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Halloween is quickly approaching and, along with cooler weather and changing leaves, this spooky season brings no shortage of frights for your skin.
If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to tweak your daily skincare regimen to help your skin transition out of summer and prepare for winter. Your skin will appreciate the added hydration of a thicker moisturizer you may need in order to step back your exfoliation routine (to avoid irritation and dryness during the dry, colder months). It’s also wise to be wary of products and practices that increase your risk for breakouts – including makeup.
Halloween makeup takes your costume from every day to exceptional, but it can also take a toll on your skin. Heavy, oil-based products sit on the skin and clog the pores, making breakouts more likely.
Fortunately, you don’t have to sit on the sidelines just to avoid skin-related horrors of Halloween. With a little preparation and some aftercare, you can keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Here are five simple ways to protect your skin this Halloween.
1. Exfoliate to prepare the skin.
A proper exfoliation routine helps keep your pores clear and your skin smooth. Exfoliation is simply the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and it’s best to do it two to three times a week.
Yon-Ka Paris exfoliants like Guarana Scrub and Gommage Yon-Ka are ideal for regular use and can help prevent breakouts by purging the pores of dead skin cells. Guarana Scrub is a exfoliating scrub infused with an organic blend of rice bran powder and guarana seed to gently polish the skin and enliven the complexion. If you have dry or sensitive skin, a gentle, non-granular exfoliant like Gommage Yon-Ka will deliver the same results without irritating the skin.
To create a flawless foundation for Halloween makeup, do a little deep exfoliation the week of with Glyconight 10% Masque. This high-performance sleep mask is infused with a 10% concentration of pure glycolic acid to eliminate dead cells, refine skin texture, and accelerate cell renewal.
2. Create a protective barrier with primer.
Halloween makeup tends to be heavy, and it’s generally not designed with the same degree of care and attention as professional-quality skincare products. To create a protective barrier between harsh Halloween makeup and your skin, apply a non-comedogenic primer first. Primer is particularly essential for mature skin. It glides over the skin, filling large pores and smoothing out fine lines to create an even surface for makeup.
Primer is best applied after the last step in your skincare regimen before you apply makeup. Apply the primer with your fingers to ensure a seamless finish or use a slightly damage beauty blender. Make sure it’s fully blended in and give the primer a full minute to dry before applying makeup. To blur the look of imperfections and protect the skin, try Nude Perfect Fluide a hybrid of primer and fluid moisturizer in one.
3. Remove makeup with a double cleanse.
When your Halloween festivities come to a close, take the time to cleanse your skin – and then cleanse it again. Sleeping in makeup (even everyday makeup) can wreak havoc on your skin and make breakouts much more likely to occur. A thorough cleanse is an essential element in a daily skincare routine but especially in the evening before you go to bed.
Choosing the right cleanser is important. Cool fall weather can increase the risk for dry skin, so consider a cleansing cream rather than a foaming cleanser. Nettoyant Crème is ideal for dry, damaged, and sensitive skin. It gently cleanses without compromising the skin’s moisture barrier. Follow it up with a second cleanse using Eau Micellaire. This micellar water is designed to trap impurities and lift them from the skin without the need for water or rinsing.
4. Detoxify the skin with a clay masque.
If your skin is already prone to acne, oily Halloween makeup can make matters worse. A clay mask is the ideal product to remove excess surface oil while detoxifying and purifying the skin.
Masque 103 is a triple clay mask formulated specifically for oily skin. It contains a blend of montmorillonite, bentonite, and kaolin clays, helping purify the skin and tighten the pores for a fresher, healthier complexion. For dry or sensitive skin, Masque 105 delivers purifying and detoxifying benefits with the added benefits of lemon peel oil and savory extract to enhance tolerability.
5. Restore and protect the skin’s moisture barrier.
After cleansing, moisturizing is the most important step in a daily skincare routine. It helps restore and protect your skin’s natural moisture barrier. When your skin loses hydration, it can become dry and flaky – it may also more easily show the visible signs of aging. While hydration is the priority, you can select a moisturizer based on your skin type and any secondary skin concerns (like sun damage or sensitivity).
Want to give your skin a little extra attention? Refresh and restore your skin’s natural radiance with a professional facial. Le Grand Classique is the ultimate cleansing facial customized to your skin type. Featuring Yon-Ka’s 5-step deep cleansing system, this luxurious facial treatment clears the complexion and restores hydration to leave your skin feeling smooth and supple.
Use the Spa Locator to find a Yon-Ka Paris partner spa near you to experience the phyto-aromatic benefits this treatment has to offer.