Halloween Makeup Is Ruining Your Skin; Learn How To Tread With Caution
Adhesives: They vary in strength, so never use them blindly to patchwork your costume or super glue your makeup. If you want to stick on fake cuts, wounds, exaggerated eye lashes, a prosthetic nose or skin, you're better of going to a costume shop that caters to theater actors. They have safer formulas that do not damage the skin. Try hitting up Spirit Gum, Pros-Aide and Ben Nye, they're medical adhesives that are non-toxic. They also have their own cleansers and solutions that make it easier to remove the glue.
Contact Lenses: The eye of the tiger, wolf, vampire or reptile are usually a result of colored contacts that are quite popular during Halloween. But, never lose sight that you're going to stick them in your eyes, so always use daily disposables, don't wear them longer than necessary, and never compromise on quality for a better price. Also, always check the expiration date and only buy sealed packs.
Fake Blood: Halloween is incomplete without a bloody mess, somewhere or the other. Instead of store-bought blood, which is cheap and packed with chemicals and dyes, why not make your own? In a bowl, take 1 part water and 3 parts corn syrup. Mix and then add red food colorant till you get the desired hue. To make it darker, add a few drops of blue and green food colorant. To make it thick, add some corn starch to the mix and stir till the lumps dissolve and it forms a smooth paste.
Prosthetic Skin: A good way to tread with caution is to do a test patch a few days before. It is very common for people to have an allergic reaction to prosthetics and glue. Any itching, inflammation, irritation, etc are all signs that when exposed to environmental factors and perspiration, the damage will be three-fold. Again, you're better off buying from shops that cater to theater actors. PS: If you have acne, an open wound or a pre-existing rash, prosthetics are a big NO!
Wigs: They help bring the costume full-circle. All you need to remember is to never use hand-me-downs or let others try the wig on. Lice, dandruff, and infections and breakouts on the forehead are all possible outcomes, if you're not wary. That said, it is better to wear a wig than to paint your natural hair or dramatize your strands.
Hey, it’s the only time you can get away with a slutty nurse outfit or dressing up to play Harry Potter, so by all means, go all out with your Halloween costumes—hair, makeup, prosthetics, et al.
However, be prepared to deal with the perils of using cosmetics and adhesives to create the look, for fake skin, nails, and dripping blood do come at a price.
They can tax your pores, cause irritation and inflammation, leave you with an itchy scalp, or even damage your nail bed. In fact, a couple of extreme cases have had people make trips to the Emergency Room, so tread with caution and always try to pick organic products.
Here are some other ways to safeguard your skin and hair.
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