What Wearing Makeup To Bed Actually Does To Your Skin

We know, it’s very tempting to ditch your cleanser and makeup wipes after a night out when you just want to take off your shoes and hop into bed. But what you mightn’t have realised, is that you’re actually damaging your skin by doing so.

If you’re guilty of wearing makeup to bed, you may have noticed you experience some dryness, itchy eyes or a breakout in the following days,  this is because of the following reasons:

Our skin renews itself overnight

Our skin, like the rest of our body, is designed to renew itself while we sleep. Our skin works to repair damage and shed skin cells as we snooze to reveal fresher skin the next day. If we wear makeup to bed, our skin can’t go through it’s usual renewal process, therefore excess oils and dead skin will build up, causing negative effects like dry skin and breakouts.

Free radicals will cause significant damage

Throughout the day, our skin is exposed to damaging free radicals and environmental pollutants which sit on the skin’s surface. If we go to bed wearing the makeup we’ve been wearing all day, these free radicals and pollutants can wreak havoc on our skin, causing accelerated ageing, pigmentation and blemishes.

Eye makeup buildup can cause infection

Not only does leaving mascara on overnight cause dry, brittle lashes, it can also lead to eye infections like conjunctivitis. Mascara particles can clog lash follicles, which in turn can create inflammation leading to infection.

Our pro tip for healthy skin:

Use La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Moisturiser after cleansing. This ultra-soothing overnight treatment is enriched with Thermal Spring Water and Neurosensine, a strong soothing agent that targets the signs of skin irritation due to dryness. Carnosine and Vitamin E help to reduce the occurrence of discomfort and redness upon awakening. This product is proven to significantly reduce skin sensitivity.

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The key message

Don’t be lazy! Always cleanse your face before bed, and if you can’t manage that, leave cleansing wipes next to your bed.

asap daily facial cleanser

This best-selling cleanser gently foams to cleanse your skin and remove make-up (including eye make-up). It washes away impurities in one action, without drying or irritating your skin. It’s oil-free, non-comedogenic and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean.

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Uriage Thermal Micellar Wipes

Formulated with Uriage Thermal Water to soothe the skin, these gentle wipes are ideal for normal to dry skin. Your face and eyes are cleansed and nourished, using the power of micelles to draw makeup and impurities away from the skin.

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