What happens when you don’t remove your makeup before sleeping?

“Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to.”

You get home late due to terrible traffic and you are very tired — the last thing you want to do is wash your face. Is sleeping in makeup really that bad? We’ve been told countless times to wash off our makeup before bed, still, this question lingers. You’re likely wondering just how bad.

What are the side effects of sleeping in makeup?

Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to. Those free radicals from the environment like pollution remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. They cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep and allows for more areas to gather bacteria, resulting in the development of acne.

Since make-up blocks your pores and slows down the production of sebum, this leads to dry skin, which further worsens the way you look. Dry skin also slows down the repair process, which causes the formation of wrinkles and duller more tired looking skin.

During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress and when you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those abuses, which can lead to premature aging. Each night you sleep in your makeup, your pores become more clogged. Eventually, this can result in the formation of a microcomedone, which attracts the acne-causing bacteria to your pores.

Woman removing eyes make-up


Easy easy steps to remove make-up:

  • Lightly massage baby oil of your choice on the skin (you can also use coconut oil.
  • Use a warm and damp face cloth and gently wipe your face, removing all the makeup
  • Remove eye makeup like mascara, eyeliner and layers of eye shadows
  • Wash your face; massage your favorite facial cleanser for a couple minutes. Then wash away again with a soft face cloth or simply, just use water. Repeat if necessary.
  • Gently towel dry your skin, and spray your favorite facial toner or apply with soft cotton.
  • Let it dry and follow with your evening skin care.

face washing

There are several reasons why you need to wash and perform your routine at night:

  • Cleansing your skin at night will not only lessen the amount of oil on the skin, it also removes dirt such as make-up, and other acne-causing bacteria, which will result in fewer blemishes. Bacteria thrive in oil so why give bacteria a chance to cause blemishes?
  • Oil, dirt and makeup removal gives your skin a clean palette for applying your evening performance products for maximum effectiveness. Skin repairs itself at night, and when you sleep, your skin is at rest allowing for skincare treatments to absorb deeply in the skin to accelerate the metabolism of your cells.
  • Clean skin doesn’t dirty up your pillowcases.If you don’t wash your face at night, you are transferring a day’s worth of oil from your hair and face, as well as makeup, onto your pillowcase. If you don’t change your pillowcase daily, those grimes/dirt rub on your skin and can cause skin irritation.
  • Moisturizers evaporate when on the skin all day,so washing your skin and applying moisturizer at night ensures it will stay moist and hydrated. Skin care ingredients simply don’t last so giving your skin a new application of products at night is essential.


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