Why is it so important to take off your makeup in the evening? What are the consequences for the skin and what happens if you sleep with make-up for a longer period of time? These are the questions we will address in our article today.
Who doesn’t know it, you come home tired and exhausted after an exhausting day and just want to lie down in bed? Even if you don’t feel like it, you should definitely remove your make-up before you sleep. Because if you don’t remove your make-up in the evening, there can be numerous consequences. Anyone who has ever slept with make-up knows that the skin doesn’t really feel fresh the next morning.
The skin works day and night. During sleep, growth hormones are released, which ensure that the cells of the skin renew themselves and form new ones. At 1:00 a.m. at night, the skin’s cell division reaches its peak and divides three times as many cells as during the day. The growth hormones ensure that wounds can heal and the skin regenerates quickly.
Pores get clogged
Sleeping with makeup on is murder on your pores. Going to bed with makeup on will leave you with clogged pores, since so many makeup have ingredients like silicones that block the pores. When the pores are blocked, your skin gets bumpy. If you are acne-prone, it can even lead to breakouts. You are effectively damaging skin by neglecting to remove makeup at the end of the day.
You get acne
Our skin never stops working, just like our hearts never stop beating. Just like our internal organs, our skin is always at work. Skin is made up of water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and chemicals. Skin is also covered in pores, which allow us to sweat and secrete sebum, a natural lubricant that moisturizes skin and removes dead skin cells and other irritants from our pores. When you apply makeup, you block your pores from releasing sebum, which may lead to visibly larger pores and acne overtime.
You damage skin cells
Skin cells are also damaged by the practice of sleeping in makeup. Makeup can trap environmental pollutants and free-radicals that can damage skin cells, including collagen, leading to premature skin aging. So not only does crashing out with your concealer on ultimately clog pores and lead to zits, but it can also speed up the aging process.
Your skin dries out
Leaving makeup on overnight, even if you wash your face in the morning, causes flakiness, unevenness, and dryness. If you properly cleanse your face at night, and moisturize with products that include ingredients like aloe or witch hazel, this gives your skin chance to repair and replenish itself at night. Not removing your makeup will deny your skin this chance and instead cause it to dry out. As a result, every time you wrinkle your forehead or squint in your sleep, the impression will stay there for longer.
Dry skin means a loss of elasticity… making wrinkles and impurities more prominent than ever. If your skin continues to be neglected like this frequently and for long periods of time, it can make wrinkles look more like scars, they become that deep.
Your eyes get irritated
Puffy and irritated eyes can be a result of sleeping in makeup, as well. Eye makeup, like shadows, kohl liners, and mascara, must be washed off every single night before bed. Otherwise, the eye area will respond by being puffy and red. Lashes protect our eyeballs from dust, pollen, and environmental pollutants. So when we don’t wash them thoroughly, that debris, mixed with makeup, will trigger our immune response to kick in to fight off a possible infection. The result: swollen, red, irritated and tired eyes. Long, curled, and voluminous lashes pair best with smoky eyes or a cat-eye flick, not irritated, bloodshot, and puffy peepers!
Your cell regeneration is interrupted
Sleep doesn’t only rest our bodies and our bones — there is more at play. Cell regeneration happens overnight when you sleep. Sleeping with makeup on interrupts this process and clogs pores! It literally prevents cell turnover, which you need for youthful skin, thus you look old, tired, dry and unhealthy. Skin is an organ and most makeup is full of toxic chemicals, so it’s a MUST to wash your skin before you sleep.
If you fall asleep with lipstick, your lips can become brittle, cracked and pale. Not only your skin but also your bed linen will be damaged. It gets dirty and micro-organisms accumulate on it – not very hygienic.
Your skin becomes dull
Dewy, glowing, soft, and smooth skin is usually a desired trait. Dull, sallow, or parched skin is not. If you use a makeup product, like a highlighter, to impart some peachy pink glow, that’s great. But sleeping in it can cause the opposite effect. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it performs vital functions for our body, like secreting sweat, excreting lipids, healing wounds and heat regulation.
So it is imperative that we cleanse and exfoliate it regularly and we especially do not sleep in our makeup! Clogged pores and blackheads, aka comedones, are formed when dead skin cells, oil and makeup get trapped in the pores and suffocate the skin. These clogged pores are the pre-cursor to acne-like breakouts and make the skin look dull and lifeless. That’s reason enough to reach for a makeup remover wipe or a washcloth, no matter how late it is or no matter how tired you are.
The MakeUp eraser as a time-saving make-up removal solution
The MakeUp eraser is a perfect solution to quickly remove make-up in the evening. You just need a little water and a minute of your time to apply it. Give your skin this time and relaxation to regenerate overnight. You will certainly feel better the next morning as well. Just take off your make-up and fall into your well-deserved beauty sleep. Your skin will thank you! 🙂
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