Pillow Talk: Why You Shouldn’t Sleep in Your Makeup at Night

Posted Friday April 12, 2013 8:10 AM GMT

We’ve all been there: You roll in at the crack of dawn after a girls night out, and the last thing you feel like doing is taking your makeup off. Who knew washing your face at 3 o’clock in the morning could be such a chore … but it is. No biggie, you’ll cleanse in the morning. After all, just how bad could sleeping in your makeup really be?

Well, honey, it’s pretty bad.

One night of slumber with product on isn’t going to cause any long-term damage. However, if it becomes a habit, you could be facing some pretty unpleasant consequences.

Read up, ladies:

You restrict skin renewal. Your skin repairs itself while you sleep. However, if you’re passed out with a full face of makeup, then you’re not allowing your epidermis to generate the essential vitamins and moisturizers it needs to revitalize itself — causing it to appear dull and tired the morning after.

You’re susceptible to breakouts. As we sleep, our pores create sebum, a natural lubricant that helps to protect and hydrate skin. If makeup is clogging your pores, that sebum is not able to be released, which promotes bacterial build up and ultimately, an unsightly breakout ... or worse yet ... a lone ranger right in the middle of your forehead.

You promote pre-mature aging. Throughout the day, you are exposed to a vast amount of free radicals that are contained in the environment. Your makeup attracts these, and when you fall asleep with these bad boys on your face, they wreak havoc on your complexion. How? They breakdown the production of collagen, which results in fine lines and wrinkles. No thank you.

Can experience breakage. Sleeping with mascara on can cause your lashes to become dry and brittle, which will eventually cause them to weaken and possibly break off. Eye liner can be transferred from your peepers to your pillow case, and from there, gets rubbed back on your face and into your pores. In some cases, women have gotten product in their eyes, leading to irritation and in severe cases, an allergic reaction.

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