There are times when we return home late after a sloshed up night at the party and come home straight to bed. Oh! We are too fuddled up to even get ourselves dinner; leave aside attempting a painstaking effort at removing makeup from our skins. But our skins have shown no negative signs whatsoever, which proves that it is alright to sleep with makeup once in a while, right? Wrong! The depreciation of the quality of your skin is a long term process which results from the adding up of the number of occasions when you slept with makeup on your face.
BREAKOUTS AND RASHES
Makeup contains dyes, perfume and artificial chemicals which if not washed out before you go to sleep, can interfere with your skin, clogging pores along with dirt and oil secreted by your skin which give rise to the growth of bacteria that causes unremitting inflammation in the form of rashes and pimples, the persistence of which can gradually cause skin scooping and small indentations all over the face.
PARCHED AND DULL SKIN
Makeup acts like an extra layer above the skin which guards it against the liberation of oil, dirt and dead skin cells that have accumulated in the skin over a period of one whole day, thus making it unfeasible for the skin to breathe or come in exposure to Oxygen, which is required to maintain good skin health. The amassing of dead skin cells and dirt that are not being shed off can cause skin to become dry and parched as moisture cannot penetrate through dead cells, making your face look dull and lifeless. Hence wash your face off the cosmetics at the end of the day, before you sleep.
As stipulated by dermatologists, long term dirt build up does not only make your pores more obvious and appear larger but in fact stretches them over time and this is a sign of skin ageing as older people have skin that has lost its elasticity naturally making the pores emerge larger as the structures that support the skin and keeps pores tight, slacken. Hence one simple tip to avoid skin ageing is taking off your face paints before you get some sleep.
WRINKLES AND FINE LINES
Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles, as more and as explained earlier, going to sleep with an unwashed face, covered in makeup residues can cause dryness and dullness. The dryness is exaggerated by the sticking of environmental pollutants called free radicals that cause damage to cellular structures in the skin, curtailing the production of collagen which adds plumpness to the skin, contributing to fine lines, wrinkles and premature ageing.
FLAKING AND DARKENING OF LIPS
The lips are more susceptible to dryness and darkening than the whole of the face because the skin on the lips is thinner and much more delicate, so wearing lipstick for too long can cease moisture off your lips leading to chapped lips that darken over time as a result of dryness and loss of plumpness. Don’t forget to get rid of the moisturising lipsticks, before you go to sleep, that can in fact rob the moisture off your lips when left on throughout the night.
EYE INFECTIONS AND BRITTLE EYELASHES
Leaving eye makeup like mascara or eyeliner on, for the whole night while you sleep, not only makes the region around your eyes look dark and deep-set, but can clog the tiny hair follicles and oil glands around the area of your eyes so that small inflammations called styles or horedeolums may occur which are sometimes quite distressing and painful. Makeup could also get inside your eyes and cause infections, giving rise to conjunctivitis and other such diseases. Also, mascara if sits on your eyelashes for long hours can cause your lashes to get dry and become brittle in time.
Remove your makeup before you retire to bed to sleep, no matter how busy a day it might have been for you or how tired or exhausted you may have been, because it is in fact at night that your skin renews itself so residues of makeup along with pollutants can hinder the natural healing process of the skin, getting in the way of healthy cellular reconstruction.