As much as you adore your makeup and cosmetics products, sleeping in them is never a good idea. Your non-organic or natural makeup and cosmetics usually contain a plethora of repulsive, toxic chemicals that can cause severe, long-term damage to your skin cells.
Your everyday routine that involves deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, blush, nail polish, and powder makes it likely that you ingest more than 200 chemicals.
Harm and Effects of Prolonged Makeup Wear
Even though the FDA has debarred some chemicals from being utilized in makeup, they lack essential resources that can enable them to formulate more strict regulations to control what can and can’t be used.
Most beauty companies have a free hand in including whatever works for them in your 18-hour lipsticks, non-smudging mascara, and shiny eyeshadows. The longer you leave these harmful chemicals on your face, the more possibility of them penetrating your skin cells and causing disaster.
Six Reasons to Not Sleep In Your Makeup!
The most basic purpose of makeup is to create the illusion of skin that is even-toned, clear, and luscious. It should cover up active acne, redness, scarring, large pores, and even hyperpigmentation.
However, you need to understand that makeup sometimes plays a significant role in exacerbating acne.
Good circulation is incredibly beneficial for clear skin since it allows your skin to breathe out toxins and breathe in oxygen. Without proper flow, bacteria will get trapped inside your skin and fester, which can lead to breakouts. Moreover, makeup sometimes contains pore-clogging ingredients that can cause severe acne.
Tip: Opt for makeup products that are labeled non-comedogenic. Stay away from heavier oils such as avocado and use lighter oils. Evening Primrose, Olive Oil, and Tamanu Oil are good choices.
You don’t want to keep all the impurities your skin has been exposed to all day, do you? Leaving your face layered with swear, smoke, smut, and grime overnight is not advisable. It will likely create a free breeding ground for bacteria and cause radical damage to your skin.
2. Brittle Lashes
If you’re already cautious, there are adverse effects leftover mascara can have on your clarity of vision and health. It might be informative to understand that sleeping in eye makeup can take away many of your eyes’ beauty. For example, leaving your eyelashes covered with layers of mascara overnight will dry them out and make them brittle. You don’t want your lashes to fall out, do you? Sleeping in eye makeup repeatedly also damages the area around your eyes. The skin starts to age quickly since skin cells activate primarily at night to recover from everything they have been exposed to throughout the day.
Makeup fights against your skin cells and might lead to premature wrinkling and older-looking skin. Although it is easier to forget to wash your face after a long, tiring day and a glass of wine, remember the dangerous outcomes of being careless with your skin. Keep your vision healthy and your eyes bright by cleansing your face every night before going to bed.
3. Premature Aging
Even though leaving layers of makeup on your skin while sleeping may not directly cause wrinkles, it makes your skin highly susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines by dehydrating it. In addition, mature skin is more likely to dry out. Leaving foundation, blush, and powder on sucks the existing moisture out of your skin. Essentially, wrinkles are a result of muscle contraction beneath the surface. However, they tend to be more visible on dry skin. Thoroughly removing makeup rinses away the free radicals and minimizes skin damage.
4. Discoloration of Skin
Have you ever noticed the skin of people who are always covered in makeup? Without all that polish, their skin is usually patchy. This is because the continuous use of makeup products leads to skin discoloration. Most of the time, it is more evident around the eyes and lips, both of which can cause premature aging and make you look haggard.
5. Allergies and Infections
Your dirty, stained pillow can cause skin allergies. How? The residual build-up of the makeup that you didn't remove allows bacteria to fester. Skin cells are normally more prone to allergies and infections when covered with layers of beauty products. In addition, some ingredients in your makeup are harmful, and it is tough for your defensive system to handle all of them. As a result, you may have allergic reactions to these chemicals or ingredients. Although skin infections caused by sleeping in makeup are unommon, they aren’t unheard of.
6. Dull Skin
Who doesn’t yearn for a youthful, dewy complexion? Leaving your skin covered in makeup all night will give you dry skin and make you look dull. Your skin cells must breathe at night and make the minerals and vitamins that promote healthy skin. Wouldn’t your skin have a tough time if makeup was jamming your pores?
What Can You Do?
Let's assume you accidentally fell asleep without taking off your makeup. There are still some ways to ease the pain the following day and protect your skin:
- First and foremost, cleanse your skin thoroughly. Steam your skin or take a hot bath to open your pores before cleansing.
- Remember to tone and moisturize your skin since leaving makeup overnight causes skin dehydration.
- A chemical peel can be a good option for people who have been careless with their skin for a long time.
- Apply acne medication if you see any breakouts. (if directed to by your dermatologist after natural methods have failed)
Whether you are using traditional makeup and cosmetics or have switched to organic and natural makeup and cosmetics, the points above are still valid. The whole point is that sleeping in your cosmetics and makeup is counterproductive if you want to keep your skin healthy, radiant, and youthful. Try to make sure that you have at least 1-2 days where you go bare to let your face recuperate and breathe.
Tip: To easily and naturally remove makeup use Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
About the Author
Article Contributed by Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.