Halloween brings plenty of spooky and sugar-filled fun, but masquerading as your favorite villain, superhero or fairy tale character can unfortunately have frightful consequences for your skin. When you swap a beauty counter makeup routine for cheap, over-the-counter pots of faux blood and more, your complexion may get spooked in a big way. Costume or drug store Halloween makeup typically contains inexpensive, artificial ingredients that can clog pores and promise big time breakouts in the days following October 31st. So, how can we enjoy face painting festivities without fearing serious skin setbacks? Control offers the following “tricks” to “treat” your skin well this Halloween:
Prep before you paint. Before you pile on the white face, make sure you prep skin properly with a good moisturizer. Not only will this discourage irritation and other skin reactions by creating a protective barrier between skin and Halloween makeup, it will also keep skin hydrated and help give your “painted face” a more finished final look.
Pick makeup carefully. As noted above, Halloween makeup can be laden with artificial colors, fragrances, waxes, fats, chemicals and oils, all of which can create skin congestion and sometimes even serious reactions. If you can, choose your costume makeup as carefully as you do your everyday beauty products, avoiding harmful ingredients such as paraben preservatives, lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
Pamper post-party. No matter how late into the night your Halloween shenanigans last, it’s more important than ever to follow the cardinal rule of skincare: NEVER go to sleep without removing your makeup! Soothe skin the next morning with a gentle, hydrating mask, such as Control’s Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask, which will help renew skin texture, and restore skin’s balance by drinking plenty of water. For the ultimate at-home skin pick-me-up, try a “Spoonful of Radiance:”
Step 1: Freeze a metal spoon for a few hours.
Step 2: Cleanse skin, then apply Control’s super-hydrators Cellular Repair Serum and Firming Tri-Peptide Serum to face, neck, and eye area. Use the frozen spoon to massage the product into the skin with gentle pressure and small movements.
Step 3: Apply your favorite Control moisturizer and Collagen Eye Defense. You’ll notice reduced puffiness and an instant glow.
Control Corrective wishes you all a safe and fun Halloween!