Forget roses and flowers, because nowadays everything ghoulish is in demand as latest figures show that Halloween has overtaken Valentine’s Day.

Britons are estimated to spend a whopping £300-£400 million celebrating Halloween this weekend on items like spooky food, glow in the dark pumpkins, and ghoulish costumes. Even the beauty market is muscling in with freaky face paint, scary masks and weird ingredients in   facial creams and treatments. So if you want to cast your own beauty spell, here’s our pick of the ultimate Halloween tricks and treats. From squashing spider veins to the Vampire Face Lift, which uses your own blood to rejuvenate skin – don’t be scared- give them a whirl for a bewitching beauty treat




It sounds scary but The Vampire Lift is now one of our top treatments. It entails having blood drawn from the arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. These are then injected into the face to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and new collagen. As ghoulish as the procedure sounds using your own blood is a safe, natural treatment and highly effective at rejuvenating worn out looking skin on the face, hands, neck and other body areas. The results are immediate with an improvement in skin tone You may be slightly swollen and your skin will look red and a bit like a pin cushion for a day or so but this is easily covered using mineral make up. Treatment takes around one hour but up to three recommended, a month apart.  Results can last up to 1 year.  From £750 a treatment



Spiders are the main symbol of Halloween, but no one wants traces of these tiny veins, usually red, purple or blue in colour – on their face or legs. Laser therapy is the most effective way to get rid of them.  A beam of light heats up the blood vessel, closing it off a destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed and taken away as waste within your lymphatic system. Try the new Lumecca IPL system – you may need up to three to four to six treatments, two to four weeks apart with results lasting up to 18 months From £100 per treatment contact 0207 436 4441. After treatment always use a sunscreen with SPF30 on tops of feet. For a temporary fix use a good Dermablend Corrective Foundation £16, from most chemist,



No matter what size or shape, bat wings  – loose skin on the upper arms  – affects most women. Even worse there are two of them .For those looking for a quick and painless way to tighten the triceps, Fractora Firm is a good option. It is a pain free skin tightening procedure which uses radio frequency technology to help promote collagen/elastin and skin tightening without any downtime.

A course of 6-8 treatments a week apart will achieve best results from £1200 course contact 0207 434 4441



Using serums and masks containing snail slime enzymes and sheep placenta stem cells this new cutting edge facial firms, nourishes and hydrates the complexion whilst stimulating cell renewal. The treatment includes a glycolic peel a skin needling treatment to infuse the special ingredient deep into the skin, followed by red light therapy. One ninety-minute treatment will firm tighten and replenish skin leaving the face feeling tighter and more lifted. From £190 from www.jillzander.co.uk



From bee venom to snail slime, no not the ingredients for a witches’ brew but just some of the latest weird and wild ingredients found in lotions and potions which will help keep skin looking youthful.



Snakeis a synesthetic substance which mimics the effect of a protein found in the venom of the Temple Viper snakes which can block nerve signals to helps stop wrinkles forming as well as smoothing lines, A celebrity favorite, Snake has inspired a range of anti wrinkle creams and is a natural alternative to Botox.

Find it in: Nip+Fab Viper Venom Extreme Night Fix £13.30, boots.com


When people hear about snail cream they usually think ‘ yuk’ but the benefits of snail mucus on the skin is revered by beauty experts and celebrities, including Katie Holmes, and Louise Redknapp.  The mucus contains mucin a group of proteins rich in natural amino acids and elastin that can soften, improve and protect skin Used in many high end skin products, snail slime  – or technically Helix Aspersa Muller Glycoconjugates  – is packed full of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin which nature originally developed to protect the skin of the snail from infection and the sun’s harmful UV rays. . It’s now touted to be a potent anti ageing ingredient for us humans that will help treat acne, fade scars, heal burns and stretch marks as well as rejuvenate skin and treat wrinkles

Find it in: Holland&Barrett Dr Organic Snail Gel Moisture Mask  £1.99


Carmine is a brilliant red dye made from crushed insect shells that have undergone a chemical reaction. The dye is perfectly safe and used in a number of products and often gives red lipsticks their gorgeous crimson shade.

Find it in Baca Beach Tint £20. Cultbeauty.co.uk


Bee venom contains at least 18 pharmacologically active components including various enzymes and peptides and is used in skin care to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Rumoured to be a Royal favourite (both Camilla and Kate are said to use it) and similar to Syn-ake, purified bee venom which is collected from Bees without harming then and turned into a powder can also helps renew damaged skin cells

Find it in Good Things Manuka and Honey Daily Moisturiser £7.99 boots.com


Rumoured to be used by Lady Gaga, this is actually made from the red sap of the Dragon Blood tree and is said to reduce skin sagging, plump hollows and boost collagen.

Find it: Rodial Dragon’s blood sculpting gel, £75 www.rodial.co.uk


One of our favourite ingredients, the Pumpkin has amazing skin and  health properties. It is packed with wrinkle fighting  vitamins A,C and E along with zinc, potassium and antioxidants which  will help nourish and brighten the skin, Research has also found that it can help skin retain moisture, fight free radicals and help control acne.

Find it in Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, £28, oskiaskincare.com






Do this homemade mask treatment while you are in the bath as the enzymes are more active when moist. Mix two cups of pureed pumpkin with one  tablespoon of milk (soy or almond is good) or   plain yogurt, two  tablespoons of honey and half teaspoon of olive oil. Blend together and smooth onto cleansed, damp skin avoiding the eye are.You can also apply it to the backs of hands, neck and décolletage.   Leave for twenty  minutes and then wash off with a clean facecloth. Apply moisturiser . If there is any mixture left over, cover with Clingfilm, and store in the fridge, Use within a week.

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