How To Rescue Your Skin From
Written by Stephanie Orr
Halloween is without a doubt the most creative night of the year. From flawlessly freaky face paint creations to deadly dramatic transformations, it’s the one evening where pretty much anything goes.
After spending the last few weeks narrowing down outfit choices and debating over hair and makeup looks, the 31st is now drawing closer than ever. Whilst you may have your Halloween look figured out, there’s one thing you need to make sure you don’t forget - skincare preparation pre and post Halloween.
Year after year Halloween makeup becomes more and more terrifyingly terrific, but one thing that isn’t so thrilling, are the overly drying and irritable effects some Halloween looks can have on hair and skin the next day. Face paint, fake blood and fright night hair can all cause damaging effects when not taken care of properly with the right practices. Don’t let your Halloween nightmare become a living reality, take care of your hair and skin with our step by step guide.
Pre Halloween Step 1 - Exfoliate
To get the most out of your makeup look it’s always a good idea to exfoliate first to ensure your makeup sits smoothly. Gently exfoliating away the top layer of dead skin cells can really make a difference, and prolong the overall effectiveness to your makeup and how long it lasts. We recommended using either the Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel or Rose Gommage Peeling Gel. Both are suitable for sensitive skin and help to purify pores and eliminate impurities for a magnificent makeup base.
Pre Halloween Step 2 - Eye Mask
The eyes are an area that can really be accentuated for Halloween with major impact. Prepare the area using either the Morning or Evening Goggle Mask. Both of these have been designed to cover the entire eye area and intensely hydrate, to minimise the appearance of fine lines. Although the Morning Eye Goggle Mask is generally suited for the day as it includes anti-pollution ingredients and protection against blue light from smartphones, it can particularly come in handy if you’re going out into the city to celebrate or snapping a few selfies.
Pre Halloween Step 3 - Mask and Moisturise
Follow your next step up with a sheet mask to infuse some much needed hydration into your skin before applying your makeup. All of the sheet masks from our ranges are brilliant for this, but depending on your skin type and any particular concerns you may want to work on, we have sheet masks on hand to tackle everything from dull to oily skin. After you have applied your mask and massaged in the remaining essence, apply a moisturiser followed by a primer to create your perfect makeup base. Both of our Gold and Rose Gold Hydroglow Creams’ double up as a 2 - in - 1 moisturiser and primer.
Post Halloween Step 4 - Cleanse Cleanse And Cleanse
After a night of Halloween Celebrations, an oil based cleanser is likely to become your best friend when it comes to removing your Halloween makeup. Gently cleanse your skin with an oil based cleanser and wash off with a warm cloth
Post Halloween Step 5 - Exfoliate
Post Halloween Step 6 - Rehydrate
Next apply a sheet mask again to restore hydration back into the skin, if your skin is feeling super dry or irritated from the night before try using the Aloe Hydro Jelly Mask which is perfect for providing a soothing effect.
Post Halloween Step 7 - Moisturise
Finish your skincare steps off with a nourishing moisturiser, both of the Hydroglow Creams contain Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. The Rose Gold Hydroglow Cream is particularly good for post Halloween skin as it contains an anti-inflammatory effect to protect against redness and irritation
Post Halloween Step 8 - Hair Masque
Whether you’ve backcombed your hair into the back of beyond or have over styled it for your Halloween creation, a hydrating hair masque is always the answer to nursing your hair back to a healthy state. The Blossom Hair Masque and Coconut & Argan Oil Hair Masque are both formulated with a super creamy consistency and are brilliant options for hair which feels unmanageable and in desperate need of TLC.
recommended for oily skin
How to Use a Gemstone Sheet Mask?
1. Freshly cleanse face
2. Apply sheet mask to face
3. Relax for 10-15 Minutes
4. Remove sheet mask and pat remaining essence into the skin
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Written by Stephanie Orr
5 Surprising Benefits To Having Oily Skin
Written by Esme Watling & Edited by Stephanie Orr
Suffering from oily skin is a common factor for many, not just teenagers and mine has been no different. Having just reached the end of my teen years, I’ve become friends with my oily skin and learnt to work with it instead of fighting against it.
However, it doesn’t end the second you turn 20 it can carry on throughout life. Oily skin is just as it sounds, skin that produces an excessive amount of oil due to the sebaceous glands beneath the pores producing too much sebum. This causes the skin to look greasy and shiny, and when not treated correctly it can be a contributing factor to causing acne and breakouts. Nevertheless, the answer to treating oily skin is certainly not over stripping it or depriving it of moisture, a lot of the time oily skin can in fact also be dehydrated due to moisturisation steps purposely being skipped, which overtime can only make things worse.
"Don’t blame your oily skin on eating that kebab on the way back from a night out. Although diet and lifestyle can have an effect on your skin’s oil levels it isn’t always the case, hormone levels and genetics have an overriding effect in oil production."
How I Handle It
A big mistake with oily skin is not giving it enough moisture and overcompensating, stripping the skin which in turn causes the skin to produce more oil. In my skincare routine firstly I use a hydrating cleanser, then a glycolic acid for exfoliating. Physical exfoliators can be too harsh and abrasive on sensitive skin and can cause micro-tears. After an exfoliant I then moisturise, it doesn’t have to be too rich, oily skin sufferers can get away with using a lighter moisturiser but it has to be something to keep the skin hydrated. If I’m having a breakout that day I will also apply a spot treatment if necessary. Face masks are a great way to introduce further moisture and all-round benefits for the skin. I try to incorporate a face mask into my routine at least three times a week, if not more. The Multivitamin Mask is my personal favourite for keeping my skin hydrated and nourished, the Soothing Starter Pack includes this as well as two other great masks to maintain healthy skin. An important note is to never forget SPF in the mornings (yes even in the Winter) as it will help to protect the skin from sun damage, premature ageing, and environmental defects such as pollution.
On the subject of wrinkles, a positive about oily skin is that it can keep wrinkles at bay for slightly longer than dry skin does. The natural oils in your skin help to hydrate it and keep it more supple. Although this isn't to say you won't get wrinkles, they may not appear as early and in some cases fewer than those with dry skin.
We know oily skin can be a pain but when the skin is balanced via the use of skincare, everything becomes easier. Make up woes are something of the past. By using a pore-refining primer, oil-free matte foundation and a setting powder, your makeup can last a lot longer and while everyone else is paying for the JLO glow, us oily skin sufferers can get it free!
On the whole oily skin isn’t all bad, in fact, once controlled it can actually be very beneficial to have.