The temperature is dropping, the wind is picking up and we’re preparing for the annual outdoor Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations. Medical Herbalist and Hope’s Relief Skin Advisor, Lindsey Miller offers advice on protecting your children’s skin during these harsher weather conditions, what products to avoid and what ingredients to look out for, to give their skin the best care.
Halloween is all about layering on pore-clogging heavy, oil-based face paint, colourful hair dye and a feast of sugary treats. We then follow this by standing in front of hot bonfires in the cold outdoors, which is a recipe for skin irritation, inflammation, itching and rashes! Here are my top five tips to help your children’s skin survive the next few busy weeks outdoors.
To achieve that ghost pale face look without the heavy costume makeup, look for the fairest shade of a water-based foundation for sensitive skin. And, to achieve an even more dramatic look try topping the foundation base with flour! Always perform a patch test to determine if a product is safe for their skin and make sure you remove every last trace of face paint before they go to bed.
Replace sweet Halloween treats with autumnal orange, yellow and red fruits and vegetables. These are a rich source of Carotenoids which are great for skin. Don’t just cut the pumpkin, but cook-up the flesh too, carve faces from stuffed peppers, peel lychees and insert blueberries for spooky eyes and get creative with some ghoulish green guacamole which will also work wonders for their skin.
Apply those orange and green hair sprays to the ends of their hair only. Hair dye can irritate sensitive scalps so avoid any application directly onto their skin.
Resist a long soak! After a cold night watching fireworks outside, there’s nothing more inviting than a hot bath, but over washing and soaking in hot water will dry their skin and is particularly damaging to people with a dry skin condition like eczema. Short tepid showers are best and be careful to pat dry and never rub delicate areas. I often recommend only showering once or twice a week and not every day if their skin is very dry or they suffer from eczema. If there are any particular bad patches try to keep these out of the water wherever possible.
Treat their skin to natural skincare ingredients. High strength herbal extracts like Calendula, Licorice, Gotu Kola and Aloe Vera hold antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and collagen boosting qualities. Another incredible ingredient is hospital grade UMF10+ Active Manuka Honey, which has proven healing properties that makes it ideal for dry, itchy skin conditions, as well as broken and vulnerable skin prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.