Saturday, May 02, 2015

Myth in Detail | Sleeping With Your Makeup On Ages Your Face By Seven Days

I try my hardest to make sure that I don't go to bed with my makeup on and I can't remember the last time that I did, so I'm on a good run! I hate makeup wipes and the thought of transferring my makeup on to the pillow (seen that Simpsons episode where Ned gets a new gf?).. so, this doesn't really effect me. However, for the occasional time that this could happen, you don't need to feel guilty or think that you're aging your skin majorly. I'm not saying it's a good thing to skip washing your face before bed because it isn't, but I will tell you that it doesn't age your face. 

Sleeping with your makeup on can lead to unnecessary exposure to the "free readicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to" according to dematologist, Dr. Schweiger. Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. During the day we accumulate a lot of oxidative stress, if you sleep with your makeup on you're not giving the skin a chance to recover from the stress which does lead to fine lines. 

Makeup can also clog the pores whilst you sleep which can result in the development of acne, but it won't cause wrinkles. Although, one night of sleeping with your makeup is unlikely to cause a long-lasting effect to you skin. But, the more you do it, the more likely your pores will get clogged and can even result to the formation of a microcomedone which attracts the acne-causing bacteria to your pores - gross. 

Don't think it's just face makeup that's a problem, because eye products are just as bad - it won't cause acne or fine lines but it can lead to other problems. Mascara and eyeliner can be rubbed by your pillow and end up in your eyes which can lead to eye irritation or an infection. If you continuously sleep with eye makeup on it can lead to clogging up the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids. When these areas become clogged, bacteria can build up and cause inflammation. As a result, you may get styes or hordeolums which require treatment from a  doctor! 

Moral of the story? Take your makeup off before bed and see your bedtime routine as your chance to pamper and look after your skin. If you're really having feeling exhausted, make sure you have some wipes on your bedside table and an oil-based eye-makeup remover with some cotton pads, so you can quickly remove as much as you can before hitting the pillow. 


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