The secret to a great night's sleep

3 reasons why you should never sleep with your makeup on

Every once in a while we're sure you've all been guilty of being too tired to take off your makeup and have woken up with mascara smeared down your face. In fact, a recent survey by the Daily Mail revealed that a third of us sleep with our slap on twice a week.

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As part of #SkinCareAwarenessWeek we wanted to highlight 3 sleeping with makeup on facts, that will definitely make you want to remove your makeup every night.

  1.  It can cause spots! 
    Your face naturally picks up dirt throughout the day. From touching your face with your hands to getting sweaty in the gym, your makeup will hold onto dirt, oil and dead skin cells which are produced throughout the day.

    Sleeping in your makeup means that your face will hold onto this dirt which will clog up your pores causing blackheads and those dreaded spots.

    Even if you don't have time to cleanse, tone and moisturise every night, a quick makeup wipe is better than nothing and will do the trick quickly. Try leaving a pack by the side of your bed to make this an easy part of your bedtime routine. 
  2. It can cause infection

    Although foundation is the worst makeup to sleep in for your skin, eye makeup is the biggest culprit for causing infections. 

    Leftover eyeshadow will clog up the glands and follicles on your eyelids, causing infections such as styes. In addition to this, mascara and eyeliner are equally as damaging as they can get into your eyes and cause irritation and infection. Not only this but left-on mascara will cause your eyelashes to become more brittle, meaning that they'll fall out quicker!

    Try using an oil based cleanser to remove you eye makeup, it will help dissolve the products easily, even waterproof!
  3. It will damage your lips

    Many lipsticks and lip-glosses contain drying waxes which can dry your lips of their natural moisture. Sleeping in lipstick will also cause the pores around your lips to clog creating small blackheads.

    Remove your lipstick every night and try applying a hydrating lip balm to rejuvenate your lips giving them a soft and smooth feel. 

Should you go makeup free?

For many, the thought of going makeup free is a daunting one. However if it meant that your complexion looked better in the long run would you consider it? 

Going a few days without your daily cosmetic routine will allow your skin to breathe and decongest from any built up dirt thats clogging up your pores. Take a look how style writer @rosycherrington from The Huffington Post went makeup free for a week here. 

Do you always take your makeup off before you go to bed? Share your bedtime ritual with us on Twitter!


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