wrinkle.

Recommendation:  Use a product that contains ingredients to block toxic sugars from attaching to collagen and elastin. The MEG 21 line of skincare products contain Supplamine®, the only patented skin-care ingredient with clinically proven toxic sugar-blocking technology.  

Skin that is hydrated provides a flawless canvas for your makeup application.

Recommendation:  Regularly moisturize your skin with a product that contains emollients to bond moisture to skin, smooth fine lines, and nourish.  We favor jojoba oil, squalene, shea butter and coconut oil.  

Be sure to cleanse off ALL traces of makeup before bed.  It’s the first “must” step in your nightly routine.

Recommendation:  Do a double cleanse.  First, use a cleanser that can be applied without water.

This helps makeup bond to the cleanser, which then gets wiped away in one gentle movement, using a cotton round or tissues.  Second, perform another cleanse with water to ensure everything is removed.

 Follow with a spritz of tonerand your favorite sugar-blocking moisturizer, such as Smooth Radiance Face Treatment.


Beware Your Halloween makeup and costume could leave scary effects

How Halloween Makeup Affects Skin |

Zombies can’t be their scariest if they have to itch at their makeup. Witches can’t fly their brooms if they can’t see. And it’s hard to say “trick-or-treat” if you have to do it between sneezes. Having a scary costume shouldn’t be scary for your health. But there are some costumes and accessories that can trigger adverse reactions allergies, skin irritation and eye damage.

“Because Halloween only comes once a year, it makes sense to look for less expensive costumes and makeup,” said Geisinger pediatrician Lisa Coroniti, MD. “But parents need to be on the lookout for cheap costumes and accessories that can be harmful.

These supplies are often made overseas in countries with fewer regulations. As a result, hazardous things can slip through the cracks and end up at your local Halloween store— products containing lead or formaldehyde.

It’s important to be careful while buying Halloween items; make sure to test all products on a small patch of skin prior to Halloween to see if there are any reactions.”

Here are some of the main things you should watch out for this Halloween:

While makeup is safer than masks, which can obstruct vision, it’s important to test any product before using it. There have been cases of cheap Halloween makeup containing formaldehyde, lead and other unsafe chemicals, causing rashes and irritation.

“It’s very important to test any sort of topical product before using it,” said Dr. Coroniti. “If you get makeup from a brand you trust, there is a lower risk of reaction.

Make sure to test the makeup on a discreet but sensitive part of the skin, such as on the underside of your arm.

If you experience any kind of itching, burning or rash, discontinue the product and try to find something else with different ingredients.”

If you really need special makeup that isn’t available from major makeup brands, try theater makeup. This makeup has to be tested by the FDA and is approved for long periods of wear. No matter what, you should still test it on a small patch of skin before Halloween. The best place to test is on the underside of the arm or on the neck.

Other makeup accessories, such as prosthetics used to make fake scars, can contain latex. Be aware of latex with makeup, masks and other products if you have a latex allergy.

Always make sure to use proper adhesives when using products prosthetics or fake eyelashes. Using the wrong glue can lead to skin damage or other undesired consequences. 

Fake blood can contain chemicals that interact with certain petroleum bases in makeup and can cause skin irritation. Instead of buying fake blood, opt to make some yourself with corn syrup.

Colored contacts
Even when it’s not Halloween, colored contact lenses are popular for costumes. But when these contacts are not bought from trusted professionals, they could be bad for your vision.

“There are cases of colored contacts doing serious damage to people’s vision—even after just one use,” said Dr. Coroniti.

“Contacts bought from non-professional sources street vendors or novelty shops may be below safety standards.

People who have used colored contacts have experienced eye infections, scratches on the eye, blurred vision and even blindness. If you want to get colored contacts, talk to a doctor or optometrist.”

The last thing you may think of having an allergic reaction to is your costume. But if your costume or accessories contain certain ingredients, you may be in for a long night.

Just some prosthetics you might glue to your skin, other parts of your costume, such as masks, may contain latex.

Another thing that can be found in jewelry and accessories is metal. Certain metals, such as nickel or cobalt, can cause allergic reactions in some people—causing bumps, rashes and itching.

“If you’re removing an old costume or accessory from storage, be sure to clean it first,” said Dr. Coroniti. “For people with asthma or allergies to dust, the accumulated dust on the costume could cause them to have a reaction.”

Most of these potential issues are not severe, but it’s best to buy products that you trust and testing them on small patches of skin beforehand.

“In addition to following these safety tips, make sure your costume is flame-retardant and has reflective tape,” said Dr. Coroniti. “And don’t forget your flashlight before heading out.”

Dr. Lisa Coroniti is a pediatrician at Geisinger Pediatrics in Forty Fort. To schedule an appointment, call 800-275-6401 or book online.


Halloween Makeup That Won’t Cause Scary Skin Effects

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Halloween is synonymous with tricks, treats and creative costumes, but at Cadiz Laser Spa we associate it with something else – scary skin reactions. People often forget the makeup that transforms their appearance can also clog pores and irritate skin even if it isn’t sensitive.

Halloween makeup tends to be very heavy, which doesn’t allow the skin to breath. While you enjoy the holiday festivities your skin is basically being suffocated. If you want to avoid playing a mean trick on your skin this Halloween check out the makeup suggestions below.

Look for the Non-Comedogenic Label

Non-comedogenic means the product won’t clog pores and is typically free of pore-clogging oils. Anything that goes on your face should have the label to minimize the risk of a breakout.

Watch Out for Harsh Chemicals

Extreme pigments and special effects makeup ( glow-in-the-dark creams) look cool for a reason – they are far from natural. It’s best to skip this type of makeup all together.

If it’s an essential part of your costume take a look at the ingredients label before you buy.

Steer clear of products that contain harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, fragrance, phenoxyethanol and propylene glycol.

Avoid Costume Makeup

If you only heed one piece of advice this should be it. Any makeup you find in the costume aisle is ly to come with the problems noted above. Costume makeup is cheap and meant to only be worn once. It’s designed to mask the skin not nourish it.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Theater makeup is different from costume makeup. The heavy-duty makeup used by stage actors is pricey, but it’s used to create unique looks night after night without irritating the skin.

Opt for Makeup Brands You Already Use

Walk right past the costume aisle to the makeup section. There’s a good chance you can find whatever you need from a beauty brand that invests heavily in creating products that won’t upset your skin. The safest option is to use products from a line that you currently use.

Create a Layer of Protection With Primer

When you’re shopping for Halloween makeup add primer to the list. A makeup primer will create a barrier of protection for your skin. Instead of the makeup sinking into your pores it will sit on top of the primer. Bonus – primer will also help makeup go on smoother, last longer and minimize fine lines.

Be Gentle When Removing Makeup

At the end of the Halloween revelry you’re bound to be tired and ready for bed, but it’s important not to rush the makeup removal process. It’s even worse to skip it all together.

Read the removal directions beforehand to make sure you have what you need to get the makeup off. Most of the time removal requires more than water alone. We also highly suggest that you do a double cleaning.

Gently wash off the bulk of the makeup on the first go round with a mild gel cleanser. If you have a face cleaning brush use it along with a glycerin-based soap or cream cleanser for the second wash.

Before your face is done drying smooth on a layer of moisturizer.

Treat Your Skin to a Little Pampering

After the Halloween holiday you can help your skin recover with a little extra pampering. Now its the perfect time to treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial. A customized facial spa treatment will clear out pores to correct flare-ups and prevent future breakouts. You’ll be left feeling fresh faced and ready to start the picture-filled holiday season.

Need to recover after an evening of trick-or-treating and Halloween parties? Cadiz Laser Spa has frighteningly good spa specials and aestheticians that know how to work magic!

Call us today to schedule a consultation

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Avoid scary skin and hair this Halloween

How Halloween Makeup Affects Skin |

If there is any time to go all out with hair and makeup, it’s Halloween. When else can you cover your face in colorful paint and fake blood and hit the town? While Halloween makeup can be fun, it’s not so great for your skin.

Face paints and thick costume makeup can cause breakouts or allergic reactions if you aren’t careful. There are a few ways to avoid skin issues during Halloween without disrupting your fun, so don’t stop planning that wicked witch costume just yet!

Be conscious when choosing Halloween makeup

Choosing Halloween makeup may seem as simple as finding the colors you need, but there is a lot more to consider when selecting your face paint. Makeup sold at Halloween stores is often hypoallergenic but not typically non-comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Additionally, costume makeup often has harsh ingredients that provide full coverage but can irritate the skin. These ingredients may be fragrances, preservatives or heavier oils than everyday makeup.

Try to find oil-free and non-comedogenic makeup, and read all of the ingredients to be sure there are no allergens.

Never use last year’s Halloween makeup. Makeup that has sat unopened in a dark place for a year is the perfect breeding ground for breakout-causing bacteria. Investing in quality costume makeup each year will save you from skin issues down the road.

Properly prepare your skin

Prepping your skin before applying thick costume makeup or paint is one of the most important things you can do to prevent skin irritations. Before applying makeup to your face, always do a spot test on your arm or leg to see how you react to the makeup. Spot testing will ensure unsightly hives won’t be a part of your costume this year.

Once you’ve tested the makeup, you can start prepping your face. First, cleanse and exfoliate your skin thoroughly. Exfoliating not only provides a smooth canvas for applying makeup, but it also eliminates dead skin cells and opens clogged pores.

After cleansing and exfoliating, moisturize your skin and apply a primer before applying makeup. The primer will act as a barrier between the makeup and your skin. This important barrier will help shield against skin damage the costume makeup may cause.

Triple cleanse before bed

Sleeping in Halloween makeup can wreak havoc on your skin. After a fun night full of candy and creepy clowns, always cleanse your face before going to bed. Start with your regular cleanser. Be gentle, never using harsh scrubbing techniques that will further irritate your skin.

After cleansing your face, use an oil-based makeup remover or baby oil to rid your skin of any thick makeup left behind. Remember, your Halloween makeup most ly contains heavy oils and therefore needs an oil-based cleanser for removal.

If you’ve applied false eyelashes or any other type of stick-on embellishment to your face, it is best to invest in adhesive remover. Never pull anything off your skin without using an appropriate cleansing aid; use a makeup remover or adhesive remover to help with the process.

Once your face is product free, exfoliate your skin to guard against breakouts. A chemical exfoliant, such as our glycolic and salicylic acid pads, is great for unclogging pores and calming inflammation.

Avoid hair horrors

Just your skin, Halloween can be equally hard on your hair should you choose a spooky style. Instead of using paint, glue, glitter and other hair products, try a wig. A wig can give the look you want while keeping your hair harm’s way. Before placing the wig, use dry shampoo on your hair and scalp to absorb any of the oils the wig may produce.

If your costume calls for a specific style you can’t achieve with a wig, there are few helpful tips to keep in mind to protect your hair and scalp.

Just costume makeup, look for quality Halloween hair products and spot test them before full use to minimize reactions.

When washing out hair decorations and products, use a sulfate-free shampoo, gently massaging into the hair and scalp. Follow with a conditioner, using about three times the amount you would typically use.

Brush through wet hair with a soft bristle brush, repeating these steps until hair is clean.

Moderate the sweets

Last but not least, we can’t let Halloween come and go without mentioning the horrors that excessive candy can have on your skin. In a nutshell, sweets raise insulin levels in your body and can quickly move blood sugars the bloodstream and into your cells. This contributes to skin breakouts and can exacerbate acne for those who already have the condition.

The trouble with Halloween candy is that we often have it in our home weeks before Halloween (a temptation to indulge), and it seems to linger for weeks after. Be mindful of the types of candy you buy, and consume it in moderation.

Prepare in advance

Start your Halloween planning now, so you have time to do your research and have all your products and cleansers at the ready.

Hopefully, these tips will keep your skin in tip-top shape through Halloween, but if you DO have any issues, you know who to call. Columbia Skin Clinic is a full-service dermatology practice serving patients in three convenient Midlands locations.


Halloween Skin Care Tips

How Halloween Makeup Affects Skin |

Halloween is just around the corner, and for those who celebrate this means it’s time to plan a killer costume. If your costume involves makeup, don’t let the fun spirit of Halloween cloud your judgment when it comes to your skin’s well-being.

You should not disregard the fact that heavy costume makeup can be harmful to your skin. If proper precautionary measures are not taken, all the Halloween fun and excitement can end up being a horrifying experience for your skin.

Here are some Halloween skin care tips to help.

Excess sugar, caked-on makeup, and a late night out are guaranteed to take a toll on your complexion this Halloween.

Even after all the celebrations are over, your skin will most ly be looking a little gruesome but no longer as part of your spook-ified Halloween costume.

With these helpful post-Halloween skin-care tips, your skin will be detoxified and looking and feeling as good as new in no-time!

Prevent Breakouts

DO NOT leave that heavy costume makeup on overnight! No matter how tired you are after your night out, you will only need to dedicate 10% of the time it took for you to apply the makeup, to remove it.

Use our Deep Cleansing mask after thoroughly washing your face to gently clean out the pores and remove excess sebum. The deep cleansing mask can also help to remove hard-to-remove makeup leftovers.

Simply apply the mask and remove with a damp wash cloth after 5 to 10 minutes.

Deal With The Irritations

Glitter, prosthetic wounds, and any other fun stuff you are using to enhance your costume can cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. Layer the Soothing mask on before bed as a sleep mask in place of your moisturizer.

The chamomile and shea butter will help reduce any inflammation and redness. If you have sensitive skin, you can also apply a very thin layer of the soothing mask on your face before applying your makeup to protect and soothe your skin.

Skip the Halloween store makeup and go for cosmetic grade

There are so many options when it comes to cheap costume makeup; however, if you want to do what’s best for your skin, you will avoid drugstore or Halloween store makeup this year.

Spending more money on cosmetic-grade beauty products (usually labeled as ‘professional’ or ‘theater’) will be less harsh on your skin.

Cheap makeup may be labeled as hypoallergenic, but it will clog your pores and do more harm than good.

Use a Clarifying Cleanser

By now you know that the first step of any skin care routine is cleansing.

Now, when it comes to removing all of your Halloween makeup, instead of reaching for a run-of-the-mill cleanser, it’s time to bring out the big guns —in other words, a clarifying cleanser.

This type of cleanser is especially beneficial because it can help purify pores and remove impurities. Your witch/mermaid/mouse/insert-costume-here makeup will finally meet its match.

Hydrate with a Facial Oil

Before applying your favorite hydrating cream, give your skin a little extra love with a well-formulated facial oil. Typically, these oils are formulated with a blend of complexion-boosting essential oils, and can help pump up the hydration.

Give Your Eyes Some Love

Chances are your Halloween look included some form of a killer statement eye. Whether you rocked a super thick wing tip or went all out with zombie eyes, there’s no doubt the delicate skin surrounding your eyes could use some extra attention. To help de-puff this sensitive area of skin and prevent waking up looking you’re still half dead, reach for a moisturizing eye cream.

Don’t forget to treat your scalp right, too!

Of course, Halloween is the one day during the year when it’s completely acceptable to “let your hair down” and use all kinds of hair dyes and color hair shadow products, but be sure not to let your healthy hair be completely at risk!

  • After the party’s over, give your hair a thorough shampoo and conditioning to rinse out all of the artificial coloring inside of it. Be sure to take extra care of your scalp with an olive or coconut oil head massage to keep your hair soft, smooth, and prevent it from drying out. If an entire head massage seems too much work, do a quick treatment by rubbing a dime-sized amount of olive or coconut oil between your hands while gently smoothing it over your hair to get rid of any frizz or fly-aways.

Keep your tummy satisfied without overindulging!

Although there are endless sweets to be devoured on Halloween, here’s how to make sure you treat yourself right and limit your sugar intake even after the trick-or-treating comes to a close.

Eat the right candy (and not a lot of it!):

Of course, it is expected that you’ll be eating candy on Halloween.

After all, that’s the main premise behind this holiday, right? But don’t forget that your diet completely affects your skin’s health, and the processed and refined sugars in most of the Halloween candy that you pick up are not only bad for your complexion, they’re also bad for your overall health. Eating too much candy can cause acne breakouts, dull skin complexions, and can even speed up the signs of skin-aging, so keep the sugar intake moderated.

If you do happen to indulge in a piece of candy or two, avoid milk chocolate and sugar candies lollipops or hard candies. Instead, go for the dark chocolate (those that are dairy-free would be best), which has a lot less sugar without risking its delicious taste. If you’re not allergic, feel free to choose dark chocolate that contains nuts, which will give you some protein.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate:

Keeping hydrated after the sugar fest is a must, especially because it will successfully prevent dry skin, breakouts, and even allergic reactions.

Focus on festive food alternatives:

Instead of feasting your eyes on the abundant leftover Halloween candy that’s always lying around just hours after the party’s over, go for some healthy (and festive!) food alternatives, such as pumpkin seeds or sliced apples with honey or any other seasonal fruit that is not only good for you, but for your complexion, too!

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