Why Your Beauty Sleep May Be The Reason You Are Breaking Out

October 03, 2017

After a long day, the thought of having to wash your face at night can be more daunting than curling up with a textbook. And honestly, you weren’t even wearing that much makeup today so it shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Wrong. Okay, but it was just mascara, that can’t be harmful! Wrong again. While beauty rest is important in helping us feel refreshed and healthy, we shouldn’t partake in it unless all of our beauty products from the day are thoroughly washed off. Our day-old makeup, plus the natural oils and sweat that accumulate during the day and pollution and grime from the environment, follow us into our sweetest of dreams and can cause serious damage to our skin.

Our skin is the largest organ on our body and our most defining characteristic. It continuously works 24/7 -- during the day, the skin works hard at keeping our complexion free from harmful rays and free radicals while at night it is busy repairing itself by creating healthy cells, regenerating levels of collagen, and much more. By sleeping in your makeup, your skin has a much tougher time doing what it is supposed to do in order to stay healthy thus causing imperfections and impurities at the surface. After reading this article, you will be much more vigilant in washing off your foundation, concealer, mascara, and more before you face-plant into your pillow at the end of the day.

You Will Break Out.

The perfect recipe for acne is the buildup of bacteria, debris, and oil. By not washing your makeup off at the end of the night, you are not removing the dirt and dead skin cells thus causing your pores to swell. Occasionally sleeping in your makeup will not cause a full-blown breakout, but eventually, it can result in the formation of microcomedone, which attracts acne-causing bacteria to the pores. Even if you are not acne-prone, you will find that as you continue to sleep with a full face of makeup, you will experience intense breakouts. If you are dealing with regular breakouts and are in the market for a cleanser that will remove your makeup and clear acne, try our Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, $18, and read our article on oil cleansing and how it can help you find your true skin.

Your Skin Will Age Prematurely

Dirt and oil trapped in your skin cause environmentally-induced oxidative damage which leads to the breakdown of the skin barrier and ages your face. Sleeping in your makeup prevents the skin from recovering from the oxidative stress that is accumulated. Free radicals, a form of pollution, remain on the skin when it is not properly cleaned. They cause collagen production levels to decrease over time which results in the development of fine lines and wrinkles. If you find that your skin does not look as youthful as you wish, take a look at our anti-aging collection to help give your skin a natural boost.

You Increase Your Risk for Infection

For most of us, we do not just put makeup on our skin, we also like to use mascara and eyeshadow to enhance our eyes.  Sleeping in your eye makeup will not cause acne, but it still can lead to problems. Mascara and eyeliner can transfer to your pillow and be rubbed into your eyes. As a result, you can clog the tiny hair follicles and oil gland on your eyelids putting yourself at risk for pink eye, styles, and hordeolums. In addition, the skin around your eyes is much different from the skin on the rest of your face; it is thinner and more prone to damage. Thus sleeping with makeup on can ruin that skin. In order to nourish, strengthen, and hydrate the skin around your eyes, try our Renewing Eye Serum, $18.

Your Skin Will Dry Out

That fresh face of makeup that you put on this morning may have felt just as fresh to start the day with, but as the day wears on it begins to suck out the moisture in your face. When you leave makeup on throughout the night, your skin does not have a chance to rest and recalibrate its moisture levels leaving you with dry, sometimes cracked skin. The first layer of skin is known as the stratum corneum. Its function is to lock in moisture and maintain the skin’s natural moisturizing factors. It is the ideal balance of oil and water that has your skin maintaining its moisture. By applying a moisturizer like the Intense Hydration Cream, $36, you help your skin restore this ratio and therefore lead to fresh, glowing skin.

Your Skin Will Become Irritated

Throughout the day, you and your makeup see a lot of different things. Imagine all of the pollution and grime that sticks to your face, then imagine it staying around all night. Makeup often contains irritants such as dyes and perfumes that, when left on the skin for a long time, can cause immense flare-ups.  The skin, in general, is very good at tolerating a lot of things; however, it can become reactive. We want to make sure that we are not leaving things on longer than we need to. Although makeup is fine to wear for eight hours, the same makeup can create a negative reaction with the skin when left on for 24 hours. If you already are prone to sensitivity, sleeping with your makeup on can increase skin issues. White and Elm’s skincare lineis consciously crafted to evade irritations caused by other skincare products. We use all natural ingredients in order to create products that are EWG verified, which enhances the gorgeousness of the real you -- helping to heal, repair, sustain, and nourish your skin.


The White & Elm Team

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