The most frightening thing this Halloween could be what your make-up does to your skin, if you don't prep and remove your make-up properly. Unlike regular make-up, Halloween make-up (also stage make-up or costume make-up) is heavy in texture and pigment – and designed to adhere to your face for a masque-like effect.
Many of these formulas are not designed to remain on the skin for long, and they contain potentially irritating or comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients such as Mineral Oil, artificial fragrances and colors.
before applying make-up
To protect your skin, Dermalogica skin therapists recommend cleansing, moisturising and priming skin with a product like HydraBlur Primer prior to applying those thick layers of make-up. By adding a layer of primer, or using a shielding moisturiser like Barrier Repair, you can both reinforce your skin's natural protective barrier and smooth out any rough skin texture for better make-up application.
after the night is over
Don't let blackheads and breakouts go bump in the night! Step up your cleansing routine to thoroughly remove all your Halloween make-up before bed, including eye make-up. Remember, your make-up has collected the oil, sweat and millions of dead skin cells that are naturally produced by your skin, plus the pollution, dust, chemicals and grime you've likely encountered throughout the evening. This toxic cocktail forms a suffocating film that can worsen skin conditions like oiliness, sensitivity and breakouts.
Always cleanse your skin twice with the Dermalogica Double Cleanse that starts with an oil-based cleanser like PreCleanse Wipes. This will help dissolve the oils that comprise heavy make-up without over-sensitising your skin. Be sure to pay special attention to your chin and nose areas. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.
If your pores look clogged or your skin seems stressed, apply a masque for enhanced recovery. If lips feel dry, apply a conditioning treatment balm like Lip Renewal Complex. Then rinse and follow with few spritzes of hydrating toner and the Dermalogica Moisturiser that's best for your skin.