I love putting on makeup. It’s so much fun to experiment with new products and techniques and watch as they change your face.
But, removing makeup? That’s such a chore! Even more so when you come back home in the wee hours of the morning, after a night spent partying with your friends. All you want to do is get into your bed and sleep for hours.
That makeup can wait until the morning, can it? Surely, no harm can come if I sleep with makeup on once or twice?
That’s what I used to tell myself, and I was SO wrong. Here’s why:
1. Cleansing skin keeps breakouts away
All that dirt and makeup on our faces can easily end up inside our pores, clogging them up and causing pimples. And, dealing with pimples is never fun. They always appear at the worst possible moment, and take forever to heal.
By the way, this applies to you even if you don’t wear makeup. Dirt, pollutants, excess oil, and all kinds of crap get in touch with our skin daily. You want to get that all off before you go to bed, or you’ll have to deal with pimples, too.
2. Clean skin better absorbs skincare products
The night is the perfect time to apply retinol and exfoliate your skin, both things that make your skin more susceptible to UV damage (better use them when that pesky sun is away!).
But, there’s no way they can reach your skin if they are faced with a wall of makeup and other impurities. They’ll just lie on top of them, doing nothing.
Do you really want to waste good product and money like that?
3. Cleansing skin helps prevent acne
Ok, this is closely related to point 1, but let’s expand a bit more here. We already know that dirt and makeup can get trapped in the pores, clogging them up.
Well, skin produces oil, its natural moisturizer, at night too. If you don’t remove the excess one it produced during the day, guess what’s gonna happen? Yep, that’ll clog up the pores too.
But, there’s more. You know, P. Acnes, the bacteria that causes acne? Well, that annoying little thing thrives on oil. Don’t feed it more than necessary. Wash your face at night and starve it.
Do you wash your face at night?