It happens to the best of us. You get home late after a night out, ditch the heels somewhere between the front door and the kitchen, and curse the nagging reminder to wash your face before falling into bed. On the way to the bathroom, you notice your bed looks ridiculously comfortable tonight. You gaze longingly at it. If we’re being honest, you’re ogling it. You can’t help it, it just looks so wonderful and perfect. Even the word “bed” looks like a tiny bed! There’s no way it’s as comfortable as it looks at this very moment! Better go check it out real quick before I wash my face.
We’ve always heard how sleeping in your makeup is bad, and as it turns out, it’s not just bad for your pillowcase. Your skin suffers when it cannot perform its function (just like any other of our reasonable organs). Pores get clogged, teeming with bacteria, and boy are their arms tired. Our skin repairs itself by generating new skin cells after we slough off the dead skin cells via face-washing. If a layer of makeup, oil, dirt and bacteria is all up in your pores for 24 hours, there isn’t much of a shot at that healthy, new-cell turnover.
Breakouts & Acne
Our skin forms a slick collection of dirt, dead skin cells, oil, bacteria and sweat over the course of a day. This impressive production is sticky and settles into pores, causing breakouts like blackheads, whiteheads, cysts and acne, according to Mayo Clinic. When we go to bed without washing our face, this layer of junk gets to marinate into our face overnight. Dermatologist Dr. Kiran Lohia
reminds us skipping the sink before bed not only leads to pimples, but makes for larger pores when clogged with certain chemicals found in makeup.
Health & Beauty expert Courtney Dunlop explains why it is important to remove our makeup before bed.
“When makeup is added, this creates a situation that can lead to clogged, dilated pores, breakouts and dull skin. In the evening, it’s important to remove all of this so that your skin can renew itself.”
Hitting the sack with a clean face can help improve the performance of anti-aging products. Dunlop adds, “Your skin will absorb more antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients that are in your nighttime serum or moisturizer, therefore giving you more radiant results.”
Sleeping with eye makeup on (mascara, specifically) can cause skin and eye irritation, making it prone to infection. According to fancy eye doctor Hilary Beaver, “Removing eye makeup before sleeping is important. If eye makeup is not removed daily there is an increased possibility of an allergic reaction or contact irritation. Repeated application over irritated skin will increase the subsequent skin reaction.”
Dr. Beaver continues, “An allergic reaction to eye makeup usually occurs on the thin, delicate skin around the eye. Should makeup particles fall into the eye, that, too, could lead to an allergic reaction.”
So, even though we’re tired, we should always remove makeup before going to bed if we want to prevent breakouts, wrinkles and eye problems.
TIP: Keep makeup remover wipes in your nightstand for nights when you’re too tired to get up and wash your face.