Halloween is bigger than ever, with everyone and their dog joining in (we aren’t even kidding…matching Halloween costumes for dogs and their owners are huge business!). Many people opt for beautiful make-up effects rather than using masks to create their look, but every year we hear about how things have gone wrong on 1st November. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of Halloween skin mistakes so that you can avoid them when creating your costume:
Use Skin-Safe Products
If you’re going all-out and creating a look which requires more than your face to be painted, you must make sure you’re using skin-safe products. You’d be amazed how many Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy costumes have been created using green poster paint, and this is NOT good for your skin. Aside from blocking your pores, it can cause dryness and irritation that you may even need medication to clear up.
Don’t Use Glue
Following on from the above point, we never fail to be shocked by the amount of people who use glue on their faces. Sure, gems, fake scars and other embellishments can take your costume to the next level, but PVA glue will not do your skin any favours. Eyelash glue is a good alternative as this is designed for use on skin and won’t cause irritation.
There are many looks which can be accentuated by having a huge bush of frizzy hair, but the simple rule of teasing is this – what has been done, must also be undone! Backcombng causes the hair to tangle and knot, and getting this out again can not only be painful but it can also damage your hair, causing breakages. If you must backcomb your hair, first smother it in Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Hair and Scalp Mask before doing so, as this will help to de-tangle your mop without damaging it.
Don’t Sleep in Face Paint
Okay, so we’ve all been guilty of going to an amazing Halloween party and then falling into bed in a boozy haze once we get home. However, the only thing worse for your skin than using oil-based face paint is leaving it on overnight. As soon as you get home, cleanse your face with Decleor Micellar Oil as this will tackle oily paint and give your skin the deep cleansing that it needs.
Don’t Hit the Sweets too Hard
Although we know that sweets don’t cause acne, as many people used to believe, we do know that high sugar levels can exacerbate acne, as well as other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. This is because when you eat sugar, insulin levels rise, which subsequently increases the inflammation in the skin. And since inflammation is a key component in the formation of acne, you end up seeing flare-ups and an increase in the amount of acne on your face.