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Take the Scary out of Halloween Makeup

Going all out for Halloween? Make sure you choose safe makeup products and remove your costume makeup before heading to bed.

Going all out for Halloween? Make sure you choose safe makeup products and remove your costume makeup before heading to bed.

Halloween isn’t just for the little tykes. Many adults look forward to dressing up in spooky costumes and partying the night away. Often, those costumes involve elaborate makeup – and that’s where the holiday can get very scary.

Many Halloween makeup products contain ingredients that can irritate your skin, or even cause severe allergic reactions. Metropolitan Dermatology offer these tips for rocking that frightfully chic disguise without leaving your skin victim to its own horror story…

  1. Know the culprits: The leading causes of makeup-caused skin irritation are fragrances, preservatives and pigments, especially red dyes. Look for these in the ingredients list on makeup packaging and skip them. Also, check the FDA’s list of approved color additives. If your makeup includes an additive not listed, choose another. Generally speaking, the fewer chemical ingredients a makeup contains, the easier it will be on your skin.
  2. Check the for expiration dates: Most Halloween and costuming makeups contain ingredients designed to prevent bacteria growth and allow for a longer shelf life. Unfortunately, as these makeups approach the end of their safe shelf lives, these ingredients begin to degrade, losing their protective abilities. Keep in mind that many unsold Halloween makeup products go back to warehouses, where they’re stored for the next season, and that improper storage also can reduce the effectiveness of protective ingredients. Choose makeups with far-off expiration dates and toss them after the Halloween season is done. Don’t save them for next year.
  3. Use a primer: Before applying your costume makeup, use a high quality cosmetic primer. This gives you a protective barrier between your skin and your makeup. Plus, it helps assure your look lasts throughout the evening.
  4. Test first: Test any new makeup on a small patch of your skin before a full application. Wait a few moments to make sure your skin won’t negatively react. Watch for irritation or allergy symptoms like redness, itching, burning or stinging. If your skin begins to swell or blister, remove the makeup immediately and seek medical treatment.
  5. Cleanse: After the celebration and before heading to bed, completely remove all makeup, cleanse and moisturize your skin.

Because Halloween is just one night, it’s tempting to choose cheaper makeup products. But remember that your skin’s health is priceless. That’s why skincare experts recommend spending a few more dollars and opting for high quality theatre makeup instead.

From all of us here at Metropolitan Dermatology, have a fun and safe Halloween.

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