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Tricks and Treats to Save You From Scary Halloween Skin

Whether you’re planning to dress up as Harley Quinn, a zombie or a witch, a big part of the costume will be the makeup. While creative makeup can really make a costume, it can also be harsh on your skin. To avoid scary post-Halloween breakouts, here are some tricks and treats that will help to minimize the damage from thick, oily Halloween makeup.

  • Don’t buy makeup at a Halloween store. Makeup kits mass marketed at big box stores and Halloween stores might be hypoallergenic, but not non-comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and cause breakouts. Instead, purchase professional or theatre makeup. While it may cost a little more, it will be less harsh on your skin and do less damage.
  •  Hydrate! Apply a creamier, heavier moisturizer the night and day before you apply the costume makeup. Excessive makeup will not dry out your skin if there’s a richly moisturized face underneath. Don’t forget when indulging in all of the sugary candy, alcohol and junk food at the Halloween party, to also drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
  •  Cleanse thoroughly. No matter how tired you are after the big costume party, do not go to sleep with that heavy Halloween makeup still on your face! Take time to thoroughly wash off all the makeup – this may take several rinses. Use a thick creamy, oily makeup remover or a product specially designed for removing stage makeup. Don’t forget to remove eye makeup as well with a gentle, non-oily eye makeup remover. After all traces of makeup are gone, be sure to moisturize your skin to repair the damage from drying, thick makeup.

This Halloween, have fun and be creative with your makeup tricks, just remember to also treat your skin well afterward!

 

October 27, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

How to Use Sunscreen with Makeup

Most women have regular skincare and daily makeup routines, but many may be leaving off one important piece - sunscreen.

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays must be a regular part of your daily routine. Can cosmetics and beauty products offer reliable protection, or is it possible to use sunscreen in combination with makeup?

Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, says, "Makeup does not provide enough coverage. You need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the sun protection factor on the label. No one does this."

So the short answer is yes, you do need a separate sunscreen in addition to your makeup. The key is to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a rating of SPF 30, and apply it to your face and neck (don’t forget your ears too) before applying makeup. A sunscreen that is specially formulated for more delicate facial skin is best as it will not clog pores or cause breakouts.

After letting the sunscreen dry for 15 minutes, you can apply your regular makeup. You can choose a foundation or powder that includes a sunscreen for additional protection from the sun’s rays if you like. If the skin around your eyes is extra-sensitive, there are also eye creams available that contain sunscreen.

Don’t forget that your lips can also absorb and be damaged by UV rays. An opaque shade of lipstick can provide protection from the sun, but if you prefer a lighter, high-gloss look, choose a brand that contains SPF 15 or higher.

It’s also a good idea to reapply sunscreen at least once during the day, and as often as every two hours if you spend a lot of time outdoors. One way to do this is to use a translucent powder on top of the newly applied sunscreen. The powder will cut down on the shine and, being particulate, it will provide additional protection from the sun, as well as helping to keep your sunscreen and moisturizer in place.

Finally, your nighttime skincare routine is very important too. Take the time nightly to wash the sunscreen and makeup from your face with a gentle cleanser before you go to sleep. Your pores will thank you in the morning!

 

 

 

 

 

September 28, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

How to Use Sunscreen with Makeup

 

We all want to present our best face to the world. Many women have their favorite skincare and makeup routines that they swear by, but the most important thing is  to start with healthy skin and strive to keep it that way.

Unless you live in a cave and never go outside, protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun must be part of your daily routine. Do cosmetics and beauty products offer reliable protection, or is it possible to use sunscreen in combination with makeup?

Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, says "Makeup does not provide enough coverage," she says. "You need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the sun protection factor on the label. No one does this."

So the short answer is yes, you do need a separate sunscreen other than your makeup. The key is to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a rating of SPF 15 or higher, and apply it to your face and neck (don’t forget your ears too) before applying makeup. After letting the sunscreen dry for 15 minutes, you can apply your regular makeup. You can choose a foundation or powder that includes a sunscreen for additional protection from the sun’s rays if you like. If the skin around your eyes is extra-sensitive, there are also eye creams available that contain sunscreen.

Don’t forget that your lips can also absorb and be damaged by UV rays. An opaque shade of lipstick can provide protection from the sun, but if you prefer a lighter, high-gloss look, choose a brand that is SPF 15 or higher.

It’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen at least once during the day - as often as every two hours if you spend a lot of time outdoors. One way to do this is to use a translucent powder on top of the newly applied sunscreen. The powder will cut down on the shine and, being particulate, it will provide additional protection from the sun, as well as helping to keep your sunscreen and moisturizer in place.

Finally, your nighttime skincare routine is very important too. Take the time to wash the sunscreen and makeup from your face with a gentle cleanser before you go to sleep. Your pores will thank you in the morning!

 

March 21, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

Makeup Tricks and Halloween Treats to Save your Skin

Makeup Tricks and Halloween Treats to Save your Skin

Whether you’re planning to dress up as a zombie prom queen or the Hulk for Halloween, a big part of the costume will be the makeup. While creative makeup can really make a costume, it can also be harsh on your skin. If you don’t want to show up to work after Halloween as a pimply teenager, follow these guidelines to minimize the damage from thick, oily Halloween makeup.

  • Don’t buy makeup at a Halloween store. Makeup kits mass marketed at big box stores and Halloween stores might be hypoallergenic, but not non-comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and cause breakouts. Instead, purchase professional or theatre makeup. While it may cost a little more, it will be less harsh on your skin and do less damage.

 

  • Hydrate! Apply a creamier, heavier moisturizer the night and day before you apply the costume makeup. Excessive makeup will not dry out your skin if there’s a richly moisturized face underneath. Don’t forget when enjoying the festivities of sugary candy, alcohol and junk food to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

 

 

  • Cleanse thoroughly. No matter how tired you are after the big costume party, do not go to sleep with that heavy Halloween makeup still on your face! Take time to thoroughly wash off all the makeup – this may take several rinses. Use a thick creamy, oily makeup remover or a product specially designed for removing stage makeup. Don’t forget to remove eye makeup as well with a gentle, non-oily eye makeup remover. After all traces of makeup are gone, be sure to moisturize your skin to repair the damage from drying, thick makeup.

 

This Halloween, have fun and be creative with your makeup tricks, just remember to also treat your skin well afterward!

 

October 26, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff
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