While the point of Halloween is to look scary, you may not want to be known as the Wicked Witch of the West all year long. At the appearance of unsightly lines and aging, your first instinct is probably to grab all your skincare products and bathe your face in anti-aging creams, but beware! Many of the claims supporting these products can be misleading, and may even contain harmful ingredients that can damage your skin. That’s why this Halloween season, we’re telling you the true horrifying facts behind popular skincare products.
- Facial products with SPF will still let you burn. Many popular skincare and makeup products say that they contain SPF, but the percentages of SPF in these products are actually minute. In fact, in order to effectively protect your skin from harmful UV damage, you would have to apply 15 times the normal amount of makeup or skincare products containing SPF. So make sure to apply sunscreen over your Halloween makeup, preferably with an SPF of 25 or more.
- Store-brand facials can cause acne. While these relaxing pastime spa treatments do wonders for replenishing skin to a healthy, radiant glow, outbreaks occur in 80% of people who use store-brand facials on a daily basis, increasing the appearance of ghastly red bumps and blackheads. This doesn’t mean that you have to dress up as a pizza this Halloween, but it does mean that you should limit purchasing store-brand facials, and consider getting professional treatments to reduce excess oil from remaining on your skin.
- “Natural” skincare products may not be so natural. The frightening truth is that many ‘green’ skincare lines are actually owned by mega-companies like Maybelline, Estée Lauder, and Kiehl’s, and will often include harmful chemicals such as phenoxyethanol, a common cosmetic preservative that, according to the FDA, “…can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea.” Other ingredients that can have grim side effects include parabens (preservative linked to contact dermatitis and breast cancer) and triethanolamine (skin and respiratory toxicant). So if you’d like to avoid these harmful ingredients, it’s a good idea to read ALL skincare product labels and watch out for these harmful additives, even if they claim to be ‘green’ or ‘natural.’
What does this mean for you? Instead of relying on toxic skincare products and spendthrift anti-aging creams, try a regular application of sunscreen with SPF 25 or higher, a healthy diet plentiful in vitamin A, and pamper yourself with professional skincare treatments from spa specialists. Also, don’t forget to try out our own line of JLOrganics! Happy Halloween!