A Guide to Halloween Skincare Recovery

Woman in face paint as scarecrow

Everyone loves putting on a fun face for Halloween! But what happens when it’s time for the makeup to come off…

Costume makeup just isn’t pore-friendly.

While we promote good skincare habits like commandments, we have to admit that we’re human and don’t always take the time to stick to a routine. However, Halloween night is no time to be lazy. No matter how many themed cocktails you have or how tired you are after walking in those heels, your costume likely involves a bit of makeup. Unfortunately, leaving that stuff on your face after the party can lead to tragic results. Your evening regimen of cleanser and lotion may not be enough in this case, especially if you went a little overboard on the face paint. Here are some suggestions for managing your skin pre and post-monster makeup, and getting on your way to skincare recovery…

Step 1: Prep

Make sure your face is properly hydrated and moisturized before you apply any face paint or makeup. This will keep your makeup from drying out or cracking throughout your night. Your skin also won’t be left feeling stripped or dry after makeup removal.

When applying makeup, be sure to use clean brushes, especially if you are borrowing from someone else or if a friend is helping you create your Halloween look. Be careful using makeup around the eyes that may irritate them, especially if you’ve using an unfamiliar formula.

Step 2: Makeup Removal

Makeup is usually oil-based, and because oil dissolves oil, use a makeup remover oil or oil-based cold cream for best results. Apply enough remover to cover the skin and let it set. This gives the remover some time to begin breaking down the makeup on your skin. Next, soak a large cotton pad or clean face cloth with warm water and gently wipe your face, sweeping outward. Make sure not to pull or tug on your skin. If any makeup remains, repeat this step.

Step 3: Cleanse

Cleansing is the most important aspect of makeup removal. To remove layers of costume makeup, use a gentle cleanser to emulsify and drive out impurities — dirt, oil, and makeup residue. We suggest you start by cleansing your chin, moving along your jaw to your ear using upward strokes. Continue to cleanse the rest of the cheek, and repeat this on both sides. Brush the cleanser in outward strokes from your forehead. To cleanse the nose, glide up and down one side, and switch to the other.

Step 4: Tone & Moisturize

Use a toner on your skin after cleansing. Rose water acts as a natural astringent, it can minimize pores and reduce the chance of a breakout. Always apply a light moisturizer after washing off heavy makeup, and use an eye cream for added moisture. SOLSCENSE is a great aid in toning and overall moisturization, due to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Step 5: Mask

After removing your Halloween makeup, your skin deserves a little extra attention. If you have dry skin, a soothing, hydrating facial oil will do wonders to help restore balance. For those who are combo or oily, a gentle clay-based mask will purify pores.

Step 6: Treat

If your skin is red or slightly irritated after makeup removal, give yourself a little break and lay off exfoliating cleansers & devices for a few days. Switch to a gentle creamy cleanser and toner, and apply a soothing mask to bring your skin back to its beautiful self. A microcurrent facial is helpful for regeneration therapy, which also helps blood circulation, and stimulates collagen and elastin production. Microcurrent, oxygen and microdermabrasion treatments can help with a little morning-after-party attention.

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