How to Survive Halloween with Your Skin Intact


‘Tis the season of pumpkins and ghouls! We all love trick-or-treating, but no one wants to wake up the day after with a face full of zits. While it might look great, covering your face in costume makeup can clog pores and irritate the skin. Here’s how you can have a killer costume and clear skin, too.


Don’t use makeup from a Halloween/party store. While some will be marketed as hypoallergenic, the manufacturers usually aren’t concerned with their pore-clogging properties. You’re better off paying a little more for professional or theatre makeup. It’s a small price to pay for clear skin.

Before you put on your makeup, start off with a professional-grade barrier cream. Barrier cream actually seals off your skin so that the makeup you put on top of it can’t be absorbed.


Barrier creams are especially useful if you’re using a lot of face-paint – unless, of course you don’t mind your face getting dyed green for the next week or so.


After a long night of trick-or-treating, massage your face with a cleanser (Sloane Inc’s Ice Souffle Cleanser S2.1 is particularly good for this). Wipe off with a clean wash cloth, and follow with your regular cleansing and moisturising routine. The cream breaks down the molecules of oil-based makeup for easier removal.


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