Don’t Let the Morning-After Leave You With Scary Skin!
Luckily, we’ve got the tricks and treats to keep you from totally screwing up your skin this happy Halloween.
So, it’s that “trick or treating” time of year again! Gorgeous gals all dressed up as glamorous ghouls, ghosts, and goblins will take center stage on the streets, in schools, in the malls – and in the office. So, whether you choose to simply throw a crisp white sheet with strategically-placed cut-out holes for your peepers over your head and call it a night, or you go full-festive on the make-up mayhem in a concerted effort to impersonate this season’s most celebrated villainous clown – the blood-fanged, colorful-complexioned Pennywise – it all has to come off by the stroke of midnight (or mildly later) when your inner Cinderella returns home from the ball. Don’t worry, we’ve got you un-covered.
Deep Cleansing Oil
Get to the bottom of things – like your bare face – after a night of mega make-up packed to the nines on your poor, precious skin. If there is to be any night you actually indulge in the Korean beauty-inspired double cleansing ritual, then take a tip from your Seoul sisters and make the Even of All Saints the night. Try Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Argan and Coconut Oils ($15) to melt away make-up – much like the wicked witch of the East.
For those trick-or-treaters who took it to the next-level in the dressing-up department and as a result need to dissolve spirit gum glue and special effects type of make-up, you may want to go super duty, double duty on this one, as a lightweight cleansing oil may not cut it. Instead, clean up your act with a waterless, oil-based balm to break-up all thick, theatrical make-up, including dissolving stubborn, sticky, gooey glue. Come clean with One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm ($49) or Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ($50). Be sure to follow up with a traditional gel-based or creamy cleanser as your complexion-cleansing second step to dutifully remove all residual remnants reflective of your epic night.
Make-Up Remover Wipes
If your get-up was on the lighter side of make-up meter, start your cleansing routine with swiping skin with some micellar water-infused make-up wipes before heading to the sink for the full make-up meltdown. Make a clean break before bed with K-beauty’s exclusive DHC Make Off Sheets ($7).
Melt away make-up, grease, grime, and glue, while saving your skin in the process with cotton pads soaked in Gulsha Soothing Rose Micellar Water (prices vary). Micellar works especially great for those sensitive Sally’s or as a first step in your double (or triple) cleansing routine. Just remember that the make-up isn’t all gone until the pad comes away from your face clean. Depending on the amount of make-up you decided to drown you skin with, it may take a few cotton rounds to completely dissolve everything.
If anything, Halloween is the night to whip out those wicked (and wickedly pricy) skincare cleansing tools you’ve stashed away somewhere between your sink and the shower. For an exceptionally deep-down clean with a bit of buffing to beautify and brighten, try the Foreo Luna Mini ($99) with any of your oil, balms, or traditional cleansers. However, don’t use your fabulous Foreo with a beaded facial scrub as the granules can destroy the silicone casing.
Buff and Scuff
After you’ve wrestled with the unrelenting war paint, finally recognizing the person staring back at you in the mirror, give your skin a gentle and beautifying buff and scuff session using some exfoliating skin-perfecting polish like real rose petal powder-infused French Girl Organics Facial Polish – Rose du Jardin ($22-$38).
Whether it’s a snail secrete, 24k gold, collagen, green tea, or hyaluronic acid –infused sheet mask straight out of the celebrity-obsessed spas of South Korea, you’ll want to get in on the anti-aging action and pamper and prettify your just-scrubbed skin with some effortless TLC. The snail and bee venom –imbued Benton Snail Bee High Content Sheet Mask ($2) is a double dose of deep, succulent snail filtrate coupled with collagen-producing bee venom for instant “plumpification” and intense, glow-getting hydration. Here’s a fun, festive face tip to try: If you’re at a loss for what to wear for the big night, don a skincare sheet mask! The Dermova Lace Your Face Compression Facial Mask ($15) with anti-aging rose extract, collagen, and hyaluronic acid doubles as a Silence of the Lambs Hannibal the Cannibal costume without much effort (or the flesh-eating).
If doing an original facial masque is more your style, try a pore-fecting kaolin clay one like the glycolic, hyaluronic acid, and kaolin –infused Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque that tones, tightens, restores, and revitalizes your skin right back to reality. Plus, it’s perfect to do before snuggling under the covers and slipping into a deep, restorative slumber, as it boosts your skin’s nighttime reparative function. GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask ($9) packed with skin-perfecting proprietary Green Tea Teoxi® uses an innovative and super cool carbonated fizzy foam to effectively de-gunk and purify pores of make-up, dirt, debris, glue, and other goo to get you glowing and gorgeous in under three make-up-melting minutes. A fun, wacky way to watch your make-up filled face do a much-welcome disappearing act.
Finally, finish off the post-party skin-pampering sesh with some rich, ultra-hydrating night cream that’ll stay put on your skin and not the pillow. For a luxurious treat that’ll do the trick, you’ll love the legendary sea algae-infused La Mer The Soft Cream ($170) that boasts a bevy of beautifying botanical oils that drench skin and cushion complexion with pillowy-perfection. Pricy? Yes. But, worth every prettifying penny. A skin splurge that’s worth its weight in gold. Treat yourself.
If you tend to suffer with extra dry skin, you’re going to need extra-loving moisture. So, top your night cream with a slather of non-greasy, dewifying facial oil to seal everything in. Try jasmine and neroli oil-infused Rodin Face Oil ($170) for a delicious blend of exotic flower essences and beauty-boosting botanical oils.
After possibly pulling off an entire night of re-applying and re-applying bold, no-budge lip colors and stains, your poor pucker is going to be thirsty for some succulent lip service STAT. So, don’t forget to polish, plump, and perfect your pout with a one-two punch of yummy, juicy moisture using a sugar and peppermint oil-based lip scrub followed by a thick, rich lip balm to seal in all the goodness all night long. Here’s a sexy sister act for lips you’ll love: Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Vanilla Bean ($22) and the Sara Happ Sweet Clay Mask Treatment ($32) bursting with shea butter and richly hydrating olive oil. Muah!
Pre-Parade/Party Skincare Tips and Tricks That’ll Salvage Your Skin
- Stash a skin-saving facial mist in your bag to keep skin hydrated, healthy, Halloween-ish all through the day and night.
- Abstain from doing an intense peel or invasive type of skincare treatment the night of or a few days before the big night as pores are still open and vulnerable to possible adverse reactions, like pimples, redness, rosacea, and lesions. Wait until after the party ends to give your beauty regimen a re-boot.
- Go au naturel the next few days or so to help both your skin and hair recuperate from all the make-up, manipulating, pulling, primping, priming, etc. Try pinning hair up in a polished pony or just slathering on a moisturizer and sunscreen. If the thought of going to work baring it all scares you more than the holiday itself, try a tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream to give complexion an even-toned flush.
- Don’t use theatrical costume make-up from the Halloween or party store, as these products are usually not non-comedeogenic, meaning they’ll clog your pores up leaving you a blemished hot mess come morning. Instead, use your high-end make-up to glitterize and glamorize your get-up. Double your Russian Red M.A.C lipstick for blood, double up on your falsies to re-create Cat Lady, etc.
- Prior to your make-up masterpiece, protect skin with a barrier cream, such as an oil-free primer to guard skin against absorbing potentially pore-clogging ingredients and toxins.