Why You REALLY Shouldn’t Sleep With Make-Up

As much as we try to practice great skin care, we’ve all been guilty of going to sleep with our make-upon once or twice (or possibly three to four times). Whether it’s a result of a long work day or simply being too lazy, making a habit of going to bed with your make- up on can lead to serious skin concerns. Sleep provides our skin with the opportunity to renew itself yet the presence of makeup can hinder the renewal process. Moreover, the skin has to work even harder in order to repair itself.
Read on to find out the potential effects of spending a night in bed with your make-up on.

  • Skin

As you sleep, hormones within the skin attempt to repair the damage done to skin throughout the day- be it from the sun, pollution or effects of free radicals. Also, during the cell turnover, old skin cells on the surface of the skin begin to shed while new skin cells are pushed up to the surface. This is why it’s important to regularly exfoliate as it helps to clear the skin of the dead cells. Unfortunately, the presence of makeup can trap the dead skin cells which can leave you with a dull complexion. The trapped dead skin cells can also create a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, resulting in breakouts and acne. Speaking of breakouts, not removing your makeup at night can also leave you with clogged pores which can lead to breakouts, visibly larger pores and acne. Clogged pores can also accelerate the aging process leading to premature wrinkles. The presence of free radicals on the skin (which you accumulated throughout the day) can slowly break down collagen which also increases the risk for the development of fine lines, loss of elasticity and premature ageing.

  • Lips

As luscious as lips can look during the day, going to bed with your latest lip kit will leave you with anything but a pretty pout. Sleeping with your lipstick on can result in dry, cracked, flaky and often painful lips.

  • Eyes

Once you’ve cleared your skin of foundation, you might convince yourself that leaving on your eye make-up will not be the worst idea. Unfortunately, it would be a very, very bad idea. Mascara is used to give your eyelashes volume and length during the day. However, sleeping with it on can lead to said eyelashes drying out before becoming brittle and possibly breaking off. It’s important to regularly change your mascara every three months in order to prevent the accumulation of bacteria in the mascara tubes which can eventually end up in your eyes. Leaving other forms of eye make-up on overnight can increase your risk for redness,
inflammation, itchiness, rashes and pink eye.

The day after the night before – and how it ties in with your beauty sleep

Although you may have (once again) gone to bed with your make-up on, there’s no need to beat yourself up about it. Granted, you’re waking up to dry, patchy skin but you can still do damage control. Firstly, be sure to wash your hands as picking at your face with dirty fingers can add to the bacteria that’s already amassed on your skin. Next step would be to properly clean the make-up off your face. Although it may be a little tough, it’s important not to wash your skin too aggressively. You can use a cleansing oil- the oil will emulsify all the dirt, oil, and makeup whilst the cleanser will get rid of excess residue. Lastly, change your pillowcase at least once or twice a week. Your pillowcase and sheets still have residual make-up on them thus when you jump into bed for some beauty rest (after you’ve cleansed your face), you’re risking your pillowcase transferring the make-up and bacteria back onto your skin. You don’t need a complicated night-time routine in order to have cleansed skin.

Although make-up wipes can help to remove your make-up, they don’t surpass a good old fashioned cleanser. Make-up wipes do not completely remove your makeup and they do contain some chemical additives which, if left on the skin, may cause irritation. Before bed, simply remember to cleanse (starting with a make-up wipe if necessary), exfoliate and moisturize. Following a proper skin-care regime suited to your skin will surely end in sweet dreams. Click here to discover Harvard Health’s guide to a good night’s rest.

Want to know more?

While your beauty sleep is incredibly important in order for your skin to regenerate and heal, your diet plays just as important of a role. Click here to find out which plant foods are best for healthy, glowing skin.


  1. 14 July 2018 at 4:39 am

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