Coming home after a long night out and all you want to do is collapse in your bed and worry about everything later. The thought of washing your face didn't even occur to you. To be honest, you're not even wearing a lot of makeup so what's the point, right? WRONG! After a whole day of wearing that makeup and having it soak up all that sweat, oil, pollution, and grime, leaving it on is what is standing between you and the complexion of your dreams. It's also prematurely aging your skin. You've officially become a breeding ground for pimple city.
I'm not perfect, I've slept with makeup in the past but there was one time that really stood out and made me realize how important it is to take the extra couple of minutes before I hit the sheets. I remember waking up the next morning to discover my eyes were red, burning and bloodshot. My face was oily, blotchy, dull and sticky and just felt all kinds of gross. Since then, I always try to be responsible with remover pads by my bed for those times that I don't want to get up and wash my face. Still not convinced? Read on before you decide to face-plant into your pillow tonight.
- Your Skin Will Get Stressed - Yes, you read that correctly. The stress hormone, cortisol, naturally decrease when you sleep. This allows your skin to regenerate and protect itself but having makeup on prevents your face from healing and in turn will promote acne breakouts.
- Your Skin Will Be Thirsty - Dry, flaky skin is not something we strive for. Yesterday's makeup becomes and moisture-sucking machine after hours. Sleeping in it will cause your skin to feel uncomfortable and craving for water like a bad hangover in the morning.
- Your Skin Will Prematurely Age - Making it a habit to sleep in your makeup will prematurely age your skin. When you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to breathe and recover from the days event, causing fine lines, wrinkles and congestion to happen.
- Don't Touch Your Face - If you slept in your makeup, the first thing to do is wash your hands. You don't know what kind of bacteria is on your hands to add to the already murky situation going on with your face.
- Wash Your Face - Obviously. Slept-in makeup is generally tougher to remove since it's embossed into your skin at this point. You may already see zits forming after skipping your P.M. wash. Best to do a double deep cleanse; first with something oil-based because it will attach to the oils already on your skin and clean them right out and then follow it up with your regular cleanser to clean up any excess residue. Finish with your normal skin care regimen and moisturize! Try using a heavy cream for an added boost.
- Change Your Sheets - After you peeled yourself out of bed, you took a quick glance and OMG! it looks like you left your face on your pillowcase. Making sure to clean your pillowcase and sheets the next day helps prevent reverse contamination. If you don't, all of that leftover makeup will transfer back onto your skin the next night and you'll have to repeat this process all over again.