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The Mistakes You Make When You Don’t Remove Your Makeup

You’ve spent all day running around town and maybe just coming in from a long commute from work, or out late with your friends and all you want to do is go to bed. But you’ve made up your face earlier in the day, so you figure you’ll just splash water and that should be enough right? Wrong. If you are like some, you’re making a huge mistake and here’s why.

By not removing your makeup and properly cleansing your face this is what you can expect:

  1. Dull / Dry Skin

  2. Acne / Breakouts

  3. Eye Irritation / Infection

  4. Premature Aging

While we sleep, this is when our skin has the opportunity to repair itself, by sleeping in your makeup you prevent this process to happen naturally. Believe it or not but this leads to dry skin as the residue from your makeup builds a strict barrier that prevents moisture from your moisturizer as well as treatment serums from penetrating into your skin effectively. Also, some makeup products contain ingredients that retract moisture away from your skin and by keeping these types of ingredients on your skin, you only end up waking up to a dull and dry appearance in the morning. 

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Many makeup products are oil-based, while you are wearing your makeup in the day – dirt, oil, debris, sweat, all can get trapped underneath all your makeup. This can lead to clogged pores, and if you are already an acne suffer, you are creating a wonderful recipe for disaster by not cleansing your skin properly at the end of the day. Sleeping with leftover makeup, intertwined with dirt buildup will result in blackheads, clogged pores, acne breakouts and inflammation.

Leaving mascara or eyeliner on instead of removing increases your chances of allowing bacteria to grow. Particles of mascara or eyeliners and eye mucus can get onto your pillow cases, into the pores in your eyelids that can lead to cysts or other forms of eye irritations like infected eyelash roots and itchiness. Leftover remnants of mascara left on can be harmful to your eye lashes – some formulations may contain ingredients that can dry out your lashes that ultimately can become brittle and over time become thin and fall out.

Pollutants from the environment and free radicals are the main causes for damaged skin. And damaged skin cells means lack of elastin and collagen production (saggy, wrinkled skin) resulting to premature skin aging.  When you decide not to remove your daytime makeup you are trapping these free radicals and other oxidative stressors to form a tight seal thus increasing the aging process the entire night!

So no matter how exhausted you are – it’s extremely imperative that you remove your makeup and cleanse before calling it a night. Or save your money for costly plastic surgery to undo the damage.

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