Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Makeup On

The phrase, “I need my beauty sleep” is not without merit! Sleep allows your body to rebalance and renew itself, keeping your skin bright and fresh. But sleeping without first removing your makeup inhibits this natural process from occurring. Sleeping without cleaning your face has a tremendous negative impact on your skin. As you sleep, your skin cells diligently work to repair and regenerate. But built up bacteria and pollutants from makeup prevent microcirculation from occurring. The experts at Short Hills Dermatology recommend a good evening-wash routine to prevent the harmful effects of residual makeup.

Makeup Residue Clogs Pores and Leads to Breakouts

As you sleep, the cell regeneration process causes hair follicles to lubricate and allows oil to flow to your skin’s surface. Residual makeup traps the oil, causing clogged pores and breakouts. Throughout the day, makeup also mixes with pollutants from exposure to the environment. These byproducts break down your skin and attract acne-causing bacteria to your pores. Additionally, foundation and thick, oil-based primers often produce blackheads and cause dull skin. Furthermore, sleeping with makeup on while you have an active pimple can lead to an infection. You can avoid skin inflammation, dryness and breakouts by removing your makeup before sleeping.

Sleeping with Makeup On Leads to Premature Aging

During the cell turnover process, new skin cells push to the surface while your skin sheds old cells. Makeup traps these dead skin cells, leaving a dull complexion while causing your skin to appear aged. Throughout the day, dirt and makeup become trapped from oxidative stress, causing the skin barrier to break down. Sleeping with makeup prevents the skin from this much-needed renewal, resulting in healthy collagen breaking down. Light is unable to reflect off the skin, making your skin appear old and rough. As makeup interrupts cell turnover, fine lines and wrinkles can occur. To keep skin looking radiant and youthful, allow your skin to rejuvenate by removing your makeup!

Eye Infections and Chapped Lips

Residual eye makeup can irritate eye tissue, and cause eye infections. Mascara and thick liner clogs tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids. When you fail to remove mascara, eyelashes become fragile and can break off quicker. Meanwhile, sleeping with lipstick on causes lips to lose moisture and become chapped. If you want to keep your skin healthy, all makeup needs to come off; otherwise, it can have disastrous effects.

Dirt and Makeup Residue Accumulates on Pillow

Residual makeup causes oils, powders, chemicals, and bacteria to accumulate on your pillow. The dyes and perfumes found in makeup can create rashes while producing greasy hair and skin. A dirty pillow will have a similar effect to leaving your makeup on overnight. Thus, be sure to wash your pillow often.

An Effective Night Wash Routine

A simple and effective night wash routine can make cleansing your face before sleep a relaxing and easy process. Failing to remove makeup creates a barrier on your skin, preventing the absorption of skin products. Be sure to always remove makeup before sleeping so that moisturizing and anti-aging products can take effect. Contact us today for more information on how to keep your skin radiant.

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