Drink eight glasses of water per day. Change your sheets and pillow cases frequently. Do a regular self-check for new or unusual moles. Disinfect your cell phone. Always use SPF. Wash your makeup brushes. These are all beauty tips that you’ve heard many times before, while we hope that each and every one of them is regularly incorporated into your routine there is one beauty commandment that takes importance over everything previously listed: remove your makeup every night before going to bed. In fact, this rule is so important that we’re going to go out on a limb her and call it a non-negotiable beauty rule.
Maybe you’re rolling your eyes because DUH you’ve heard this one before; between your grandmother and sister, not to mention your aesthetician and even your high school gym teacher have burned the “remove your makeup before you go to sleep” chant into your head. Still – and you’re not alone on this one – there are those nights the creep up on you every so often when you just don’t have it in you. Even though you can practically envision your BFF telling you how bad it is to hit the sack with your makeup on, you just can’t muster up the energy to wash your face. Plus, it’s really not that bad, right? WRONG!
Sleeping with makeup can take a major toll on your skin. You’re more likely to experience acne breakouts, irritated and congested eyes, and even premature aging. Continue reading to find out exactly why it’s so bad to sleep without removing your cosmetics and we can almost guarantee that you be sure to slip into the sack with bare skin for the remainder of your days.
No matter what type of skin you have, your skin won’t be happy with you
Maybe you aren’t a victim of adult acne so the threat of a break out doesn’t scare you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no matter what type of skin you have, your skin will be negatively effected by slept-in makeup. If you have dry skin, you’re likely to notice flakes and crumbles the next morning. Not only will you have to wash your face in the morning, but you’ll most certainly have to exfoliate. Repeat offenders may find themselves exfoliating more than recommended, leaving the facial skin dry, raw, and irritated.
Your Makeup Knows Your Dirty Little Secrets
Maybe you couldn’t find your always-there hand sanitizer after you left the supermarket. Perhaps the ladies room was all out of soap after your break. No one wants to admit it, but these things do happen and even those of you who have health your oath to not touch your face, we have some more bad news for you: your makeup absorbs all kinds of dirty free radicals and grimy pollutants throughout the day. When you go to bed without cleansing your skin first you’re allowing these toxins to sit on your skin and marinate your pores. Not only are you broadening your chances of breaking out, but you’re also preventing your skin from its nightly recovery process and breaking down collagen… premature aging anyone?
The Eyes Tell it All
Sleeping with your smoldering hot smoky eye won’t lead to an acne flare up or speed up the ageing process, but it will have negative effects on your eyelids and eyelashes. As you toss and turn throughout the night, your eye makeup will smudge and smear which can lead to clogged tear ducts, painful eyelid inflammation (commonly referred to as a stye), and even split and shortened eyelashes.