Time and time again, we are told not to sleep with our makeup on and for good reason too. As tempting as it might be to plop down onto your bed with your makeup on after a tiring day, you might want to think twice before doing so because of all the potential consequences that could result from your decision, namely, blocked pores, breakouts and flaky skin. Just like your body, your skin requires some time to repair itself and this usually takes place during the night. By sleeping a face full of makeup, you are not just hindering the process of cell renewal but making your skin work overtime as well.
But of course, despite our awareness of this fact, sometimes it still happens to the best of us. After a long night of drinks or activities, the last thing we would have enough energy to do – would be to wash off our makeup. Unfortunately, we reap the consequences of our actions immediately in the morning after.
Now, before you start berating yourself for breaking the fundamental rule of removing your makeup before sleeping, know that there are ways to fix this and minimize the damage to your skin. In fact, we have compiled a guide on what to do after sleeping with makeup on. Simply read on for more details.
Your Post-Makeup Skin Saving Strategy
While it might not seem like much to miss out on removing makeup for a night, do note that it can potentially take on the form of a snowball effect, whereby multiple nights of sleeping in your makeup can bring about disastrous, long-term consequences for your skin and make you look older than you should. So, if you often find yourself guilty of this, why not try placing some makeup removal wipes near your bed so that you are more inclined to remove your makeup before falling asleep. However, take note that when it comes to makeup removal, ultimately a proper cleansing routine still works best. So, forgo those shortcuts and remove your makeup thoroughly! But if you happen to forget to do so, here are the steps on what you should do to rectify the situation:
It seems almost rudimentary but the first thing that you should do, upon waking up is to remove your makeup. After a night of ‘sitting’ on your skin, your makeup can end up seeping into your pores and clogging them, resulting in oily and enlarged pores. As such, it is crucial to thoroughly remove all traces of your makeup before proceeding to the next step in the routine. However, make sure not to apply too much force when removing your makeup as the harsh rubbing motion can aggravate and damage the skin, especially those around your eye area.
To get rid of all the dirt, gunk and other impurities on your face, use an oil-based cleanser and gently massage it into your face before rinsing it off with water. Then, follow up with a water-based cleanser to soothe your skin while removing any remaining oil or makeup residue that the oil-based cleanser did not fully absorb. This double cleansing routine will ensure that your skin is clean and free from pollutants or particles, thus facilitating the cell regeneration process and preventing any acne flare-ups.
Scrub Your Way To New Skin
Use an exfoliating scrub to slough off the layer of dead skin cells that have accumulated on your skin due to your makeup. As mentioned earlier, makeup hinders the cell renewal process that occurs at night, hence resulting in a sallow and haggard looking complexion. Therefore, be sure to exfoliate your skin regularly to enjoy a youthful glow and delay visible signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Slather On Moisturizer
Leaving your makeup on while sleeping can sap the moisture of your skin. As such, it is important that you hydrate and soothe your dry, irritated skin by applying moisturizer. Using a moisturizer can also aid in restoring the proportion of oil to water levels in the skin, keeping it smooth and supple.
Pamper Your Peepers
As the saying goes, ‘the eyes are the windows to one’s soul’, therefore it is essential that you give them the extra loving care that they need by applying an eye cream or serum. This will help to alleviate puffy or swollen eyes and provide relief to the tender area around the eyes that usually gets aggravated during the removal of eyeshadow, eyeliner or mascara. Using an eye cream or serum can also rejuvenate the skin area around your eyes and slow down the formation of crow’s feet.
Change Your Pillowcase And Bed Sheets
It is a step that is often forgotten, albeit the most important. When you fall asleep with makeup on, a good portion of it gets transferred to your pillowcase and bed sheets. Therefore, if you do not change them, chances are – these dirt, oil and makeup residue are going to end up back on your face again the next day even if you have cleansed your face. This increases the likelihood of you developing breakouts and undo all your previous efforts.