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Halloween Makeup: How to Care for Your Skin Before and After


Halloween is almost here! You’ve been thinking about this day for months. Collecting and creating pieces of your costume. Planning your elaborate makeup look. You’ve thought about it all and you’re ready!

But I’m guessing there’s one important thing you overlooked. Skincare.

Halloween makeup can be hard on the skin. It’s often not the best quality and when you pair it with a night of alcohol consumption and sugary treats, your skin can look a little frightening the next day. 

So, let’s talk about how to keep your skin happy this halloween. 

Tips to set your skin up for success

The first step to beautiful skin after Halloween happens before you even apply that makeup.

Start with clean skin

When you’re getting ready to start on your makeup masterpiece, you may be tempted to apply your makeup to an unwashed face. Don’t! The last thing you want to do is trap dirt and sebum under a thick layer of makeup. This can lead to clogged pores and inflammation. Yikes!

Don't rely on makeup wipes to remove heavy halloween makeup.

I recommend cleansing with our Bamboo Charcoal Sponge and Aloe Milk Cleanser. The Bamboo Charcoal Sponge will gently exfoliate the skin and remove any dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Aloe Milk Cleanser is formulated with ingredients that will help support your skin. 

  • Aloe vera juice helps to soothe and hydrate. 
  • Apricot kernel oil is rich in vitamins that nourish the skin. 
  • Niacinamide helps to reduce inflammation and sebum. 

Close up of woman's hands dispensing Graydon Skincare Aloe Milk Cleanser onto a Bamboo Charcoal Sponge

To cleanse your skin, apply a pump of Aloe Milk Cleanser onto a moistened Bamboo Charcoal Sponge. Gently massage the sponge and cleanser over your dampened face and neck area. Rinse your skin with warm water and gently pat with a clean towel to remove excess water. Do not rub your face dry.

Add a boost of hydration

Heavy halloween makeup and face paints can be quite harsh and drying. Help counteract the drying effects by giving your skin an extra boost of hydration. For this, my go to is Face Food Mineral Mist. Not only does Face Food hydrate the skin, the mineral complex also helps to:

  • calm the complexion;
  • absorb excess oil;
  • shield the skin from oxidative stress.

Remember to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the night! 

Prep your skin

Locking in that hydration and moisturizing your skin is essential for keeping it happy. As a base for makeup, I recommend moisturizing with Face Glow because it doubles as a skin primer. Best of all, Face Glow is formulated with ingredients that will nourish your skin all night long. 

  • Pumpkin seed oil helps to keep the skin hydrated and reduce inflammation.
  • Raspberry seed oil helps to combat free radicals and minimize breakouts.
  • Aloe vera helps to hydrate and soothe the skin.

Bottle of Graydon Skincare Face Glow in front of an orange pumpkin.

Once your skin has a dose of superfoods, you’re ready to make your Halloween makeup dreams a reality! But halloween skincare doesn’t stop there. 

Tips to renew your skin after the party

The first rule of skincare is always remove your makeup before bed. This is especially important on Halloween!

Don’t rely on makeup wipes

I know! A full skincare routine is the last thing you want to do when you get home late after a few drinks. You can practically hear those makeup wipes calling your name. But don’t give in! While those easy-peasy wipes appear to do a good job of removing heavy makeup, they don’t actually get all the gunk off your skin. 

Trust me when I say skip the wipes. 

Triple cleanse

A thorough cleanse is what your skin needs to properly remove all that halloween makeup. I actually recommend a triple cleanse with our Bamboo Charcoal Sponge, Aloe Milk Cleanser and Face Foam. Here’s how to do it:

Apply a pump or two of Aloe Milk Cleanser to damp skin. Gently massage it all over your face and neck, being sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. This cream cleanser breaks down makeup and impurities. Once all the makeup is loosened, rinse your skin with warm (not hot) water. Next, apply a pump or two of Face Foam onto a moistened Bamboo Charcoal Sponge. Gently rub the sponge and cleanser all over your face and neck. Again, rinse with warm water. 

Face Foam is formulated with:

  • natural BHA from white willow bark extract to cleanse the skin and smooth the complexion; 
  • azelaic acid to help reduce inflammation;
  • apple cider vinegar to keep the skin pH balanced so that you’re not left with that tight feeling. 

Yeah, it takes a little longer than using a wipe, but your skin (and pillowcase) will thank you.

Nourish your skin

After everything that your skin goes through on Halloween, it deserves a little extra TLC. 

I recommend following up your triple cleanse with our Moon Boost Serum. This luxurious oil-based serum is formulated with seven vitamins to give your skin all the nutrients it needs.

  • Vitamin B5 helps to soothe sensitive skin.
  • Vitamin D helps to revitalize the skin’s appearance.
  • Vitamin F helps to reinforce the skin barrier. 

Next, go in with your favourite moisturizer. I recommend Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream in this case for a few reasons: 

  • The blue-green algae helps to hydrate the skin
  • The vegan probiotics help to strengthen the skin barrier and support the skin microbiome.
  • The blueberry seed oil contains powerful antioxidants that help fight damage caused by free-radicals. 

Graydon Skincare Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream and Moon Boost Serum with product smears on a black background.

The combination of Moon Boost Serum and Berry Rich are the perfect way to support your skin after halloween. And don’t forget! You can speed up the post-party skincare routine by combining Moon Boost Serum and Berry Rich into a Skin Smoothie!

Once your face is clean and nourished, hydrate your body with a glass of water before crawling into bed.



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