OCTOBER Newsletter 2015
Avoid a real-life horror; use Halloween makeup cautiously
October is the season of candy corn, costume parties, and ghoulish fun. However, the “horror” can become a little too real if you or your child has an allergic reaction to all of that specialty makeup. If you don’t want your highly anticipated costume extravaganza to become an itchy nightmare, follow these simple tips.
  • Choose reputable brands. Low-price, low-quality products abound at the holidays. Unfortunately, they often contain impurities and questionable fillers.
  • Beware of irritants and hazards. Be careful of glitter or other particles near your eyes, as well as anything that may cause skin abrasion.
  • Test it first. So, you’ve got a new tub of glow-in-the-dark face paint! Don’t wait until the big night to try it. When using new products, apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area, and watch for potential reactions.
  • Watch for allergens. If you react to any type of metals, dyes, or other allergens, watch the labels closely.
  • Know the signs of allergic reaction to makeup. The most common symptoms include localized (at the point of application) redness, inflammation, itching, welts, or rashes.
  • If you have questions, ask your dermatologist.
Debunking common skincare myths
It is often said that information is power. This is very true of skincare. Understanding your skin’s needs is key to making smart choices. Unfortunately, myths and misinformation can easily lead you astray. Here are three of the most commonly believed untruths and partial-truths:
  1. Oily skin doesn’t wrinkle.
    Fact: While hydration is one factor in preventing wrinkles, it is not the only one. Sun exposure, the effects of age, and other factors can lead to wrinkles in any skin type.
  2. Junk food causes acne.
    Fact: Although some studies suggest a link between diet and acne, the most significant cause is hormonal, which is why acne occurs most often in teens or adult women.
  3. You can stay outside longer if you use higher SPF sunscreen.
    Fact: The SPF rating refers to the strength of protection, not how long it will last. All sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or sooner, if you are in water.
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