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Why You Should Never Sleep With Make-up On

It is midnight, you had just returned home from office and you are unbelievably exhausted. You have got to be up early the next day, and you simply cannot wait to crawl straight into bed. You look into the mirror and notice your face full of the day’s make-up. You sigh at the thought of spending more precious minutes removing the make-up and washing your face, while looking longingly at your bed. And you contemplate skipping the cleansing process tonight, for just one night only…. STOP! Get that thought out of your head right now and read on why you should never sleep with your make-up on.


It’s Only for One Night, How Bad Can It Get?

Your skin restores, regenerates and rejuvenates itself at night when you are sleeping, which was how the term ‘beauty sleep’ came about. Now imagine a face that is covered with oil, grime, pollution and make-up residue. How is your skin going to be able to renew itself naturally?

A Free-for-all Zit Party

If you do not cleanse your skin properly before you head to bed, your pores will be clogged. Clogged pores lead to the build up of microcomedones, which lead to bacteria buildup, and that is how zits and pimples will be partying hard on your face.

Polluting Your Pillow

Your pillow is already a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Now, if you are not washing your face before you sleep, you are also inviting oil and grime into the party. And imagine sleeping on that same pillowcase from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday… you get the picture. On that note, do get that pillowcase washed regularly.

Irritated Skin

If you have sensitive skin, not washing your face and leaving make-up on as you sleep is just a recipe for disaster in the making. You are creating an environment for your skin to flare up. Over time, this is going to lead to acne, and then you will have to deal with the acne scars that follow after a bad breakout.

Eye Infection

Other than scaring your partner the next morning with raccoon eyes and mascara streaks all over your face, a serious consequence from sleeping with eye make-up on is that it can lead to eye infection. Eyeshadow, mascara, and eyeliner buildup may congregate under your eyes over time and irritate the eyes. Now, you do not want to lose your vision, do you?


Sleeping with your make-up on can cause skin damage, as dirt, grime and make-up residue are trapped on your face. Your natural skin barrier slowly weakens and starts to break down, which leads to the formulation of wrinkles and fine lines, giving you an aged appearance. Who really wants to look older than their actual age?

Broken Eyelashes

Leaving mascara overnight is going to result in weakened eyelashes, which will break easily the next time you coat them with mascara again. If you already have sparse eyelashes, do your eyelashes a favour by removing mascara every night before you go to bed.

Chapped Lips

Most lipsticks, and especially lipsticks that are touted to have the longest staying power or the longest lasting power, tend to be formulated with drying wax. Which means the lipstick you are using dries out your lips the minute you put it on. During the day, you may still remove your lipstick, and apply a hydrating lip balm before reapplying your lipstick. However, you wouldn’t be doing that when you are sleeping, would you? So when you wake up the next morning, you will experience flaky, peeling lips. And if you ever try to peel off the flaky skin, good luck, your lips will crack.


Eeks! How Should I Go About Removing My Make-up?

If you must be lazy, consider using make-up removing wipes, instead of going to bed without removing your make-up. Make-up removing wipes are a quicker way to remove all that gunk on the face. A couple of swipes and your make-up is all gone! But do note that make-up removing wipes are effective only if you are using light make-up, as they are meant to remove make-up from the entire face.

So that means if you have the full works on your face, such as eyeshadow, bronzer, highlighter, waterproof eyeliner, waterproof mascara and heavy foundation, then it is still best to use the appropriate cleansing removers, like cleansing oil or cleansing milk, as they are formulated to dissolve them more thoroughly.

At the end of the day, it is still advisable to spend that few extra minutes washing off your make-up thoroughly, as this can help to prevent acne or other skin issues that you have to battle with in the future. Better yet, never make sleeping with your make-up a regular habit.

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