Taking off makeup before crawling into bed at night is the last thing that any woman wants to do. It shaves minutes off of sleeping time, and quite honestly, it never seems worth it at the time. If there’s any woman out there who thinks she can get by with sleeping in her makeup time after time, she’s wrong – here’s why:
1. Reduces Collagen
Collagen is a protein that helps the face stay firm and upright. Sleeping in makeup at night decreases the collagen levels in the body and increases exposure to free radicals in the environment. “Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin,” said Clear Clinic founder Dr. Eric Schweiger, according to The Huffington Post.
2. Clogs Pores
Sleeping for hours with makeup on – especially that thick foundation – will clog the pores in no time. “Each night you sleep in your makeup, your pores become more clogged. Eventually, this can result in the formation of a microcomedone, which attracts the acne-causing bacteria to your pores” said Schweiger.
3. Premature Aging
Many women forget that their skin repairs itself overnight, and this process is significantly slowed if makeup is caked on. If skin is not given the proper treatment prior to sleep, it won’t receive needed vitamins and moisturizers that aid in the rejuvenation. This, along with less oxygen exposure, will dry out the skin and cause wrinkles to deepen. “During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress. When you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging,” said dermatologist Erin Gilbert, according to The Huffington Post.