Why You Shouldn’t Sleep In Your Makeup

We’ve all done it – gone to bed with a full-face of makeup. Some of us even swear it’s the only way to get the perfect smudgy, smoky eye! But here’s the real deal: while you may gain you a few extra minutes of sleep, leaving your foundation, mascara, and eye makeup on is really just sabotaging your skin.

From dark circles to breakouts and dullness, here are 5 reasons why snoozing with your makeup on should be considered anything but beauty sleep.

1. Clogged Pores & Breakouts

Throughout the day our makeup acts like a magnet, holding onto nasty things like pollution or oil and residue from our hands and phones. Leaving that on your face overnight is like an open invitation for bacteria, clogged pores, and breakouts.

2. Irritation

While sleeping in eye makeup may sound very rock n’ roll, it’s far from glam. Not only can it irritate the delicate skin around the eye area leading to dark circles and puffiness, but if mini-particles make their way into your eyes it can cause redness and even infection.

3. Dry & Brittle Lashes

If you want lush lashes, leaving them coated in mascara and liner 24/7 is a major no-no. In addition to causing them to become dry and brittle, if eye makeup clogs one of the tiny follicles at the base of your lashes it can lead to pain and inflammation.

4. Premature Aging

Leaving your makeup on while you sleep slows the natural recovery process, working to repair itself from any stressors or damage experienced throughout the day. It also increases your skin’s exposure to free radicals and can eventually lead to visible signs of premature aging.

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5. Pores Appear Larger

Last but not least, while sleeping in your makeup may not immediately cause enlarged pores, it can certainly look that way as dirt left in the pores makes them more noticeable and appear instantly larger.

Bottom line – take a few minutes to properly prep your skin before bed. If you’re still worried you won’t be able to commit, stash makeup-removing towelettes in your bedside table and literally wipe the day away in seconds.

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