How to Clean Up Your Skin’s Act This Halloween

 Many Halloween transformations involve layers of makeup. And though it’s tempting to fall into bed (foundation and all) after a night of fun, consider this your official reminder to wash your face thoroughly before you hit the sheets.

Your cleanser is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine because it also prepares your skin for the next steps in your Regimen. Using the wrong cleanser can affect the skin’s delicate moisture barrier, possibly causing future irritation or preventing other products from absorbing effectively. Choose a cleanser that not only removes makeup and grime, but also treats and nourishes your specific skin concerns with powerful ingredients.

Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for putting your freshest face forward this Halloween and year-round.

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DO remove makeup before you wash your face. Many cleansers aren’t able to fully remove concealer or foundation, especially around the eyes or nose. Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Eye Cloths gently and thoroughly remove makeup while also depositing anti-aging peptides to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and puffiness.

DON’T overcleanse your skin. More is not necessarily better when it comes to washing your face. Too much sudsing and scrubbing can disrupt the skin’s fragile moisture barrier, which then leads to dryness, irritation and potential flare-ups. For best results, cleanse with the right formula once or twice a day.

DO find a cleanser that addresses your most important skincare issue. Acne-prone skin calls for a cleanser that contains a proven FDA-recognized ingredient like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur. UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash, for instance, contains 3 percent sulfur to fight blemishes. Dull or discolored skin fares better with an exfoliating cleanser that helps brighten its appearance, such as REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash. If you’re worried about lines, pores and loss of firmness, REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Wash draws impurities from skin while helping exfoliate without drying skin for a younger-looking appearance. And if sensitive skin concerns are your issue, SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash contains barrier-nuturing ceramides to support your skin’s natural resiliency.

DON’T use a washcloth to cleanse. The rough texture of a washcloth can be too aggressive for the skin. Instead, apply cleanser in gentle circular motions with your fingertips.

DO rinse thoroughly with warm—not hot—water. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural moisturizing factors. And it’s a myth that you can “close pores” by splashing the face with cold water. Pores are not able to open and close.

DON’T think that suds are necessary for clean skin. Many people believe that you need tons of suds for squeaky-clean skin. However, sudsing surfactants can be too harsh for those with dry or sensitive skin and actually strip away the lipid barrier, making skin more susceptible to inflammation. Those with sensitive skin should go for a gentle, creamy formula free of fragrance, like SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash.

Share what your favorite Halloween look is and comment below with your makeup removal tips and tricks.

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  1. Halloween make up is the best to achieve a spooky look! Worst to remove, however!! Can never wait to get it off & feel the clean, fresh faced feel with the Redefine Eye Cloths & follow up with my Redefine Regimen!! Then fall into bed with visions of ‘snicker bars’ dancing in my head!

  2. Also, never use soap to wash your face! As an esthetician I’ve seen countless faces suffering from sensitivity caused by stripping the skin with soap. I don’t usually pick a Halloween look that requires a lot of makeup, and this year, I found an awesome Day of the Dead mask – no make-up removal required beyond my favorite R+F face cleanser. 🙂

  3. Great tips and something most don’t realize is that cleansers aren’t intended to plough through layers of makeup, powder and foundation. They are used once the skin is bare, and then they can do their best work. Your choice of cleanser is important, and the products that follow should work in synergy with that cleanser which is why the regimen approach is always best – they are designed to work together.

  4. Wouldn’t you think my skin is sensitive as we’ve discovered it’s not acne prone. I’m curious about the cleanser and the cost. The exfoliator seems to be helping more than anything I’ve ever used.

  5. I love Halloween!🎃 Last year I wish I knew about the REDEFINE eye cloths because I had to scrub my face to get all of the makeup off and in turn I had dry skin for several weeks 😩 because it messed up my skin’s moisture barrier! This year I will be using the REDEFINE eye cloths to remove my Halloween 🎃makeup💄 followed by my favorite, UNBLEMISH Regimen with the spot fading toner. I 💕 Rodan+Fields!

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