Let’s be honest. Despite being told countless times to remove makeup before going to bed, it frequently falls off the bottom of our ‘to-do’ list. We all have had those days when we skip removing makeup before bedtime thinking how much harm can a bit of paint really do. We put on makeup throughout the day and look just perfect; so how can keeping it on while sleeping cause damage to our skin. But the fact is that it has been proven that sleeping in makeup can age our skin and cause lots of skin problems.
Side effects of sleeping with makeup
- Acne breakouts
Our skin is covered with pores that allow it to breath. These pores also secrete sebum, which not only moisturises and protects the skin, but also helps remove dead cells and causes cell turnover. When we put on makeup, it seeps inside the pores and clogs them. Dirt, pollution and sweat that stick to our face throughout the days add another layer that makes it impossible for the sebum produced in the pores to perform its job. This causes sebum to build up inside the pores, leading to skin problems like acne.
- Premature ageing
During the day our skin goes through a lot of oxidative stress. Sun rays, free radicals, pollution, dirt, and residues from the environment stick on the layer of makeup. If not removed before sleeping, the free radicals cause collagen breakdown, which results in a loss of skin elasticity. Over time collagen breakdown leads to the development of fine lines and wrinkles that make you look older than your age.
- Dullness and dryness
While natural organic makeup is gaining popularity, most women still use chemical-laden products. You don’t have to be a skin expert to tell how harmful chemicals are for your skin. If you let chemicals sit on your face for long, it will only degrade your skin. At night, when skin repairs and rejuvenates itself, makeup can prevent the repair process, causing the deposition of dead skin cells. Dead skin cells can make your skin look dark, dull and dry.
- Eye infection
We love to highlight our eyes with eyeliner, eye shadows, liners and mascaras. But if you don’t remove them before sleeping, chances are that they are rubbed by your pillow and end up in your eyes, causing eye irritation and infection. Sleeping in eye makeup also clogs the oil glands on the eyelid, which promotes bacterial growth and leads to inflammation.
How to remove makeup before bedtime?
It is now clear that if you want your skin to stay soft, beautiful and younger looking, you must remove makeup before sleeping. But, it is also important that your remove all the layers of makeup properly. Here is your step-by-step guide on how to remove makeup at night:
- Step 1: Start by spreading makeup remover all over your face. Use cream-based makeup removers if you have dry skin. If you use water proof make-up, then oil based remover will work best for you. It is better to use a special eye makeup remover for getting rid of mascara, eyeliner and kohl.
- Step 2: Let the remover dissolve the layers of makeup for some time and then wipe it off using cotton pads. You can also use pre-soaked cotton pads and wet wipes to remove makeup. If you can still see traces of makeup, use a hot washcloth to wipe it off or use steam to melt the layers off your face.
- Step 3: Wash your face with using your regular facial cleanser. You can follow with exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.
- Step 4: Don’t forget to moisturise your face after cleaning it properly.