Let’s face it: makeup can be a lot of fun to put on before a big night out, but the worst part about playing around with makeup is…taking it off at the end of the night. Whether you’re beat from work or exhilarated from a night on the town, the last thing you want to do is wash your face. You know you should take 5 minutes and just get it done, but sometimes, it’s just so hard. Most of us end up leaving it on overnight more than once a week! So how bad is sleeping in your makeup? Are you saving yourself a little time, or are you doing major harm to your skin? Turns out, sleeping with your makeup on is even worse for your skin than you thought. Here are some reasons to set aside a few minutes at night to wash it all off.
You’ll Clog Your Pores
Your makeup may be on point, but your pores aren’t impressed with your skills. All kinds of bacteria, pollutants, and other goodies stick to makeup, particularly oily foundation, and make their way into the skin overnight. If makeup isn’t washed off nightly, and the skin is not allowed to breathe and renew, you’ll find yourself with clogged, stretched out pores and acne in no time.
You’ll Attract Free Radicals
Free radicals attack the collagen in your skin, an essential component that keeps you looking young. Sleeping in makeup can increase these free radicals through inflammation—and also prevent your skin from fighting them. Over time, those free radicals can (and will) kick start signs of aging, like fine lines.
You’ll Irritate Your Eyes
Mascara might not clog your pores the way other makeup does, but it can have its own nasty surprises. Sleeping in mascara can make your eyelashes brittle, and the makeup can easily get rubbed into your eyes, causing irritation. Buildup of the bacteria can even clog the hair follicles of the eyelashes and lead to little bumps in the eye area.
Don’t Forget—Your Linens!
Do you really want lipstick and mascara smeared all over your pillow? Sleeping in makeup is messy, as well as damaging to your skin. If you sleep on those messy linens with a clean face, some of that old makeup could find its way back to your face—completely counterproductive, and kind of gross! Washing your face will help your skin recover and make laundry day less painful.
How About Once in a While?
It’s a fair question: is it okay to sleep in your makeup every once in a while? While one night won’t ruin your skin, most experts agree that the cumulative effects of these lazy nights isn’t good, and can have similar effects to chronic offenders. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a night, but don’t make it a habit. A tip? Keep makeup wipes next to your bed for emergencies—just don’t let them become a regular substitute for your skincare routine.
Let Your Skin Repair Itself—Create a Nighttime Skincare Routine
The bottom line is that sleeping in makeup prevents your skin from renewing and repairing itself during the night, which is an essential process for keeping your skin beautiful, youthful, and fresh. If you continue to slip up, you might find that your skin ages more quickly than normal—and you definitely don’t want that!
So what should you do? Create a nighttime skincare routine. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it should involve gentle washing, regular exfoliation, and some kind of moisturization. You may want to consider a night cream as well, to help your skin repair itself. Sticking with a routine is tough, but your skin will thank you!
Dull Skin? Explore Professional Treatments!
Removing your makeup every night is an important part of keeping your skin beautiful and healthy, but it’s only a part of the process. If you’re struggling with dull skin, acne, or any other skin problem that makes you feel self-conscious when you look in the mirror, it may be time to seek help from a cosmetic dermatologist. There are many different options for skin rejuvenation, including chemical peels, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and more.
If you’d like to explore your options for skin refreshing treatments, come to Dr. Diane Walder’s Miami office for a consultation appointment. Dr. Walder is a board certified cosmetic dermatologist and resource for national beauty publications throughout the country, including Glamour, Allure, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call 305-866-2177 today.