Makeup is a wonderful beauty tool that enhances your facial features. I believe every woman should have a basic makeup routine they can easily follow. I am not a heavy makeup user hence I don’t write much about that topic. However I am a firm believer in good skincare and one very important lesson I learnt from a young age is to never go to bed with your makeup on.
Do people actually sleep with makeup?
Believe it or not, there are people out there, for a vast number of reasons, who end up sleeping with their makeup still on. This isn’t only bad for your bedding but it’s also not great for your skin. It’s important for your skin to breathe especially at night while you get your beauty sleep in.
What happens if I sleep with make up on?
During the day, the pollutants that your skin picks up, mixed with your foundation, will clog your pores leading to the undesired breakouts which we all dread. Your skin won’t be able to renew itself which is a process that usually takes place while you sleep. What’s the result? The following are all results of sleeping without cleansing it away.
- Dry skin
- Risk of eye infections and inflammation from mascara and liner that’s dried up and smudged into your eyes
- Dark Circles
- Dull complexion and tired looking skin
How can I avoid this?
There are several ways to remove makeup at the end of the day. I know there are those evenings when you come home tired from work or perhaps a night out. Whatever you do, try your best to make time to remove your makeup using a removal method that works for you.
One way to remove your makeup is by double cleansing. Use an oil based cleanser followed by a gel cleanser. The oil based cleanser will help lift and melt makeup away from your skin. Oil cleansers are especially good for heavy makeup. The gel based cleanser will lift away any remnants from the first cleanse.
Try and avoid wipes as as these can be harsh and strip your skin of oils leading to dryness. Cotton pads are always best. Micella Waters are also great for cleansing your skin with. They lift the makeup from your skin and you simply wipe away with a cotton pad until you can no longer see any residual .
What if I’m away from home?
If you happen to be away from home and can’t access your cosmetics, there is a microfibre cleansing cloth you can use to remove makeup easily. All you need to use this with is water. My suggestion is to get a couple of these and keep one in your handbag for those nights when,for whatever reason, you have to sleep away from home.
I’ve slept with makeup on! What should I do?
If you find you have slept with your makeup for whatever reason, don’t be tempted to put more on the next morning without thoroughly cleansing your face. You can follow these steps when you wake up to help you avoid the horrible effects above.
- Double cleanse to thoroughly remove makeup.
- Use an exfoliator to prevent clogged pores.
- Use a mask to hydrate your skin.
- Moisturise your skin.
- If you can, give your skin a break from makeup to allow it to rest.
- Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin from within.
If you love applying makeup, which many women do, just remember that makeup removal is a very crucial step of your beauty routine. If you care about your skin’s appearance and health, always try and avoid making the mistake of sleeping with makeup on. No matter how tired you feel, always make an effort to wash it off.
Make up always looks best on skin that’s well looked after. If you are looking for an easy skin care routine, try this simple one here each morning before you apply your makeup and at the end of your day.