• PublishedJanuary 4, 2017

It happens even to the best of us: you’ve had a long day and the last thing you want to do when you get home is to wash your face. And so you end up sleeping with your makeup on. Although you can be excused once or twice, it is not wise to make a habit of it for the following reasons.

It makes your skin complexion dull.

The skin needs to breathe at night and be able to produce the vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy, glowing skin. When you sleep with makeup on, the oils from makeup and dead skin cells rub against each other on your pillow all night, hence diminishing your skin’s ability to replenish.

This causes it to be dull. Don’t sleep with makeup on and skip your beauty routine of cleansing and exfoliation, as these help to expose healthy new skin cells and allow the natural repair processes of the skin to occur. You will notice that once you embark on a good skin care routine, your complexion will brighten up even without makeup.
It prematurely ages you.
Wearing makeup all day means that it will combine with sweat and dust from the environment. In addition, your skin is affected by the stressful day-to-day events and sleeping in your makeup denies your skin the chance to recover from the said stress, which can easily lead to the development of fine lines or wrinkles.

In addition, when dirt and makeup are trapped on your skin, they induce oxidative damage, which causes your skin to age prematurely. It is prudent that you train yourself to wash your face before going to bed for a youthful look.

Remember; once you go to sleep once or twice with makeup on, it can be easier the next night and the nights to come to succumb to sweet sleep and ignore the
makeup on your face.

It can cause acne. The skin tend to regenerate itself and this happens especially during sleep. Therefore going to bed with make up on will cause it to block oil glands and
pores, thereby inhibiting the skin from properly shedding and regenerating.

This makes your skin susceptible to breakouts and acne especially those with sensitive skin. To avoid this ensure you clean your face before going to bed. Invest in wet wipes and place them where you can easily access them, such as at your bedside table as they come in handy on nights when you are too lazy or fatigued to wash your face.

It increases risks of infection. Eye make up such as mascara and eyeliner, for instance, can cause you to have an eye infection if left on overnight. This is because the makeup could rub onto your pillow and end up in your eyes causing eye irritation, which can also lead to infection or you waking up with swollen eyes.

In addition, sleeping with your eye makeup on may result in the clogging of hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids. Leaving lipstick overnight can cause your lips to become dry and cracked, as the skin on the lips is delicate.

Ironically, while you may feel too fatigued to even wash your face before bedtime, washing it will help to relax you and cause the fatigue to wear off.

Published January 2017

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