We’ve all been guilty of it. We’ve come back home after a long and tiring day at work or a fun night on the town with our friends and the only thing we wanna do is kick off our shoes, slip into our PJs and go to sleep. We know we should be taking off our makeup, and if we don’t we’ll regret it, but we just can’t be bothered to and tell ourselves that it for once we won’t remove it, nothing bad will happen.. But is that really true? Will sleeping with makeup on really have no consequences or will instead surely result in a bad breakout? Or does the truth lie somewhere in between?
Will I get a breakout if I sleep with makeup on?
Well, that depends. If you regularly sleep with your makeup on, then you will very likely get a breakout or at the very least one or two pimples. But if you do it only once in a while, chances are nothing bad will happen. That’s because there’s not really much difference between wearing your makeup on your face for 8 hours during the day and wearing it for 8 hours during the night. That is especially true if you sleep on your back. If your face rubs against the pillow, instead, then your makeup will rub against it too and the pillow will push it back into your pores, clogging them. In that case, a breakout can occur, especially if your skin is acne-prone.
Sleeping with makeup on can cause eye infections
Sleeping with your makeup on can cause eye infections and, in particular, conjunctivitis. Again, it’s rubbing your face against the pillow that causes the problem. That’s because all that rubbing will move the makeup you have on around and some of it can end up near or into your eyes. When that happens, you’ll wake up in the morning and find that your eyes have become red, itchy and burning! This has actually happened to me once and it was awful! From that day on, no matter how tired I was, I always made sure I removed every little trace of makeup from my face before going to sleep.
You’re missing out on beneficial ingredients
Most of us, before going to bed, use creams with retinoids or antioxidants, prescription products and just any treatment designed to address any skin concern we may have. Even if you’re young and don’t have any particular skin problems, a night cream would still contain ingredients that help repair the skin’s natural barrier and enhance its moisture level. If we go to sleep with our makeup on, then we will miss out on the benefits these products provide to our skin. Sure, if we only skip our nighttime routine once in a while, nothing bad will happen, but it still would be better not to do that and always give skin what it needs to look and feel its best, right?
Not removing your makeup at night is never a good idea, but if you’re really, really, really tired and will sleep on your back, then chances are that nothing bad will happen to your skin. Just don’t make a habit out of it! What about you? Do you ever sleep with your makeup on?