As much as you adore your makeup and cosmetics products, they do not love you back. 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.
Have you ever imagined what harm or effects it can cause to your skin if left on for a long time?
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. The majority of the beauty companies out there 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 all these harmful chemicals on your face, the more possibility of them penetrating your skin cells and causing disaster.
Here are six reasons why you don't want to sleep in your makeup:
1. Acne: The most basic purpose of makeup is to create the illusion of skin that is even-toned and clear, and luscious. It is supposed to cover up active acne, redness, acne 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 of your skin and festers, 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? It is not advisable to leave your face layered with sweat, smoke, smut, and grim overnight. It will likely create a free breeding ground for bacteria and cause radical damage to your skin.
2. Brittle Lashes: If you’re already incautious about the 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 not only dry them out but also 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 mostly 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 washing off your face after a long, tiring day and a glass of wine, you should remember the dangerous outcomes of being careless with your skin. Keep your vision healthy and 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. 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. Removing makeup thoroughly 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 on 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 get removed, allows bacteria to fester. Skin cells are normally more prone to allergies and infections when covered with layers of beauty products. There are quite some ingredients in your makeup that are harmful, and it is tough for your defensive system to handle all of them. You might, therefore, have allergic reactions to these chemicals/ingredients. Although skin infections caused by sleeping in makeup are not very common, 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 have to breathe at night and make the minerals and vitamins that promote healthy skin. Wouldn’t your skin have a tough time if makeup is jamming your pores?
What can you do? Let&rsquo's assume you fell asleep without taking your makeup off accidentally. There are still some ways to ease the pain the next morning 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.
- Do not forget to tone and moisturize your skin since leaving makeup on your skin overnight causes skin dehydration.
- For people who have been careless with their skin for a very long time, a chemical peel can be a good option.
- Apply acne medication if you see any breakouts. (if directed to by your dermatologist after natural methods have failed)
I must note that whether you are using traditional makeup & cosmetics or switched to organic & natural makeup and cosmetics, the points above are still valid. The whole point is that if you want to keep your skin healthy, radiant, and youthful, then sleeping in your cosmetics and makeup is counterproductive. 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
Article Contributed by Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.