Halloween is an exciting and fun holiday for kids and adults, but it shouldn’t have to be a nightmare for one’s skin. It’s one thing to pile on heavy makeup and overindulge in sweets for one night, but no one wants to wake up looking like a ghoul the next day! Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand, a board-certified dermatologist with DermOne Dermatology Centers, offers these five skincare safety tips to keep your Halloween more magic than tragic for your body’s largest organ:
- Ice, Ice – Not for Babies: Dry ice is a cool visual effect for Halloween. When combined with hot water, it can produce mysterious fog and bubbling water. But don’t forget that dry ice is very dangerous; it is extremely cold (-109 degrees Fahrenheit!) and is a skin and eye irritant and can cause severe burns. Always use gloves when handling and read the instructions carefully. And definitely keep it away from children.
- Break out the glow sticks, but don’t break the glow sticks! Seen from afar, glow sticks can really brighten a costume and provide extra security from motorists. However, they are made up of several chemicals that are low in toxicity and can cause irritation to skin and eyes if broken out of the seal. It’s fine to shake them to activate, but keep them out of little, overzealous hands!
- Here’s Your Makeup Wake-up! Glitter, paints, glue, latex, gels, and fake and henna tattoos — just because Halloween is only one night, never underestimate the power of makeup. Before purchasing products, check the expiration date and look for the words “non-toxic.” Although you probably don’t want to spend a lot of money, it will be worth it to purchase a quality foundation or base – especially for a full white zombie or ghost-like effect. A few days before Halloween, do a patch test in a small unnoticeable area, such as behind your ear or inside your arm, to check for allergic reactions or skin irritation. Most importantly – no matter if it is the wee hours in the morning — remove makeup before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation and clogged pores.
- Beware of Candy Face! A skincare safety tip about candy? You bet! Candy and high-sugar foods can trigger a hormonal eruption, increasing oil production. Limit the candy pieces each day and balance the intake with nutritious meals and water. The key is moderation. And if given a choice of only one piece of candy, choose dark chocolate which has been proven to be a powerful source for antioxidants and additional benefits for the skin.
- A Hair-raising Fright: Although temporary, hair color spray might react with color-treated or chemically processed hair. Buy a wig or clip-in substitute for easy prevention.
A big thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand for providing this great info.
DermOne Dermatology Centers, a national provider of choice in the practice of medical and cosmetic dermatology, has five offices in North Texas including Arlington, Irving, Mesquite, Waxahachie, and its signature location in Grand Prairie. Each office is staffed by a physician dermatologist and a team of experienced clinical specialists who are dedicated to providing excellent patient care.