It’s 3 a.m. You just hopped out of your Uber after what started as an innocent happy hour but turned into an intense night out. You turn the key to your door, kick off your shoes, and drop your bag to the floor. You strip your clothes off in a blink of an eye, jump into your comfiest PJ’s and the inevitable inner dilemma begins. You turn your head in one direction and see your comfy, cozy, warm bed. It’s literally calling your name. You imagine yourself crawling into it and drifting off to sleep without a care…But then another voice in the back of your head speaks up. “BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR MAKEUP?” We’ve all been there. We’ve all listened to that inner monologue weighing the pro’s & con’s of both decisions. I’m here to breakdown exactly what happens when you ignore your subconscious and side with “beauty sleep”, but I can assure you this…Sleeping in your makeup will NOT result in “beauty” anything. The goal of this post is to stop this bad habit in it’s tracks so you will never be guilty of this beauty crime again.
SKIN: We all know that sleeping in your makeup is bad but most people don’t know the specifics. The most obvious consequence of sleeping in your foundation is that your pores will become clogged, which could result in a possible breakout and/or blackheads (um, ew.) I think we can all agree that we’d like to limit our concealer to covering our dark circles and NOT to cover up a myriad of pimples. Some breakouts don’t seem to clear for weeks and then your left with hyper-pigmentation, which takes forever to fade. So think again, is it really worth it?
EYES: Too tired to take your makeup off? Your eyes will suffer. Leaving your eye-makeup on can cause serious irritation, redness, and even infection. I’m pretty sure pink eye is never going to be a trending beauty fad. Leftover mascara & eyeliner can clog your eyelash follicles and cause hordeolums (painful, tiny bumps.) NAH FAM. Dried mascara can also cause dry, brittle lashes which can cause breakage or even cause them to fall out. Once that happens, you may need to invest in a new set of false lashes.
LIPS: We all love a classic red lip, (especially me!) but sleeping in your lipstick will suck the moisture straight out of your lips, leaving them dry & chapped. Wipe off lipstick with a make-up wipe and then slather on a lip mask. My current favorite is Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($20) You’ll wake up to soft, smooth lips that don’t require days of sugar scrubs and constant chapstick application.
Quick & (Not-so) Dirty Methods of Removing Your Makeup Before Bed:
Obviously, the best option here is the most thorough, double cleanse method of makeup removal but we all know after one too many vodka sodas, we aren’t always feeling up to standing over a sink & scrubbing so I figured I’d offer two REALISTIC makeup removal options. But honestly, the thorough routine takes roughly about 2-3 minutes more and I can’t recommend this enough.
RAPID REMOVAL: If you’ve already succumbed to the comforts of your bed, reach for Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleaning Wipes Towlettes Hydrating. They smell super fresh & clean but are tough enough to remove mascara, concealer, foundation and anything else you throw it’s way. Coming from someone who suffers from sensitive, acne-prone skin, I can attest that these won’t irritate your skin or cause any unwanted breakouts. They contain hydrating ingredients so if you skip the moisturizer, you’ll be okay 👌🏻.
Want to remove your makeup the right way? (Please.)
THOROUGH REMOVAL (MY RECOMMENDATION): I received a sample of Boscia Charcoal MakeUp Melter Balm ($32) from Sephora and ended up buying the full size container because I was so impressed. They don’t call it the “MakeUp Melter” for nothing. Scoop a small amount into your hands and rub it together between your palms, then apply to face and rub using counter-clockwise circles. Look in the mirror & you’ll LITERALLY watch your makeup melt away. Rinse thoroughly and then wash a second time, using your cleanser of choice for a double cleanse to remove any leftover makeup residue. Spritz a toner, slather your on your moisturizer and now you can rest peacefully knowing you will truly be getting some quality beauty sleep.
Who is guilty of committing makeup removal negligence?