Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween.  That’s a heck of a lot of sugar!  “Not to worry,” you say.  “I’ll go easy on sugar and treat myself to Fun Size candy bars.” Nothing like moderation. But don’t fall for the hype.  Fun Size Skittles, for example, contains 14.5 grams of sugar.  It’s equivalent to swallowing almost 3 teaspoons of sugar–and the recommended daily intake is 6 teaspoons.  There goes half the “fun” in your day! 

 There is not a single benefit to your skin from consuming excess sugar. Countless studies confirm the harmful effects of sugar on health and wellness. And for skin, sugar is a real killer. Excess sugar Is a skin-aging accelerator. 

Halloween Spoiler Alert….

Sugar is not the only bad trick Halloween can play on your skin.  Before you head for your neighbors’ houses or the Halloween gala, beware of the damaging effects on skin of thick pancake makeup.  Sure it’s fun to transform your face from normal to Nightmare on Elm Street. You might win the scariest do-up award at the Halloween masquerade, but your skin will suffer. The heavier products used for costume makeup contain excess oils, irritants, and pore-clogging ingredients.  You don’t want to wake up the morning after Halloween looking scarier than you did the night before!

Here are 3 easy steps to protect your skin during Halloween

1.  Send the Sugar Goblins Running

Our body produces sugars as part of the natural metabolic process.  But these sugars, in combination with added excess sugars from your diet, lead to the perfect trifecta of accelerated aging: Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, and skin-damaging Glycation.  These “toxic sugars” attach to your skin’s collagen and elastin, causing it to become hardened and brittle, weighing it down, and eventually forming wrinkles and dryness. 

Recommendation:  Use a product that contains ingredients to block toxic sugars from attaching to collagen and elastin. The MEG 21 line of skincare products contain Supplamine®, the only skin-care ingredient with clinically proven toxic sugar-blocking technology.  

2.  Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! 

Skin that is hydrated provides a flawless canvas for your makeup application.

Recommendation:  Regularly moisturize your skin with a product that contains emollients to bond moisture to skin, smooth fine lines, and nourish.  We favor jojoba oil, squalene, shea butter and coconut oil. MEG 21 Smooth Radiance Face Treatment with Supplamine and Age-Defying Hand Treatment with Supplamine are ideal. 

3.  Cleanse for Skin Godliness

Be sure to wash off ALL traces of makeup before bed.  It’s the first “must” step to skin health and beauty.

 Recommendation:  First, wash deeply with either MEG 21 with Supplamine Brightening Exfoliating Scrub or MEG 21 with Supplamine Brightening Gel Cleanser. Follow with MEG 21 Moisturizing Toner+. Finish by applying MEG 21 Smooth Radiance Face Treatment with Supplamine to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles caused by inflammation, glycation and oxidative stress.