Trick or treat! The night of costumes, makeup, and candy is almost here! If you like dressing up, you probably already have your costume in mind. But beware – all this Halloween fun stops if you don’t take proper care of your skin before and after the spooky night.
Here are a few tricks and treats to keep your skin and hair feeling their best this Halloween:
Check your product.
Before putting anything on your skin or hair, it is always a smart idea to read the ingredients. Whether or not you are planning on going all out with layers of makeup, paint, sprays, glitters, fake blood, or otherwise, knowing what you are putting on your body can save you the trouble of allergic reactions or other negative side-effects after the fun is over.
Do a swatch test.
Even if you read the ingredients, trying the products on a small area of skin (like in the crook of your elbow or on your wrist) will really help you see how you’re going to react to wearing the product for a longer period of time. If a rash or breakout develops, move on to Plan B!
Excessive makeup or cheap Halloween face paint will not be able to soak into your pores if there is a layer of heavy moisturizing cream protecting your face! Before applying your makeup, layer a creamy moisturizer underneath. When it comes to your hair, prepare your locks with an olive or coconut oil hair mask in the shower before the big night.
No matter how late your Halloween night lasts, the last thing you want to do is to leave on all that costume makeup. Be sure to completely wash your face (and hair) before going to bed; use gentle facial cleansers and patience to remove all the layers of makeup.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.
While cleansing may remove the majority of makeup from the surface of your skin, exfoliation will clear out any product that has made its way deeper into your pores. Scrub away, but make sure you are gentle – your skin has already been through a lot this night!
Moisturize – again.
Follow up with a moisturizer to soothe your skin and give it a little extra hydration so it won’t dry out after all that makeup and makeup removal.