Read This Before Buying Halloween Makeup This Year
Halloween is a makeup lover's dream come true. It's one night of the year you can get as creative and wacky as you wish without any questions asked.
Are you going for the glitz and glam this year? Or perhaps you're in the mood to terrorize the neighborhood. Whatever your mood, these ghoulish sights come at a price!
Theatrical or "stage" makeup used for Halloween costumes is often riddled with toxins. Unfortunately even "kid-friendly" makeup kits aren't always FDA approved and can cause harm.
Before purchasing your Halloween makeup this year, keep the following in mind to take care of your skin so you don't wake up looking like the monster you were pretending to be!
Prime & Protect The Skin You're In
No matter what you decide to be this year, the number one way you can protect your skin all night long is by priming first.
Using a hydrating base will keep your skin in optimal condition and will prevent makeup creasing. On clean skin, first apply Oxygenetix Hydro-Matrix which has an aloe vera gel base and an ultra-hydrating formulation. This topical is more than a moisturizer with a gel mesh and the power to protect your skin from harm.
If you will be wearing a mask due to COVID-19 regulations this year for Halloween, you may need extra protection. Oxygenetix Acne Control Hydro-Matrix works wonders at combating acne causing bacteria under a mask. It will also prevent any chaffing that might occur from the fabric.
Choose Non-Toxic Makeup
When we put products on our skin, we absorb the chemicals. Some get into our bloodstream, while others get inhaled or ingested.
Unfortunately, those inexpensive makeup kits sold at costume and drugstores are full of toxic ingredients.
Here are some common ingredients to look out for:
- Fragrance (labeled as: “fragrance”, “parfum”, “perfume”, and “aroma”)
- Preservatives (formaldehyde, parabens)
- Heavy Metals (lead, talc, chromium)
Read our blog for a more extensive list of toxic ingredients found in cosmetics here: Common Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid For a Healthier You.
For your all over foundation application look for makeup that is non-comedogenic and allows your skin to breathe, like Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation. Oxygenetix foundations provide yet another protective layer before you apply the rest of your makeup.
Bury Old Makeup
Before using the stage makeup you wore in Halloweens past, check for expiration dates.
If it's a lip product refrain from using anything that has been in your makeup drawer longer than one year. Eyeliners and mascaras have an even shorter shelf life of around 3 months.
Take Makeup & Prosthetics Off ASAP
Only wear your Halloween makeup and prosthetic pieces as long as you have to. Take them off as soon as you get home so you don't accidentally fall asleep full faced. Even non-toxic makeup can't save you from the terrors of environmental pollutants and bacteria.
Clean Your Skin Like Your Life Depends On It
Let's get real, cleaning your skin is important everyday whether you have loads of makeup on or not. But cleaning your skin thoroughly is extra important Halloween night.
To ensure you get every speck of fake blood, pigment, and adhesive off your face, follow this three step protocol:
- Use an oil cleanser first. Oil does a great job of loosening up the makeup before a deeper cleanse. Using circular motions, gentle rub the oil onto your dry skin. Wash away with warm water.
- Repeat step 1 if you have some stubborn areas. Otherwise, move onto your second washing with a gentle cleanser. Use circular motions around your damp face and neck. Pay close attention to your hair and jawline where makeup can collect and cause issues later.
- Once all your makeup is successfully off your skin, use a toner. Apply toner to a cotton ball and gently dab this all over your face and neck. Toner is great for tightening pores and taking care of any debris left behind.
Don't let your skin play tricks on you and enjoy those holiday treats! Have a Happy Halloween season.