Sleeping In Your Makeup or Suffocating Your Skin? - Lumoir

Sleeping In Your Makeup or Suffocating Your Skin?

You know the Golden Rule for your skin is to take your makeup off before you go to bed. We have all done it though. You got home too late, you didn’t feel good, you were too tired from a long day or maybe you simply forgot. Now the occasional night sleep with a full face is expected but if you regularly lay your head to rest with a ton of products on..we have some very disheartening things to tell you about what is really going on to your skin under all of that foundation and mascara. 

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"Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to," says Dr. Eric Schweiger told Huffington Post. "Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne."


Eye irritation and infection.Leaving on your gorgeous cat eye and mascara can lead to the build up of bacteria and canharbor harmful pathogens which can result in inflammation and infections both in and around the eyes.

Wrinkles.That’s right, your worst nightmare! All of those serums, masks and hyaluronic acid will simply go to waste 

Breakouts.This seems like a given, but foundation and concealer clog pores which lead to acne. 

Dry skin.Dr. Dennis Gross, MD, told Refinery29, "Leftover makeup residue ... can inhibit the absorption of skin-care products by creating a barrier that prevents beneficial ingredients from penetrating the skin's surface." That means your beloved moisturizer won't be able to nourish your parched skin!

Clogged eyelash follicles and broken lashes.Mascara and thick liner can result in theclogging of the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids. Dr. Schlessinger shared, "Left-on mascara can cause eyelashes to become brittle, break easily and even shed faster.”

Dull Complexion. While sleeping in your makeup doesn't affect the hormones themselves, it does interfere with what they're trying to get done, board-certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman tells SELF. During epidermal cell turnover, new skin cells are pushed up to the surface and the old cells on the surface begin to shed.Makeup can trap dead skin cells, preventing them from sloughing off and leaving you with a dull complexion.


So, next time keep some makeup remover wipes in your nightstand, next to your Kindle and secret stash of chapstick. You will thank yourself in the morning - trust us!