by Liz W
Halloween is lots of fun, but dealing with your beautiful makeup the morning after a wild party will definitely take some advanced skin care.
We all know the feeling. You wake up with a confusing headache, and then groggily recall why you seem to have a trail of glitter and fishnets leading from your bed to your door.
A shocking glance in the mirror reveals the ugly truth; your costume has somehow gone from sexy to scary during your two hour slumber. Your leftover cat-eye makeup makes you look more like a frightened raccoon than a seductive feline, and your bodified Barbarella do has morphed into a lopsided beehive.
It’s mornings like this that you wish you had all day to lounge around in your sweats, but after a few cups of coffee, you know life must go on. A great way to bring your skin, hair, and body back from the dead is to do a mini detox bath, facial mask, and hair mask.
Start with your hair. Wash it with a clarifying shampoo to remove all the hairspray and gunk, then lightly towel dry and apply a deep conditioning treatment packed with rich moisturizers.
Next, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Make sure to remove all makeup. Then, apply a purifying mask like SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque.
While your skin and hair treatments are working their magic, it’s time to create a homeopathic detox bath so you can sweat out all those toxins. Add 1/8 of a cup of grated ginger to a warm bath and let it sit for a few minutes before you get in.
While the conditioner repairs and detangles your over-teased hair, and the mask draws heavy makeup out from clogged pores, the ginger will cause your body to sweat like a high-pressure faucet. Sweating detoxifies your body by carrying toxins out through your sweat glands. It’s highly effective, and it’s sure to make any doubter of holistic remedies a firm believer in the power of nature.
There are a few things to keep in mind before trying this energizing soak. Ginger can cause allergies, so it’s wise to test it on a small patch of skin before you go plunging into a steaming tub full of the fragrant root. Also, make sure to relax at home and drink lots of water for the hour following your 15-20 minute bath since your body will continue to sweat heavily.
After your bath, you may notice your other ailments have also disappeared. Ginger has been said to help cure nausea, bloating, headaches, respiratory inflammation, and even bad breath!
So with your hair now silky smooth, and your skin squeaky clean, you should have no trouble snapping back into reality after any ghoulish gathering.