Halloween Makeup Removal

FALL is officially here – which means Halloween is just around the corner. Have you thought about your costume yet? Does it involve face paint, fake blood, latex, or body glue? Remember, Halloween parties are all tricks and treats until you have to wake up and face reality the next day. Ingredients in these products can be harsh and hard to remove! However, with a proper prep and removal plan you could potentially avoid any spooky skin situations.

Remember, most ingredients found in costume makeup are not natural or found in regular skin products. I’d suggest you “read the labels”, but who has time to compare and contrast? The bottom line is…if you have sensitive skin – you’re risking a breakout or allergic reaction to the makeup if left on too long. Promise yourself you will REMOVE the make up as soon as you’re home. Falling asleep with it on is NOT an option!

NOTE: Some costume makeup products come with removal instructions! Check the packaging for assistance.


The best way to get your skin ready for heavy, abnormal face makeup is to make sure it’s clean, moisturized, and primed. A good primer prevents your everyday products from soaking into/irritating your skin and can do the same with costume makeup. It’s also meant to help makeup last longer and prevent your eyeshadow and foundation from creasing. Beneficial all around!


I, as well as many makeup bloggers, recommend using micellar water to first loosen and remove most of the make up. Micellar water is a watery substance filled with tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. The micelles are attracted to the dirt and oil collecting on your face after a long day (in this case attracted to the costume makeup that’s covering your face/neck – post Halloween party). Their job is to draw out impurities without drying out your skin.

KEY WORDS being” “without drying out your skin”, as your skin may already be dry and irritated from the foreign products used. The last thing you want it to use a remover or a bar of soap that will add to the irritationIf you need to do a second pass, try using a hydrating-foaming face wash or cold cream. 

Lastly, be sure to re-hydrate! Use your normal face moisturizer, but if you’re skin is still irritated it may be helpful to also apply aloe vera! The cooling sensation is comforting and will help take the edge off the initial pain from scrubbing your face clean of costume makeup, all while replenishing your skin with nutrients. For extra sensitive areas, like around your eyes, try dabbing on hyaluronic acid!


  • Seek out theater makeup. It’s made to help actors maintain a facial structure under heaving lighting and from far distances – so works very well! Also, is meant to be worn for long periods of time. This could be a better option for someone with sensitive skin.
  • Plan to only wear crazy makeup for only a few hours. If you’re allowed to wear a costume for the duration of the work day – pick one that doesn’t involve face paint. The longer your skin is exposed, the more irritated it will become!
  • Shaving cream! If you can’t get remaining residue off after cleansing – lather shaving cream onto your mug, message into skin, and remove gently with a towel. Keep in mind, some of the colors (red, green, orange) are capable of leaving a slight hint of yellowish color. Now THAT’S scary.

Going all out this year with glue and latex?

See removal tips by GABRIELLE TAYLOR from Wonder How To below:

Use a Little Lotion – A little lotion on a cotton ball is great for removing makeup without drying out your skin. Any kind of lotion will work, but it’s best to use on that’s not greasy so you don’t clog your pores. You can also use petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) instead, but make sure you wash your face thoroughly afterwards to get rid of that gross-feeling residue.

Removing Body Glue – Most glues can be removed from skin using oil. If you used a pretty small amount, often it can just be peeled off. If not, use a cotton pad to apply some baby oil or alcohol. You may need to hold it on the skin to “soak” the glue for a minute or two before it breaks down enough to wipe off.

Removing Liquid Latex – Believe it or not, Liquid Latex is made to come off with nothing more than soap and water. If you get it in your hair, you can just hop in the shower and shampoo it out. If you’re lucky, you might be able to just peel it off.

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Uses for Pumpkin Brains in Skin Care

In celebration of FALL and those wonderful Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes (everyone is so crazy about) returning, I’ve decided to address the benefits of this seasonal fruit. Yes, in case you grew up thinking they’re a vegetable, pumpkins are in fact a fruit! Unlike celery, carrots, kale, cabbage, broccoli, and potatoes – pumpkins have SEEDS. Which also means cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados are also a part of the fruit fam.

Now that we’ve cleared that up.. Something to think about while discarding the slimy insides of your carved pumpkins, are all the great nutrients their innards contain. In regards to skincare, one of my favorite nutrients (and potentially) the most important is vitamin C. As we discussed in our recent blog Vitamin C Situation, adding it to your daily skin care routine cannot only help fight against the signs of aging, but prevent future damage caused by the free radicals that lead to the skin aging process. It’s also needed to create collagen and elastin, which are the connective proteins that give our skin the firmness and elasticity we all desire (while aging).  

Other nutrients found in pumpkins plus HOW they benefit our skin:

  • Vitamin A – moisturizes and soothes skin
  • Vitamin C – protects against wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Potassium – regulates the amount of water in your body’s cells
  • Copper – activates skin’s metalloproteinases (which removes damaged proteins)
  • Manganese – detoxifies free radicals
  • Magnesium –  lowers cortisol levels and stabilizes hormonal imbalances
  • Vitamin E – improves even skin tone
  • Zinc – assists in keeping skin clear of acne breakouts

Remember to EAT plenty of pumpkin as well. It’s high in fiber, which can help aid in clearing out your digestive tract. Why is that important? Because perfect skin care usually isn’t gained from external beauty products alone. You have to also maintain a well-rounded, nutritional diet! Fiber helps rid the body of toxins -which cause skin to look dull and unhealthy. Yay to fiber!


Found three great recipes on ECO-BEAUTIFUL WITH LINA HANSON . All are manageable and use natural ingredients that can be found (if not in your home) at your nearest health food store. I’d suggest staying away from canned pumpkin or any processed pumpkin products – as they contain tons of unnecessary ingredients that are probably not beneficial to skin care.


¼ cup cooked pureed pumpkin
¼ cup brown sugar

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using a damp cloth. Scrub your body using circular motions and wash off with warm water.



¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 egg yolk

Combine all the ingredients and blend it together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.


¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
Splash of milk or cream

Combine the ingredients and blend it all together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water. The milk or cream is great for dry skin as it will moisturize and nourish it.

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TIPS ON: Travel and Skincare


You’ve finally got your skin care routine down and under control. Your skin looks great and the vacation you’ve been planning is just around the corner! ….so what’s your plan for maintaining the clear, supple look you’ve worked so hard for?

Remember, travel can be very challenging for our skin and bodies. For one, our sleep patterns and the actual amount of hours we spend asleep are usually disturbed. If you’re getting MORE sleep while on vacay – more power to you! Chances are you’re not, and therefore not giving your body the chance to detoxify, renew and recharge. Second of all, your diet and overall eating habits change. I won’t say “for the worst” because you’re on vacation and should relax and eat as much of whatever you want! However, your body and skin may not be on the same page. If your diet normally consists of fruit, vegetables, and chicken – but all of a sudden you’re ingesting bread, fried foods, red meat, and pasta – your skin is going to need some time to adjust.

Sleep, food, and alcohol intake may be semi-within your control. But what about the weather and overall difference in climate? For example: if you live in Seattle, your body will be in for a real shock when visiting the dry/sunny climates of Las Vegas or Palm Springs. OR, if you’re from the flatlands of the Midwest, the high altitudes of Denver or the Swiss Alps will be a major change/adjustment for your skin (and entire body)! Southern states usually have higher moisture and humidity levels – which can cause sweaty, oily, and irritated skin. My advice…plan accordingly! 


  • lotion/moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • cleansing facewipes
  • aloe vera (for post sun / sunburn)

*Don’t forget to drink plenty of water*

Let’s also take time to consider your journey prior to arriving at your destination. What skincare precautions are you taking during your actual “travel time”? How are you protecting your skin while in flight? See our tips below!


  • NO MAKEUP. I know, who wants to arrive in an exotic place looking terrible? No one. However, depending on how long you’re in flight – the foundation you’ve applied along with the airplane air, grime, dust, dehydration can be a recipe for a breakout!
  • DEEP MOISTURIZE THE NIGHT BEFORE. Especially if you’re preparing your skin for a 6 – 16 hour flight! Get ahead of the game and apply an overnight hydrating mask.
  • SPRAY. Be sure to carry on a travel size, moisturizing, misting spray. It’s easy to carry with you to and from your bathroom breaks and will give your skin a boost while fighting the dry  airplane air!
  • SANITIZE YOUR TRAY TABLE. Do you know why it’s so easy to catch Pinkeye on a plane? Either people are not washing their hands OR parents are using the tray tables as a changing table for babies. (OK, that’s WORST CASE scenario..) The moral of this tip – is that tray tables are not thoroughly cleaned before each flight. Purchase a travel size of Purell Sanitizing wipes to clean around the area you’ll be sitting in, eating off of, and resting your phone/laptop. This will help limit the amount of germs you come in contact with…in case you accidentally touch your face.
  • DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. AT ALL. Try to keep contact with your hands and face to a bare minimum. Again, the germs, dirt, and airplane grime can irritate your face – potentially causing a breakout!

Favorite Hydrating Spray:

Dermalogica: antioxidant hydramist

  • Hydrates to reduce fine lines associated with dryness.
  • Creates an antioxidant shield against free radicals.
  • Refreshing mist can be spritzed on skin throughout the day.
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