Friday, 26 August 2016

Sleeping In Your Makeup Does Something Pretty Frightening To Your Face

A gross wake-up call to wash your face before bed.

Sleeping with makeup is something that happens to all of us, but not necessarily a wise thing to make a habit of. If you regularly hit the sheets with a ton of products on, brace yourself for the things that can happen when you sleep with makeup. There's zero judgement from me since I've totally been guilty of this, but it's definitely not the best thing to make an actual habit of like The Bachelor's Britt. While I've slept with makeup on and not had an issue before, there was one time that really made me realize how important it is to regularly try not to. I was out late late after a friend's wedding celebrating with all the other bridesmaids and groomsmen and didn't end up hitting my hotel sheets until about 4 a.m. And let me tell you, there was zero makeup removal happening.
I woke up the next morning to discover my eyes were super red and burning, and my face felt sticky — an overwhelming feeling of yuck, if you will. I ended up with a nightmare of glitter eyeshadow flecks that had gotten under my eyelids and they took forever to successfully flush out. Since that sleeping-in-makeup disaster, I always try to be super responsible.
While I hope you haven't had a horror story like mine, make sure you're prepared for what can happen if you sleep in makeup.

We have tried justifying going to bed without washing our faces more times than we’d like to admit. But after watching this video on what sleeping in makeup does to your body, we swear to never commit this skincare sin again. 
Wearing makeup overnight, albeit with your eyes closed and head atop a pillow, really does affect the condition of your skin. And the damage it does is outright terrifying.
Eye makeup such as shadows and liners “can clog hair follicles and oil glands with bacteria causing inflammation or styes.” Not washing off your oil-based foundations could potentially lead to acne. Smeared lipstick can spread onto your face, clogging up pores and creating blackheads. Not to mention, free radicals floating around in the air cling to your makeup. This breaks down collagen and causes wrinkles to gradually form.
1. Eye Irritation & Infection
Dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger told Bustle writer Courtney Leiva, “Neglecting to remove eye makeup can cause dryness, redness, irritation and infection.” Yikes.
2. Wrinkles
"Sleeping in your makeup can increase your exposure to free radicals," explained Dr. James C. Marotta to Good Housekeeping, "leading to collagen breakdown and skin that ages faster"
3. Breakouts 
This might seem obvious, but not removing foundation can definitely lead to majorly clogged pores and pimples.
4. Dry Skin
Dr. Dennis Gross, MD, told Refinery29, "Leftover makeup residue ... can inhibit the absorption of skin-care products by creating a barrier that prevents beneficial ingredients from penetrating the skin's surface." That means your beloved moisturizer won't be able to nourish your parched skin!
5. Clogged Eyelash Follicles
This is not a drill. Sleeping in mascara and thick liner "may result in the clogging of the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids," shared dermatologist Dr. Schweiger to Huffington Post. "When these areas become clogged ... small bumps called styes or hordeolums can form." Ouch.
6. Broken Eyelashes
Here's another mascara bummer. Dr. Schlessinger shared, "Left-on mascara can cause eyelashes to become brittle, break easily and even shed faster.” As it managing split ends on your head wasn't enough, am I right?

7. Chapped Lips
."Sadly, that fabulous plumping lipstick could also be zapping your pout of moisture if you leave it on too long. Jeannette Graf, MD, told Daily Makeover, "Sleeping with any type of lipstick will result in dryness and chapping " Better to reach for moisturizing lip balm instead!.!


1. Keep it simple
Because everyone's skin is a little different, there’s no single miracle face wash. But, so
mething we all can do is look for a cleanser that is simple. "Cleansing should take away dirt, germs and excess oil, but not appropriate skin moisture and healthy cells," Krant says. Find the gentlest cleanser that will "get the job done," as she puts it, but nothing too harsh that leaves redness or rashes.
2. Don't obsess
If your skin is sedentary on a certain day -- meaning you didn't sweat or put on heavy makeup -- Krant says skipping a day of washing your face isn’t a sin. On the other hand, she points out, “It’s best not to let old makeup or sunscreen sit around too long or go to sleep with you.” Generally, washing your face once or twice a day is a good plan to stick to. Anything more than that is excessive (unless there are special circumstances prescribed by your dermatologist), and can lead to “rebound overproduction of oil and breakouts.”
3. Cool it
While it might feel good to warm up with a steamy splash of water, Krant says icy cold or lukewarm water both have their benefits. Excessively hot water will "strip healthy natural oils from your skin too quickly."
4. Exfoliate sparingly
Exfoliating definitely has skin benefits: The scrub can increase circulation for a rosy glow, and it helps to remove dead skin cells. But excessive exfoliation can "lead down the path to trouble." Krant recommends a gentle exfoliation one or twice a week, max.
5. Pat your face dry
A lot of us rush our routines, and wipe our wet faces on whatever's closest to the sink: a used towel, the shirt we’re wearing. But it’s important to use a gentle, clean cloth to dry up. Krant recommends patting your skin, rather than rubbing, and letting a "fine mist of water to remain so when you apply your moisturizer it will seal the moisture into the surface of the skin."
6. Winterize your regimen
"The most important thing to watch out for in winter is over cleansing and over drying," Krant says. In the cooler temps we’re prone to taking longer, hotter showers and spending more time in the overheated indoor air, both of which can dry out the face -- and fast. Krant says it's important not to wash your face excessively and to introduce a moisturizer, if it’s right for your skin. Also crucial is an SPF: She suggests choosing a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 in the winter (and upping it to SPF 30 in the summer, when we spend more time outdoors).
7. Watch your eyes
Fight the urge to splash your eyes open to wake yourself up on groggy mornings. The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, so it it needs to be treated even more gently than the rest of your face. Things to keep in mind? "Use a gentle eye makeup remover and don't use harsh soaps or cleansers directly on delicate eyelids," she says.

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