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Four Reasons You Should Never Sleep In Makeup

Four Reasons You Should Never Sleep In Makeup
Emily Cotton
Beauty Editor3 years ago
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We've all had a nights where we get home late (and exhausted) and skip out on our beloved nighttime skincare regime for a few extra minutes of beauty sleep. But while once every so often isn't the end of the world, frequently going to sleep in makeup is going to have a damaging affect!

So, whatever the reason, don't make removing your makeup tomorrow’s problem. Next time you’re thinking about giving cleansing a miss, say these four mantras...


Four Mantras That'll Stop You From Going To Sleep In Makeup

1. "I don’t want to breakout"

It might be obvious but all that makeup is a dirt trap: your foundation, powder, shadow, highlight, and everything else is going to block your pores if you don’t cleanse. And any kind of blockage on the skin will encourage blackheads, while the potential buildup of bacteria can result in whiteheads and general breakouts.

2. "I don’t want my skin to look dull"

Don't you love it when your skin looks fresh, healthy and dewy? We do! Well, you can kiss that goodbye if you’ve slept in your face from last night. Every time you cleanse your face you are encouraging cell turnover and a layer of makeup overnight will prevent your skin from being able to properly breathe.

3. "I don’t want my skin to look older than I am"

This isn’t just to scare you, this is real... If you’re not cleansing (which means there’s reduced cell turnover and your pores are getting clogged), you’re essentially slowing down your skin's regeneration process. Over time this can result in skin that’s aged prematurely.

4. "I don’t want to get an infection"

Sounds extreme, but an infection is one possible side effect of hitting the pillow with a face full of makeup. Tiny white spots called milia, that can appear around your eyes, lids and forehead can be caused by a buildup of bacteria. If you leave your smokey eye on overnight, you also risk blocked tear ducts and lash follicles, which can make your eyes sensitive and potentially cause an infection.

So, put simply - think twice before going to sleep in makeup! If you're after a quick refresh on how best to cleanse your face, follow our simple cleansing guide. We're currently loving our GLOSSYBOX Skincare cleansers - each of which will refresh your skin, removing dirt and impurities without stripping away moisture. ​

Or, if you've got more time in your evening, why not follow our specifically tailored skincare routines for every skin type?

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Emily Cotton
Beauty Editor
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I'm someone who loves getting glammed up, but I feel like I never have enough time. Frequently running between work, the gym and seeing friends means my makeup routine is quick and often touched up on the go. Therefore, beauty products that serve as multi-purpose are perfect for me - a blush that works for cheeks and lips is a must in my makeup bag!