Why You Should Never Sleep In Your Makeup

August 21, 2019

Why You Should Never Sleep In Your Makeup

I wish someone had sat me down and told me this when I first started wearing makeup. As a high schooler, I never had anyone tell me that I should have a nighttime routine. I went to bed with concealer, mascara, and eyeliner on most days, sometimes even foundation.

Thinking about this makes my skin crawl now. This is especially important for people who don’t have an exact routine at night. But it also calls out those of you who come home from the bar in the early morning and neglect your skin. It’s time for a wakeup call!

Blemishes, Dry Skin, Clogged Pores, and Wrinkles

You can look forward to all of those things while you snooze with a full face. Let’s start off with dry skin. Without removing your makeup, your skin won't have a chance to breathe. This means that the moisture levels in your skin won’t be able to recalibrate, resulting in extreme drying. If you make the mistake of wearing makeup to bed, be sure to apply a moisturizer first thing in the morning.

The next victim will be your pores. Overnight, you need to give your skin a chance to recuperate from the makeup you’re wearing. You are already filling your pores with primer, foundation, and concealer during the day, it’s time for a break. Without this break, your pores could get clogged, resulting in enlarged pores.

If you want to avoid getting pimples, stop wearing makeup to bed. This is a guaranteed way to create bacteria, oil, and dirt-buildable on the skin. And you know what that means, especially for sensitive skin.

And finally, because of the buildup and clogged pores, you are more likely to get premature wrinkles by sleeping with a full face of makeup on. You need to give your skin eight hours of rest in order to recalibrate itself and maintain its health. These are important hours for your skin. Let them have it.

Eye Irritation, Infection, Lash Loss, and Clogged Follicles

Have you read that news story about the woman who never took her mascara off for years? Well, she almost lost her eyesight. And the inside of her eyelids was something out of a horror story. You don’t want to see it, trust us.

Your eyes also need a breather throughout the night. Plus, do you really want mascara and foundation smeared all over your clean pillowcases? Neglecting to remove your eye makeup, that includes mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow can result in redness, irritation, dryness, and even infection. There is really no point in sleeping with this stuff on. Even mascara is going to look clumpy and dull in the morning anyway.

Have you heard of a stye? They’re not fun. And they often result in eyelash follicles being clogged from makeup. They are small bumps that will form on the follicle and cause pain and irritation. If they don't go away on their own, you have to treat them with a serum or ointment. 

Last, but not least, is the risk of breaking your eyelashes. Leaving your mascara on will create lashes that are more brittle and break easier. Imagine waking up and having small little stumps for eyelashes. No thank you.

Chapped Lips

And finally, our last reason why you should never sleep with makeup on is that it will dry your lips out until they become permanently chapped. Falling asleep with a liquid lipstick on is just asked for flakey and chapped lips. We all know how it feels after just a few hours of wear, let alone eight more. Plus, it's guaranteed to get all over your sheets. Save your lips by taking your makeup off and putting some lip balm on before bed.

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