It’s a situation that every girl is familiarÂ – afterÂ a fun night-out with your BFFs you finally get home, but all you want to do is crawl into bed;Â taking off your makeup is the last thing on your mind. After all, how bad can sleeping with makeup on be, right?
Well, as it turns out, it can get pretty bad – to the extent thatÂ you’d probably never-want-to-do-it-again bad.
Here’s what you need to know about sleeping with makeup on and why it’s a terrible idea
Â What Happens When You Sleep WithÂ Makeup On?
Â No Chance Of Stress Recovery
“Makeup acts as an artificial barrier, impeding the skin’sÂ natural replenishment process during sleep”
Your skin uses your sleeping time as a chance to repair and replenish itself from the stress it has encountered all day (think all that pollution and grime from the environment). By not taking your makeup off at the end of the day, you’re essentially creating a barrier to the skin’s natural replenishment processÂ – this effectively denies it a chance to recover.
“Sleeping with makeup on also leads to deterioration & breakdown of collagen,Â increasing the risk of premature aging with the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles”
Also, wearing makeup while you sleep actually clogs your pores and oil glands, which can lead to serious acne problems. That’s not the worst of it though. Sleeping with makeup onÂ can cause a special protein in your skin, known as collagen, to break down, leading to fine lines and marks on the skin.
Trapped Skin Cells
“This is counterproductive to exfoliation – makeup will do the exact opposite, trappingÂ those dead skin cells”
In addition to this, makeup can trap dead skin cells and prevent them from sloughing off at night. This leads to premature aging of the skin and can even cause wrinkles to appear prematurely.
Loss Of Moisture
“Oily skin may be a bother, but having makeup on for extended periods causes severe drying, giving your skin a dull, lifeless complexion”
Your makeup can actually soak up the moisture from your skin all day. Removing it at night gives your skin the chance to breathe and recalibrate those moisture levels. Sleeping with it on can leave you with very dry skin and a dull complexion.
While foundation is probably the worst culprit, closely tied to blackheads, acne and dullness,Â eye products like liners and mascara pose other risks, eye irritation and infections being the most common. They can even block the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids, leading to a buildup of bacteria and inflammation, alsoÂ causing eye styes.
Lipsticks also drain moisture and can clog the pores around your lips, resulting in blackheads around the area and horribly chapped lips in the morning. If you’re using cheap cosmetics that are most likely from China, the health risks can be even greater, as they tend to contain harsh chemicals, some of which are banned in most countries.
One random off night where you were just too dead-tired to take your makeup off probably won’t cause any long-lasting damage. However, the more frequently you do it, the more clogged your pores get. This will significantly increase the chances of attracting acne-causing bacteria, which will result in a nasty breakout.
So now that the lingering question of how bad sleeping with makeup on really is has been answered at last, it’s probably best to muster some energy and fight those z’s long enough to at least wipe it all off before zonking off, so that your skin remains clear, healthy and radiant!