Is Hal­loween make-up safe?

Montreal Times - - News - By Martha Shan­non mtl­

Call­ing all gob­lins, ghosts and ghouls. Hal­loween beck­ons the su­per­nat­u­ral. This is a fantasy time of char­ac­ters, cos­tumes, and ac­ces­sories.A time of trans­for­ma­tion. Over and above all the com­mer­cial­ism, it is truly a time of FUN. ‘All Hal­lows Eve’ orig­i­nated in Ire­land, at the end of sum­mer har­vest and the be­gin­ning of the cold win­ter. A time when the dead trav­elled back to the liv­ing.

These fan­tas­ti­cal achieve­ments of­ten in­volve primers, pow­ders, foun­da­tion, creams and con­geal­ers, rouge, blush, lip­sticks, and colours galore.This is where Earth to Body’s in­ter­est lies.

Is the makeup you are ap­ply­ing this Hal­loween safe? Hm­mmm. Maybe not so much. But some­times we throw cau­tion to the wind and just go for it. Have fun. Cel­e­brate. But once the parry is over, it is time to clean up.

Some sug­ges­tions. First, al­ways use a good soap and warm wa­ter. Our best sell­ing soaps for the face are emu neem soap (for ve­g­ans our ar­gan tamanu). Our char­coal clay soap will pro­vide a great detox, but all of our soaps work well, as they are healthy for the skin. If the chem­i­cals in your makeup did bother you, at least clean chem­i­cally free.

Af­ter the ini­tial soap cleans­ing it is al­ways wise to do a deeper cleanse. Our clay neem mask is the best but there are other DIY that rock. Chil­dren may only re­quire the soap and not wish do a deeper cleanse, but the fol­low­ing are all gen­tle con­coc­tions that are safe for all.And most prob­a­bly can be found in your kitchen.

-Break an egg: Did you know eggs were rich in sulpher? An egg yolk mask is the per­fect clean­ing so­lu­tion, es­pe­cially when there is acne or other skin ir­ri­ta­tions. (Of­ten caused by ex­ces­sive make-up masks com­mon to party go­ers). Sim­ply whip up the yoke, ap­ply to a clean face.Avoid the eye area. Wash off with warm wa­ter. And save the white.*

-Slice a cu­cum­ber: Works won­ders on red­ness and in­flam­ma­tion and tight­ens the pores. Cu­cum­ber of­fers vi­ta­min C to the skin and the amino acid pro­line. An easy method is to pulse a whole cum­ber (blender, smoothie maker, pro­ces­sor). Ap­ply to the face and leave on for up to 10 min­utes. Wash off with warm wa­ter. This is an es­pe­cially hy­drat­ing mask af­ter a day in the sun or a rau­cous Hal­loween party, as it cools and soothes the skin. *Mix egg white with about 2 inches of your cu­cum­ber.

An ad­di­tion of a cou­ple of drops of frank­in­cense (not Franken­stein) es­sen­tial oil helps pro­mote cel­lu­lar re­gen­er­a­tion. Beau­ti­ful new skin re­sults. -Hon­our your HONEY. Raw, sen­sual honey, the ideal face­mask to re­ju­ve­nate the skin. Just ap­ply the raw honey to the skin and help to clear the dead cells and add mois­ture. If you like you can add a whole egg (or­ganic please or free range is best). Ap­ply to the face and af­ter it tight­ens, rinse off.

En­joy your Hal­loween. Of course, you can en­joy these cleanses any time, so please add your fav to your rou­tine. Your skin will shine.

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