Posted on May 15th, 2010
I ask, because I used to be really bad at removing my makeup every night. I was studying and working, living a crazy life with a packed schedule, and when I came home every night, the last thing on my mind was removing my makeup. It was even worse when I went out at night after work – back home in the wee hours, I used to brush my teeth, slip into my pajamas and collapse, exhausted, into bed.
The result: I had fairly bad skin for several years during my early twenties, with relatively frequent breakouts. Only when I finally learned how important it is to thoroughly wash one’s face and remove all traces of makeup every night, did my skin dramatically improve.
You should take off your makeup every night for several reasons:
1. Avoid clogged pores. Sleeping with your makeup on can clog pores and cause acne breakouts. It can also irritate skin, interfere with the natural exfoliation process and create a general appearance of redness, puffiness or dullness.
2. Avoid puffy eyes. If you don’t remove all traces of eye makeup every night, some of it will get in your eyes while you sleep and could lead to itchiness, redness and puffiness.
3. Slow down aging. Irritated skin ages faster. You should be gentle to your skin, and this include cleansing it every night, using a mild, fragrance-free cleanser (Cetaphil cleanser is great).
4. Promote better absorption of skincare products. You should apply a high-quality, anti-oxidant-rich moisturizer to your face every night starting at a very young age (in your teens, in fact, and if you have acne, there are products suitable for that too). But these products can’t be applied over makeup – you need to wash your face first.
In addition to washing your face every night and removing all traces of makeup, you should also exfoliate using a product containing AHA (for aging skin) or BHA (for acne-prone skin), then apply the above-mentioned moisturizer.