I love Fall. It’s full of family birthdays, trips to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, hot cider and Halloween treats. My skin, however? It hates Fall. Part of it’s the newly brisk weather; my skin thrives in balmy warmth and has a difficult time adjusting to cold, windy weather. But mostly—and quite obviously—it’s the Halloween makeup. I’m a sucker for dressing up in costume, and I love any excuse to do so. Makeup is an extension of that, and as it’s my favorite way to accessorize, I often let it take center stage. This year, I did several full-face looks using layers of both stage and everyday makeup: an elaborate skull, Hedwig, Pop Art and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I had the intention to do even more, but my skin and sensitive eyes were simply not having it. Halfway through our Halloween party, I washed off my makeup and changed into a Korilakkuma onesie, and I’ve been letting my skin repair itself ever since.
In addition to a few favorite store-bought products, I often to look to my fridge and pantry for home remedies. They’re not only cost-effective—they’re downright effective. I suspect some of you are having similar skin woes, at the moment, so allow me to introduce you to my favorite main ingredient: raw honey. Not only does it have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s also moisturizing, healing, and incredibly soothing. It can be used alone or mixed with other ingredients, depending on your needs. Here are a few of my favorite DIY honey mask combinations: