We’ve all been there. You get home late at night, after an absolutely exhausting day and the last *the last* thing you want to do is wash your face. I get it. You know it’s bad move, but do you ever wonder just how bad it is, what happens if you only do it occasionally, or if just mascara is okay? Well, you’re in luck – this article breaks down the details of this bad, beauty habit.
What are the side effects of sleeping in your makeup?
Like the rest of our body, our skin functions on the circadian rhythm. And the skin’s most important function at night is to renew itself, a process called microcirculation that is prevented when wearing makeup and foundation. The particles and pigments in the makeup break down through the day and as it’s been metabolized by our skin’s natural processes, it has also been exposed to environmental pollutants as well as bacteria and mold. Not washing the makeup off of your face results in unnecessary exposure to these free radicals, since makeup basically holds onto everything. These free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and prematurely aging skin. Also not to mention that makeup clogs the pores and causes acne.
What about Just Eye Makeup?
Even if you’re only wearing eye makeup, you should still remove it before bed as not doing so can cause problems. Mascara and eyeliner may get rubbed by your pillow and end up in your eye, causing an infection. It can also result in the clogging of the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids, resulting in bacteria build up and inflammation, which can cause styes to form.
While a full face washing is best for removing makeup, do yourself a favor and keep makeup remover wipes next to your bed so you have zero excuses to not remove your makeup.