Monday, October 31, 2011

Sleeping with Makeup can Make Your Worst Dreams Come True

After a long, tiresome day of work or a night out having fun, running to bed and jumping under the covers seems like the best idea in the world. However, before getting some shut eye, it is of utmost importance to remove makeup and wash your face. Of course, an occasional falling asleep with makeup is not harmful. However, if you develope a habit of sleeping with makeup on you run the risk of facing some undesireable side effects.


Pinkeye is usually thought to only be obtained by sharing eye makeup. Well, if you sleep with makeup on you may cause conjunctivitis (pinkeye) on your own because rubbing against your pillow can cause makeup to go into your eyes as you sleep and thus cause an infection.

Sleeping with your makeup on can also cause clogged pores and breakouts. Resting your head on your pillow can cause your makeup to be pushed into your pores and allows bacteria to grow, thus making it oh so easy to clog your pores, get black heads, blemishes and in extreme cases: acne.

As we sleep our skin goes through a process that can benefit the skin's complection and appearance.
"During deep sleep, the skin's metabolic rate speeds up and many of the body's cells show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins.
Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for the repair of damage from factors like ultraviolet rays, deep sleep may indeed be beauty sleep" -Angela Epstein for the Daily Mail UK

Night time is usually the best time to apply serums, treatments and heavier moisturizer or creams. How will this be posssible if you fall asleep with a day's worth of cosmetics on your face?

Indeed, taking a few minutes to remove makeup and washing your face before bed is definitely worth it. I prefer to use Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil to breakdown makeup, then I wash my face with my Clarisonic and Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel. If you don't have the time or desire to do a multi-step process, opt for a all in one cleanser that removes makeup, tones and cleanses such as Sephora Collection, Supreme Foaming Cleanser.

Remember to wash your face and remove makeup before sleeping and you can rest assured that you will be doing your skin a favor and avoid any harmful effects sleeping with makeup can cause. Sweet Dreams!

*Image obtained from Getty Images.

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