Are you familiar with the term “beauty sleep”? It’s the 8 hours of sleep you need to help your skin and eyes heal from the damage you faced in the day. As you drift off and enter deep sleep, your skin begins the repairing process, and that’s how you wake up looking rosy-cheeked and fresh.
Sleep rebalances your body, which keeps your skin bright. However, you block your skin’s healing process if you sleep with your makeup on. The oils from makeup products combined with sebum impact your skin negatively. As bacteria build up on your skin, the pores get clogged, making your skin look dull and grey.
Let’s take a look at the side effects of sleeping with your makeup on:
You have probably heard about free radicals. These pesky atoms cause premature wrinkles. When you sleep with your makeup on, freed radicals produce faster and increase the risks of skin aging.
While sleeping, you rub your eyes. The mascara rubs on the pillow and leaves behind bacteria. The mascara residue messes up your eyes and causes itching. You can get an eye infection from it. If you keep sleeping with your makeup on, you can damage your vision. Lastly, makeup clogs your pores and might cause a stye.
Most women like their lipstick to stay on for long. They go to great lengths to make this happen. What you don’t know is that most lipsticks and glosses contain wax. When the wax dries, it causes chapped lips. As your lips dry, they crack, and the skin darkens.
Dull skin, lack of radiance, and wrinkles are signs of aging. Not cleansing or exfoliating your skin before sleeping and leaving the makeup on cause dead skin cells to create a layer over your face. As a result, light doesn’t reflect properly off the face. As a result, your skin appears less fresh and rougher.
Heavy foundation is the biggest culprit behind blackheads. When makeup is not removed, the pores get clogged, and the skin cannot breathe. The result? Those annoying black dots on your chin, forehead, and nose!
Leaving on mascara for a full day can turn your eyelashes fragile. The residual mascara can cause them to shed more quickly. Moreover, the new lashes will grow weaker and break easily.
When your head hits the pillow and your cheek makes contact with it, makeup gets transferred to it along with all the bacteria your skin accumulated during the day. The makeup residue will cause frequent acne flare-ups, which won’t subside until you cleanse and exfoliate, clean your bed every night, and use creams that reduce acne.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, the side effects of sleeping with makeup on could be devastating. So, create a nighttime skincare regimen and follow it religiously.
Opt for a chemical peel to remove dead skin cells when going for salon services. This cosmetology and esthetics procedure can be done at the Missouri College of Cosmetology’s Student Salon. For more information, call (888) 887-1501.